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Todd Bowles on 1-4 Jets: ‘We have a good plan in place’

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from the media during Organized Team Activities at the Jets Training Center on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Todd Bowles is sticking with his quarterback and his coaching staff.

“We have a good plan in place, we have a good staff in place,” he said on a conference call Monday, less than 24 hours after the Jets lost their third straight game. “Our players, for the most part, are playing tough football right now. It’s just a matter of making some critical changes in the second half as far as making plays. I don’t feel there’s a need to change right now.”

But Sunday’s 31-13 loss at Pittsburgh dropped Bowles’ team to 1-4, and the collective patience of Jets Nation is wearing thin. The record is only a part of the problem, though. It’s how the Jets are losing each week.

The same issues repeatedly crop up: poor in-game management, questionable offensive play-calling, secondary breakdowns and second-half collapses.

Bowles’ decision to punt on fourth-and-2 near midfield with 7 1⁄2 minutes left and the Jets trailing by 11 provided the best material for second-guessers.

Asked Monday if he felt any differently about his decision to punt, Bowles said: “No, it’s the same.”

But while the second-year head coach may have cost himself the support of some of the team’s fans, he hasn’t lost his locker room, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said.

“I thought Todd had a great message last week,” he said. “He’s a very respected guy in this building, and part of that is his experience as a player and part of it is what he’s done as a football coach. We really respect and appreciate him and his message. I think he has the proper perspective on things, and that’s helpful for us as a team.”

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