There are a lot of reasons why former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott followed Rex Ryan to the Jets last offseason -- 22 million of them, if you count the guaranteed money he got in a $48 million deal -- but Scott continues to expound on the loyalty factor.
In a news conference on Wednesday, when Scott was asked if he and safety Jim Leonhard talked about joining Ryan [both did], he indicated there were others who wanted to leave as well. These Scott quotes come from a transcript from the Jets:
"Well, trust me, there are a lot of other guys that, when he got this job, wanted to leave where we were at before as well. Like I said, a lot of guys, when he didn't get the job the year before in Baltimore, we all felt that it was our fault in that room because we didn't have a successful season. We all knew when you have a successful season, guys get jobs. We didn't perform to our level. We made it our business when he didn't get that head coaching job in Baltimore to get him one that year. A lot of guys played for him. He was the one familiar person we knew left on that coaching staff.
"We really played for him. Guys were ecstatic when he got the [Jets'] job. After losing the AFC Championship last year, one thing that helped us to get over that was the fact that Rex got what he deserved. It was a long time coming. I wanted to go play with him because I wanted to play defense the way that it's supposed to be played. I didn't want to go anywhere and be a robot. I wanted to go somewhere and be successful and aggressive. I didn't want to be a 'bend, don't break' type of guy. I wanted to go out and be part of a successful unit that [tries] to rewrite history and something that could bring a legacy and tradition to New York so that the team is known. When you think of Pittsburgh, you think about Baltimore, you think about Tampa, you think defense. I wanted to see if I could be a part of that and keep the magic going, because a lot of my success I owe to him because he took a chance on me."