Tutt: I Want to Make the Best of It

Posted Dec 20, 2006

Baker was voted the winner of the Ed Block Courage Award

Last Saturday marked the third week consecutive week an undrafted rookie free agent moved up from the New York Jets' practice squad to the active roster. Stacy Tutt, a former Richmond quarterback, signed on December 16 and played at fullback during the team's 26-13 win at Minnesota. Tutt was the lead blocker on Cedric Houston's six-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

“An opportunity to be able to play in this league is a privilege and I want to try to make the best of it,” Tutt said. “I got a lot of calls from my family members. I have a lot of people around me who are very supportive and very proud of me.”

Read below for the complete transcript from inside the Jets' locker room

New York Jets’ RB Stacy Tutt, 12.20

On playing quarterback in another league…

If I wanted to go to the CFL, I’d probably be playing quarterback. I wanted to be here; I knew I would have to change positions, but I didn’t care. I’ve played different positions before. An opportunity to be able to play in this league is a privilege and I want to try to make the best of it.

On how his life has changed in the last week…

I got a lot of calls from my family members. I have a lot of people around me who are very supportive and very proud of me. Just in that aspect, but other than that, nothing has changed.

On knowing what his role would be…

When you do the game plan, there are certain things that you didn’t plan for and different things happen during the game where you have to make changes and sometimes stray away from the game plan. I knew there were some things that I was going to be asked to do and I got asked to do them a couple times in the game. I just went out and tried to do my best.

New York Jets’ TE Chris Baker, 12.20

On being surprised about receiving the Ed Block Courage award…

I didn’t know much about it, I’ve been learning a little bit more about it though and it’s pretty cool.

On Laveranues Coles getting team MVP…

He’s won us a lot of games this year and he’s done a lot of great things. He was my pick in that one too, he has made a lot of plays for us this year and I thought he was the MVP for our team this year.

On Nick Saban using video of Tom Brady’s audibles…

He’s very competitive, and that’s why he has been successful. It’s not against the rules, so I don’t blame him for doing that. He probably gave some other guys around the league that idea, if they haven’t done it already.

New York Jets’ G Pete Kendall, 12.20

On traveling over Christmas…

It’s just a business trip. I would imaging that everybody has been aware of the situation for quite some time and has made their arrangements, or at least made their peace with it mentally. When we wake up Monday morning, at least for most of us and particularly me, in sunny south Florida, the last thing on my mind will be Christmas. Waking up in a hotel with the temperature in the 70’s does not exactly ring Christmas bells in my mind. I’m hoping and expecting that that will be the mind set for the rest of the team.

On the Jets/Dolphins rivalry…

To be honest with you, I don’t really sense it. There have been some games that have been competitive games. This is now my sixth time participating in a Jets/Dolphins game and I think there is a lot of respect between the two teams. I know speaking for myself, it’s not too hard to turn on the film and feel respect watching those guys play defense. I’ve been playing against a lot of these guys for a long time.

New York Jets’ CB Hank Poteat, 12.20

On coach Mangini being able to get the most out of him…

He puts you in a lot of good situations with an excellent game plan and motivation during the week with different things that he shows us, like the fights. I definitely believe that was a great motivation for each and every player.

On the defensive technique he learned in practice…

That was just me being a little out of phase; the ball was in the air and I wasn’t in a position where I could look back, but I was in good enough position that I could have made the play. I extended the wrong hand, then the same play happen in the game, but it was on the opposite side of the field. I was able to do what the coaches told me I should have done in practice and I made the play.

New York Jets’ C Nick Mangold, 12.20

On playing Monday Night Football on Christmas…

I’m really excited. That’s something that every kid grows up watching and dreaming of play on. I just hope with the game and everything, Santa doesn’t miss out on the presents.

On playing meaningful games in December…

It’s really exciting. Going through college, I really didn’t play in December that much, we were usually just practicing. It’s been a blast so far, with how spirited everything is; since December 1st, everything seemed to jump up about 10 notches and this week included. It keeps building and building.

On rating his play this season…

You’ll have to ask me that after the season, I haven’t had time to think about it.

New York Jets’ WR Laveranues Coles, 12.20

On the Monday night comeback the Jets had against Miami…

That was one of my most memorable games. I think that’s what New York and Miami is about. We’re very competitive teams and when we play each other it’s exciting.

On watching the other games on Sunday…

I don’t get wrapped up in that stuff. The only thing I have to do is focus on what we have to do, and that’s play one game at a time.

On playing a meaningful game in December on Monday night…

For us, it’s just a longer week. We can get more practices in, so we don’t look at it as something special about Monday night. It’s just another game for us, we just have to take our time, prepare, try to get our work in and go back at it.

On Miami’s defense…

I think everybody in the league has had problems with that defense. They have a tough team to play against period, across the board. With the leaders they have on defense in Jason Taylor and Zack Thomas, those guys make plays all the time. When you have a defense that’s as stingy as the Dolphins’ defense, you know you’re in for a nice long week of work. They’re a tough team and you have to go out there and be your best. You can’t save anything, you have go out there and leave it on the field.

On what it means to be named MVP…

It’s a great honor, but I know I wouldn’t have that honor without guys like Chad Pennington and the linemen giving me opportunities to make plays and help this ball club. It’s such an honor, because I don’t just look at it as being the most valuable player, it’s more for the things I do for the team off the field. Being able to talk to the guys away from football and being a friend, that probably got me that. It had pretty much nothing to do with the field, just me being a team guy.

Thursday Injury Report
FB B.J. Askew (foot), CB David Barrett (hip), WR Laveranues Coles (back), RB Cedric Houston (calf), LB Anthony Schlegel (illness) & Eric Smith (foot)
Probable: *RB Kevan Barlow (calf), *LB Matt Chatham (foot), *C Nick Mangold (hip), *WR Justin McCareins (foot), *OL Brandon Moore (back), *DL Rashad Moore (hand), *QB Chad Pennington (calf), *DE Bryan Thomas (shoulder), *S Jamie Thompson (ankle) & *WR Wallace Wright (thigh)

WR Marty Booker (ankle) & DT Dan Wilkinson (calf)
Questionable: CB Will Allen (groin/quad) & RB Ronnie Brown (hand)
Probable: QB Joey Harrington (ankle) & DT Keith Traylor (knee)

*Denotes players who participated in practice