Jets LB Bart Scott on Super Bowl hopes, Baltimore connection

Ravens expect Sergio Kindle's medical test results next week

September 10, 2010|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Bart Scott claims he hasn't changed.

So when the former Ravens and current New York Jets linebacker agreed to participate in a conference call with Baltimore media Thursday afternoon, he had plenty to say.

A sampling of his thoughts:

Scott on the depiction of the Jets by "Hard Knocks": "'Hard Knocks' depicted how we go about business — we have fun. But if people really paid attention, they would pay attention to see that we get our work in."

On the team's public declarations of winning the Super Bowl: "That should be for everybody. Everybody — whether they want to say it publicly or not — believes that they're going to go to the Super Bowl. When the Ravens acquired Anquan Boldin, they said, 'Man, we're ready. We've got no excuses. We can go to the Super Bowl.' Only difference is, we're not afraid to say it publicly."

On the differences between the current Ravens offense and the ones in the past: "It was a one-dimensional offense. They really didn't have an identity other than running the ball. Now they're a balanced attack."

On former Ravens defensive coordinator and current New York coach Rex Ryan getting passed over in favor of current Ravens coach John Harbaugh: "I'm sure that was a blow because he was next in line. He had paid his dues, and I'm sure that was disappointing. But I think he handled it with pride and class."

Seven of Scott's first nine seasons in the NFL were spent with the Ravens, who took a chance on the raw, undrafted rookie out of Southern Illinois in 2002. Scott said he has fond memories of his stay in Baltimore.

"I've got a lot of friends over there, good times," he said. "But I'm happy where I am now. I'm just trying to get a 'W.' I'm looking forward to the opportunity to get a win, so that we can try and accomplish our goal at the end of the year."

Scott still has a lot of friends in the Ravens locker room.

"We had a really great friendship, and you miss having a good locker room guy like him," outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "Especially during a long season, he can kind of lighten up the locker room a bit. He's a great guy."

Scott is the undisputed leader of the Jets defense, which ranked first in the NFL in average yards surrendered last season. But Scott insisted that the seriousness of his role hasn't watered down his fun-loving personality.

"I'm still me," he said. "I'm always going to have fun, I'm always going to play with a chip on my shoulder, and I'm always going to be passionate about what I do. I take things personal, and that's the way I play. That's who I am, and that can't change."

Kindle test results expected

The Ravens expect to receive the test results from Sergio Kindle's medical evaluation next week.

Kindle, who sustained a hairline fracture in his skull nearly two months ago, underwent cognitive and psychological tests in Baltimore this week. The results could prompt the Ravens to restart contract talks with their top pick in the 2010 draft.

"They said it would take a couple of days to process all of the tests and all of the information," coach John Harbaugh said. "Then they would give us a report. They thought about a week after he got to the hospital we would have an evaluation."

Stallworth out of a cast

Donte' Stallworth's broken left foot is out of cast, and the wide receiver is walking around in a boot and on crutches.

Stallworth, who broke the fifth metatarsel in the team's third preseason game against the New York Giants on Aug. 28 and underwent surgery two days later, said he is able to apply a little pressure to the foot. But doctors have told him that the usual timetable for recovery involves eight weeks, which would keep him out until late October.

"Obviously, I want to get back fast, but I've got to be smart at the same time," he said Thursday. "So I'm taking all the precautions I can to make sure that I can keep it up, but at the same time get back sooner than what the doctors initially think. So I'm just trying to get back and stay abreast with the game plan and all that. I feel pretty good."

Boldin not reminiscing

Boldin didn't spend too much time recalling his last game in The Meadowlands.

On Sept. 28, 2008, Boldin absorbed a helmet-to-helmet blow from safety Eric Smith that fractured his sinus. He wasn't able to eat solid food for two weeks, and he lost 10 pounds.

Asked about whether he thinks about the hit, Boldin replied, "No. That play was behind me years ago, so no."

Smith may start Monday night as Brodney Pool is dealing with an ankle injury.

First injury report released

The first injury report is out, and there's little news.

As anticipated, the Ravens ruled out offensive tackle Jared Gaither (thoracic disk in back), wide receiver Stallworth (broken left foot) and rookie nose tackle Terrence Cody (torn meniscus in left knee) for the season opener.

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