Bart Scott Is Root of New York Jets' Problems

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst INovember 29, 2012

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 30:   Bart Scott #57 of the New York Jets  stands on the sidelines during a preseason game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on August 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Bart Scott is a sorry excuse for a professional athlete and the New York Jets front office needs to sever all ties with him immediately. 

The veteran linebacker underperforms on the field, causes divisions in the locker room and insults Gang Green fans that spend their hard-earned money to come to the stadium. 

Let's start with Scott's performance on the field in recent years. 

The 32-year-old's play has dipped tremendously since 2010, the Jets' last successful season. He misses key tackles, possesses subpar speed and constantly gets picked on in pass coverage. 

These flaws are evidenced by a single play on Thanksgiving: Shane Vereen's 83-yard touchdown reception on a short wheel route in the second quarter. 

Scott's job was to follow Vereen out of the backfield, but he played too inside, letting the New England Patriots' young running back beat him to the sideline.

From there, Vereen turned on the Jets and left the slow-footed Scott in his dust.

Now, it's one thing when your plays dips. It's another when you still talk like a big shot without backing it up.

Scott is by far the loudest mouth on the team. He predicts big things for himself and the Jets and squabbles with those who question him.

The former Pro Bowler causes locker room divisions in silly instances, such as leading a boycott against the media following the St. Louis Rams win.

When several players ignored Scott's pleas to ignore reporters, the middle linebacker became extremely defensive, even becoming angry at some of his teammates.

Scott's biggest crime does not even involve the locker room though. It is that the undrafted free agent lambasted loyal fans for jeering at the team during the Patriots game.

Fans have a right to be angry with the Jets, especially when they pay hundreds of dollars to see their team get dismantled at home on Thanksgiving Night against a divisional rival.

Scott's loathing insult towards fans, in which he said, "The person yelling at you probably was picked last in dodge ball all through high school.  So do you care about the opinion of them?  No,” is both idiotic and highly hypocritical. 

Firstly, does Scott realize that the people he is insulting are the ones supporting him financially? He wouldn't have a job without them.

Secondly, Scott seems to believe that he is of higher standard than them, therefore regarding their opinions as meaningless.

How many times has Scott poked feuds with opponents who are superior on the field? Too many to count. 

All Scott's trash talk to them is also meaningless, according to his expert theory.

Scott and the Jets need to learn how to take what they dish out. If they talk so big and fail to back it up, they shouldn't be irritated when people begin laying into them. 

There needs to be a culture change in New York. This kind of attitude and treatment of fans should not be stood for and the front office should act immediately. 

Releasing Scott will not solve all the Jets' problems, but it's a good start.