Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Bart Scott says he's 'all in'
By Rich Cimini
Now Bart Scott can't wait to get back to work with the Jets.
Confirming what Rex Ryan indicated last week at the NFL meetings, the veteran linebacker said Tuesday night his issues with the coaching staff have been resolved and he expects to be with the team in the coming season.
"Of course I'm excited," he told Bruce Beck of 4 NBC New York at an event in Manhattan. "I came here (in 2009) and I bought the lakefront property. I was all in. I'm still all in."
This marked Scott's first comments to the news media this offseason. Previously, he was last seen leaving the locker room the day after the season ended, flipping off a photographer -- a gesture that resulted in a $10,000 fine from the team.
Scott confirmed he was frustrated last season in a reduced role. He said there was a "communication" problem with the coaches, adding he and Ryan "had a great talk and we ironed some things out ... I'm comfortable with my place and my role on the team. I look forward to having a great, bounce-back year as an organization and as a team."
Scott said he'll be go back to his old role, which he described this way: "I made a career of jumping on grenades for other guys and I plan to continue to do that because that's what I do best."
He was so disenchanted with his role that his agent met with the Jets at the scouting combine in February, and the two sides discussed a possible trade. Privately, Scott told friends he didn't expect to return. But he was hard to trade because he has three years remaining on his contract and is due a guaranteed $4.2 million in 2012.
At the league meetings, Ryan told reporters he expected Scott to be back. He also revealed that Scott had dropped weight, which should help his chances of becoming an every-down linebacker again. Scott he's "back to my fighting weight. It's the first time I've met abs five and six, and I'm excited."
Scott also said the Jets' locker room "wasn't that fractured," blaming the media for blowing the problems out of proportion. He also blamed the media for trying to poison the Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow dynamic.
"I know it's going to work, I'm 100 percent confident," he said. "All the experts, they don't understand. They assume what our locker room was like, but they don't know. It's the same locker room that had success the year before and the year before."