Posted tagged ‘Bart Scott’

MNF Preview: Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall wants to get ejected in Second Quarter against Rex Ryan’s Jets

October 17, 2011

Via ESPN:

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Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall says he has been playing with his emotions in check and plans to show more passion Monday night against the New York Jets, with a goal of getting kicked out of the game in the second quarter.

When asked if he was joking, Marshall said no.

“I’m not joking. I’m serious,” Marshall told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “They’re going to fine me. It’s probably going to be like a $50,000 fine. But that quarter and a half that I’m out there, I’m going to play like a monster.

“I might get in a fight with Bart Scott. (Antonio) Cromartie, we pretty much matured our relationship and grew a little bit. We used to fight in Denver and San Diego. If that happens, it happens, so we’ll see.”

In July, Marshall disclosed he was diagnosed earlier this year with borderline personality disorder. On Thursday, he said he hasn’t played with enough emotion in the first four games for the Dolphins, who are winless.

“Obviously, Brandon was 50 percent kidding,” Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said. “I know one thing about that guy: He’s not going to do anything to hurt this football team. I know the people in that locker room are important to him, and this guy has worked really hard.”

Marshall said he might get into a fight or a shoving match against the Jets, or bang the ball off his head.

Marshall has 22 catches this year but is tied for third in the NFL with five drops.

This is probably the best news that came out this weekend. Everyone around the nation needs to watch this game tonight to see if Brandon Marshall is true to his word and picks a fight with the Jets. He is probably one of the most open spoken receivers in the league and says what he wants and when he wants. To be honest, he hasn’t been that good of a player since going to Miami so why is he acting like this when the team is 0-5? My guess is he wants the Dolphins in the news and he wants to be on a new team in the near future. Hey, look at what LeGarrette Blount did in Oregon against Boise St. in the opening game two seasons ago. He’s now a superstar in Tampa Bay. Maybe Marshall wants to follow in his footsteps…

Greatest interview ever: Bart Scott

January 17, 2011

I have never seen anyone so furious and revved up after a game before in my life. When Rex Ryan says he lets his players speak, he really means it. Bart Scott spoke with passion and with his heart and not with what the viewers want to hear. Listening to this interview, it shocked me but also made me realize that this is the truth. This is not because there are cameras or microphones around him but because he believes what he preaches. Some of the greatest quotes from this are, “I’m pissed off” when asked about how he felt. “Their defense couldn’t even stop a nosebleed,” referring to the New England Patriots. And finally, the word “disrespect came up multiple times because he felt the Jets got disrespected all around the nation. Bart Scott is a true Rex Ryan linebacker and he is still spreading the word as the Jets go to Pittsburgh next week…

MNF: Jets vs. Ravens Preview

September 13, 2010

Via ESPN:

Whenever LaDainian Tomlinson and Ray Lewis meet on the field, a few bumps and bruises usually are involved.

They’ve played against each other plenty during their long careers, and won’t let a few bone-rattling tackles get in the way of their friendship.

“He makes some plays, we make some plays, but bottom line, it’s a high-spirited competition,” Lewis said. “We give it everything we’ve got against each other because we respect each other that much.”

They’ll be at it again Monday night when Lewis’ Baltimore Ravens open their season against Tomlinson’s New York Jets at the New Meadowlands Stadium. It’ll be Tomlinson’s first regular-season game with his new team after nine seasons in San Diego, and a chance to prove he’s far from washed up.

He’s already got a believer in Lewis.

“If you watch the man play football, the man plays football better than probably any back in (the) game right now,” Lewis said. “That’s one thing, if you don’t respect that, he’ll hurt you with it.”

Tomlinson laughed when he heard about Lewis’ praise, knowing there’s more to it.

“He’s obviously, as a buddy, being very modest,” a grinning Tomlinson said. “He’s going to try and tear my head off on Monday night. He’s buttering me up. We have a lot of respect for each other. Older players in this league, we’re always looking for that chip on our shoulder. It’s no different with me.”

Or, with several other big-name players making their regular-season debuts in new uniforms Monday night.

Jason Taylor and Antonio Cromartie are in green and white now, and looking for fresh starts with the Jets — just as Tomlinson is.

“I think every year you have something to prove,” said Tomlinson, coming off a career-low 730 yards rushing. “That’s the way I approach it. This, probably more so than any other year because I’m with a new team. I’m going to approach it that way. I’m always motivated, excited to play.”

Taylor was once one of the Jets’ most-despised opponents while a member of the Miami Dolphins. Now, he’s expected to give a boost to New York’s pass rush, especially with linebacker Calvin Pace out with a broken right foot.

“I know some people don’t think I can do it anymore,” Taylor said, “and there’s a million different things being said, but that’s fine.”

On the other sideline, former Pro Bowl wide receivers Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmandzadeh are two more targets for young quarterback Joe Flacco in an increasingly formidable Ravens offense.

“Obviously, in one game, one guy might have more balls than the other, but that’s a good problem to have because defenses can’t fix on one guy each and every week,” wide receiver Derrick Mason said. “One day it might be ‘Quan, one day it might be T.J., one day it might be me.”

Throw in New York coach Rex Ryan and linebacker Bart Scott facing their old team and the Jets hosting their first regular-season game at their new $1.6 billion stadium, and it makes for lots of old faces in one big, new place.

“It’s a big deal,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “Obviously, it’s New York City, that’s a big deal. You have a brand-new stadium. I think that’s a very momentous, historic kind of a thing and very meaningful to the Jets and their fans. We’re honored to be a part of it. We’re glad they asked us to come up and be a part of it.”

That doesn’t mean the Ravens intend to be kind to the hosts.

“To get a win on the road, it would definitely build our team confidence,” Ravens running back Ray Rice said. “That’s one thing we’ve got to do. Everybody knows we’ve got to go on the road, and it’s tough to get a win on the road.”

Especially against a team that had the league’s No. 1 defense and rushing offense last season, and has made it clear it has its sights set on a Super Bowl appearance.

“The opening game is always a statement game,” Ryan said. “Both teams are gunning for it. Both teams are going to try to win this game. Both teams recognize the fact that they are playing against a good football team. At least, we do.”

Ryan was an assistant in Baltimore for 10 years, including four as the defensive coordinator before being hired by New York, and still has several friends on the team.

“I’ll always be indebted to them, but I’m going to try to kick their butt, period,” Ryan said. “We’re going to try to win the game. No matter what my attachment is to them, I’m no longer their coach. I’m here. This is my team. Will I always respect those guys for what they did (for) me? Absolutely. There’s no question about it, but we’re going to try to win.”

All the subplots have made for some interesting chatter on both sides leading up to the game. Lewis, one of Ryan’s favorite players, came out and knocked his former coach’s big talk and said the Jets need to win something first before they run their mouths.

“Whatever he feels that they want to say, and all these Jets want to talk about this, man, you’ve still got to play the game,” Lewis said. “The game ain’t played through tongues. The game is played when you buckle up your chinstraps.”

And both the Ravens and Jets will get a chance to finally do that Monday night.

“I think it’s an exciting game for the NFL,” Scott said. “I think they knew what they were doing when they put it on Monday Night Football. They wanted two physical teams to start off. We know them, they know us. It’s going to make for great competition.”

…This is just going to be an awesome game! There are so many story lines in this game it is even too hard to concentrate on the actual game itself. Ray Lewis and Rex Ryan are mouthing off, LT starts his new career in the empire state, the Jets are predicted AFC East Champs, Darrelle Revis signed a deal with the Jets without practicing much, and Ravens have a high-powered offense with Anquan Boldin, TJ Houshmandzadeh, Ray Rice, and Derrick Mason. I really think the offenses will be the main force here and it will come down to who can score in the red zone. I think Ray Rice and LT will be battling it out down there and the QB play of Flacco and Sanchez will be key late in the game. But overall, I think it is the overall team play by the Jets that will win them this ball game. So I am going with the Jets beating the Ravens in a close battle, 28-24 final but I think it will come down to the final drive. Oh and to start off the new season, I just love this clip (VIDEO BELOW)