On Tuesday night, Bart Scott appeared on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show and ripped the New York Giants’ defense, saying the G-Men are overrated, aren’t as good as people think and haven’t beaten a real team – other than the Dallas Cowboys (twice), but they apparently don’t count because they’re a division rival.
“He’s entitled to his opinion,” Giants running back Rashad Jennings said on The DA Show. “He gave facts of teams that know each other. That makes it difficult to play against each other, which is true. That can go without being said. But what makes defenses good are the things that our defense has been able to do. That’s been to control the run and get off the field on third downs. Our defense has been a staple of our team. They will continue to be that. We play in practice against them every single day, so we know what kind of defense we have and they’re outstanding. I would like to say one thing. I don’t know what he means by we haven’t played a real team.”
Scott apparently wasn’t impressed with the Giants’ wins over the Lions, Ravens or Redskins – or the Browns, Bears and Rams, who went a combined 8-40 this season.
“Is he playing fantasy football?” Jennings asked. “Because we show up every single week and play real human beings. It’s only roughly, what, 1,600 people in the world that can do this? So I’m not sure what he means we’re not playing real people.”
Either way, the Giants (11-5) will face the Packers (10-6) this Sunday in Green Bay. Jennings, 31, is making his playoff debut.
“I’m beside myself,” he said. “I’m amped up, I’m excited. It’s going to be fun to be in that type of atmosphere. I’m 100 percent excited. I’m not overwhelmed. I’m whelmed, but I’m not overwhelmed. I’m looking forward to it. They say act like you’ve been there before. Well, guess what? I ain’t never been there so I might act up a little bit.”
Some of Jennings’ teammates – the receivers, to be exact – already have. Yes, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Sterling Shepard and the rest of the Giants’ receivers flew to Miami on Sunday night and went clubbing in South Beach.
“It looked like it was a positional group thing,” Jennings said. “I didn’t get the invite.”
And he wouldn’t have gone even if he had.
“Nah, not me personally,” Jennings said. “I’m different. I probably wouldn’t have went just because I know me and I know myself. I probably would have stayed at home like I did. It’s funny, though. After games, I can’t sleep. I can’t think of one game where I’ve come home and got a good night of rest. I stay up until 3 or 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning just sitting in my house. I can’t sleep after games. I think a lot of players are like that where you’re just up. It’s something that’s actually pretty prevalent around the league.”
Various media, of course, ripped the Giants receivers, saying they shouldn’t have been partying the week of a playoff game. Jennings, however, did not mind his teammates having a little fun.
“Absolutely not,” he said. “Not one bit. Not at all. Those guys were bright-eyed and ready to go today in meetings and our walk-throughs, lifting weights – just like a normal day, man. So no, not at all. It’s not an issue at all. Nobody missed a meeting. Nobody did anything illegal. Nobody got in trouble. Nobody did anything to harm the team. So let guys live, man. There’s a lot of things that happen across the league that’s been hushed, when people don’t want to talk about, but they talk about this – where you got people that did not do anything wrong. I’m not sure exactly why it became news other than those guys are attractive to media. But I do get it, where somebody could say, ‘Oh, well, if you don’t play a certain way, it’s because of this.’ That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard in my life. It’s Monday. We play on Sundays. It’s not anything that the team at all was questioning – nobody, their work ethic, or what they bring to the table. . . . Things that I believe are more important to talk about don’t get talked about, but this does.”