Chandler Jones on M&M: ‘I get a front-row seat to watch Tom Brady and this offense go to work’
|11.04.13 at 1:09 pm ET|
Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones and cornerback Kyle Arrington joined Mut & Merloni on Monday to talk about Sunday’s 55-31 win over the Steelers.
Jones, Arrington and the rest of the Pats defense did not need to be at their best as New England’s Tom Brady-led offense erupted for 55 points and 610 total yards on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
“I get a front row seat to watch Tom Brady and this offense go to work, and it’s fun,” Jones said.
Brady and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger dueled as both threw for more than 400 yards and four touchdowns.
“[Roethlisberger is] tremendous, it’s almost like playing that backyard streetball,” Arrington said.
Although the defense did not have its best showing of the season, it stepped up when necessary. The Pats forced three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble) and sacked Roethlisberger five times. Rookie defensive back Duron Harmon and safety Devin McCourty registered the interceptions, while defensive tackle Joe Vellano recovered the fumble.
“Fourth quarter, I think we did a great job of finishing the game. Offense did a tremendous job of helping us out,” Arrington said. “It was a great team effort yesterday.”
The defensive line once again performed admirably, as Jones led the way with two sacks. Jones continues to thrive in a versatile role that puts him as a traditional defensive end at times, and as an outside linebacker as well.
“When you know your head coach has enough faith in you, to move you around the field and play different positions, that’s just a great feeling to know that your coach trusts you to do those certain things,” Jones said.
Jones upped his sack total to a team-high 8½.
“Everything goes to my teammates,” said Jones, who credited many of his sacks this year to solid coverage. “A lot of those sacks, if you watch them, is guys getting covered.”
Facing a 10-point deficit on the first drive of the fourth quarter, Pittsburgh had to switch to a pure aerial attack. This allowed New England to bring additional pressure, and the Patriots recorded two sacks and an interception in the quarter.
“As a pass rusher in this league, when the scoring is how it was like last night, and the situation that the Steelers were in last night, you should be salivating and just be happy that the team is one-dimensional and they have to throw the ball,” Jones said.
“They have a plethora of talent on the offensive side of the ball,” Arrington said, adding: “We were just trying to make them drive the field as much as we could. We didn’t want to give it all up in one shot.”
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