In the aftermath of a disastrous 2011 season, the New York Jets locker room was coming apart at the seams.
The finger pointing ensued once Santonio Holmes’ rift with teammates Brandon Moore and Mark Sanchez was made public.
Linebacker Bart Scott, Gang Green’s emotional leader, openly expressed his frustration with a situational role on defense.
Subsequently, the Jets granted Scott granted permission to explore trade options as it appeared more and more likely that the team’s walking sound bite had played his last days in Green and White.
What a difference a few weeks makes.
Following a tete-a-tete with head coach Rex Ryan, Scott is more comfortable with his role moving forward; citing a breakdown in communication as the root of his frustrations.
New York’s mad backer reportedly shed between 10-15 pounds this offseason as he sets his sights on becoming an every-down player again.
"I made a career of jumping on grenades for other guys and I plan to continue to do that because that's what I do best,” Scott told Bruce Beck of NBC 4 New York.
During the NFL owners meetings, Rex Ryan told reporters he expected Scott to return to the team next year in spite of speculation that the linebacker’s relationship with the organization was irreparable.
Ryan’s magnetic personality and lure of a potential Super Bowl run, ultimately convinced Scott not to jump ship.
While the Jets assemble the shattered pieces of their broken locker room, it seems as though Scott will remain New York’s driving force and pillar of strength for the foreseeable future.
As for the linebacker’s reaction to the acquisition of ‘Timsanity,’ let’s just say he’s all in favor of the move.
"I know it's going to work, I'm 100 percent confident," Scott declared. "All the experts, they don't understand. They assume what our locker room was like, but they don't know. It's the same locker room that had success the year before and the year before."
There’s a distinct possibility we’ll be hearing more from the Jets veteran backer as the offseason kicks into full gear.
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
You can follow him on Twitter @rlaughland
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