Post-game trash talk usually has a short shelf life. By Wednesday after the game, most of the time players and coaches have moved on to the next opponent. That hasn’t been the case this week with the Lions and Bart Scott.
To review: Scott called the Lions the dirtiest team in the league. Lions coach Jim Schwartz responded by saying folks should consider the source. When Scott heard that Wednesday, he started chirping again.
“I don’t have to play Detroit for another four years, so I could care less about what that man has to say,” Scott via the New York Post. “He doesn’t even exist to me anymore. I don’t have to see him ever again. Am I going to see him in the Super Bowl or playoffs? Probably not. He’ll be watching TV in January.”
The cycle reached its unnatural conclusion on Thursday when Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham went off.
“So I don’t want this one-trick pony going, ‘Oh, the Lions are dirty,’” Cunningham said via the Detroit Free Press. “We hit you. And I told you that in the beginning of the year, or last year, we’re going to hit you. And we’re not going to push you out on the sideline. We’re going to hit you. You’re legal, we’re going to hit you.”
Cunningham said a Jets player got off the bench to hit Lions safety Louis Delmas on a play near the sideline.
“For them to call us a dirty football really [ticks] me off. We play tough, we play hard, and we’re going to continue to do that, and we’re going to get better at that. And mister what’s his name? Scott? Maybe he can read that if you write it.”