With the losses piling up and heat intensifying around him, Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine is keeping cool.
When a reporter pointed out Thursday that his team has gone just 2-14 in its past 16 games, Pettine interrupted.
"Thanks for reminding me of that, by the way," he quipped.
Pettine's future could be in jeopardy with the Browns (2-9) stuck in the middle of one of those slides that has taken down Cleveland coaches before. The Browns have lost six in a row and suffered one of the most gut-wrenching defeats in recent memory Monday, when the Ravens blocked a field goal on the final play and returned it 64 yards for a touchdown.
The loss — and some questionable clock management decisions by Pettine in the closing minutes — brought further scrutiny to the second-year coach and his staff. Pettine understands that his job could be hanging in the balance of Cleveland's final five games.
"I feel very upset about the record, and that's on us," he said. "We own it. This is a bottom-line business, and where we are isn't good enough."
Pettine said he has weekly conversations with owner Jimmy Haslam about the status of his team. Nothing is ever held back.
"Anybody that knows me and anybody that knows Jimmy Haslam knows our conversations are always blunt," Pettine said. "The time is so valuable during the season that when we get into a conversation we hit topics head on, there's no dancing around them."
There's no sidestepping that the Browns are a mess. Pettine knows he could be running out of time to correct the problems.
"The question is, do we have a plan to fix it? Is it fixable?" said Pettine, who had the Browns off to a 7-4 start before a five-game losing streak last season. "I feel like we do."
Foles gets nod again
Case Keenum has not been cleared to play as he recovers from a concussion and St. Louis will start Nick Foles at quarterback for the second week in a row.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher said if Keenum is cleared on Friday, he would be the backup against NFC West-leading Arizona.
• Darrelle Revis sat out practice again and it appears unlikely that the New York Jets cornerback will play against the Giants on Sunday. Revis suffered a concussion at Houston on Nov. 22 and has not practiced, played or even attended meetings since.
• Buffalo defensive end Mario Williams is expected to play against his former team, Houston, on Sunday after testing his injured foot in practice for a second straight day.
• Jacksonville receiver Allen Hurns missed a second consecutive day of practice, but Jaguars coach Gus Bradley hasn't ruled him out against Tennessee.
• Miami center Mike Pouncey returned to practice after leaving last week's game because of a right foot injury.