In 2010, Bart Scott couldn’t wait to head to Pittsburgh for the AFC Championship game. He was sick and tired of the disrespect that the Jets had received from the media. Nobody gave them a chance in the game against New England, and Bart’s frustration boiled over at the end of that ball game. That day may have been a peak in Bart Scott’s role as the heart and soul of the Jets defense.
From there, however, it has gone down hill. 2011 was a low point in Bart’s time with the Jets, being overweight and eventually being taken off the field on passing downs. But Bart pledged to be a new Bart in 2012, losing weight and pledging to be on the field every down. Despite all of that work, it’s time for Bart Scott to sit. He should no longer be a starting linebacker for the New York Jets.
After recording seasons of 92 and 81 tackles in Bart’s first two seasons with the Jets, it all came crashing down in 2011 with 66 tackles. This season, despite getting back in shape, only has recorded 31 tackles through the season to date. Forgetting statistics, his play just doesn’t pass the eye test anymore. Watch when he plays against the run, you can tell that his recognition is still there. He knows the defense better than anyone on the team. The problem is, that he can’t get there in time anymore. He is clearly more than a step too slow, and it hurts the team. He doesn’t meet guys in the hole, he is too late. He can’t stay with a tight end in the passing game anymore.
Bottom line, he hurts the team more than he helps as a starting linebacker. It’s time for him to sit, and give way to Demario Davis. I “can’t wait” for it to happen.