|Ex-Jets LB Bart Scott says that Bill Belichick ‘doesn’t value’ players||11.15.16 at 6:53 pm ET|
On this week’s edition of “Inside The NFL” on Showtime, former Jets linebacker Bart Scott took Patrots coach Bill Belichick to task for his recent decisions to let go of Jamie Collins and Chandler Jones.
“I think you saw a vulnerable defense,” Scott said of the Patriots last week against Seattle. “You have to ask yourself, ‘Did Bill Belichick outsmart himself letting go of Jamie Collins and Chandler Jones?’ I think we all agree at this table that these are elite players and we’ve seen him do this before with Lawyer Milloy, Richard Seymour. Sometimes coaches think it’s more about themselves than it is actually about the players. Great players make great coaches, right? And sometimes they outsmart themselves.”
He added: “Listen, if I’m a young player out there, I’m not going to play injured. I’m not going to play if I need surgery because I know that he doesn’t value me. I know that he’ll ship me out like anybody else. If you’re not a part of that core four, core five which is pretty much Patrick Chung, [Tom] Brady, [Rob Gronkowski], [Rob] Ninkovich and [Devin] McCourty, you can be traded tomorrow. So, I’m not going to go out and put my career and my season on the line because I know he’ll get rid of me. He doesn’t value me. I’m expendable.”
Scott concluded with an endorsement of Collins, and a closing shot at Belichick.
“There was no reason to get rid of Jamie Collins. We talk about Jamie Collins being one of the best, most athletic, talented players on the team, in the NFL. He didn’t value him. So if I’m a young player, I’m not risking myself and my body for Bill Belichick because he doesn’t care.”
Boomer Esiason came to Belichick’s defense.
“We don’t know the internal issues that he was having with Jamie Collins or whether or not Jamie Collins was doing his own thing on the field,” said Esiason. “Or maybe he wanted Von Miller money or whatever it may be. Bill Belichick has always made the right decision. It’s not the easiest decision — and you know you can’t be in love with players these days. Especially with the salary cap and what that can do.”
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|What pundits were saying about Patriots on Sunday: Matt Patricia deserves consideration for head coaching gig||09.25.16 at 2:23 pm ET|
Here’s a quick sampling of what some of the national analysts were saying about the Patriots on Sunday before the action kicked off.
Bart Scott on CBS on the Patriots’ coaching staff: “We hear a lot about Josh McDaniels and he deserves a lot of credit. But let’s give some love to Matt Patricia. Let’s talk about that defense pitching a shutout against the Houston Texans offense that was pretty prolific. … And let’s talk about him as a possible head coach in this league. Matt Patricia might deserve a shot too.”
Chris Simms on CBS on the Patriots: “At the end of the day, what still amazes me — forget the quarterback situation. New England is a phenomenal team.”
Boomer Esiason on CBS on the state of the running game in the NFL: “I would tell you the three top guys right now … it has to be (LeGarrette) Blount, (DeAngelo) Williams and Matt Forte. But they’re all over 30. Will they make it the entire season? That’s the big question.”
Marshall Faulk on the NFL Network on the Patriots and Bill Belchick: “Bill Belichick has shown us you think it’s about quarterbacking – it’s about coaching in this league. And if you coach the right way and you teach players, you win.”
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|Bart Scott rips Patriots quarterback: ‘There’s nothing tough about Tom Brady’||10.01.15 at 9:19 am ET|
“I respect Ben. Ben is a guy who can come sit at a table with any group on that team,” Scott said. “He can go sit with the d-linemen, ‘What up Ben?’ He’s like one of us. He had a defensive mentality. He has a tough guy mentality. There’s nothing tough about Tom Brady. The toughest thing about Tom Brady is his chin because it has the dimple in it, which is characteristic of most superheroes.”
“Come on man, Tom Brady doesn’t think he’s tough,” Scott added. “Gisele [Bundchen] doesn’t think he’s tough. Listen, I respect him, but he plays the game differently. No different from the way Peyton Manning plays it, but listen, certain guys — Steve McNair, tough guy. He was a guy that could hang with anybody.”
Scott went on to say Brady is a “cornball.”
“Listen, I respect Tom Brady, but when he does that he looks like a dork,” Scott said. “How many times does he miss air high-fivers? He’s missed celebrations because he’s just awkward. He’s a cornball. You’ve seen him dance, he’s a cornball. It’s fine, he’s a cornball that was a sixth-round draft pick that became maybe the best quarterback in the history of football and he has a hot wife. He has a great life and he has a bunch of hardware. That’s great. But, does that not make you a cornball? No, he’s still a cornball. I’m sure his teammates tell him he’s a cornball. It’s fine, there’s nothing wrong with being a cornball.”
|Shane Vereen: ‘I was a little surprised’ to break free on 83-yard TD||11.23.12 at 2:24 am ET|
EAST RUTHERFORD — Shane Vereen – with a big assist from Wes Welker – broke free for a huge touchdown on Thursday night, the touchdown that sparked the 21-point binge in 52 seconds for the Patriots. And it began innocently enough. Tom Brady threw to him on a wheel route out of the backfield, spotting him open on the left sideline.
The key to the play was Wes Welker coming over and chipping linebacker Bart Scott just long enough to spring him down the sideline. Scott was shown on TV huffing and puffing, trying in vain to catch him.
“He had a wheel route and they carried Wes and [Brandon Lloyd] on the outside,” Brady explained. “They [Jets defense] just carried them up the field and there was a lot of space. Once I threw it to him, he’s so fast. He can outrun those guys. He caught it up the sideline and it was nice seeing the back of his jersey running all the way down the field. He opened it up and it was a great play.”
“I was a little surprised,” he said. “I thought the cornerback was on me, but the receivers ran (the coverage) off and I was able to finish the play. As soon as I turned, the ball was on me.”
As for starting a 21-point outburst?
“I’ve never seen it before personally. But, that’s what happens when you play hard,” Vereen said.
|Patriots Potential Playoff Opponents: New York Jets||12.30.11 at 8:43 pm ET|
With the Patriots securely in the postseason, it’s time to start sizing up their possible postseason opponents. This is part of a weeklong series of features on the rest of the AFC playoff teams. We’ve already profiled the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals. Today, it’s the New York Jets:
The skinny: Ah, yes. The Jets. Over the last three years, no team has talked more trash — and yielded fewer results comparatively — than the Jets. Currently, New York needs some help to get into the postseason. With an 8-7 record, they would need to beat the Dolphins this weekend and hope the Bengals, Titans and either the Broncos or Raiders lose to make the postseason. However, they’ve lost their last two and four of their last seven, so even if they do beat the rapidly surging Dolphins and get some help on Sunday, it’s not like they’re heading into the playoffs on a roll.
Offense: The offense has been wobbly over the second half of the season in large part because of the ineffective play of third-year quarterback Mark Sanchez (287-for-511 for 3,267 yards, 24 touchdowns and 15 interceptions). When Sanchez has looked to throw, it’s been Dustin Keller (58 catches, 770 yards, four touchdowns), Santonio Holmes (51 catches for 654 yards and eight touchdowns) and Plaxico Burress (41 catches, 555 yards and eight touchdowns). When it comes to running the ball, LaDainian Tomlinson (64 carries, 224 rushing yards, one touchdown) has been pretty much an afterthought this season, as the Jets have leaned almost exclusively on Shonn Greene (239 carries, 999 rushing yards, six TDs entering Sunday’s contest). Overall, the Jets are 21st in the league in passing (203.5 yards per game), 22nd in rushing (104.2 yards per game) and ninth in average points (24 per game). And the offensive line is in miserable shape — as the New York Daily News has pointed out, four players since Week 10 have won Defensive Player of the Week honors after facing the Jets.
|Michael Lombardi on D&C: Rex Ryan ‘hasn’t been really honest with himself’ about struggling Jets||10.21.11 at 9:27 am ET|
NFL Network columnist Michael Lombardi made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to discuss news from around the NFL.
Lombardi said there should be concern in New York, where the 3-3 Jets have shown few signs of improvement.
“The Jet team to me is just not an overly talented team, especially on defense,” Lombardi said. “They’re front seven doesn’t have a dominating player that can control the game. And then they have to play great defense, because they don’t want their quarterback to ever affect them in the game. They want to minimize Mark Sanchez‘ effect in the game, so it has to complement their defense. And if their defense can’t stop the run, which they haven’t been able to do all season, and their defense can’t handle some passing games, which they’ll struggle with San Diego this week, I think that’s a concern.”
Asked if the Jets won’t make the playoffs, Lombardi said: “I suspect they really won’t. I think they’re a team that’s kind of built up with this false bravado that they’re the greatest team ever, and I think that Rex [Ryan] hasn’t been really honest with himself. I think when you look at their front seven and you analyze every player, Mike DeVito‘s the best player on their front seven. And last week they finally got him back on the field because New England ran him out of the nickel defense, and [the Jets] came up with a nickel front that puts DeVito back on the field. They’ve got to play that.
“Now, DeVito’s never been the best player on any team he’s played for, going back to high school. But he is on this Jet team right now, and that tells you where they are. Bart Scott‘s not the same player. Guaranteed contract for next season as well. Calvin Pace, not the same player. By the way, guaranteed contract for next season. This Nnamdi Asomugha recruiting process that they got caught up with really has affected the team, because they re-did some contracts that affected them for next year on players that might not be good enough this year.”
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|Tom Brady on Antonio Cromartie: ‘I don’t care what he says’||10.05.11 at 3:45 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Tom Brady wouldn’t take the bait on Wednesday.
Asked twice by writers about comments from Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, the Patriots quarterback responded with a terse, ‘[I] don’t care what he says,’ on both occasions before appearing to cut short his weekly press conference.
Cromartie said last season that he thought Brady was an ‘ass—-‘ and sounded like he took issue with some of Brady’s perceived post-touchdown antics.
‘We see that a lot. He does it a lot,’ Cromartie told the New York Daily News last January. ‘That’s the kind of guy he is. We really don’t give a damn, to tell you the truth.’
Asked about his comments earlier this week, Cromartie didn’t back down.
‘What I said last year, I meant it,’ Cromartie told Newsday. ‘I’m not going to take back anything. I’m definitely looking forward to this rivalry game. I still have the same feelings. Feelings don’t change. Whatever I said last year is not going to change.’
On Wednesday morning — before appearing to prematurely leave the podium in the media workroom — Brady called Cromartie an ‘excellent player’ who is part of a talented New York secondary.
‘They have two very good corners — well, they have a bunch of very good corners actually,’ Brady said. ‘The two that are out there on their regular defense are very good. They’re both fast, they’re both physical. They play well at the line of scrimmage. They’re very disruptive. They lead the league in pass defense, so that kind of tells you everything you want to know about them.’
New York knocked the Patriots out of the postseason last year, taking a 28-21 win in a divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. But Brady said Wednesday that loss wouldn’t serve as motivation for this Sunday’s game.
‘That was a long time ago,’ Brady said. ‘So, that game doesn’t have much bearing on this week. We’re a different team.’
While Brady said the Patriots are a different team, he said when it comes to the Jets, it’s the same as it ever was.
‘[We’re going to get] pretty much what we get from them every time we play them. They’re a tough team [and] they’re physical,’ Brady said. ‘I think they lead the league in a bunch of defensive categories. They’re very challenging to play. They have been — it’s always the Jets — since I got here 12 years ago; they’re challenging.
‘They’re good — they were good last year, they’re good this year, and they were good two years ago. I think as long as Rex [Ryan] is coaching that team they’re going to have good defense. They have a lot of good defensive players — David Harris and Bart [Scott]. [They have] a good front, corners can cover — safeties [Jim] Leonhard, [Eric] Smith, and Brodney [Pool] have given us problems. So it’s a good team.’
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