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Jets LB Bart Scott: 'We got better players'

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  January 16, 2011 09:32 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Jets linebacker Bart Scott had more to say after the Jets win over the Patriots today. Scott picked up where he left off last week when he said Wes Welker's days could be numbered if he spoke about the Jets head coach, but his comments were not nearly as inflammatory today.

"We watch the films, and we watched what they were trying to accomplish," Scott said. "If you look at our roster and their roster, we got better players all across the field. You guys all talk about how great their defense is playing. Last I checked, they were 25th in the league and we were third. We didn't want to get disrespected for not being able to put pressure on the quarterback. That's how you guys' perception is different than reality. You perceived that they are playing so well and we are playing so bad. I guess cream rises to the top."

More from the Jets locker room:

Cornerback Darrelle Revis: "This is how we drew it up. We got them into a lot of third downs. The defense played great. I think also as a team we played well... we forced them to make short throws and I think we did that with our blitzes and sometimes we did it with zone coverage...

"We don't care what people say or whether they like us. We are not worried about that. We just focus on what we need to do to win games. That is the only thing we can do. This season, we have played well on the road."

Linebacker David Harris: "This time everybody wanted it real bad. We tried to limit the big plays, we stuck to our game plan and it worked. The defensive line had a great game today, they came up with six sacks and Tom Brady is one of those guys that doesn't get sacked very much."

Harris on his interception: "[Fortunately] Brady overthrew his back and I was in the right place at the right time. I was just trying to get as much out of it as possible, but I ran out of gas. It's a long way to the end zone."

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie: On backing up the comments he made last week: "It's nothing about making a comment. Those were my thoughts. The game is over. We've moved on. We're getting ready for Pittsburgh now. That's how I feel about the whole situation. And we came in and got a victory in a tough place, in a very hostile place...

"No, I don't think we did [get inside the Patriots' heads]. I think coach Belichick does a great job with his guys, getting his guys ready for a big game like this. Coach Rex and his staff did a great job of getting us ready for this whole entire weekend. Our whole thing was just to go out and prove to everyone that we feel we are the team to beat in the playoffs...

"My feelings [toward Tom Brady] haven't changed, but that's behind me, I'm getting ready for Pittsburgh."

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson: On whether Rex Ryan was better than Bill Belichick today: "Yes, he was, absolutely. His team won the game today and he called a heck of a ball game for us, and the numbers proved it. He was better..."

"We're a confident group. We always feel like we have the better team, we just have to go out and prove it."

Wide receiver Santonio Holmes: On quarterback Mark Sanchez: "He knew what this game was all about. I was talking to him all week, I was in his ear all last night, I was in his ear all this morning letting him know to put the game in third down and manageable, you manage the ball game, you win the ball game for us."

Quarterback Mark Sanchez: "I wasn't playing against Tom [Brady]. He's a great quarterback and I respect him, but I was playing against their defense. We had a great offensive plan. Coach [Matt Cavanaugh], coach [Brian] Schottenheimer, coach [Bill] Callahan all did a great job. [They] put us in the right spots, giving us opportunities to make plays. It all kind of came to fruition tonight. So, I was proud of our effort, and the offensive line did a heck of a job. It's a lot easier when you have that kind of time and that kind of protection, so I was proud of our guys..."

"We knew since I had been playing here just last year that we were 2-2 coming into the game. This was a great rubber match for us, so we treated them with respect all week -- at least I did with my comments, because I do respect their coach and their quarterback and all their players. I just felt like this week coming in, I needed to be smart and take what they gave me, not getting caught up in, 'Oh, you can't win up here,' and use that as fuel. We just stayed within ourselves and let the other guys make plays.. They did it all."

Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis: On the excitement of the Jets team coming down the tunnel after the game: "Oh man. It's a tremendous feeling. A lot of people didn't give us a chance considering what happened last time. But every guy in that locker room believed. We knew that we didn't play our best the last time so we just wanted to come out and play Jets football. And you know we did that. [We] pretty much handled the game the whole time. It's a tremendous feeling [getting] to the AFC Championship for the second time. We are just ready for Pittsburgh."

On throwing Tom Brady off his game: "We did a little d-line, [we] did some rushes and we played coverage. We sent some blitzes. Our [defensive backs] played a hell of a game to keep him off balance and show him different looks. Our [defensive backs] played great. When our defensive backs play like that, we will win all the time."

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