Jets Q&A: Scott likely done as a Jet
Will there be personnel changes after such a disappointing season for the Jets?
Without a doubt, the Jets are going to have to shuffle things up in their 53-man roster, and they likely will have someone other than Bart Scott starting alongside David Harris at inside linebacker. A source close to the situation told Newsday that Scott likely played his final game for the Jets on Sunday.
Scott took a pay cut in training camp and hasn't been on the field as much this season as he was in his first two years with the Jets, giving way to Josh Mauga in certain situations. Scott was the first free agent Rex Ryan targeted when he took over in 2009, bringing him to the Jets from the Ravens. But now it looks as if Scott's days with the Jets are over.
How long will LaDainian Tomlinson take before deciding on his future?
"I'm not sure," the running back said. "I'm sure it will be three weeks, four weeks maybe. Then I just think we need to see what happens. I want to say that's going to determine if I'm going to play. The situation when I first came here, I wanted to come to a team that obviously was going to be a contender, and that's not going to change. So if that opportunity really doesn't present itself, then you'll know what's next. I won't be playing."
Does Tomlinson think he needs to get away from things for a while before figuring out his next move?
"Absolutely," he said. "Right now, I'm emotional, and I don't want to make an emotional decision about if I'm going to continue to play or not. That's not fair to my family and everybody who knows me. So yeah, I need to take a little time and just calm down and get my thought process back right."
"He's a phenomenal athlete," Ferguson said. "I have a ton of respect for him. We've had many a battle. I've played him in '06 when I was a rookie and he was the defensive MVP. That was interesting. I've had success, I've had losses against him. But I appreciate him as who he is. He's a professional and definitely a future Hall of Famer."
What happened on the fourth-quarter play in which Taylor blew past Ferguson and forced Mark Sanchez to hurry and throw an interception?
"I just think he made a good play. He's a good athlete and those plays happen. I think he just made a good play on the ball."
Now that the standings are finalized, whom do the Jets play next season?
Besides their usual AFC East counterparts, the Jets will take on the AFC South (Tennessee, Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Houston) and the NFC West (San Francisco, Arizona, Seattle, St. Louis). By virtue of the Jets' second-place finish in the AFC East, they'll also match up with Oakland and Pittsburgh. They'll host the Cardinals, Texans, Colts, 49ers and Raiders and travel to Jacksonville, Seattle, St. Louis, Tennessee and Pittsburgh.