When Cincinnati Bengals fans hear the name Bart Scott, pleasant things don’t go through their minds. The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker has a well known distaste for the team he used to go up against in the AFC North.
This makes what he recently said about Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow all the more surprising. Scott watched last week as his former team fell to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC title game, a setting that Patrick Mahomes has utterly dominated in recent years.
The only active QB and defensive coordinator to stop him from advancing to the Super Bowl are Burrow and Lou Anarumo. Scott shouted both of them out in a recent interview with Betway.
“Right now, if you have to ask yourself if anybody proved that they can potentially be the rival of Patrick Mahomes, it’s Lou Anarumo as a defender, being able to defend Patrick and it’s Joe Burrow being able to match him throw for throw,” Scott said.
Mahomes is just 60 minutes away from capturing his third Super Bowl title in four years, and he’s still just 28 years old.
His trajectory is the closest we’ve seen to Tom Brady since the seven-time Super Bowl champion made his ascension all those years ago.
Our collective addiction to nostalgia has created the need for comparing Mahomes to Brady, and a worthy rival for him to go up against. According to Scott, that rival is Burrow, whom he compares to Peyton Manning in this case. It’s even sweeter for Bengals fans because Ravens QB Lamar Jackson was the latest to try taking Mahomes down and fail.
“Right now, we are we trying to find that Peyton-Tom Brady matchup. The matchup, to me, may be Joe Burrow,” Scott said.
“We thought it was Lamar because we thought it was unfair for us to judge Lamar based on his playoff record because he was only in his first year as a starter when he won the MVP and he’s been injured for two years.”
Again, this is very humbling of Scott to admit. He became a villain in the eyes of Bengaldom not too long. His most notable comments came after Burrow threw for over 500 yards in a 41-21 victory over the Ravens back in 2021. “The last thing you want to do is poke the bear,” Scott said during an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up.
“You won a lifetime a** kicking from the Baltimore Ravens. Our rival is the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s called red dot. Every former Raven understands what red dot means.”
Promoting an NFL quarterback to be openly targeted by an opposing team, let alone a division rival, is crazy to announce on national television. Scott made a fool out of himself that day, but at least he’s starting to make up for it by speaking truths.