How long has it been since linebacker Bart Scott missed a game? Try eight seasons, a span that covers over 119 straight contests, so it makes sense that the Jets’ madbacker felt a little strange watching from the sidelines as his team was dismantled by the Miami Dolphins during Week 8.
“Yeah, it was weird,” admitted Scott. “Oddly enough, Miami was the game I missed in 2004 that, my second year. I don’t know, maybe it’s a Miami thing.”
Scott is Rex Ryan’s right hand man—a veteran player who younger players turn to for guidance and support. While New York suffered a blowout loss at the hands of Joe Philbin’s Dolphins, Scott was in full force rooting on his teammates and expressing words of encouragement despite Gang Green’s lackluster performance.
“Watching the game I was more nervous than when I’m playing,” Scott told reporters of not suiting up against Miami. “I was more nervous, I was on pins and needles and the game seems so much longer than what it actually is when you’re playing. A lot of anxiety and wishing that the guys played well and wishing I could help.”
Throughout the first eight games of the season the Jets looked like a team in dire need of help, a team without an identity or any sense of urgency. While Gang Green attempts to kickoff its second half schedule with a win, Scott is primed to assume a leadership role and determined to cherish the game he loves.
“So it’s frustrating, but what it does is it gives you appreciation of what it is to play, Scott said. “When you play 119 straight you kind of take for granted that you just expect on Sundays to play. When that’s taken away from you it really puts some perspective (on) what a blessing it is to be able to play.”
Hobbled by turf toe, Scott is officially listed as questionable on this week’s injury report. While New York’s man in the middle is chomping at the bit to toe the gridiron with his teammates, Scott is ready to help any way he can.
“It’s still a long time before the game, but it’s still one of those things where even if I don’t play, I’ve played so much football and situational football that you like to be able to pull some of the young guys over and tell them what to anticipate and help be a coach.”