Todd Bowles’ message to his players was “no different” after Sunday’s dominating performance against the Tennessee Titans.
“Just keep doing what we’re doing and getting better . . . and try to win out in December,” the Jets’ coach said on a Monday conference call.
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The Jets (8-5) are in the thick of the AFC wild-card hunt with Kansas City and Pittsburgh (both 8-5). At the moment, the Chiefs are the No. 5 seed and the Jets are the sixth seed because they have a better conference record than the Steelers, according to ESPN. Even so, there are a lot of variables in play when it comes to the Jets reaching the postseason.
“It’s what we were dealt and the bed we made ourselves. And we understand that,” Bowles said of his team not being in complete control of its playoff destiny. “ . . . We’re not going to worry about what happens at the end. If we take it one game at a time, we’ll be OK.”
Bowles high on Wilkerson
Bowles wouldn’t say whether Muhammad Wilkerson (career-high 12 sacks) deserves to be a Pro Bowler. “I’m glad to have him. I think he’s one of the best players,” he said of Wilkerson, who’s still seeking a big-money contract extension. “ . . . As long as he helps us win games, I’m happy.”
Bowles also called the defensive end “a great guy and a diligent worker,” adding: “I knew he was a great player. I expected him to play like this.”
Cassel to start
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett announced that Matt Cassel will start at quarterback against the Jets. “I think the evaluation is who gives us the best chance to win on Saturday night,” Garrett said. “We still feel like Matt Cassel is that guy.”
Cassel is 1-5 as the Cowboys’ starter in relief of the injured Tony Romo.
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Bowles said he was unaware that the Titans’ headsets malfunctioned right before Brandon Marshall’s 69-yard touchdown reception, a play on which he was not covered. The Jets didn’t experience any communication issues, he said.