|Chandler Jones calls Vince Wilfork a ‘brother': ‘Having a guy like him in the locker room, words can’t explain’||01.28.15 at 3:18 pm ET|
CHANDLER, Ariz. — Chandler Jones is one of 36 players on the Patriots who will be playing in their first Super Bowl on Sunday against the Seahawks, and obviously there is a lot going through his mind.
“Those two words are very good words to use: excited and anxious,” Jones said. “But within that, ultimately there’s one task at hand, and it’s to win. The biggest thing is just being calm throughout it all, all the interviews, all the media, all the people asking for tickets. Just being calm and levelheaded through it all.”
Fortunately for Jones and the rest of the Patriots defense, they have a leader like Vince Wilfork who has played in three previous Super Bowls and has won one as well. He’s preparing the players as best he can for the game.
“He’s just like having another brother, actually,” said Jones. “Like I said in the previous interview, his leadership is one thing that stands out to me the most. You could talk to him about anything, about being on the field, off the field, personal life, anything. Having a guy like him in the locker room, words can’t explain.
“Everything he does. Even on the field or off the field, or like I said, even in the film room, there will be times where Vince will say, ‘Hey, watch out,’ something a coach might not see, but Vince will,” he added. “He’s almost like having another coach in the film room.”
Jones played in 10 games this season, as he missed six with a hip injury, but finished with six sacks. One of his biggest tasks on Sunday will be controlling Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
“He’s a tremendous quarterback. He’s a really good quarterback,” said Jones. “I wouldn’t call him unusual. He came in the NFL with me, actually, in the same draft class. He was actually one of the lower quarterbacks picked. ESPN always talks about it. But I feel like if everyone just contains and if everyone is in their spot, that zone read offense, you catch your guy outside their spot, it could hurt you and could gash you. If everyone’s in the right spot, then we should be fine.”
|Chandler Jones on MFB: ‘I really don’t care’ about Deflategate||01.26.15 at 2:33 pm ET|
Jones discussed preparing for the Super Bowl with the Deflategate controversy dominating the media.
“During a week like this I try to just avoid it all,” Jones said. “I really, honestly, I really don’t care, I just want to play. I’m really focused on Seattle, I’m focused on my matchups, who I’m going against.”
Added Jones: “That just goes back to ignoring the noise. … At the end of the day, we all have a job and we have to do it.”
“Marshawn Lynch is a guy that, I mean, if you let him he can run over your whole defense,” Jones said. “And then you have a guy like Russell Wilson and if you let him, he can juke out your whole defense and make big plays. So it’s our job as a defense to hopefully contain those guys.”
Jones added: “This is a quarterback-driven team, this is a quarterback-driven league, obviously. If you can contain the quarterback you can hopefully contain the scoreboard.”
“I had a little success against him my rookie year and hopefully I can again on Sunday,” Jones said, adding “He’s a guy that’s very strong. He’s very strong on the running game. He has very strong hands, and he’s also a guy that’s long. When you have a guy that’s kind of a long and athletic body type, it’s kind of harder to get around.”
Added Jones: “For this week, we’re just kind of working hard and trying to polish up things so hopefully we can be successful on Sunday.”
For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.
|Julian Edelman on MFB: ‘We just so happened to do a lot of things right’ vs. Colts||01.19.15 at 12:59 pm ET|
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and defensive end Chandler Jones joined Middays with MFB on Monday to discuss Sunday’s rout of the Colts in the AFC championship game. To hear the interviews, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
The Patriots had their way with Indianapolis on both sides of the football Sunday night.
“They’re a good team. We just so happened to do a lot of things right,” Edelman said. “We played a complementary football game. … We were just able to execute at a high level last night. Hopefully that goes on to two weeks.”
Said Jones: “It’s good for the coaches to give out a game plan, but at the end of the day it’s up to the players to execute and buy into what the coaches are coaching. I feel like our players did a good job of buying into the coaches’ game plan, and we outexecuted the other team and it definitely showed on the scoreboard at the end of the game.”
Jones credited fellow defensive end Rob Ninkovich with having a standout game.
“I want to personally take the time to point out Rob Ninkovich‘s game that he had last night,” Jones said. “I just finished watching him. Rob had a tremendous game. It might not show on the stat sheet, but he did a really good job of pressuring Andrew Luck. Like I said, I want to shout him out. That was a great game by Rob Ninkovich.”
Edelman said he knew nothing about the controversy regarding allegedly underinflated footballs.
“I’m not even getting involved in this one,” Edelman said. “Ask coach Bill Belichick on all situations.”
Added Edelman: “Those guys [on the sideline] didn’t do anything. They’re probably just overreacting on something. It’s ridiculous, but we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do. We’re going to just try to get better for Seattle.”
Offensive lineman Nate Solder scored a touchdown in the third quarter, catching a short pass from Tom Brady and running into the end zone. Edelman said he was happy to share the spotlight with his underappreciated teammate.
“Those big dogs, they do all the grinding work each and every week. They don’t ever get the credit they deserve,” Edelman said. “To see one of your big dogs get a touchdown, especially in such an important game, it’s always awesome. You get to see those guys, they light up like a Christmas tree. It was awesome to see that.”
|Arthur Jones on brother Chandler: ‘I always want to beat my brother in everything that we do’||at 12:13 pm ET|
FOXBORO — It was a win-win situation for the Jones family Sunday night — they were going to the Super Bowl no matter what.
If the Patriots won, Chandler would be going. If the Colts won, Arthur would be going. But, there wasn’t much doubt as the Patriots rolled to a 45-7 win and Chandler will be playing in his first Super Bowl in two weeks in Arizona.
Despite the loss, Arthur was proud of his younger brother, especially for all he went through this season, missing significant time with a hip injury.
“The kid is a champion. He’s a warrior,” Arthur said. “He battled through injury, I congratulated him. I don’t want to be a sore loser, my mom and dad raised me better than that. Hats off to them. We’ll be ready to go next time.”
“As a competitor you always want to go to the Super Bowl,” he added. “I always want to beat my brother in everything that we do. Hats off to them. It’s a team sport, they won fair and square, but we will be back.”
This wasn’t the first time the two brothers have faced off — it was the fourth time the brothers faced each other since Chandler, a first-round draft choice in 2012, joined his brother in the NFL. Arthur was fifth-round pick in 2010 by the Ravens and this was his first season with the Colts.
“I’ve played against my brother before and he has beaten me. I have beat him before too,” Chandler said. “It was kind of a win-win for my family — they get to go to Arizona no matter what. It was a great win.”
|Chandler Jones dishes on brother Arthur Jones, explaining why big brother is ‘reason I started playing football’||01.15.15 at 9:08 pm ET|
FOXBORO — This is not the time for brotherly love. At least not in the Jones football household.
Patriots defense end Chandler Jones knows what’s at stake. He’ll get together with brother Arthur, a fellow defensive lineman, after Sunday’s game. For three hours or more on Sunday, Chandler of the Patriots and Arthur of the Colts will be trying to stop the opposing quarterback and offenses and punch a ticket to Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz.
“No, I don’t see too much of him,” Chandler Jones said. “I really don’t see a lot of the other players before the game.”
This is the fourth time the two brothers will be on the field at the same time. In 2012, the Ravens beat the Patriots, 31-30, in a controversial ending. Arthur Jones did not start and played as a back-up in that game. Later that season, in the AFC championship, the brothers were both substitutes.
The only game the two brothers have played actively in was Week 16 of the 2013 season, when the Patriots hammered the Ravens, 41-7. Arthur had four solo tackles and four assists. Chandler had two assists and a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown that helped put the game away.
This year, after Arthur was signed by the Colts in March to a five-year, $30 million deal, Jones missed the Nov. 16 meeting with an ankle injury at Lucas Oil Stadium while Chandler was out of the same game with a hip injury.
So, going against your brother Arthur on the Colts, how is the Jones family going to feel in the stands?
“My mom and dad are pretty excited,” Chandler Jones said Thursday. “They get to go to the Championship no matter what. But, it’ll be a good family gathering, and everyone will be there, so that’ll be fun for our family. Read the rest of this entry »
|Julian Edelman on MFB: ‘It came down to making plays in the right situations and we were able to do that this game’||01.12.15 at 12:22 pm ET|
Patriots receiver Julian Edelman and defensive end Chandler Jones made appearances on Middays with MFB on Monday to rehash Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff game against the Ravens and give their input on next weekend’s conference championship. To hear the interviews, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
The talking points coming out of the weekend focus on the Patriots’ series of trick plays, whether it was Tom Brady tossing the ball back to Edelman who subsequently let it rip down to the field to a wide open Danny Amendola for a touchdown, or running back Shane Vereen declaring himself an ineligible receiver to keep Baltimore on its toes.
As a former college quarterback, Edelman is no stranger to airing one out every once in a while, and his first chance to do it in the pros was nothing short of successful. So how long has a play like that been an option for the Pats?
“We’ve been working on it for a while, had it in the bag for probably half the season and we just never got the situation or the coverage that we needed to get it called,” Edelman said. “We were getting it all throughout the game with Baltimore.
“We would throw it out there every once in a while in practice, and if we executed it properly or if we got the look or a defense did that, we were going to use it,” he added. “So we’ve had it for little bit and the coaches dialed it up.”
With a game as back and forth as the one on Saturday, Edelman pointed out that the difference in the game was each team’s last five drives.
“I think our last five drives, we got in the red zone three times, scored, got some points or something,” he said. “Their last five, they punted twice, [had] two interceptions and scored once or something, so that was the difference in the game, the red area and those last five possessions.
“They played a killer game before that and they made plays when they had to before that, but it came down to making plays in the right situations and we were able to do that this game.”
|Chandler Jones thinks Joe Flacco has been ‘pretty perfect’ of late||01.08.15 at 4:35 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Chandler Jones doesn’t need to be reminded of the recent past of the quarterback Joe Flacco.
Last week, Flacco won his fifth straight playoff game, dating back to the beginning of the 2012 playoff run that ended with a Super Bowl win over the 49ers and included an AFC championship win over the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
Jones was asked what he sees on film that makes Flacco “Joe Cool” under the pressure of the playoffs.
“Joe Flacco is a great quarterback,” Jones said. “A lot of people underestimate his speed; he can run the ball and he can throw the ball as well. It’s my job as a pass rusher to try to contain him.”
Jones has played against Flacco three times, twice in the regular season and once in the 2012 AFC championship of Jan. 2013. He has four assisted tackles, no solos and no sacks in those three games.
“I feel like every player, when it’s the postseason and now when it’s this late in the season, I feel like a lot of players have more sense of urgency,” Jones added. “Mistakes can’t be limited, but they have to be eliminated. At this point in the season you want to be perfect, and Joe Flacco has been pretty perfect late in the season.”
Flacco has been plain perfect in the playoffs since opening the 2012 playoffs with a win over the Colts in the last home game for Ray Lewis. That was followed by the double-overtime win in Denver over Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Next up, Flacco came into Foxboro and beat Tom Brady, 28-13, at Gillette. Then, Flacco overcame Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers in the Super Bowl, earning a $120 million contract.
The Ravens didn’t make the playoffs in 2013 but returned this season and went to Pittsburgh last week and beat the Steelers. That’s five playoff wins, one Super Bowl and just one win at home.
Why has Flacco been so successful? Well, one reason is Flacco’s ability to feel comfortable in the pocket, led by the likes of All-Pro right guard Marshal Yanda.
“They do a good job of protecting Joe,” Jones said. “They have a lot of guys in protection and they’ll send a few guys out on routes and they are pretty effective on it. They’ve got both Smiths, Torrey and Steve, and they do a good job of being efficient with that whole concept of the play-action pass.” Read the rest of this entry »