Monday, February 24, 2014
Bart Scott hired as analyst for 'NFL Today'
By Rich Cimini
Bart Scott doesn't have to wait anymore.
The former New York Jets linebacker, whose signature moment with the team was his celebrated "Can't Wait!" rant after a playoff win in New England, has been hired as a studio analyst for CBS' pregame show, "The NFL Today," the network announced Monday.
Scott, who retired after the 2012 season, spent last season on CBS Sports Network's "The Other Pre-Game Show," so this was a natural progression. He'll join ex-Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher and newly hired Tony Gonzalez on the revamped team of analysts.
Scott is smart, opinionated and loves to yap, so he has all the qualifications for the job. He was an interesting guy to cover. He was entertaining, no doubt, filling our notebooks with terrific quotes, but there were times when he wasn't pleasant to be around. He was condescending to some reporters, combative at times. He was fined $10,000 by the team for flipping off a news photographer in the locker room, tried to organize an anti-media boycott among teammates (most of whom didn't listen) and nearly came to blows with a blogger.
After antagonizing the media at times, Scott is one of them. Ironic, huh?
Scott will do well in his new role because he's sharp and not afraid to ruffle feathers. One of his first assignments should be to interview Richard Sherman; that would be a classic. Scott was Sherman before Sherman, grabbing national headlines with his postgame diatribe after the Jets' win over the New England Patriots in the 2010 playoffs. The Jets haven't won a playoff game since then.