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Bart Scott Needs to Grow Up, Media Scrutiny Is Far from Jets' Biggest Problem

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 30:   Bart Scott #57 of the New York Jets  stands on the sidelines during a preseason game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on August 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Nick KostoraContributor IIINovember 18, 2012

After the New York Jets' impressive victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, linebacker Bart Scott decided to cause the latest round of turmoil within the locker room.

Scott had this to say postgame, per Bart Hubboch of the New York Post:

Scott yells at Bryan Thomas for breaking the boycott, calling him "a MF-ing sellout." Yeremiah Bell tells Scott: "Stop it. Just stop it."

— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) November 18, 2012

 

The "boycott" is in reference to a postgame declaration from Scott that no player in the Jets locker room say anything except "both teams played hard."

Scott has taken measures similar to this before, and each time, he highlights what most of us already know: Media scrutiny is far from the Jets' biggest problem.

Beating the Rams 27-13 should have meant nothing but positive news for New York today. But Scott continues to cause locker room issues, and this team is unable to maintain any sense of cohesion or normalcy.

Before Scott starts criticizing the media for harming the Jets, he needs to take a look in the mirror and realize that the faults of his team are mostly on the field.

New York has given up 26 points or more on six different occasions and has lost five of its last seven games. Starting quarterback Mark Sanchez has thrown for just 11 touchdowns all season, and the passing game ranks 27th in the NFL.

These are the type of issues that Scott should be focused on. Leading attempted (and failed) media boycotts only draws unnecessary attention to a team that showcases its deficiencies at every turn.

Scott needs to realize that the Jets asked for the Tim Tebow media circus to come to town when they brought him in. He needs to realize that that circus' fire has been fueled by his fellow defensive players, and the media are only doing their jobs.

Where Scott should focus his energy is on improving his own play and helping the Jets to make some sort of late-season run at a wild-card spot despite not having All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis in the lineup.

Scott has just one sack this season and 37 tackles. In fact, no player on the Jets has more than 2.5 sacks through 10 games.

What he did in in the locker room after the win only furthers the notion that Scott needs to think before he acts:

 

Does the media heavily scrutinize the Jets? Obviously. But the organization asked for that scrutiny and Scott can not possibly control that. What he can do is focus on the betterment of his team, both on the field and off of it.

He should worry about those factors and grow up.

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