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New Jersey – An analyst on the SNY post-game show, following the Jets loss to New England, said Bart Scott should be cut immediately.
It’s a good thing for that cat doesn’t make personnel decision for the Jets
While Scott didn’t have a great game against New England (making a coverage mistake on Shane Vereen’s 83-yard catch-and-run), he bounced back with a strong outing against Arizona.
Scott and his inside linebacker partner David Harris both played well.
This was a Scott kind of game – most of his work was in the box – stopping the run and blitzing. When he can play moving forward, he’s still a very effective player. In other words, he’s a terrific downhill player.
Scott finished with five tackles, one sack, one tackle for a loss and two quarterback hits.
Scott shared a key third down sack with Mo Wilkerson to end a mid-fourth quarter drive.
Scott also had a blitz up the middle in the fourth quarter that forced Ryan Lindley to throw a pass away to end a drive.
So Scott helped end two key fourth quarter drives with the Jets holding a small lead. That is pretty impressive.
On the Cardinals’ first possession of the second half, Scott made tackles on first and second down around the line.
In the third quarter, Harris and Scott both blitzed up the middle and sacked Lindley on the first play of a drive.
Then on the next play, Lindley dumped a pass to LaRod Stephens-Howling in the right flat, and Scott stopped the runner for a loss of one.
Something else Scott does very often, that doesn’t get enough attention, is sacrificing his body as a kamikaze, to take out a defender, to allow another player to make the tackle.
This happened on the Jets’ first defensive play of the game.
Tailback Beanie Wells was running off left tackle, Scott took a defender out, setting up Antonio Cromartie to stop the runner after just a gain of one.
Scott can still play, you just have to put him in spots that fit his skill-set.
You don’t want him running around in open space with Aaron Hernandez. It’s just not a good idea.
But in the box, he’s still an excellent player.
And I wouldn’t rule out bringing him back next year.
He can still play.
It was unfair for that SNY analystt to say the team should cut him . . .
It’s a no-brainer who should start at quarterback in Jacksonville – Greg McElroy.
This idea that the Jets have to evaluate this is preposterous.
The cerebral McElroy gives them the best chance to win.
We all saw that on Sunday.
He’s smart, reads defenses well and makes good decision.
Sanchez is in a slump and Tebow has two broken ribs.
This is an easy decision.
But the Jets are doing the right thing waiting until Wednesday to make the announcement. Though there are so many leaks in that building right now, the news will probably get out sometime tomorrow.
December 3, 2012
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