Bart Scott's mouth has made him a lot of money in his post-football career, but sometimes he says things that are just plain idiotic. Such was the case this week at Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, where he's yapping away in his role as a CBS studio analyst.
In an interview with the Kansas City Star, the former New York Jets linebacker praised Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith while taking a gratuitous cheap shot at his former teammate, Mark Sanchez. Kudos to Dom Cosentino of NJ Advance Media for finding the piece and correctly noting the holes in Scott's take on Sanchez. I'd like to add my two cents.
"I'll tell you what: If I would have had Alex Smith, I would have won two Super Bowls, possibly three," Scott told the Star. "I mean, I went to the AFC Championship Game with Mark Sanchez. I'm just being honest."
The inference, of course, is that Sanchez cost the Jets a couple of conference championships. Scott is wrong, dead wrong. Shame on him for throwing Sanchez under the bus. Everybody knows it was the defense, Scott's side of the ball, that cost the Jets those games.
In the 2009 AFC title game, the defense -- ranked No. 1 in the NFL -- surrendered 461 yards in a 30-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Sanchez's fault? Gimme a break. He played well, as he did in most of his six postseason starts. He passed for 257 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yarder.
In the 2010 title game, the Jets' defense came out flat and was physically manhandled by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Scott missed a team-high four tackles, including an embarrassing play at the goal line in which he was trucked by Rashard Mendenhall on a 1-yard touchdown run. Scott was slower than ketchup in the game. It was fitting, considering his number (57) and the stadium (Heinz Field). The Jets fell too far behind (24-0) and came up short, 24-19.
Sanchez? He played another solid game, throwing for 233 yards, two touchdowns and nearly rallying the Jets from a giant deficit.
There's no doubt that Sanchez endured plenty of growing pains in his first two seasons, but blaming him for the championship-game meltdowns is as intelligent as calling out the weatherman for a snowstorm. If the defense had held up its end, the Jets would have reached at least one Super Bowl.
I usually don't pay too much attention to shrill voices, but Scott's revisionist history warranted a quick commentary. Carry on.