Opponent Opinions: LB Bart Scott

Bart Scott knows Jets head coach Rex Ryan better than probably all of his teammates after having played for him in Baltimore. He also knows what it feels like to stop the Wildcat offense after the success the Ravens had against it last season. On the eve of facing the Dolphins again, the Jets linebacker addressed those topics and more in a conferencall with South Florida reporters.

Here is a team-released transcript of the interview with Scott:

On the Dolphins running game the past few weeks and if he thinks that same team will show up Monday night: "That's the team I'm prepared for. If that's the team they're going to put on the field, that's the way you have to prepare for it."

On what makes RB Ronnie Brown so difficult to defend: "He's a talented guy. Big enough and durable, he's fast, and he has soft hands."

On having success against the Dolphins twice last year while with the Ravens: "I take none of that. This is a different year, new situation, new set of circumstances. Every year, ever game takes its own identity and its own personality. You have to adjust to that one. Can't live in the past."

On how Rex Ryan has made the transition to head coach: "It's been seamless. He was being prepped to be a head coach far beyond before this year and the year before. He ran practices before as a way for him to get experience, [Brian] Billick would let him run practice and the whole head coach type of thing. So he's been a head coach far beyond when he got the actual title."

On if sacks are the gauge of success for the defense: "Well, we got 23 hits against Tom Brady, so whether we got sacks or not, pressures and getting that ball out of the quarterback's hands before he gets opportunities to step and set into his throws is more important, just as important as getting sacks. And not getting sacks, he isn't holding onto the football, nobody's holding onto the football, it means [he will] throw the football down the field, which means you don't give receivers the opportunity to get down the field."

On if he is excited to face a young quarterback with limited experience: "That can burn you. You can't have all your eggs in one basket, hang your hat on ‘well he's a young quarterback, we can confuse him,' because what if you don't? If you prepared all week for that situation to happen and then it doesn't, then what do you do? You prepare for the best player that you can prepare for. He may be young, but who knows, he can hurt you. So, young quarterbacks have great games as well. Our young quarterback had a great game. This guy has a whole extra year on our guy."

On how familiar he is with the rivalry between the Jets and Dolphins: "I don't know the feel of the rivalry, just like I didn't know the feel of the rivalry against the Patriots. But I know what it's like to play the Miami Dolphins as a football player. I know what to expect because I played this team twice last year."

On the attitude himself and Rex Ryan have instilled in the team: "I think we're no more confident than any other team. I just think the only difference is we tell you guys that and the rest of the people lie to you."

On if getting into opponent's heads is an advantage: "It's just an opportunity in the offseason to give you guys something to write about, make a paycheck. We can give you nothing and have no papers to sell, no magazines to sell, no talk radio to talk about."

On having not made a Pro Bowl: "Actually, I was All-Pro and I have made a Pro Bowl."

On if the Pro Bowl loses any luster not being in Hawaii: "No, only because the fact I like a free trip and I don't know if I can afford to go to Hawaii unless I make it to the Pro Bowl."

On if Miami is a nice place to have the Pro Bowl: "I understand the business aspect of it. If you put the Pro Bowl in the same city as the Super Bowl, instead of getting that dead week and that down week, more athletes, more good players in the city that may not come to a Super Bowl [otherwise], and then you could sell more things as far as marketing the players, making more money for players, and to make more money that down weekend between the Super Bowl. It's simply economics I would think, good marketing ploy."

On how he feels about the move to Miami for the event from a player's perspective: "I understand the business. Football is a business. The NFL is a business. In the recession, it's hard to take that product across the field to another poor area where people can't afford to come out and pay the cost."

On Braylon Edwards as a player and if the trade is a sign the team is ready to win now: "If giving away draft picks to move up to number five wasn't evident enough, I don't know what other indicator the rest of the league needs to realize we're trying to win this year and it's not a rebuild and build for the future type of deal."

On what makes Edwards tough as an opponent going back to when he played against him as a Raven: "Aside from going against him, I've personally known Braylon for about nine years, he's from Detroit with me. I know what type of player he is, what type of attitude he brings, and how he was coached, and the foundation of what he is. What he does on the football field is his ability to stretch the field and make you have to roll and predict coverage. And if you're coming off single-handed with one corner, so be it, so drop eight men in the box if you want to, live or die with the single coverage. He also takes another man out of the box for the running back, because you put eight in the box, you got man-to-man coverage there, and now you have to deal with Jericho Cotchery by himself. And oh yeah, we do have a guy named Dustin Keller who can be an opponent's nightmare, who I don't think most linebackers can match up with. And then if you find a linebacker that can handle him, we got Leon Washington matched up against a lesser athlete than a linebacker."

On what he has thought of Mark Sanchez's performance so far, especially considering the market he is playing in: "He came from a huge market, and he came from a place where athletes go to prep themselves for a professional career. He's been poised and he's been humble, and he's done everything right so far."

On how confident he is that his defense can shut the Wildcat down for a third straight time – the first two coming last season with the Ravens: "Every game, just because you did something last year does not mean that you can do it this year. We have to go out there and be fundamentally sound, and do what we do against it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, hopefully it will work. Try to get back on our winning ways against a divisional opponent. It's an extremely important game to get."

On being quoted as stopping the Wildcat is as being as easy as "filling every gap" and if that statement holds true: "Filling every gap? You can't fill every gap when they have 11 blockers, it's 11 on 11, not 10 against 11 when you have a quarterback. It's not that simple. If it was that simple, everybody would just rush eight man blitz in every gap. But, of course I won't give you the secret to shutting it down."


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