Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Calvin Pace (97) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 22, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker Bart Scott (57) reacts after a tackle against the New England Patriots during the first half on Thanksgiving at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
The Jets began the road to salary cap recovery yesterday, waiving/releasing five players. Two of those players have been prominent faces for the Jets over the past few years, Calvin Pace and Bart Scott. These two moves were not a surprise, as they have clearly passed their primes as players, and have been the faces of an ever slowing down group of Jets linebackers.
But, it hasn’t always been this way. These two players were important cogs in the Jets defense, earlier in their Jets careers. Scott may be re-signed at the minimum, but assuming he isn’t, let’s remember the good sides of these players tonight, starting with Calvin Pace.
When Calvin first arrived with the Jets in 2008, he was an impact pass rusher. He put up back to back seasons of career high sack totals with 7 in 2008 and 8 in Rex Ryan’s first year of 2009. The 8 sacks were also in only 12 games.
Bart Scott was still in pretty top form when he arrived here in 2009 along with Rex Ryan. Not only did he bring his play with him from Baltimore, he brought a new attitude to the Jets. Rex had that attitude on the sideline, Bart had that attitude on the field. It was an attitude that said, “Here comes the Jets!”, and that the Jets had to be counted for. That the Jets were a laughingstock no more.
That first year with Rex Ryan, he posted 92 tackles. We thank both Bart and Calvin for what they brought to the table. And we finish up with our greatest memory of Bart Scott:
For that alone, the attitude change around the Jets, we thank Bart Scott.