Maurice Jones-Drew: It was tough hearing people say I didn’t have it anymore

AP

After he averaged 3.4 yards per carry with the Jaguars last season, Maurice Jones-Drew thought about retiring.

Jones-Drew says that he watched tape of himself on the field and felt like he “just didn’t have it” after a serious foot injury in 2012 helped contribute to 2013’s dismal results. Jones-Drew was convinced that he could still play by a serious workout regimen that made him throw up five days in a row — “I wanted to see if I still had that burning desire” — and the desire to show his critics that there’s still something left in the tank.

“It doesn’t bother me that people have written me off, but it’s just how they’ve done it,” Jones-Drew said, via the Los Angeles Times. “I understand if I had played bad the year before, then played the way I did [in 2013]. Then, I could understand people saying, ‘Oh, he’s done.’ But I was leading the league in rushing before I broke my foot. It was tough hearing people say, ‘Aw, you don’t have it anymore.'”

Jones-Drew is one of several veterans the Raiders brought into the fold this offseason in hopes of providing both leadership and an immediate boost in talent that can lift the team to better results. Hitting on all of those bets is unlikely, but their record should improve if a few of them can prove their doubters wrong.

If Jones-Drew is one of them, he’ll have a chance to see the rest of the three-year deal he signed this offseason. If not, the list of people writing him off will only get longer.

52 responses to “Maurice Jones-Drew: It was tough hearing people say I didn’t have it anymore

  1. All the player, coaches and front office staff got a pass for their poor production in 2013 accept for MJD. Jags won 4 games last year and MJD was the most impactful player in 3 of those wins. Jags are not a better team without Mojo..

  2. Washed up. With all the money the Raiders had to spend on free agents, the list of players they signed is not very impressive, starting with Jones-Drew.

  3. Any idiot proclaiming the playoffs for the raiders in 2014 is either brain damaged or has absolutely no clue about nfl football. Or they’re a blindly loyal fan. Of course all their fans would fit into both of the first two categories.

  4. He’s old and McFadden plays like 7games… Another high draft pick for the most delusional fan base not in Minnesota

  5. What goes around comes around! Remember this was the same guy giving Jay Cutler a hard time for his injury.

  6. Man, what a quitter. Quit on his team after talking so much mess about others and their injuries. Maybe he’ll learn to keep his mouth shut about other players.

  7. It wont be as tough this year because although the results will be the same,he is a shot running back..he can blame the Raiders pathetic ol.

  8. It seems like the same story for every aging vet. They are all angry and out to prove folks wrong but it seems to me the best way is to just do it and save the talking till later.

  9. Best of luck MJD. I bet the fans will be yelling DREWWWWW a bunch this year in Oakland. Thanks for your many years of great running in Jax. You will be missed.

  10. Can’t wait for some young punk to toss him aside the way he did his mentor, Fred Taylor, back in the day. #karma

  11. Reg had a blank free agency check this year? What happened? He signed a bunch of old grinders. Good luck with that.

    Seriously, you need to sell the team, move the team and get some real football people operating it. The Raiders are a joke and you know it!

  12. Watch out for the Raiders in 2014, they will make the playoffs.________________________

    Hey pal, how much bank you want to put on your mouth? The sky is the limit. LMBO!

  13. Jones-Drew says that he watched tape of himself on the field and felt like he “just didn’t have it”
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    So he can say it about himself but it’s tough to hear other say the exact same thing?

  14. Don’t worry. He’s STILL getting even with all the teams that passed on him in the draft. Never will, never was.. To be a has been you need to first be a BEEN!

  15. Raiders in the playoffs? I dunno if you guys missed it thru your eye patch but Denver and SD improved this off season. Plus we play the NFC west this season. I hate to break it to you but Shaub and MJD will be lucky to survive the season let alone make a run.

  16. In order for the Raiders to make the playoffs they need to leapfrog at least 2 teams in their own division that were astronomically better..
    While hoping teams like the Steelers and Ravens continue to flop out among other better teams also regressing. Yeah it’s a sure thing LOL

  17. funniest comment of the day………”the chargers are an improved team” really….why because you added flowers last week….the chargers fans rip MJD, and DMC, yet they go out and give Donald Brown 10 million…..lol…choo choo ….toot your horn now, and hate on…….your wheels will come off the track and your super bowl express will get derailed yet once again……

    Go Raiders!

  18. It’s June-July. One thing you can always count on this time of year is a pocket of delusional Raiders fans predicting playoffs. The Raiders might rise a little bit, but they always eventually flop back down to last place.

  19. I love all these haters. Al is dead, rest in peace. New regime. This ain’t your daddy’s Raiders. MJD, Run DMC, and Murry behind that improved o-line, hmmmmm, we’ll see haters.

  20. humb0lt says: Jun 29, 2014 11:12 AM

    Washed up. With all the money the Raiders had to spend on free agents, the list of players they signed is not very impressive, starting with Jones-Drew.
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    With a few exceptions, McKenzie mostly signed old dudes to what are essentially one-year deals. He isn’t burning future cap space on a bunch of overpriced free agents, because that approach doesn’t work. That probably explains why he’s been gainfully employed in the league for the past 20 years, and why humb0lt consistently spews biased ignorance.

  21. Is Minnesota the most popular team in the NFL? They seem to get mentioned in every third post, even if those posts have nothing to do with the Vikings. Weird, just weird.

  22. Hate to burst your bubble, but the Raiders have a difficult schedule this year. Not only do they have to do deal with their own division, but also the NFC West. I doubt they make it to 6 wins.

  23. slick50ks says: Jun 29, 2014 11:33 AM

    He’s done. And coupled with the McMarshmallow bust, that rushing game is going to be horrid, again.
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    The Raiders averaged 4.6 yards last season, with 16 TDs. The Chiefs averaged 4.7 yards last season, with 17 TDs. The Raiders had 2000 yards. The Chiefs had 2056. That works out to 125 yards per game for Oakland, and 128.5 for KC. I guess “horrid” is a relative term as far as all you Billy Bobs are concerned.

  24. “Hey I think the urban meyer rule is effect right now… When the going gets tough……..QUIT,”

    Sound familiar Maurice? You’ve been constantly hurt and ineffective ever since that tweet and you admit you thought about QUITTING?

  25. With MJD running and Matt Schaub at QB, the Raiders are a lock to win the West this year, Super Bowl bound babyHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA oh man I’m sorry I thought I could get through that with a straight face

  26. skolvikesskol | Jun 29, 2014, 5:20 PM MST
    Is Minnesota the most popular team in the NFL? They seem to get mentioned in every third post, even if those posts have nothing to do with the Vikings. Weird, just weird.

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    There’s literally nothing else to do in Minnesota. Let them have their fun.

  27. For the vast majority, today’s NFL is about the youth movement. The days of the old veteran moving to other teams and having a major impact are over. Those were the days of yesteryear.

  28. I’ve been a Raider fan for 46 years so ive seen both the good times and bad with this franchise. For the ones who say we are going to “make the playoffs, lets be realistic. Do they have a chance? Sure, but so does everyone else. There schedule is brutal, and with all the changes in personnel , it is highly unlikely. The one thing Raider fans can be happy about is I believe they will put a competitive team on the field every Sunday and for that I happy. There is no question they need a new stadium to draw better talent but in the short run, the mixture of veterans and youth is a step in the right direction. Looking forward to this year more than any in a long time, Go Raiders!

  29. Of course it’s tough.
    He not only has to acknowledge that his career is over, but that he’s ending it by playing for a minor league team in a half empty stadium.

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