Chandler Jones: ‘Main thing is just focusing on this game’ not brothers this weekend
|09.20.12 at 2:43 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Chandler Jones knew exactly what was coming. So, apparently, did Bill Belichick and the coaching staff.
This weekend, Jones and his incredibly gifted athletic brothers will all be in the national sports spotlight. Chandler goes against Arthur’s Ravens while Jon “Bones” Jones battles Vitor Belfort on Saturday night in defense of Jones’ light-heavyweight title in UFC 152 in Toronto. [“Bones” Jones spoke with WEEI’s “Mut & Merloni” on Thursday about his football brothers and his fight this weekend.]
The Patriots shun promotion of any kind when it comes to big weekends like this so it came as no surprise that Jones was pretty brief in his comments about his brothers on Thursday.
Has Chandler been in touch with Arthur?
“No I didn’t,” Jones said. “I haven’t talked to him. Maybe, after the game. We usually talk every day but we’re just getting ready for this game.”
What will it be like to see his big brother – and former Syracuse roommate – Arthur on the field Sunday night?
“Main thing is just focusing on this game, trying to get this game plan down and win this game,” Chander said. “He’s the older brother. He’s , I’m 22. He was my roommate in college but it all boils down to what happens Sunday night, just getting ready for this game.”
Will he be watching Jon Saturday night?
“Yeah,” Jones said with a smile.
That’s a far cry from what Chandler said in April.
“The Jones brothers are three guys who are very competitive, but we have a bond that can never be broken,” Chandler said in a UFC media release headlined America’s Most Athletic Family leading up to Jon’s successful title defense against Rashad Evans.
One thing Chandler Jones did acknowledge was putting last weekend’s loss to the Cardinals out of his mind.
“I just try to delete this out of my mind and get ready for Baltimore,” he said. “Move forward.”
“Joe Flacco is a great player,” Jones continued. “I admire his game. I’ve been watching him for a while because I’ve been watching my brother play for the Ravens. So, I’m very familiar with him. He’s a great player. Just do your job. I feel like if everyone does their job every single play, you can bottle players like that up.”
Arthur Jones, 26, was drafted in the fifth round in 2010 out of Syracuse. He is in his third year and has four solo tackles in two games this year. In 2011, he played in 14 games, missing two with a concussion, but only started in one game; he had 20 tackles — 14 of them solo. He is listed as a backup defensive end in Baltimore’s 3-4 scheme.
Chandler, meanwhile, has recorded 10 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles in two games, including the strip-sack that led to a Dont’a Hightower fumble return for a touchdown.