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Jets Q&A: Bart Scott's 'mutiny' turned aside

Jets inside linebacker Bart Scott is pulled down

Jets inside linebacker Bart Scott is pulled down by St. Louis Rams tight end Matthew Mulligan after recovering a fumble by quarterback Sam Bradford and running it back 38-yards during the second quarter. (Nov. 18, 2012) Credit: AP

Is Bart Scott warring with the media again?

The linebacker set off a postgame firestorm when he half-jokingly told teammates to temper their comments to reporters in the locker room Sunday. At various times, Scott told defensive and offensive players to watch what they said around the media.

The mutiny didn't take, though. His teammates continued to talk to reporters, and so did Scott. He initially would say only that "both teams played hard," but he relented and spoke for five to seven minutes.

"I was scared if we didn't win this one, I might get fired on Monday. I'd be playing for the Iowa Barnstormers," he said.

Scott's stance was in response to the week of controversy involving supposed anonymous locker-room quotes.

Did any players get on Scott for getting tackled by former Jet Matthew Mulligan?

While Scott issued his media mutiny orders, Muhammad Wilkerson made it clear to the entire locker room that he would be hearing it on the flight back home. "Bart got caught by Mully, so he's definitely going to get harassed on the plane," the defensive end shouted.

After Wilkerson strip-sacked Sam Bradford, Scott recovered the ball and ran it back 38 yards. But Scott, who has been nursing a hyperextended toe, was caught from behind by the slow tight end at the Rams' 28.

When Bryan Thomas started making fun of his teammate, Scott said with a laugh: "A lesser man would be dead, BT."

Why did the Jets use Tim Tebow for only three offensive plays?

The Jets had planned for him to "have a big part of the game," according to Rex Ryan, but he said the Rams' defensive game plan forced them to stray from the Tebow package.

That increased role was news to Tebow. "Honestly, for me, you don't necessarily know that," he told Newsday. "You just try to be ready at all times. I think it depends on the week, how they feel, how the game's going. So you never really know the touches you're going to get and plays you're being to be in."

Last week in Seattle, he played 10 total snaps (three of which were negated by penalties). Tebow threw three passes for 8 yards and rushed four times for 14 yards against the Seahawks. But against the Rams, he was worse than a non-factor, losing 5 yards on two carries and losing a yard on a shovel pass to fullback Lex Hilliard on a fake punt.

"We've been practicing that look for a little bit," he said. "And honestly, we felt like we had the look, it's just [linebacker James] Laurinaitis came over the top. He made a great play. He sniffed it out well. We were trying to get a block up to him, but they kind of pinched the outside guys and it ate up some of those blockers."

Did Stephen Hill look a bit out of sorts?

The rookie receiver was targeted only twice and did not have a catch. He missed two practices last week with an infection, but he said it wasn't illness that had him off his game, it was the lights.

"Some of the stuff I kind of got lost in the lights," he said. "Especially the deep ball Mark [Sanchez] threw . . . I was actually looking for it in the lights."

Chaz Schilens said he lost his 25-yard touchdown pass in the lights, but unlike Hill, he made the play. "It was a little bit in the lights and I just had to locate it," Schilens said of his second-quarter catch. "But we did it. Great throw by Mark."

What did Ryan say about Schilens' play?

Schilens had 48 yards on four catches and helped negate a 98-yard touchdown by the Rams' Chris Givens on a kickoff return; Rodney McLeod was called for holding Schilens on the play.

"That was huge, no question," Ryan said. "Obviously, I was happy to see it at that time, but Chaz has done a great job. Here is a guy that catches a big touchdown pass and he is there covering kicks. He does a lot of the dirty work."

Asked about the penalty, Schilens said: "I knew what was going on. I was just looking, waiting for them to throw it . . . A little bit of payoff, man. But really, I'll do anything to help us win."


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