Bart: Jets'll be "joke" if they fall short of SB
May, 20, 2011
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com
On the first stop of their reunion tour (just kidding), Bart Scott -- in a sitdown with ESPN's Sal Paolantonio -- serves up a couple of interesting quotes. He usually does, of course, but in this case, he raises some eyebrows.
He actually sides with Patriots owner Robert Kraft on the lockout, and he suggests the Jets will be deemed a "joke" if they don't back up Rex Ryan's Super Bowl guarantee.
First, the guarantee.
Scott said the team is 100 percent behind their coach, saying the players embrace the challenge, but he added: "I think it's about time we get it done and see this thing through because, after a while, people are going to start looking at it as a joke."
I happen to agree with Scott. Ryan has done wonderful things for the Jets in two seasons, but if they miss the Super Bowl again, his bold proclamations will be mocked by detractors.
Paolantonio, who conducted the celebrated "Can't Wait" interview with Scott after the Jets' playoff upset of the Patriots, asks the loquacious linebacker about the lockout. After claiming "we're bordering now on the verge of insanity," Scott admits that he agrees with a recent statement by Kraft.
"I listen to Kraft, and I don't agree with the Patriots on a lot of things, but I agree with him that we're on the verge of irritating the fan base and damaging the fabric of the game," he says.
A Jet and a Patriot on the same side of an issue? Wow, this has been a strange offseason.