|How boxing with brother Jon Bones Jones helped Chandler Jones handle move to interior line||09.20.13 at 1:38 pm ET|
FOXBORO — When Jon “Bones” Jones enters the cage this Saturday night in Toronto, his younger brother will be watching as more than just a fan. He might be looking to pick up a few tips he can use in his newfound position on the Patriots interior defensive line.
This past offseason, Chandler Jones was encouraged to get stronger and quicker by head coach Bill Belichick, with the thought that he could become more versatile and useful to the Patriots defensive line. What did Jones do in the offseason to help achieve this goal?
He started mixing it up with one of the most feared MMA fighters in the world – his brother. Chander and his brother Arthur Jones – of the Baltimore Ravens – trained with “Bones” Jones to increase their quickness and strength in the trenches.
“This offseason has been great. I was doing a lot of “no hands” technique, a little boxing with my brothers,” Chandler said Friday afternoon. “It’s definitely helping, definitely helping, especially playing down in the trenches.”
“It’s a lot faster. When you’re playing defensive end, you don’t have anyone outside of you. When you’re down in the “3″ technique or “2-I”, there’s a tackle, there’s a center, there’s a guard, anyone can block you so you have to be ready for any different scheme possible.”
Jones, who still plays primarily on the edge, recorded two sacks in the win over the Jets, twice meeting teammate Michael Buchanan at quarterback Geno Smith.
“I’m getting familiar with it,” Jones said of his interior position. “Every third down or whenever I get called to go down there, I’ll play that position whenever Bill calls that package. It’s fun.”
As for his brother Jon, he’ll be defending his Light Heavyweight Ultimate Fighting Championship against Swedish superstar, Alexander Gustafsson, Saturday night at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. If he wins, he’ll become the most dominant and successful light heavyweight in UFC history.
“I’m excited,” Chandler said. “I’m excited for his fight Saturday. Hopefully, he doesn’t have me staying up too late because I have a game the next morning. Go Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.”
Any scouting report on big brother?
“Hopefully, my brother wins,” Jones said. “That’s a good scouting report. I’m his biggest fan. I haven’t really talked to him. He’s focused.”
A win Saturday night would hopefully create some good karma for Chandler who looks to follow up a good Week 2 performance (5 tackles, 3 quarterback hits, 2 sacks) with another against the Buccaneers.
“My biggest focus is trying to stay level-headed, to flush the Jets and move onto Week 3,” Jones said. “That’s my biggest thing, forgetting what we did last week and just moving forward and trying to get another win in the win column.”
|Ray Lewis on Aaron Hernandez: ‘New England had to know something’||09.08.13 at 1:11 pm ET|
Newly retired Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis made quite the debut for ESPN on Sunday. During his first appearance on ESPN’s pregame show, Lewis weighed in on Aaron Hernandez and what he believes the Patriots should have known about their former tight end now accused of first-degree murder.
During a roundtable discussion with Cris Carter, Keyshawn Johnson and Tom Jackson, Lewis said the Patriots should have sensed that Hernandez, who remains in jail after pleading not guilty following him being arrested and charged with allegedly murdering Odin Lloyd, was headed down the wrong path.
“I want to make sure we clear something up because we have to do this for our brand of the National Football League: Our numbers are very small when it comes to the pain and the crime that happens in everyday America, the numbers of athletes that get in trouble,” Lewis said. “New England had to know something, just like 31 other teams had to know something about Aaron Hernandez’s background, and that’s your red flag. Now, it’s up to you to say, ‘You know what, I’m still going to try that.’”
Jackson then said someone with the Patriots should have had information about Hernandez’s activities from his high school and college days to sound alarm bells.
“Someone had to know this kid was heading toward incarceration,” Jackson said. “I think the mistake they made the thought was if we give him the money is it will help to straighten him out. But when they gave him the money, he only spiraled further out of control because he had the money.”
Patriots owner Robert Kraft, on hand in Orchard Park for the Patriots’ season opener, has said he and the organization were “duped” by Hernandez when they signed him to a $40 million contract extension before the 2012 season.
|Lights out: Ravens beat Niners in electrifying finish to Super Bowl XLVII||02.03.13 at 10:48 pm ET|
Joe Flacco threw three touchdowns and Jacoby Jones returned a kick 108 yards as the Ravens held on to beat the 49ers, 34-31, in a bizarre Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday night. Flacco finished 22-of-33 for 287 yards and three touchdowns in earning Super Bowl MVP honors.
Colin Kaepernick was on the verge of engineering the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history when it appeared the Ravens committed a blatant defensive holding by Jimmy Smith on Michael Crabtree in the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the Ravens’ 5 with just over a minute left. No call was made and the Ravens took possession at their 5 and killed off most of the clock.
The game ended when the Ravens took a safety on a punt with four seconds left, and then punted away to Ted Ginn. The 49ers specialist returned it 31 yards to midfield but was tackled as time ran out.
The game marked the first loss in six Super Bowls for the 49ers while the Ravens won for the second time in as many trips to the big game, winning Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa.
In a game that featured an electrifying halftime show by Beyonce and a 34-minute power outage minutes later in the third quarter, Kaepernick led his team from a 28-6 hole in the third quarter back to 31-29, passing for a score and running for another as San Francisco scored 23 points in just over 12 minutes. However, the Niners could not convert a two-point conversion that would have tied the game.
The Ravens jumped out to a 21-6 halftime lead thanks in large part to the sensational play of Flacco, as he threw three first half touchdowns. Ed Reed picked off Kaepernick and the Ravens gambled on fourth-and-9, but kicker Justin Tucker was tackled a yard short on a fake field goal. On the next drive, Flacco hit Jones for a 56-yard touchdown pass, putting Baltimore up 21-3.
Jacoby Jones opened the second half by taking the kick eight yards deep in the end zone and racing up the middle for the longest kickoff return in Super Bowl history.
Moments later, as San Francisco was facing third-and-13 in its own territory, the lights and power went out through most parts of the Superdome. The game was delayed 34 minutes as NFL officials and stadium administrators went into a frenzy trying to restore order and power.
After the lights came back on, the Niners were forced to punt. But on their next drive, they began a furious comeback. Crabtree caught a 31-yard TD pass. Frank Gore, who finished with 110 yards on 19 carries, ran around the right side for a 6-yard score after a Ginn punt return.
David Akers converted a field goal that cut the lead to 28-23. The Ravens added a field goal early in the fourth quarter, making it, 31-23. The Niners then scored on a Kaepernick 15-yard run. With a chance to tie the game, the Niners could not convert a two-point conversion. Reed appeared to be offsides on the corner blitz, but no call was made and the Ravens held a 31-29 lead.
After another Ravens field goal, Kaepernick got the ball back with a chance to win. The Niners drove to the Ravens’ 7. But with four chances, the Niners couldn’t punch it in.
|Power outage delays Super Bowl 34 minutes in third quarter||at 10:13 pm ET|
In one of the most bizarre moments in the 47-year history of America’s greatest game, a power outage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome suspended play of Super Bowl XLVII for 34 minutes Sunday evening.
The Ravens were just celebrating a 108-yard kickoff return by Jacoby Jones for a touchdown and appeared ready to put the game away.
With the 49ers trailing 28-6 and facing a third-and-14, stadium lights cut out on San Francisco’s side of the field. Then lights went out throughout the building.
The NFL released the following statement after play resumed: “Stadium authorities are investigating the cause of the power outage. We will have more information as it becomes available.”
Superdome spokesman Eric Eagan followed with a statement on behalf of the building: “We sincerely apologize for the incident.”
Speculation was rampant following a spectacular halftime show by Beyonce that required numerous flashing lights and finished with dramatic flare.
The 49ers captured the game’s momentum, scoring 23 points in just over 12 minutes of game time following the outage.
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|Peter King on M&M: ‘I just fear Colin Kaepernick a lot more than I would the San Francisco defense’||02.01.13 at 2:30 pm ET|
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King spoke with Mut & Merloni Friday about HGH testing in the NFL, commissioner Roger Goodell’s State of the League address, the 49ers offense and the Ravens defense.
King said he thinks the idea of the Ravens as a “team of destiny” that will be driven to victory by intangibles isn’t the Super Bowl’s best storyline.
“I think the emotion’s a silly angle. Maybe the emotion helps you for five minutes, but you’ve got to play football,” King said. “I think we get these comfortable storylines – great defense versus an old defense – that’s the storyline down here, and I just say, have you watched the games? I don’t see, when I watch the San Francisco, a peerless defense. They’ve got eight sacks in the last five games. That’s a great pressure defense?
“Aldon Smith, Justin Smith – no sacks in the last five games. Aldon Smith had a good game in the championship game, but I don’t know, I think we lapse into storylines too easy, and I pick the Ravens, too. I just fear Colin Kaepernick a lot more than I would fear the San Francisco defense.”
Following are some highlights from the conversation. To hear the entire interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
On whether Ray Lewis’ legacy will be affected by the SI story: ”Not making any accusations, just stating a fact, but there is not currently a test in the NFL for HGH. So if there’s not a test, how do we know that 800 players don’t use HGH? So I’m not charging anybody with anything, but there’s a lot of things right now the NFL can’t test for, and so there are people who are going to believe what they want to believe and that’s it.”
NFL Network analyst Heath Evans spoke with Mut & Merloni from New Orleans Friday about his own use of the velvet deer antler substance Ray Lewis reportedly used, how it differs from traditional steroids, and how the Ravens can beat Colin Kaepernick.
Evans said he has been taking the deer antler substance in tablet form, which is stronger than the spray, and that it’s made a significant difference in his cognitive function since he retired from football.
“I’ve had ADD since I was born, but probably only in 2009, 2010 – I would be lying if I said I didn’t have concern about maybe some of the cognitive stuff, just stuff you shouldn’t forget,” Evans said. “And over the last six months since I’ve been taking the velvet deer antler tablets, I sleep. I rest. I recall on-air on NFL Network, being sent downstairs at night by Beth and not forgetting what she sent me down there for.”
“I’m, like, the least psychosomatic person in the world,” he went on. “The chips that [SWATS co-owner Mitch Ross] put on people’s wrists so they run faster and bench more, they didn’t work for me. And I think there are a lot of psychosomatic athletes, and I would not represent that product of his. But the deer antler was something I was introduced to in 2008 by a good friend of mine that runs Garden of Life, the multi-hundred billion dollar company, and I saw some good, actual things come out of it.
“I don’t use notes on air anymore. If I do, it’s once a week or it’s a longer-working subject. Last year, I was almost strapped to my notes at times.”
Evans said if Lewis did take the deer antler spray, it’s not worthy of the PED discussion it’s drawn.
“The PED word, steroids and all that nonsense – this is nothing, and I mean nothing, like that,” Evans said. “If that helped Ray recover, it was minimalistic. It probably did have some effects, but it was because Ray dieted perfect. He rested perfect. He did everything else they told him to do. He had surgery and he took care of his body, and he probably wasn’t out drinking and smoking and doing a lot of the stuff other NFL players do, and his body responded, because our bodies are amazing when we treat them right.”
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