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Bart Scott Claims Media Treats New York Giants Better than New York Jets

January 17th, 2013 at 10:30 AM
By Dan Benton

The New York Jets were a circus in 2012; a downright fiasco. From the issues with backup quarterback Tim Tebow to the recent hilarity of Rex Ryan's revealing tattoo, Gang Green has returned to the laughing stock it once was. However, accepting responsibility is rarely a part of their makeup, and linebacker Bart Scott claims their public image is based solely on slanted media coverage in New York, where the New York Giants are put on a pedestal, while the Jets are intentionally made to look bad.

'Bart Scott - New York Jets Pep Rally Florham Park New Jersey 2011 at the Atlantic Health Training Center' photo (c) 2011, Anthony Quintano - license:

"I didn’t like the personal attacks. A quick example now is the media following Rex down to the Bahamas. I mean, who does that?" Scott said on Inside the NFL. "I can’t imagine them going out and catching [Giants head coach] Tom Coughlin laid out…and following him. We are in the same town but we are covered differently [than the Giants]."

The reality is the media wouldn't stakeout Tom Coughlin because he and his family do not deliberately put a bullseye on their back. He doesn't make outlandish comments or guarantees, is heavily involved in charity and is one of the most well-respected men around the league. He and his team do not boycott the media, as Bart Scott often insists his teammates do, and the Giants do not belittle their fans when they leave the field. Moreover, the Giants organization creates and maintains tremendous relationships with its players, and would never throw one of them under the bus as the Jets did with Tebow this season.

The media craves controversial stories. After all, controversy sells. And should the Giants ever put themselves in a situation similar to anything the Jets have done, you can bet the media would be all over it. Case in point, the Prince Amukamara cold tub incident.

The media plays no favorites.

But since when has anything come out of Scott's mouth that made sense? Since when has he ever said anything logical? Make no mistake about it, his conspiracy theories draw attention and are one of the main reasons local New York media hammer down on that locker-room. It's golden material each and every day. And they have no one else to blame but themselves.


Tags: Bart Scott, Football, New York, New York Giants, New York Jets, NFL, Prince Amukamara, Rex Ryan, Tim Tebow, Tom Coughlin

21 Responses to “Bart Scott Claims Media Treats New York Giants Better than New York Jets”

  1.  GOAT56 says:


    Interesting discusion on Boley. I would dump Boley because I feel by next year Paysinger and/or Williams will be as good as Boley. Or at least very close and the extra 3 mil of so that he’s due makes him expendable. While our LB depth overall may be weak, at WLB I think we have good depth with Paysinger and Williams behind Boley. Boley and Blackburn have been valued in part because they have great knowledge of the defense. But after finishing 31st how much is that really worth? Not much IMO. Especially since both are on the cusp if not already starting to decline. I think it’s time to give our 3rd year guys a chance to start. We should also sign a vet free agent with the ability to play MLB and SLB. Ellerbee and Brinkley I think we very good suggestions from the other day. They bring increased athleticism from Blackburn. I think Rivers can be brought back on a prove it deal but should be paid more than 1.5-2 mil.

    I think we really need to address LB through the draft in rounds 1-3 an add a MLB/SLB prospect. And a later round WLB propect. I was against LB in previous years but seeing some of the oung 2-3 round LBs like Wagner and the TB kid I have changed my view.

  2.  GOAT56 says:


    You don’t keep Diehl simple because cutting him will create dead money. That dead money is a sunk cost. It’s more can he be replaced by a better player. At some point you have to leave trusted declining vets. Now seems to be the right time with Diehl.

    Canty and Webster are a lot more complicated. Renegotiating with them involving an extension either creates dead money or locks those players up for lower than accostum salaries for several years. I think both Canty and Webster believe they can have bounce back years. So while they might be willing to take a 2013 pay cut I don’t see them wanted to be locked in for a few years at a lower salary. It will be interesting.

    If we did end up parting way with both players I think we need vet free agents to replace them. But I think a young vet is the way to go. For a Webster replacement that should cost good money but not Carr type money is Keenan Lewis from Pitt. Lewis played very well for Pitt this year. Pitt is already paying Taylor a lot and have a 3rd CB they like so Lewis liek a KP might just be a player they can’t afford to keep. For a Canty replacement I like Sammie Hill from Detroit. Hill is now the 3rd DT with 2 recent DT picked in the first round. But when Hill has played he has been good he the size we need as a run stuffer.

    •  Levito says:

      I disagree about Diehl. And I say this as someone who cringes every time he’s on the field. I don’t think he should be cut, but instead renegotiated. If he’s not willing because he thinks he’ll get a better deal somewhere else, he needs to be reminded of Shaun O’Hara. And if that doesn’t work, cut him.

      But at a lower price, Diehl is a competent backup. He can play 4 positions on the line, and you just can’t expect your O line to make it through the season without some injuries. He’s good enough as a backup, just not a starter in this league.

      And if they successfully renegotiate, they can guarantee him a little more money up front to make sure there’s little to no dead money if they choose to move on next season.

      •  kujo says:


        Until proven otherwise, he’s a valuable depth player. But along with his renegotiation needs to be a stern word from Reese to Coughlin–this guy is a DEPTH player, who needs to be used sparingly, and only if the young players are demonstrably unable to handle the position. For too long, Coughlin has allowed his vet-fetish to hinder the growth of these players we are told need to be groomed. Diehl can stay because he’s got value, but if he’s starting, there better be like 2 or 3 guys on IR.

        •  GOAT56 says:

          Given some of the OL’s I saw play this year Diehl can still be a starter or at least in a competition for one for another team. I think it could just be time for both parties. I’m sure Diehl wants to start. For him to return as a pure backup seems like a reach. If Diehl returns that means he has a chance to start IMO. We are better off taking a chance on Lockear or a similar player to be a backup.

          This is part of the young and hungry I have heard several make and agree with. That’s why you maybe let some possibly useful vets like Diehl, Hixon, etc go.

    •  sonnymooks says:

      You actually used the phrase “sunk cost” and used it in the proper context…..God Bless You, and may all the good things happen to you and may your descendants be plentiful and blessed !!!!

      Sorry if I got a little excited, as someone who has taken many an economics class, and have tried to explain sunk costs to many, its saddens me how so many do not understand the concept of “throwing good money after bad”.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        I was an econ major undergrad lol. It really is a useful tool in life though. Too many people focus on costs when they are already sunk. Also, replacement cost is another useful life tool from basic economics.

  3.  kujo says:

    Of course you wouldn’t find Coughlin laid out at the Bahamas a few days after the end of a dismal season, drinking martinis while sporting a tattoo of Judy wearing a an Eli Manning jersey.

    And THAT is the point.

  4.  Krow says:

    Renegotiations are tricky. There’s a lot of ego involved.

  5.  Krow says:

    I think we should hire Fireman Ed. Change his colors and have him hang out with the license plate guy during games.

  6.  TheCatch says:

    Nice piece Dan

  7.  G-MenFan says:

    Yeah, the NY press didn’t make a big deal out of Prince Amukamara getting thrown in the tub at all.

    The Jets are a 3-ring circus. That’s what attracts the attention.

  8.  fanfor55years says:

    Nice work Dan. Only thing I would add is that the esteemed owner of the Jets, a guy who never worked a hard day in his life, decided upon taking ownership of the team to seek to make the Jets “relevant” by creating controversy, stealing the back pages of the tabloids, and hiring a “big” personality in Rex Ryan and then backing him even at the cost of having to now bring in a second-tier GM to run his team. So while Bart Scott may complain about this, ‘ol Woody hopes the stuff swirling around the team causes people to forget the product on the field and buy PSLs anyway. I guarantee Johnson doesn’t care if what the media is saying is positive or negative, as long as they keep talking about his team.

  9.  fanfor55years says:

    As I’ve said many times, David Diehl at the right price is very good depth for the Giants because he can play four positions as a “stopgap” measure. That allows for reducing the cap spending on an “extra” offensive lineman who would otherwise have to be on the roster (rather than on the practice team waiting to be called up if there’s an injury). That frees up money to be spent elsewhere.

    If Diehl will play for around veteran minimum and the coaches understand he is on the roster strictly for depth and should never be starting except in an emergency and then to be replaced by a younger player off the practice squad then it’s an easy decision: keep him.

    •  Krow says:

      Yeah, he’d be great as ‘vet minimum’ depth. But how do you go from starting at $4,100,000 to sitting at $940,000?

      A tremendous blow to the ego. And why players end up making some very bad decisions near the end of their careers.

      •  GOAT56 says:


        While most here think Diehl sucks why would he settle for at least not having a shot to start? He’s started for almost a decade. I think Diehl being back means it’s a competition at RT which Diehl could win. Of course in theory him being purely depth would be fine but I just don’t think that’s realistic.

        •  creewan says:

          I think we probably present him the vet minimum depth role/contract. Take it or leave it. Cut throat business. Thanks for the memories. Good luck in the future. It’s so similar to Shaun Ohara. Diehl is trash. He should never start again. He would be nice to stash on the end of the bench for his experience and versatility but he should never sniff the field unless it’s an emergency. Compete for a job? No thanks. The Giants should be straight up and down with him (about his role and his paycheck). Let him decide.

          •  GOAT56 says:

            I agree. I don’t think anyone here wants him to start but if he’s brought back I can’t see him not being given a chance vs Brewer or a rookie. I almost think it’s more respectful to just thank him for all that he gave and let him try somewhere else.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        I’d offer him $1,000,000 for a “valedictory season” and a role as a depth player unless he very clearly beat out everyone else in preseason (while telling him he was going to have to beat them out by a large margin to even get a shot at starting) and leave it to him to make his decision. If he says “okay” then great. If not, sorry buddy but you’re outta here. His ego is not my concern, nor should it be Reese’s, and no one in the NFL will pay him more because they’ll figure if we’re prepared to cut him loose he hasn’t got enough left to be worth paying.

        In fact, if he wasn’t familiar with all four spots in Flaherty’s “system” I wouldn’t offer him two cents to stay. He’d be told the same “we’re sorry” stuff we told Seubert and O’Hara when they were done. Only his versatility and ability to play that one-game, “stop-gap” role, makes him worth anything.

  10.  sonnymooks says:

    Controversy is publicity, and the jets seek it, actively, with big bold boasts or attention grabbing decisions and the like.

    The Giants treat publicity as an obstacle, they do not welcome it, they are hostile to it.

    Tom Coughlin was mentored by Bill Parcells (as was Bill Belicheck), the view Parcells had of the media ranged from hostile to not hostile (when he felt he could use them as a tool). Belicheck sees the media as a problem, trying to crack his castle, while Couglin (not being paranoid) simply views them as a reasonable inconvenience that he is paid to deal with and be professional with.

    None of those men, actually welcome the media, or view openess or transparency in a positive light that helps them win. The Giants as an organization, have always had a detached relationship with the media, George Young was almost hermit like with the media.

    Contrast that with Rex Ryan, he welcomes the media, he says thats a part of his personality, the rest of the organization, craves recognition, they crave acknowledgement, and they do things to draw attention.

    The media wants to sell papers, draw ratings and gets listeners, they choose the path of least resistance and where they can go, they would prefer the Giants, but the Giants are so stingy with tossing bones that they would starve to death, while the Jets are throwing out thanksgiving meals.

    Its by design, the jets want the coverage, they want the backpages, the Giants do not. If you get the spotlight, and you don’t look your prettiest, don’t be surprised when warts and all start being noticed and talked about.

    Honestly, Rex Ryan would have been very well served if he had learned under someone like Parcells, instead of Brian Billick (who has not coached in the NFL since being fired by the ravens, Rex Ryan might want to take note of that, especially since Billick actually won a superbowl).

    They say, if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen…….The jets are all wearing chefs jackets and complaining, but they have no one else to blame but themselves.

    •  Krow says:

      It’s ‘daddy issues’. If Rex were a girl she’d be a stripper. A rather fat stripper. Probably have a food related stage name. Candy Barr or Lotta Nookie. Something like that.

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