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Stadium and disappeared into the tunnel Limited Danny Etling Jersey , many New York Jets fans figured that was the last time they'd see him on their team's sideline.Not quite. Not yet.An embarrassing 41-10 loss to the equally lowly Buffalo Bills last Sunday brought out the venom from Bowles' biggest detractors 鈥?the number of whom has quickly multiplied over the past several weeks. They hoped the bye-week break would bring about a change at the top in response to the team's miserable 3-7 start.Owner Christopher Johnson instead opted to not fire Bowles right now 鈥?much to the dismay of a large portion of the fan base."I understand," wide receiver Jermaine Kearse said. "Everybody is frustrated. I understand the fans are frustrated. We're frustrated. It's understandable. We're going to stick together. We're going to stick with Todd. We're going to have his back."And, we're going to take the bye week, regroup and try to figure this (stuff) out."The Jets have six games left and will be hard-pressed to even match the 5-11 records they put up in each of the past two seasons. New York has two games against New England, including a home matchup out of the break, and meetings with Tennessee, Buffalo, Houston and Green Bay 鈥?no gimmes in the bunch.The general feeling is that Bowles' fate is, in fact, sealed and the Jets will embark on a coaching search as soon as the regular season ends."We have to own it and have a week to live with it," Bowles said of having the bye after such a brutal loss. "They get some time off, make sure they rest up and get healthy. We're going to come back and try to win six games, one at a time, and see who wants to play."The one player everyone's eyes will be on is rookie quarterback Sam Darnold Sony Michel Jersey Salute to Service , whose right foot strain kept him out of the debacle against Buffalo. Bowles said the No. 3 overall pick is also now out of the walking boot he was in last week during practice, a positive sign that he could perhaps soon return.Darnold's development will again be at the top of the list of priorities, regardless of the job status of Bowles and his staff. The former USC star has thrown a league-leading 14 interceptions and struggled in three straight losses before his injury."I think it's just me, at some moments in the game, getting in my own head," Darnold said. "I've just got to stay true to my progressions, stay true to the confidence that I normally have and just go out there and sling it."Darnold has shown some positive signs, making some impressive plays while also receiving rave reviews from his coaches for his ability to mentally digest the game.He has made lots of mistakes, too, as he struggles through rookie growing pains. But Darnold is far from the only one having issues.Jeremy Bates' sluggish offense ranks 29th in the NFL and has been inconsistent. Injuries to receivers Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa haven't helped, neither has the shaky offensive line play. The running game has also been mostly grounded the past few games since gaining 323 yards against Denver in Week 5."Right now, we're not scoring touchdowns," Bates said. "That's my responsibility to get our players to score touchdowns and I'll do a better job at that."That's the resounding feeling all around the facility, from the coaches to the players to general manager Mike Maccagnan Duke Dawson Jersey , whose spotty record in the draft and free agency has contributed to a lack of roster depth.While first-rounders Leonard Williams, Darron Lee and Jamal Adams 鈥?and even Darnold 鈥?are starters and major contributors, only 12 of the 22 players drafted from 2015-17 remain on the roster. The bulk of the crop from those draft classes should be major depth pieces now, namely wide receivers ArDarius Stewart (third round, 2017) and Chad Hansen (fourth, 2017). Instead, the Jets will look to make a big-time splash in free agency next offseason with about $100 million in salary cap space."This is an offseason we feel really good about," Maccagnan said. "We've done a lot of work already and we're going to do a lot more work on the pro free agency."Staying patient is a tough task for most Jets fans. After all, they've been doing that for 50 years, since the franchise's one and only trip to the Super Bowl.Anger and frustration are the prevailing emotions right now among the team's most dedicated followers. And, the Jets insist they're right there with them."Imagine if it's your job, how much more upset you are," quarterback Josh McCown said. "So I think that's the case for us. I think that's what I would say, is that we feel the same way. We're probably even more so than them because it's our livelihood and this is the game that we love. So when you go out and play like that Authentic James Harrison Jersey , we're upset about that and it's unacceptable."We want to find a way to make it different. That's the main thing."Week 4 Patriots vs Dolphins: 8 winners and 1 loser from New England’s 38-7 win against Miami After two ugly losses, the New England Patriots were able to bounce back with a dominant 38-7 victory over the visiting and previously undefeated Miami Dolphins. While the team had some miscues along the way, it was an encouraging performance showing what the squad is capable of. With that in mind let’s take a look at some of the standouts from Sunday.Winner: RB Sony MichelAfter two up-and-down performances to start his NFL career, Sony Michel was dominant against a usually stout Miami defense – maneuvering through it using some excellent, burst vision and patience. Overall, the first-round rookie finished the day with 25 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown and played a key role in the Patriots establishing an early rhythm and controlling the tempo of the game all day long.Winner: RB James WhiteIt was business as usual for James White on Sunday. Not only did the 26-year old lead the Patriots offense with eight receptions for 68 yards, he also had eight carries for 44 yards. Furthermore, he scored a touchdown each on the ground and through the air. In short: it was a vintage performance by the former fourth-round draft pick, who becomes even more important than he already is with Rex Burkhead on injured reserve.Winner: The offensive and defensive linesNew England finished with 175 rushing yards not only because of the running backs, but also because of the guys up front who at times dominated Miami in the ground game. The offensive line – honorable mentions to fullback James Develin and the tight ends – had an impressive game. The same has to be said for the Patriots’ defensive line: the unit looked vulnerable through three weeks but really stepped up its game on Sunday, limiting the Dolphins to just 56 rushing yards.Winner: LB Dont’a HightowerIn his first three games back from injured reserve, Dont’a Hightower did not look like his usual self: he was slow and not the physical and emotional leader he normally is for the Patriots’ defense. On Sunday, however, he was a different player. The on-field signal caller Limited Andre Tippett Jersey , who finished the day with two tackles, was quick to the football and instrumental in setting the tone and tempo.Loser: WR Chris HoganChris Hogan did not necessarily have a bad outing against the Dolphins. However, the 29-year old had a quiet game compared to the Patriots’ other offensive skill position players. He was targeted just once all day long – a pass which he caught for a 25-yard gain – and again failed to consistently create separation. Maybe this will change once Julian Edelman is back to attract attention but it would not be a surprise to see Hogan become more of a package-based player moving forward.Winner: The rest of the wide receiversJosh Gordon had a rather active debut for the Patriots, Phillip Dorsett made some big plays – none bigger than his spectacular touchdown catch –, Cordarrelle Patterson was productive as a wideout, running back and decoy. In short: New England’s wide receivers delivered an overall encouraging performance against the Dolphins. What also stood out was the group’s productivity when it came to run blocking. At least yesterday, they were on the right track.Winner: CBs Jonathan Jones and J.C. JacksonThe Dolphins have an explosive group of wide receivers but the Patriots’ defensive backs held their ground. While this was expected of number one Stephon Gilmore, Jonathan Jones and J.C. Jackson surprised with their competitiveness against talented opponents: Jones had eight tackles and a pass deflection, Jackson registered an interception and a pass breakup. The two youngsters are stating their cases for bigger defensive roles.Winner: CB Cyrus JonesAppearing in only his second game since 2016, Cyrus Jones was predominately used as a punt returner – and he looked very good in the role. Averaging 9.0 yards per runback (five returns for 45 yards), the Alabama product showed some of the skills that made him an electric returnman in college. Most importantly: Jones looked comfortable fielding kicks, something that has not been the case earlier in his career.
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