|Bart Scott: Falcons have quarterback edge over Patriots in Super Bowl LI||01.24.17 at 4:14 pm ET|
The Falcons may have the edge in a few positional battles over the Patriots, but quarterback likely isn’t one of them — except according to Bart Scott.
The current CBS NFL analyst went on CBS Radio with Damon Amendolara and said the Falcons have the better offense, and even better quarterback.
“We know they’re the better offense, and right now, you could say they got the better quarterback because they have the MVP of the league,” Scott said. “Now that’s a debate, but Matt Ryan has earned the right for his name to be put up there with the upper-echelon quarterbacks. He’s always been elite in the regular season, but now he’s taken this show into the postseason and he’s won the hard battles against the elite quarterbacks and now you have to give him his due.”
Scott also doesn’t think the Patriots defense can stop the Atlanta offense.
“I can’t see the Patriots stopping this offense,” he said. “So, that means that these receivers are going to have to [keep] pace. It’s all going to come down to what it always comes down to. It’s going to come down to who makes the turnovers, who gets up early and puts the pressure on the other team. Matt Ryan and that offense showed me a lot when they went behind [in the divisional round vs. Seattle]. Seattle came and busted them in the face, and [Atlanta] went right back down and answered immediately. The Patriots always find a way, but I think it makes it more close of a game than what people think.”
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|Bart Scott compares Patriots to Duke, Christian Laettner, dorks||01.18.17 at 8:07 pm ET|
Bart Scott is always good for a quote or two about the Patriots.
On CBS Sports Radio with Damon Amendolara, Scott discussed Steelers coach Mike Tomlin calling the Patriots a-holes in Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video.
“That speaks to what he thinks about them,” Scott said. “I don’t think that is about anybody, no. He looks at the Patriots like pretty much the rest of the league looks at them like Duke. You kind of hate Duke.
“Everybody hates Duke because they think they are some arrogant you-know-what’s and they have this bravado. They are like the kids in the playground that you are cracking jokes [about]. … That is how they come off to the majority of the league as smug, arrogant and they can have a sense of quiet, but they try to be humble and you know they are not.”
Scott doesn’t think Tomlin would make that comment about any team and that it was specific to the Patriots.
“If they were facing the Ravens they wouldn’t have said that and they hate the Ravens,” he said. “It is a difference because no matter how much you hate the Ravens, you respect the way they do business because they are mirror images of each other. It is like, ‘Alright, we know what is going on.’ He would say, ‘We know what time it is, put your big boy pants on. It’s going to be physical. We’re going to need to hit them in the mouth.’ It would be something like that. It wouldn’t be a-holes.”
Scott was then asked if the Steelers respect the Patriots?
“They do, but they hate them,” he said. “It’s like fighting a dork, somebody that you hate. I am serious. I am not even trying to be funny. People are like, ‘I hate Christian Laettner.’ Yeah, he was great and talented, but he got under your skin because there was a sense of arrogance.
“Look at when the Ravens played them and they came out with, ‘Well, you guys need to know the rules. We’re smarter than everybody.’ It’s like that whole type of arrogance thing that makes you want to punch them in the face.”
— Damon Amendolara (@DAonCBS) January 18, 2017
|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.
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