As usual, inside linebacker Bart Scott has had plenty to say during the on and off seasons this year. The idleness of the lockout is leading to boredom, a warped sense of history, and an overvaluing of certain players opinions. Needless to say, Bart Scott has pretty much made himself and his thoughts widely available to the media. Per ESPN, below are a few snippets of what Bart Scott thinks of the state of things.
On the team and their championship prospects:
"I think it's about time we get it done and see this thing through, because, after a while, people are going to start looking at it as a joke."
On Mark Sanchez:
"I think it's time for him to take that next step ... to the upper echelon of quarterbacks in this league. ... He's had his ups, he's had his downs, but he's stayed positive through it. He's one of the hardest-working -- not quarterbacks, but hardest-working people I've ever seen. It's time for him to take the next step and really take control of this team and not so much have to hold onto the steering wheel but actually guide the car."
My thoughts on our vocal supporting middle linebacker's words after the jump.
Hey, Bart? Shut up.
I realize you don't mean anything you say in a detrimental way, and you've been doing a fantastic job becoming the next Kerry Rhodes - an under-performing, seriously overpaid defensive diva whose mouth and penchant for trouble cause us problems - but short of Vernon Gholston I can't think of anybody who was on the defense last year less qualified to talk about offensive or player progression than you.
If you spent half the time you do making t-shirts, talking to the media, hyping the team, and evaluating other players and dedicated the energy towards tackling players and NOT pulling down moronic 10-15 yard penalties all the time I wouldn't even have a problem with your gift of gab.
With the exception of Alosi the tripper, is there anybody who did less to put us over the top last year? All of the safeties screw ups combined barely tally up to match yours. I'm seriously trying to think of anybody who cost us nearly us much for so little in return. Jenkins over the last few years perhaps, and he's gone now. Point being, you're the very last man qualified to talk about how we "just have to" make the big game or else it's everyone else's fault around you. If you don't want to be a joke for falling just short, STOP RUNNING YOUR MOUTH ALL THE TIME!
My real sticking point is with Scott placing the burden of the teams questions and uncertainty on Sanchez's shoulders. I'm sorry Mr. Scott, Mark Sanchez is a first round prospect who visibly worked hard and DELIVERED last year making marked improvements and rallying his team to several wins, HOW ABOUT YOU, mister UDFA brought in by his old coach on a monster contract he hasn't lived up to for a second? If you're so concerned with leadership and the state of your team, take a voluntary paycut.
I'm sure I'm overreacting, and like I said I know he only means it in the best of ways. But you can't complain that the hype is hard to live up to and then run your mouth all the time, or put the responsibility of progression on your team when you're such a highly-paid stagnant defender. And frankly, Scott is rapidly becoming dead weight and looking more and more like the undrafted free agent that benefited from being around Suggs and Lewis. He is the very last person still holding a roster spot that should be running his mouth.
Mark my words, until someone cuts the fat or seriously steps up and puts him into check, Bart Scott is the new dead-weight Diva, in the absence of Kerry Rhodes.