Q: What is it like to play at "the black hole" in Oakland?
Szott: The first time we played there, when they moved from LA to Oakland, we were standing on the sideline and getting pelted with things, and finally someone turned around and picked one of the things up, and it was live ammunition. I turned to a cop and said, ‘can you do something about this?' He says, "What do you want me to do about it?" That's the kind of stuff you go through there. But I actually enjoy that kind of environment. Not many guys do.
Q: How do you feel at this point? Do you think you'll be ready to go for Monday?
Szott: I think I'll be ready to go. I feel about the best that I've felt. We're going to do a lot of work today in practice, and we're inside in the turf today so that will be a good test for me.
Q: How excited are you to finally get back out there, especially on Monday night football?
Szott: I'm excited just to contribute, regardless of when it is, but it's fun to be able to do it against the raiders because I have a lot of history there. I know John Parrella real well, the defensive tackle that I'll be playing against. I played against him for years and years in San Diego. It's like going against an old buddy.
Q: The Jets have been on a big role lately. Do you worry about upsetting the flow at all?
Szott: If J.P Machado is playing better and he's better suited to start, then that's no problem, and let him play. Until I'm ready and can contribute at a high level, I'm not looking to disrupt the flow at all. That's the coach's decision. I go out there and work as hard as I can, and if it's their decision that it's time for me to go help this team win then I'm all for that.
Q: What does this Thanksgiving mean for you?
Szott: There's a lot to be thankful for. Everyone's life is different, but in my situation, I'm thankful that my son can do the little things he couldn't do last year. He's come a long way in two-and-a-half years my family's been back here in Jersey. So there's a lot to be thankful for. How far our family has come, the school he's in, how close we are to all the grandparents now, and the entire support group that's helped us tremendously. I couldn't be playing if I didn't move back home, so I'm thankful for it.