If Bart Scott was as productive as his mouth, then he would not be on the verge of getting cut by the Jets and he would not be the symbol of Rex Ryan’s deficiencies as a personnel evaluator.
Scott was Ryan’s first big free agent signing after the coach was hired by the Jets in 2009. Ryan wanted Scott so badly he showed up in his driveway in Baltimore at midnight with defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman, ready to recruit him as soon as the free agent signing period opened. They all had been together with the Ravens.
The three Jets coaches stood their ground even with Scott’s two German Shepherds staring at them with bad intentions from a slight opening under the garage door. As it turns out, they should have left.
Ryan was looking for one of his guys to spread the Ryan way in the Jets locker room and help change the culture. He elected to pursue him instead of Ray Lewis, although it’s unlikely Lewis would have left the Ravens, who now plan to put up a statue of him in front of M&T Bank Stadium.
Scott was in search of a big payday — he signed a six-year, $48 million deal with $22 million guaranteed — and for a team to call his own as he finally escaped Lewis’ huge shadow. The Jets provided both. It quickly became apparent that while Scott excelled as a supporting player next to Lewis, he was not a prime-time player ready to be the centerpiece of Ryan’s defense. As a leader, he was not close to being Lewis’ equal, either.
In Scott’s four disappointing years with the Jets, the list of his memorable plays is not long. In fact, crushing future teammate Tim Tebow with a jarring hit early in a game in Denver in 2011 is one of the few things that jumps out.


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