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New York Jets not firing Todd Bowles — yet anyway

November 13, 2018

The New York Jets reportedly are not making a head-coaching change — not yet, anyway.

Following a brutal loss in which the Jets allowed the Matt Barkley-led Buffalo Bills to score 41 points (the Bills had scored only 46 in their previous six games), the Jets are reportedly sticking with head coach Todd Bowles. It doesn’t appear that an in-season firing is happening, according to NFL Network.

But after the season, all bets might be off. The Jets fell to 3-7 with their fourth straight loss. They played Sunday without rookie starting QB Sam Darnold, who is nursing a foot injury, and backup Josh McCown struggled in his place, throwing two picks on 17-of-34 passing for 135 yards.

Bowles is now 23-35 as Jets head coach over his three-plus seasons. The Jets were 5-11 each of the previous two seasons, finishing in last place. They’re currently tied with the 3-7 Bills in last in the AFC East, with an 0-3 record in division games.

“I don’t worry about my job,” Bowles said after the game. “I don’t talk about my job. I just try and get to the next game. It’s a business when you sign up for it.”

The Jets gave Bowles a two-year contract extension last year, though the 2020 season, this past offseason. They were expected to be much more competitive and appeared to be on their way to a solid season following back-to-back wins over the Broncos and Colts. In the four games since, they’ve been outscored 115-43.

They’re on bye this week. Five of their six remaining games come against teams in the playoff hunt, including two vs. the New England Patriots. They’ll host the Patriots in Week 12, a team that has beaten them four straight times and 12 of the past 14 meetings dating back to the 2011 season.

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