Linebacker Bart Scott is chomping at the bit for Monday night and New England. Then again, does it really take much to get Scott ready to play?
Scott anchors a Jets defense pitted against the Patriots top ranked scoring offense, a New England team that is cashing in over 30 points per contest. The linebacker tallied four tackles and a pass deflection in Gang Green’s Week 2 comeback effort, a 28-14 triumph at the Meadowlands. The outspoken Scott is eager to lock down tight end Aaron Hernandez who scorched the Jets pass defense in the first meeting of these two teams with six receptions for 101 yards. The rookie was clutch too. Among the gaudy three-digit receiving haul, Hernandez’s numbers include a devastating 46 yard rumble setting up Randy Moss’ 34 yard touchdown with less than a minute remaining in the first half.
Scott notes that the key to keeping the Patriots passing game in check is staying physical at the point of attack, thereby disrupting quarterback Tom Brady’s cadence with his receivers.
“You just have to be fundamentally sound, stay in the pocket and make sure you get a read of the route to throw their timing off,” hinted Scott. “Normally, when they’re out there, you are going to be locked. They look around and there might be a favorable matchup they like and Brady sees [it]. [You have to] know that you’re going to have to be the guy that has to make that play that time.”
In his ninth NFL season and undrafted out of Southern Illinois University, Scott has faced the Patriots five times in his career registering 24 tackles. Despite the success, has yet to enjoy the satisfaction of sacking or intercepting Tom Brady.
Complicating things on Monday night, Scott will face former Jets running back Danny Woodhead, who was acquired by New England days after he was cut by the Jets, but was inactive for the Week 2 game. Woodhead has made an immediate impact for the Patriots in nine games with 344 yards on the ground and three scores, in addition to 230 receiving yards and a touchdown. New England’s offense has been re-tooled since trading their “slouch” and ball hog (Randy Moss), posing a well-balanced and dynamic attack.
“They have a new identity, getting their running backs out, commented Scott. Danny Woodhead has been a great addition for them,” Scott said. “[They are] working those tight ends. They’re playing well right now and it’s going to be a tough challenge, but we’ll be ready for them.“