Bart Scott rips Marcell Dareus for not learning Rex Ryan’s defense

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After Rex Ryan was fired by the Bills, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus complained that there was too much detail in Ryan’s defense. That didn’t sit well with one of Ryan’s old players.

Bart Scott, who played his entire 11-year career in Ryan’s defense, first with the Ravens and then with the Jets, said on CBS Sports Radio that the Bills’ biggest mistake was giving a big contract to Dareus.

“That might sum the whole thing up – because that’s the guy that you gave $100 million,” Scott said.

Scott noted that Dareus was suspended for the first four games of this season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

“Instead of reading his playbook, he was too busy lighting up,” Scott said. “Are you serous? First of all, I’ve been in this system my entire career. Eleven years, I’ve been in this system. As a defensive lineman, you only have like four [or five] fronts. Man, if you can’t remember five fronts, I don’t know what to tell you, bro. We can’t put the playbook in crayon.”

Scott implied that Dareus isn’t very smart if he can’t learn Ryan’s defense.

“I’ve had teammates that were special needs in high school and college,” Scott said. “I played with at least four teammates that were dyslexic and they picked it up. So Marcell Dareus needs to be reevaluated. I don’t know what his Wonderlic was, but for him to say that defense was complicated, I don’t know.”

Scott is blunt, but he has a point: It’s a player’s job to learn the playbook. If Dareus can’t do that job, he’s not worth anything close to that six-year, $100 million contract the Bills gave him.

77 responses to “Bart Scott rips Marcell Dareus for not learning Rex Ryan’s defense

  1. …Man, if you can’t remember five fronts, I don’t know what to tell you, bro. We can’t put the playbook in crayon….

    I never thought I would be a Bart Scott fan, but if he keeps up the great lines like the above I will be one soon.

  2. “too much detail”…..hmmm I’ll take a shot at what he means….

    “I’m stupid”

    “I’m lazy”

    “I’m stupid and lazy”.

  3. whywerule says:
    Dec 31, 2016 6:23 AM
    …Man, if you can’t remember five fronts, I don’t know what to tell you, bro. We can’t put the playbook in crayon….

    I never thought I would be a Bart Scott fan, but if he keeps up the great lines like the above I will be one soon.

    ———

    You summed it perfectly.

  4. Until Bart called it out I didn’t give it much thought. Oops I must be a 100million dollar flat on my back ironing board. For 100 mill I’ll learn sign language, braille, Japanese, Spanish and re-learn English if I have to.

  5. Just google imaged Bart Scott. Had to as I’m a casual fan. Good to know this is a fair fight. If I had said Dareus was dumb I’d be in trouble.

  6. Does he have a point? Yes. But he also got paid a lot more than he was worth during his time with the jets because Rex loved him for some reason so of course he loves him some Rex. Loading the team with players like Scott is a big reason why wrecks got fired by the jets. Wrecks was just a really bad HC all the way around

  7. To be fair, which no one has ever accused Bart Scott of, Dareus was talking about the loss of safety Aaron Williams when he said “It was just too much detail for a lot of guys, and I feel like for a lot of guys it was too much going on for them to check here and check there, if this happens and that happens”

    He didn’t say he was one of them and it would be surprising for the D lineman to be getting adjustment instructions from a safety. That said, Dareus has been just going through the motions since he got paid

  8. dude has a point. defensive lineman has not been thought of as a difficult position to learn; much less so than almost any other position on the field. imagine if this guy were an offensive lineman…

  9. Never thought I’d ever agree with anything that Bart Scott said, but he is spot-on in his assessment here.

  10. nflrule says:
    Dec 31, 2016 6:59 AM

    Fat,dumb and lazy is no way to go through life…

    Animal House

    =================================

    The actual line from Dean Wormer was: Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

  11. “I don’t know what to tell you, bro. We can’t put the playbook in crayon.”

    I don’t know either one of these guys, but Holy-Moly, that is one funny line.

  12. And now that Rex is fired, he will have to learn a “new defense”.

    LOL that will be interesting.

    Maybe PFT can have weekly off-season updates.

  13. @stevejjones – you had to google image Bart Scott to see what he looked like? The picture attached to this article didn’t do it for you??? Are the Bills paying you $100 million also???!!!

  14. Scott was a solid player and locker room leader. Dareus is overweight and has the attitude that he’s made the big time and got the big money. 100 mil for a DT? Good job dummies.

  15. Perhaps some of the players on the Bill’s defense needed a Head Coach with a more demanding personality. Rex Ryans Bill’s defense seemed to play unprepared, undisciplined and confused. He seemed to be concerned about being liked by his players to a fault.

  16. Very funny comments from Scott
    Unfortunately he didn’t listen to the entire interview because Dareus wasn’t saying that he personally didn’t understand the defense. he said that bills had a ton of injuries on defense and had to bring in free agents off the street during the season, and the new guys were the players that thought it was confusing.

  17. Just one more reason that Whaley should be fired. Between him and the “I don’t get involved in the football side” Russ Brandon, they have turned this team into their own personal fantasy team. Both are clueless, and should be sacked, yet have the ear of an unknowing owner.
    Sure, Rex had his faults. He is not or ever will be a “game-day coach”, but not even the great Belichick can turn a team into a winner in less than 2 years. Considering all the injuries and players on IR, he did a decent job getting this far.
    Will be 20 years before they even sniff the playoffs. Is it the Flutie curse or just stupid front office decisions?
    Or, a little of both…

  18. I agree that Dareus has been a major disappointment this season. However, people on here are short sighted. Marcell Dareus was a Pro Bowl 25 year old monster when Whaley signed him to $100 million. Don’t blame Doug Whaley for what Marcell did this season. That was Rex’s job

  19. I want to give Dareus the benefit of the doubt and take it that he meant the whole defense was too complicated….. not the front line. But, he has proven himself not worthy of the huge contract and let the team down more than once with his off-field behavior, so, it’s tough to take him seriously.

  20. I’ve never been a player or a coach, I’m just a really old Body and Fender guy. But even I can look at this fat, lazy slob @ 100 Million and say with confidence “There’s yer problem!”

  21. Perhaps some of the players on the Bill’s defense needed a Head Coach with a more demanding personality. Rex Ryans Bill’s defense seemed to play unprepared, undisciplined and confused. He seemed to be concerned about being liked by his players to a fault…Ah, wasn’t that Rob’s defense, and didn’t it resemble his New Orleans defense (or lack of)?

  22. .
    People sometimes wonder how the Patriots could maintain such a dominant hold over the AFC East for a decade and a half. It’s not that every draft choice and every free agent signing turns into a perennial all pro, although their success rate is above average. More so, it’s Belichick’s ability to avoid making big mistakes that destroy your salary cap and locker room. Look at the personnel mistakes made in Buffalo, NY and Miami over the years and compare them to the number of Patriots missteps and you’ll see a huge difference.
    .

  23. This is also a reflection of bad coaching by Rex if his defensive schemes aren’t that complex.

    He can inspire his players to run their mouths constantly, but not study the playbook. Typical Ryan coached teams lack of discipline.

    I put this as much on the Ryan brothers as I do on Dareus.

  24. Nothing in football is too complicated. It’s the personnel people’s job to evaluate work habits and how competitive the guys are. If they’re competitors, they’ll find a way to prepare themselves mentally and physically to play at a high level. If they’re not competitors, they won’t. You can see it all on tape. You could see from his college tape that this guy wasn’t a competitor, and I wouldn’t have drafted him, even in the 7th round. You just don’t want guys like that around your team, much less paying him all that money. The Bills have a serious issue with the way they evaluate talent.

  25. 6ball says:
    Dec 31, 2016 9:51 AM
    .
    People sometimes wonder how the Patriots could maintain such a dominant hold over the AFC East for a decade and a half. It’s not that every draft choice and every free agent signing turns into a perennial all pro, although their success rate is above average. More so, it’s Belichick’s ability to avoid making big mistakes that destroy your salary cap and locker room. Look at the personnel mistakes made in Buffalo, NY and Miami over the years and compare them to the number of Patriots missteps and you’ll see a huge difference.

    ***********************************

    I pretty much agree with everything you’re saying. But I also realize that if Buffalo had Tom Brady, they’d be the best team in the league. Brady is a great deodorant. He covers up a lot. Remember when Mike Shanahan had John Elway? He was the Bill Belichick. He walked on water. He was the smartest guy in the NFL. When Jimmy Johnson had Troy Aikman, he was the Bill Belichick. When Bill Walsh had Joe Montana, he was the Bill Belichick. Every move these guys made seemed like a great move. By the way, when’s the last time the Patriot’s were shut out? Wasn’t that the last game Brady didn’t play in? We love to build guys up and we love to tear guys down. Just remember how much you love Belichick if he continues to coach after Brady retires. A lot of you guys will be tearing him down, and I’ll be the one supporting him. He’s a great coach, no doubt. But he was also just as great a coach before Brady, even though he had losing seasons 5 out of 6 years before Tommy.

  26. Well, Marcell did come from Alabama, where it seems most of the defensive prospects come from who go on to do close to nothing in the NFL. I can only think of Hightower and Landon Collins doing anything close to what they were projected to do. Alabama’s defensive players are overrated, so maybe they do use crayons at Alabama.

  27. If Darius’ intelligence and motivation was equal to even half of his physical ability he would have been an All-Pro every year. Unfortunately he’s just another underachiever getting paid way out of proportion to his actual impact.

  28. You have to overpay to get top FA’s to shuffle off to Buffalo. They don’t have to pay him 100 million because he’s been suspended for half a season already.

  29. It was just too much detail for a lot of guys, and I feel like for a lot of guys it was too much going on for them to check here and check there, if this happens and that happens,” Dareus said. “Then nine times out of ten, a team will throw something out there that we weren’t prepared for, and then the adjustment to it, we had to get use to and try to make it happen and make plays.”

    His exact comments. Not nearly the idiocy that it’s being made out as. He later said they were not aggressive enough and too much thinking presnap was
    Going on when Schwartz and Pettine had them
    Just play.
    For Bart Scott to mock those with special needs is embarrassing and he not only owes marcel an apology but those with special needs too.

    I am going to start a petition to have him fired for his mockery of special needs people

  30. CJ Mosley? Mark Barron? Marcelo Dareus is still a top DT. Align yourself with Bart Scott, that’ll get you real far. Tell me, Great Scott, how did Jim Schwartz get more out of this defense than Rex Ryan? Must have been the crayons.

  31. In fact, his defense was so so complex that Ryan brought jim Leonhard and giraffe neck in to assist in teaching the jets players. even Jason Taylor said it was complex.

    But I guess we can overlook those things in an effort to bash everything Buffalo

  32. Not a Bills fan, but if you read the full Dareus quote, it definitely sounds like he’s talking about some teammates and not himself.

  33. Dareus commented on teammates inability to make the many adjustments necessary in the Ryan system, not his own. He indicated the issue was exacerbated by the loss of Aaron Williams who was their chief communicator on defense. He was careful not to call out any teammate by name including himself.

    Scott’s comments were entertaining. Mocking the disabled is a tried and true form of humor and I have to admit I’m not offended by it. The crayon stuff was really funny. I think the fact that Scott himself showed a complete inability to understand Dareus’ comment is part of the humor here. He might as well have written… ” “your” an idiot”.

  34. suncawy:

    CJ Mosely has been balling out well. I’m sure there are others, but Mosely came to mind here.

  35. Perhaps if Bart Scott had to learn and play in multiple defensive schemes every other season, besides just playing in Rex’s his entire career, he might better understand where Dareus is coming from with his comments.

    As a side note, writing plays in crayon doesn’t really actually make any difference than writing it with any other utencil, so his “joke” really doesn’t make any sense.

  36. He’s got a point. If even a mouth-breather like Bart Scott can learn Ryan’s defense, there really isn’t any other excuse but pure laziness.

  37. onebuffalove716 says:
    Dec 31, 2016 10:54 AM

    For Bart Scott to mock those with special needs is embarrassing and he not only owes marcel an apology but those with special needs too.

    I am going to start a petition to have him fired for his mockery of special needs people

    What he said was: “I’ve had teammates that were special needs in high school and college,” Scott said. “I played with at least four teammates that were dyslexic and they picked it up. So Marcell Dareus needs to be reevaluated. I don’t know what his Wonderlic was, but for him to say that defense was complicated, I don’t know.”

    He clearly wasn’t mocking them, just pointing out that special needs and dyslexic players had no problems learning the playbook, yet Darius does.

  38. People sometimes wonder how the Patriots could maintain such a dominant hold over the AFC East for a decade and a half. It’s not that every draft choice and every free agent signing turns into a perennial all pro, although their success rate is above average. More so, it’s Belichick’s ability to avoid making big mistakes that destroy your salary cap and locker room. Look at the personnel mistakes made in Buffalo, NY and Miami over the years and compare them to the number of Patriots missteps and you’ll see a huge difference.
    .
    How brilliant was Belicheck before the Patriots had Brady fall into their 6th round lap.

  39. Every signing the Bills have made over the last 6-10 years has been about marketing and the only people that don’t get it are the 73000 that show up to the stadium on sundays

  40. I never cared for Scott much but he flat out hammered that head on. Gotta respect those stones.

    I’m thinking you need to read MD’s comments. If you did, you would say that no he didn’t flat out hammer that head on. Once again his lips were clapping before the gerbil in his head start spinning one that wheel.

  41. Bart Scott should have listened to Dareus’ entire quote before running his big mouth. Dareus never said he couldn’t learn the defense. He said that when Aaron Williams went down, the communication broke down. He said the defense was too complicated for the replacement guys they had starting who hadn’t been in the Bills system – the guys the Bills just signed this season.

    Dareus actually also said that Rex’s defense wasn’t even the most complex one he’s played in. He said Alabama’s defense was by far the most complex and that “Coach Saban don’t play”.

    The other thing Bart Scott should remember is that he learned that defense from someone besides Rex Ryan. Ryan was only a D line coach when Scott does it learned that defense. There’s been a lot coming out recently saying that Rex wasn’t a very good teacher. He loved drawing up plays, but didn’t like teaching the actual details of his defense.

  42. bbillsfan01 says:
    Dec 31, 2016 9:10 AM

    … not even the great Belichick can turn a team into a winner in less than 2 years….
    ———————————
    You might want to rethink that part of your comment.
    2000: BB hired, Brady drafted, Bledsoe starter, record 5-11
    2001: Pats win SB XXXVI, Brady starter beginning week 3, record 11-5
    Unless you’re going to say it’s all Brady and BB is just going along for the ride?

  43. The Ryan Brothers add an element of fun and comedy to the NFL. With the game being taken over by the referees, NFL fans could use some comic relief.

  44. Bart Scott was a massively overrated player because he was able to start for several years for a team in new York. He is butthurt because his boyfriend got fired. nothing more.

  45. Scott probably has a point but it’s not the reason the Bills are bad. They lose because they are not coached very well. They have good players. Their QB is serviceable. The Bills lacked an edge because Ryan was only worried about how funny he could be in pressers. He out smarts himself, look at that ridiculous iceing the the kicker no call, trying to be the hero by leaving it just before the snap, might have worked in a Madden game but to late for it to register with an official. That call alone sums up Ryan as a head coach. Look he gave it his best shot but he is not good enough. You can’t be a funboy and the guy at the top.

  46. This article is ABSURD. How come he didn’t have an ounce of problem playing for DC’s Mike Pettine (a Rex protoge) and Jim Schwartz? Ryan’s defense did NOT fit the personnel the Bills had.

  47. Ryan said the coaching staff was able to attend the game (World Series Game 7) because the Bills have an altered schedule this week due to the fact that they play on Monday night (against the Seahawks, which they lost).
    “If there was work to be done, then by gosh, I would have stayed and done the work.”

    That is why Rex Ryan was fired. He had absolutely so sense of awareness. His players don’t understand his system, but that goes right over his head. He doesn’t even realize there was still lots of work he and his coaches needed to stay back and do.
    Both he and his brother were losers.

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