NEW YORK (WFAN) — The Jets have gone into a tailspin.
After starting the season 4-1, New York (5-5) has lost four of five and finds itself at .500 with six games left to play.
The latest setback was this past Sunday, when Gang Green lost to the Texans by a touchdown at NRG Stadium.
It was a game that the Jets expected to win, and head coach Todd Bowles — who keeps his composure as well an anyone in sports — was furious after the defeat.
“Coach Todd, after the game, went off on us and told us, ‘Losing is not acceptable,'” defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson told WFAN hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts during his weekly spot on Tuesday. “He doesn’t like losing, as well. I’m pretty sure that everybody in the locker room definitely needs to have that spark lit under them this week, and we need to get these wins rolling quickly.”
Bowles is the antithesis of Rex Ryan, the Jets’ head coach from 2009-14. Ryan was known for his guarantees, his boisterous personality and his humorous sound bites.
Bowles, on the other hand, gives off the impression that he’s cool, calm and collected at all times.
But maybe the first-year head coach isn’t as stoic as we thought.
“He’s an emotional guy,” Wilkerson said of Bowles. “He yells at us when things are not going as they should on the field, and they’re not looking the way he expects it to be. He definitely gets on us.”
The Jets are in ninth place in the AFC, though the Colts, Chiefs, Texans and Bills — all teams ahead of them — have identical records.
New York will play the AFC East-rival Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.