The New York Jets Have a "Mad Backer" in the House

Robert LekhwaniContributor IMay 26, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 20:  (EDITORS NOTE: IMAGES HAVE BEEN DIGITALLY MANIPULATED) Bart Scott of the New York Jets poses for a portrait on April 20, 2009 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Nicknamed the "Mad Backer," former Baltimore Raven LB Bart Scott signed a whopping $40 million deal to join the New York Jets as a free agent.

Not bad for an undrafted free agent who spent his first three years in the NFL as a special teams player.  He also brought with him a colorful personality that has already made him a favorite among the local media. This is what I'd love to ask No. 57.

You were undrafted and then had to spend a long time on special teams before getting your shot. Ever lose hope that your time would come?

What did you learn from playing with All-Pros like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed?

When you signed with the Jets, members of the Baltimore media stated that you didn't make enough plays to warrant such a lucrative deal. Your response to that?

Much has been made about Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine bringing the Ravens' aggressive defensive style here to the Jets. But you don't have either Ray or Ed coming with you. Why is it going to work here?

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Clearly, you like to talk smack and appear to be ultra-confident. How important is it for that to rub off on your new teammates, especially players who have been accused of not being leaders or playing with enough swagger in the past?

Ultimately, the goal of every player is to win a Super Bowl. Last year, your former team got to the AFC Championship game. Why leave a successful situation like that and come to a team that hasn't won anything of consequence in more than 40 years?

Chances are, Scott, who is clearly going to be the Jets' lynchpin on defense, will provide a tremendous insight into why he's the right guy at the right time for the NYJ.


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