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  • 28 Apr
    NEW YORK -- Losses are piling, tempers are flaring and players are being benched.Throw in all the penalties, mistakes and questionable play calling, and the New York Jets have the troubling look and feel of a dysfunctional bunch.Todd Bowles team is 3-6, matching its loss total from last season, and its playoff prospects already appear highly unlikely. The second-year coach, however, doesnt agree with the increasingly negative perception.Not at all, Bowles said during a conference call Monday. I know what reality is, so we know what everything is inside this building and were a close-knit group.But, perhaps the most glaring sign of trouble within came Sunday, when Bowles benched star defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson for the first quarter of New Yorks 27-23 loss at Miami .Bowles repeated Monday that it was a coachs decision, adding that non-injury and non-football issues are kept in-house. He also declined to say whether tardiness is an issue with the two.However, reports emerged that both Wilkerson and Richardson were disciplined for being late to a team meeting. NJ.com reported that the two have been late or no-showed more than once. NFL Network reported that Wilkerson missed a walkthrough and a defensive meeting at which his birthday was being celebrated -- complete with a cake -- the day before the game against Baltimore last month. Wilkerson did not play in that game because of an ailing ankle.Those are reports, Bowles said. Those things are handled in-house and I know how we handle things in here, and everybody is accountable for their actions. We handle things in here as we handle them, and Im perfectly fine with those two (players) commitments.When asked what makes him satisfied with both Wilkerson and Richardson, Bowles said simply: They put in work. They put in a lot of work.A sideline exchange between wide receiver Brandon Marshall and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick appeared to get a bit heated, although both downplayed it after the game. Bowles did the same, brushing aside the notion that it was another example of a team tearing apart.We had more turmoil going last year when we won four or five in a row, Bowles said. This year is normal. Brandon and Fitz talk on the sideline all the time. Thats just football talk. That goes without saying. And, Mo and Sheldon are fine.On Monday, Marshall said it was business as usual among the players, with the focus on moving forward to their next game at home against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.He said he feels good about the Jets locker room, calling it one of the best Ive been in. He was lukewarm, however, when asked if he thought every player was committed to a common goal.You never know, he said. Its the National Football League. There are so many different personalities in the room. I love what Coach (Marc) Trestman said when he first got hired in Chicago, one of his first team meetings, he said: We dont need all. We just need the right ones.Tackle Ben Ijalana thinks the Jets have those guys, along with the right approach.Everyone is focused on trying to right the ship and were playing a game at home, he said. Were not trying to lull down. Were just trying to get back on the right track, continue to get these wins going.The Jets are uncertain whether Fitzpatrick will start because of a sprained left knee , and some fans and media says New York should go with second-year quarterback Bryce Petty regardless.Its expected, Marshall said of the perception that the Jets are a team in chaos. This is what happens, usually, when you lose. ... Were sitting at 3-6, were disappointed in our play, disappointed in ourselves.And the players arent alone.Bowles has taken his share of the blame, too, and had missteps in his play calls throughout the season.I havent done a good job, he said. Were 3-6. It speaks for itself. I can do a lot better job of coaching.Despite all that, though, Bowles insisted he has total control of his team.Completely, yes, he said. I know me and I know how I address the team and I know how the team responds. I have no issues with that.Penalties are a big problem, with 10 called in the game against the Dolphins. Perhaps none was as glaring as the offsides call on Antonio Allen, whose mistake on a kickoff resulted in a re-kick -- and Kenyan Drake returned it 96 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.We dont finish, Ijalana said. I would say its a combination of not finishing and sometimes starting slow. In this league, those things get you in trouble. 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The visitors took a deserved lead in the 16th minute with midfielder Yohan Cabaye curling the ball beyond Adrian from inside the penalty area. LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas coach David Beaty still has not announced a starting quarterback for Saturdays opener against Rhode Island, and its not because he is trying to keep it a secret.He insists that he legitimately doesnt know.Ill know a lot more after today, and Ill know a heck of a lot after tomorrow, Beaty said Tuesday. So were getting close. Weve got good choices.Two potential starters in Montell Cozart and Ryan Willis have had a significant amount of snaps in their careers, while the third prospect -- redshirt freshman Carter Stanley -- might be the most physically gifted of the bunch as a dual-threat quarterback not unlike former Beaty protege Johnny Manziel.There is not a hairs separation from them statistically in fall camp, Beaty said of the Jayhawks trio. We literally play rock, paper, scissors to see who goes first.The quarterback carousel is nothing new at Kansas.There was quarterback controversy in 2012 with Dayne Crist and Michael Cummings, and again the next year with Cozart and Jake Heaps. The same thing happened in 2014 with Cozart and Cummings.Last season, three different quarterbacks lined up in the starting slot at least once.Cozart said he wins the most rock, paper, scissor battles during practice these days, and he uses paper as his weapon of choice. But games aside, the captain has been a part of the quarterback mix at Kansas for four seasons, making the entire process nothing new.As a freshman in 2013, Heaps started most of the season before Cozart was thrown into the mix as the starter late in the season against West Virginia.Cozart was the starter the next season until Cummings got a chance, just before then-coach Charliee Weis was shown the door.ddddddddddddLast season, Cozart started three of the first four games -- he missed one due to illness -- before a season-ending injury. Willis was then thrown into the starting role as a freshman.Ive been through it before, Cozart said of the quarterback battle. Ive just got to go into the game with the mindset of when Im in there, controlling what I can, controlling the controlables.Willis played reasonably well in eight games last season, throwing for 1,719 yards with nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His passing yardage was the best by a quarterback at Kansas since Jordan Webb in 2011 and one of the best performances by a freshman in school history.But Willis still has work to do.Hes a baby, Beaty said, referring to his youth. He is by no means a finished product, at all. If he was, he would be named the starting quarterback and hes not.With Cozart healthy, Willis enjoys the battle.We have good competition going on in the room, he said. Iron sharpens iron, and this competition is going strong. The cream always rises to the top.In practice thus far, Cozart and Willis are getting the most reps, but Beaty said Stanleys dual-threat ability makes him an intriguing option in a quarterback competition still going strong.Hes got a little moxie to him thats a little bit different, Beaty said of Stanley. And hes a guy that doesnt say a whole lot right now, but in the game, he is a guy that I think hes going to have an opportunity when he does get into a football game to really show who he really is. ' ' '