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Bart Scott vs. Reggie Bush: Three Years Later

reggie_bush_saintsbart-scottThe 3-0 Jets visiting the 3-0 Saints highlights week 4 in the NFL. And at some point, the media will remember what happened the last time new Jets LB Bart Scott met then-Saints rookie Reggie Bush. Guess who came out on top in that one?

Oct. 29, 2006. The Ravens led the Saints in New Awlins in the 4th quarter. Scott tackled Reggie Bush and there may have been some extracurricular activity while the two were on the ground. Bush stayed down. Then, he limped off the field. Scott said afterward:

“The media darling, aka the golden boy of the NFL, tried to take a cheap shot at me, so I told him I was going to put some extra on it,” Scott told the [Baltimore] Sun. “He can do all those shakes he wants, but I wasn’t going anywhere. I put a little hot sauce on that ankle.”

Sadly, we cannot find video of this anywhere online. [Lil' help, ESPN?] Fortunately, there are more Scott quotes from that afternoon.

“He’s just a guy, simple as that,” Ravens outside linebacker Bart Scott said of Bush. “What did he get this week? He played like a kid who got chased from school.”

Our concerns for the game:

1) The Jets anemic rushing game. We tried to explain after week one that it looked sluggish, and nothing has changed. The Jets are 22nd in the league at 3.8 ypc. Rookie Shonn Greene was thought to be an option; that doesn’t appear to be the case right now whether he’s healthy or not. Just a guess, but fan favorite David Danny Woodhead, perhaps the team’s fastest player, might get a touch or two on the turf in the Dome.
2) Injuries at cornerback. Going into a road game against the best passing offense in the league without two CBs has disaster written all over it. If CBs Lito Sheppard (quad) and Donald Strickland (ankle) aren’t 100 percent, Brees could easily throw for 400 yards and half a dozen scores, regardless of the blitz packages Ryan conjures up.
3) What if the Saints defense is like, good? Tied for the league lead with seven interceptions (QB’s faced: Stafford, Kolb, Edwards) and 5th against the rush. Are these lofty stats based on inferior competition, or could Sean Payton finally have found a defensive coach in Gregg Williams? If that name sounds familiar … he’s the guy who interviewed four times with Daniel Snyder before the job eventually went to Jim Zorn.

(And no, the Saints improved running game is not to be feared – by the Jets, at least. By all means, keep talking about the Super Bowl, though. Especially this week.)

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