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|Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa walking off the field following their 31 13 loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday. 49ers jerseys for sale cheap (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)(Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Sunday's 31 13 loss to the Steelers shop steelers was their third straight setback, dropping them to 1 4. The season isn't over, and there's still time for a turnaround, but that's beginning to feel less and less likely.
Here are five questions for the Jets as they try to move on from another disappointment:
1. Is the locker room starting to crack?
The vibe in the Jets' locker room after Sunday's loss was a strange one. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall was positive, almost to a ridiculous level, yelling, clapping and saying that the Jets were in "perfect position" at 1 4.
But on the other side of the room, defensive ends Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson were both angry. Wilkerson ended his interview session after just 70 seconds. Richardson repeated "preparing for Arizona" as an answer to his first five questions, then said reporters were trying to get him to "finger point."
Frustration is beginning to set in as the losses pile up.
2. Is Todd Bowles to blame?
Well, according to him, yes.
"I take all the blame," the Jets' coach said after Sunday's loss. "I'm the head coach. It goes as I go. We're 1 4. It all falls on me."
Some fans would certainly agree especially after Bowles' decision to punt on fourth and short with about 7:30 left in the game and the Jets trailing by 11. It proved to be a bad choice: Pittsburgh marched down the field for a game clinching touchdown.
Afterward, Bowles defended his decision, but he had punted away the Jets' last chance.
3. Is Ryan Fitzpatrick's job safe?
With all the other issues, Fitzpatrick's play was overshadowed. But the Jets' quarterback actually looked pretty good in the loss to Pittsburgh. After throwing nine interceptions in his previous two games, Fitzpatrick didn't commit a single turnover against Pittsburgh.
Bowles said Fitzpatrick will continue to be his starter going forward.
Fitzpatrick finished 25 of 38 for 255 yards and a touchdown. But there was still plenty of room for improvement: Fitzpatrick was limited to 92 yards in the second half as the Jets' offense was shut out.
4. Who's healthy?
The Jets played without WR Eric Decker (shoulder) and CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring). And they may have lost two more key players: linebacker David Harris suffered a hamstring injury in the first half Sunday and didn't return, and center Nick Mangold suffered a knee injury in the second half and didn't return.
Harris is one of the most respected players on defense. His leadership and field presence is desperately needed, and he hasn't missed a game since 2008. Mangold, meanwhile, is the glue of the offensive line.
If either is out for an extended period of time an already bad season could get much worse.
5. Can this team still make the playoffs?
Yes, history says it's possible. But their margin for error is virtually nothing. According to ESPN, at 1 4 the Jets have a 6 percent chance of making the playoffs. Had they won Sunday, that packers pro shop would have been a 21 percent chance.
The Jets play next Monday night at Arizona, but then the schedule lightens up a bit: they face Baltimore at home, Cleveland and Miami on the road, and then play five of their final seven games at home of course, two of those final seven games are cardinals apparel against the mighty Patriots.
It's conceivable that the Jets could go on a run and turn this thing around, but they need to end this losing streak now and there can't be another one.