Leading up to Sunday’s game in New England, the Jets ran their mouths and they talked a lot of trash, but they backed it up yesterday. After getting dismantled 45-3 in their last regular season meeting against the Patriots, Rex Ryan’s defense was the target of a lot of criticism. However, in true Rex Ryan fashion, he put it all on his shoulders and took the criticism in stride. The Jets made sure there would be no repeat performance by Brady’s offense. The Jets out-coached, outplayed, and out-executed the Patriots in every facet of the game. Rex and his defense went into Tom Brady’s house, in a playoff game, and flummoxed the game’s best quarterback all day long just one week after doing the same thing to Peyton Manning. You can say what you want to about Rex Ryan and the Jets. They are cocky, they are brash, they play with a swagger, and they run their mouths constantly. But they are also playing in the AFC Championship game for the second straight year, are one win against the Steelers from making reservations in Dallas, and earned the respect that they were looking for.
No player epitomizes the Rex Ryan brash style more than Bart Scott. He followed Rex from Baltimore to New York and wears his emotions on his sleeve. Check out this post-game interview below that Bart Scott did with ESPN and Sal Paolantonio
Bart Scott joined WFAN in New York with Boomer and Carton to talk about his conversation with Sal Paolantonio after the game, the game plan that the Jets had to beat the Patriots, when he felt like Tom Brady was rattled and uncomfortable, what he thinks of the play of Mark Sanchez, and talks about how tough it will be to play Pittsburgh this weekend.
On his post game comments:
“I just want the best for my guys. We believe in each other and like I said before we love that coach. He takes a lot of bullets for us and we just wanted an opportunity to back him up and let him be able to enjoy the moment.”
How the game plan changed this time around against Tom Brady:
“Like I told Boom early in the week we understood that they made the necessary adjustments and it was our opportunity to make the adjustments. Before, when they had Randy Moss, that was our first time seeing them post Randy Moss in how they would try and attack us. We have a tremendous defensive staff and we have a tremendous pedigree. We know something about defense, that coaching staff in Baltimore before and now in New York, how to stop people. This isn’t our first rodeo. We’ve been able to stop opponents, we’ve played this team before, and we knew we could play better. Rex did a great job of putting the target on himself and blaming himself, but we understood as players we didn’t execute the game plan.”
When he knew Tom Brady was rattled:
“When he started throwing off his spot and doing uncharacteristic things like missing guys that were wide open and not putting the ball in place where his guys could catch it. This wasn’t the first time that we saw that look in his eyes. We saw that look in his eyes the first time we played him under the Rex Ryan regime. We just did it with all out blitzes and scheme and relentless pressure, but there’s more than one way to skin a cat. We understood that we could get what are called coverage sacks as well. This game we allowed them to use their pass rushing abilities because that was the game plan. These guys have been very unselfish in making sure they execute the game plan to make sure that we can be successful in the back as far as our DB’s getting sacks, linebackers getting sacks, things like that in taking two blockers up, but we turned those guys loose.”
On the maturation of Mark Sanchez:
“He’s maturing before our very eyes. Last year it was tough sledding for him and it would be tough sledding for anyone because we were only capable of winning one way, ground and pound. We didn’t have the guys that other teams would respect on the outside. Now with Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, who has been a great vertical receiver, and Jerricho Cotchery being a tremendous route runner in the middle with Dustin Keller, now teams have to play us more balanced. Now we’ve get an opportunity to run and pass. We got an opportunity to play a close game where we didn’t let it get out of hand too early. Any defense can play when your defense is putting up 30 points per game. We knew if we could force those guys to play a tough game like we did in the first game that they would make the mistakes because at the end of the day we were the veteran playoff team, not them.”
How tough the matchup will be with the Steelers:
“If anybody knows this team, I know this team very well from my days in Baltimore. I know that they’re a tremendous franchise. Ben Roethlisberger unlike Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will take the bumps and take the hits, he’s a grown man in there and that’s why I respect him so much because he’s willing to look down the barrel of the gun and take it for his team. He will stand on that spot knowing that he’s going to get drilled and continue to take it. It’s going to take a complete effort and a complete game. The last time we faced them we didn’t play them with Troy Polamalu who makes a tremendous difference. The goal at the end of the day wasn’t to beat the Patriots. It was part of the process of the big picture, it was a step. We have another step to take to get to where we feel like we are capable of going and that’s the Super Bowl.”