Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Bart Scott tells Randy Moss to 'man up next time'
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The AFC East's most delicious rivalry continues to percolate.
New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott doled out some serious praise for cornerback Darrelle Revis and offered some strong words to New England Patriots receiver Randy Moss for not giving credit when it's due.
Scott played with some devastating defenders in his seven seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, but said Revis is playing on par with any of his other teammates. Revis has given up a combined eight receptions for 59 yards to Houston Texans star Andre Johnson and Moss.
"I've been around tremendous talent, coming from Baltimore," Scott told SNY's "SportsNite" host Brian Custer. "He's on a run that I've only seen by one man before, and that's Chris McAlister, when he went through that run when he stopped Torry Holt, Randy Moss, [Terrell] Owens and all those guys."Revis also had an interception on a long Tom Brady pass attempt to Moss.
After the game, Moss dismissed the notion Revis was a shutdown cornerback, claiming the third-year pro had safety help. Revis said he was alone on Moss.
"I hear the easy copout by Randy Moss, saying that anybody can guard ... that 'I can play cornerback if I had safety help,'" Scott said. "That was a one-on-one jump ball. I think sometimes you've just got to give the man his credit, understand that [Revis] was the better man that day.
The Patriots' next opponent, the Atlanta Falcons, won't be sending Scott any thank-you cards.
"That doesn’t take from the fact that Randy Moss is a great receiver in this league. But give the kid his due. Next time it'll [be] another chance to go out and do it again so [Moss] can't say the same thing.
"[Revis] shut him down. He intimidated him. Randy was coming across that middle real slow. Tell him to man up next time and come across the middle like a man if he wants to be a complete receiver."
Revis limited Johnson to four catches and 35 yards in the season opener. Johnson had 10 catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
Moss had 12 catches for 141 yards in the season opener against the Buffalo Bills.