FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Few players in the NFL know Ray Lewis better than Bart Scott, who started alongside him for four seasons in the Baltimore Ravens' linebacking corps. When Scott heard the tenor of Lewis' inflammatory remarks Thursday, he attributed it to Ray being Ray.
"I don't even know what he said; I just know he said something," said Scott, the leader of the New York Jets' linebackers. "It's just part of the show. If you listen to all his news conferences, they're pretty much the same thing. It's part of how he builds it up."
Scott said he "couldn't care less" that Lewis ripped the Jets for talking too much and behaving like yet-to-be-crowned champions. Scott wasn't available to the media Thursday, when Lewis went off on the Jets, who face the Ravens in the season opener Monday night at the new Meadowlands Stadium.
For the most part, the Jets took a "Who cares?" attitude, but you can bet they will be chirping if they beat the Ravens. Jets coach Rex Ryan, formerly the Ravens' defensive coordinator, admitted that he discussed Lewis' comments with some of his players.
"I've been around Ray for years and I know how he's going to approach this game," Ryan said. "No question, he's trying to bring his teammates with him. That's the way he's always done it."
Scott conceded that the pregame trash talk will make for "more of a chippier game. ... When you get on the field, people are more easily agitated."
It's probably safe to assume that Scott, himself an all-time trash talker, will needle Lewis about his new Old Spice commercial, which aired during Thursday night's New Orleans Saints-Minnesota Vikings game.
"That's probably the worst commercial I've ever seen," Scott said. "It looked like some student shot it."
Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com.