Apparently, Jets linebacker Bart Scott didn’t get the NFL’s memo about cleaning up the trash talking.
“I’ll tell you what,” Bart Scott said via Newsday when asked about Wes Welker’s foot routine Thursday. “Be very careful what you say about our coach. His [Welker's] days in a uniform will be numbered. Put it like that.”
Well, we’ve now officially entered the physical threat portion of the week. Scott hasn’t made a lot of big plays this year (although he had a key tackle last week) and he’s just guaranteed he’ll be watched a little closer by officials Sunday.
While Scott is direct in his trash talk, Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie says Welker’s words were typical of a Patriots franchise that likes to send out hidden messages.
“If you read in between the lines, a lot of what they say is directed toward us, but they try to clean it up,” Cromartie said. “It’s different, but they are doing the same thing. At the end of the day, it’s trash talking no matter how you try to put it, how you try to clean it up.”
We are thankful the talking is just about done, and the games are ready to begin.
UPDATE: NFL spokesman Greg Aiello on Twitter: “To confirm what’s being reported: Ray Anderson contacted multiple clubs this week so they could remind players comments of a physically threatening nature are always taken into account in evaluating discipline for illegal physical contact on field.”