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Scott sees Super Bowl-or-bust situation for confident Jets

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Bart Scott believes the bravado-filled New York Jets need to win a Super Bowl or risk being considered "a joke."

The linebacker told ESPN that Jets players support coach Rex Ryan's latest "guarantee" that the team will win the Super Bowl, but they know they have lots to do to make it happen.

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"That's what we got when we hired him, and we love it," Scott said in an interview posted Friday on ESPN.com. "That's his personality. We back him 100 percent. Because I know if he's out there writing checks, I'm going to have to help him cash them, so I know I'd better have my butt ready ... because the target's going to be on our backs as well. We embrace it, we embrace the challenge.

"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."

Scott also touched on other subjects, including:

» Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez: "I think it's time for him to take that next step ... to the upper echelon of quarterbacks in this league. ... He's had his ups, he's had his downs, but he's stayed positive through it. He's one of the hardest-working -- not quarterbacks, but hardest-working people I've ever seen. It's time for him to take the next step and really take control of this team and not so much have to hold onto the steering wheel but actually guide the car."

» Frustration with the NFL lockout: "I think we're bordering now on the verge of insanity. ... Fans don't want to hear about the lockout, they don't want to hear about people arguing over $9 billion. They want the bottom line, because at the end of the day, these guys are saving up throughout the entire year to come out and spend their hard-earned money to see football, and we're telling them they can spend their hard-earned money, but we're not playing until we figure it out.

"I listen to (New England Patriots owner Robert) Kraft, and I don't agree with the Patriots on a lot of things, but I agree with him that we're really on the verge of really irritating our fan base and damaging the fabric of the game."

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