Last month, Ravens safety Ed Reed made an interesting remark about Jets coach Rex Ryan, saying that he and other unnamed players had hoped Ryan would get the Ravens' head coaching gig in 2008. Recently, in an unfiltered interview with Pro Football Focus, Jets inside linebacker Bart Scott, who followed Ryan to New York in 2009, tried to explain where Reed was coming from when he made those comments about Ryan to ESPN.
"I'm sure you guys are into the news and heard what Ed Reed said a couple of weeks ago about how disappointed he was and about how he wanted Rex to get the head job in Baltimore," Scott said. "No disrespect to John Harbaugh, but just how much he respected Rex, as well. It's not just me. It's anybody you talk to about the man. In life, you're afforded a couple of special people. Not special coaches. You're afforded special people. He's a special person. When you find that special person, you know."
"Not only do I recognize it, but everybody to ever play for him recognizes it," Scott continued. "It had nothing to do with him being a head coach or a coordinator. The same respect was given to him when he was a D-line coach. You know when people have the 'it' factor? You know when somebody's special."
The Ravens think they have found that special someone in Harbaugh, whose squad has made three straight postseason appearances. Meanwhile, Ryan has steered the Jets to the AFC championship game in each of his first two seasons in New York.
Say what you want about Scott, the man can talk an even bigger game than the one he plays, and he is a very good linebacker. If you miss his barking now that he is in the Big Apple, be sure to read the rest of the Pro Football Focus interview here.