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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The cornerstones are crumbling, the faces of the franchise largely contributing to the New York Jets downfall this season.Theres plenty of blame to go around, and many fans and media have been busy pointing fingers.Ryan Fitzpatrick, Darrelle Revis, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Brandon Marshall were all supposed to be leading the Jets on another run to playoff contention. Instead, Todd Bowles bumbling bunch is looking likely to land a top-5 pick in the NFL draft.Were 3-7, Bowles said. Were not even thinking playoffs. Were trying to get to four wins.In what is shaping up as a dismal season, high expectations have quickly given way to modest goals.We have a lot to play for: each other, pride, Wilkerson said. We just have to make sure we stay confident. We cant get down on ourselves here.The Jets are taking their bye-week break, and the sputtering squad can certainly use it. General manager Mike Maccagnan said this week that we all need to do better at our jobs in order to get things turned in a positive direction.That includes Bowles, who has been increasingly criticized for his in-game decisions and the growing perception things are going awry behind closed doors at the Jets facility. The fact he had to bench Wilkerson and Richardson for a quarter for being late to a team meeting has only increased the spotlight on the coach.I think Todd is going to be a very good head coach in this league, Maccagnan said, and I think hes doing a good job now.But the defense, Bowles bread and butter, is hardly dominant, with the line not performing up to lofty expectations and the secondary having trouble shutting down anyones passing game.Wilkerson got a five-year, $86 million contract in the offseason, but has just 2 1/2 sacks. The missed walkthrough practice and late arrivals for meetings arent a good look for a player expected to be a leader.The same goes for Richardson, who was the subject of trade rumors at the deadline. He has 1 1/2 sacks.Then, theres Revis, once the gold standard for shutdown cornerbacks. But now, Revis Island is no more , with age and injuries turning him from great to just OK -- a stunningly quick decline for one of the top players in franchise history.There are glitches in his play, but he has played very well at times this year, Maccagnan said. We have six games to go. Well see how the season progresses, and well evaluate it at the end of the season.The brunt of the blame, however, falls on the shoulders of Fitzpatrick.The veteran QB was re-signed on the eve of training camp to a one-year, $12 million deal that ended a long contract stalemate. After throwing for a franchise-record 31 touchdowns last season, Fitzpatrick appeared the perfect fit for New York as the would-be catalyst for a team coming off a 10-6 season, missing the postseason by one win.Instead, Fitzpatrick leads the NFL with 13 interceptions and has already been benched once. A sprained knee opened the door for Bryce Petty , and now Bowles is left with trying to determine which of the two will give the Jets a better chance to win.That seems inconceivable when less than four months ago, the organization was breathing a sigh of relief because of Fitzpatricks return . Now, its possible he has thrown his last pass with the Jets -- if they decide to give Petty a six-game audition for the job and look to the future.Thats not why any of us are here in the locker room, Fitzpatrick said. Were not here to think about anything other than winning football games. Were here to win.Marshalls production has fallen off in a big way as a result of Fitzpatricks struggles. He has also been affected by the loss of fellow wide receiver Eric Decker , whos out for the season after having shoulder and hip surgeries.Marshall set team records with 109 catches and 1,502 yards receiving while also tying the mark with 14 touchdown grabs. This season, he has 43 catches for 601 yards and two TDs, and hasnt gotten into the end zone since Oct. 9 against Pittsburgh.Frustration and failure have marked New Yorks first 10 games. The last six? Well, the Jets insist they wont crawl to the finish line.I think when you look at it, were not like, `Oh, gosh, the season is over, Maccagnan said. We have six games left. So, we have a little over a third of the season left to go. And were focused on trying to be as competitive as we can be and win as many games as we can. Thats the business were in.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Custom Wizards T-shirts .J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. Cheap Wizards Jerseys . -- Cam Newton pranced into the end zone, placed his hands over his chest and did his familiar Superman pose. http://www.customwizardsjersey.com/ . Just as Montreal was settling into the first full working week of a new year, the Impact announced the appointment of their new head coach. Cheap Custom Wizards Jersey . Calgary scored on the first shift, and Michael Cammalleri scored twice as the Flames cruised to a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Custom Gilbert Arenas Jersey . Only three players drafted by NHL clubs were included on the Czech selection camp roster on Wednesday. Those players were Dallas Stars 2012 first-rounder Radek Faksa, Winnipeg Jets 2013 fourth-rounder Jan Kostalek and Phoenix Coyotes 2012 seventh-rounder Marek Langhamer. LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Tucker West took the mens crown, Summer Britcher claimed the womens title and the doubles team of Jake Hyrns and Anthony Espinoza also won Thursday at USA Luges annual indoor start championships.West won for the fifth time. Britcher and the Hyrns-Espinoza team both finished second last year in the preseason event held on the refrigerated ramps at USA Luges headquarters.Hopefully this will transfer over to the real track, into the season, and Ill be able to take this speed and get faster down times, West said.Former Canadian national team slider John Fennell, now racing for the U.S., was second and doubles racer Matt Mortensen took third in the mens event.This morning it was a weird feeling. Everything really sunk in that I was competing for the U.S., Fennell said. This is the first step going into fall trials and it was a surreal moment, the fact that I was competing not for Canada but the U.S. now.Britcher nearly broke the track record held by eight-time start champion Julia Clukey, who retired this summer. Olympic bronze medalist and former world champion Erin Hamlin was second, and junior national team member Grace Weinberg was third.I definitely looked forward to the start competition this year, Britcher said. We really re-vamped our start training this year to have more of an emphasis on stronger coaching, andd focusing more on combining the amount of reps we do with our weightlifting.dddddddddddd I was anxious to see how that would show in a competition setting.Hyrns and Espinoza had the fastest two heats in the doubles event. Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman -- who were fifth in the overall World Cup standings last winter -- were second, and 2015 start champions Justin Krewson and Andrew Sherk were third.There were a number of key athletes who missed the start championships for a variety of reasons.Two-time Olympian Chris Mazdzer was at an International Luge Federation meeting in Moscow, part of his requirements as a member of the groups executive board. Aidan Kelly (back) and Riley Stohr (shoulder) also missed the mens event with injuries. On the womens side, World Cup veteran Emily Sweeney (wrist) and Raychel Germaine (shoulder) were out while both continue recovering.National team members are expected to begin training in Norway in a couple of weeks, then return to Lake Placid for on-ice training in mid-October.The event was originally scheduled for Friday night, but was moved up because several members of USA Luges national staff will travel to Delaware for Fridays funeral of three-time Olympian Frank Masley . ' ' '

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