Why Bart Scott, Not Tim Tebow, Is Jets' Biggest Problem
The Jets, coming off an impressive road victory over the St. Louis Rams 27-13, were approached by the media in the locker room after the game when all chaos broke loose courtesy of a Scott rant. According to Bart Hubbuch of The New York Post via Twitter, Scott directed his rant at his own team mates:
Scott yells at Bryan Thomas for breaking the boycott, calling him "a MF-ing sellout." Yeremiah Bell tells Scott: "Stop it. Just stop it."— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) November 18, 2012
Now that his boycott flopped, Bart Scott is talking calmly and openly to the media. What a team this is.— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) November 18, 2012
The fact that Scott's own team mates had to step in and prevent him from further anger toward others in the locker room should raise some red flags to any observer.
Scott attempted to create a "media boycott" after reporters from The New York Post recently cited "anonymous sources" in the Jets locker room that had some negative things to say about Tebow's ability to play the quarterback position.
Rather than let the story die and not create a distraction, Scott decided to respond to the media first and foremost, and then create his self-mandated "media boycott" (h/t ProFootballTalk):
“That can’t be farther from the truth..one thing about me is I ain’t ever hid behind [junk] that I’ve ever said. I’m not afraid to put my name to it, go to a person and say it to them. . . . LaDainian is out of line in thinking I have that type of character. I don’t know what he believes I showed to him when he was here. If anything, I hope I showed him I was a leader and I never try to be a distraction.”
Scott has shown to be anything but a leader to the outside world. As far as being a locker room leader goes, we'll never truly know. From what we've seen, such as calling his own team mates sellouts, we have a good idea of his leadership skills.
"An anonymous source can be the equipment guy. Anybody can be an anonymous source. If you don’t tell them to put their name to it, what credibility do you have? I think the anonymous person is probably some smoke in the air or a fart off somebody’s [butt].”
Whether or not the paper's source was flatulence out of an anonymous human being or not is something we'll never know, but what we do know is that Scott handled the situation in a horrendously incorrect manner.
How Scott handles the next week or so will tell us a copious amount about his maturity and leadership skills. He once again lost his cool in front of the media rather than handling things in a professional manner.
Of course, that's something Scott has perfected under the guidance of head coach Rex Ryan:
The Jets are reeling at 5-6, and the easy target to blame for the public relations fiasco that is the locker room is Tim Tebow, but when is the last time we have ever seen Tebow negatively address the media or his fellow team mates?
Tebow receives a ridiculous amount of unwarranted attention because it's what people want to hear (and because ESPN feels the need to shove it down our throats at every turn). That doesn't necessarily mean Tebow wants, or enjoys the attention.
If anything, Mark Sanchez is a bigger problem than Tebow. Clearly the organization doesn't trust him to lead the franchise to a Super Bowl or the front office wouldn't have brought Tebow over in the first place (unless the move was a shameless money-grab—we'll leave that for you to decide).
Tebow is a media darling that has brought no negative attention to the organization personally. The same cannot be said for Scott.
Scott is a locker room cancer with declining skills on the field. He's one part of a locker room littered with negative divas such as receiver Santonio Holmes and cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Together they have managed to ruin things in New York over the past few years.
The Jets as a whole have a serious little-brother mindset that is killing the team's ability to be competitive on the field.
It appears as if the organization seeks out attention, after all, it is the inferior franchise in its own city. You don't see anyone on the New York Giants clamoring for media attention at such a fever pitch.
The Jets are heavily scrutinized by the media, and rightfully so. It's a safe bet the Giants, the reigning Super Bowl champions, receive the same, if not more media attention on a daily basis.
Want to know why you never hear a negative peep out of the Giants locker room?
Tom Coughlin doesn't allow guys like Bart Scott onto his roster. Rex Ryan does. Until the Jets can rid themselves of players such as Scott, they'll continue to be the dog with biggest bark, but smallest bite in New York.
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