Chandler Jones named NFC defensive player of the month

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Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones has earned his money this year, and earned some recognition down the stretch.

Jones was named NFC defensive player of the month for December, paying dividends on the five-year, $82.5 million deal he signed in the spring.

Jones had five sacks, eight tackles for loss, 12 quarterback hits and a forced fumble, capping an impressive year.

Jones broke a Cardinals franchise record and led the league with 17 sacks this year. Two of them came against the Seahawks in the finale, allowing him to break Simeon Rice’s old Cardinals record of 16.5.

25 responses to “Chandler Jones named NFC defensive player of the month

  1. One of the rare times when a player doesn’t fit in with the Patriots but excels with another team. He was always an edge rusher in NE, maybe OLB is his more natural position.

  2. One of the rare times when a player doesn’t fit in with the Patriots but excels with another team. He was always an edge rusher in NE, maybe OLB is his more natural position.

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    Jones fit in just fine in NE. The problem was they couldn’t sign him, Jamie Collins AND Hightower long-term deals.

  3. mrkbuilders says:
    January 4, 2018 at 11:25 am
    One of the rare times when a player doesn’t fit in with the Patriots but excels with another team….
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    I thought Jones fit just fine with the Pats. I think Belichick liked Jones, in spite of his freak out after probably smoking spice, but BB just did not value Jones at $16 million+ a year two years ago. Maybe BB would today, but the cap has gone up.

  4. mrkbuilders says:
    January 4, 2018 at 11:25 am
    One of the rare times when a player doesn’t fit in with the Patriots but excels with another team. He was always an edge rusher in NE, maybe OLB is his more natural position.

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    Wow. Not the right analysis.

    Jones would have been fine to keep as a great all round player, but overpaying him at 14 mil per for just a guy who collects sacks and disappears against better competition, especially in the postseason, is not good ROI.

    It’s not like Jones was at the end of his career, and BB walked from him.

    They don’t see Jones as a 14 mil per year a year player.

    Case in point: Trey Flowers is emerging into the more pure player at DE/DT and 3-4 OLB roles.

    And, NE just won a SB by clearing out what Jones would have been due 8-10 mil per, as Pats fans sit back and watch Thuney at Guard and Malcom Mitchell (could help bring another SB to NE), with cap health and a far better D than what Arizona has moving forward.

    If no cap, BB could have simply kept Jones, but he’s overrated for what BB would want from a 14 mil per year player. The position is more about rushing the passer and collecting garbage sacks that have no real impact within the game.

    BB is a victim of his own brilliant drafting and development of these players, but isn’t dumb enough to overpay, destroying his leverage and cap poistion.

    Keim erred in the idea that he gave up a 2nd AND was never in the Garoppolo sweepstakes with Chicago. Now, they’re rebuilding with no QB.

    FAIL

  5. Jones is an absolute monster, he is arguably the best pass rushing OLB in the NFL right now leading the NFL in sacks since 2013 & 2015, and he lead the NFL in sacks with 17.5, tackles for loss with 28 and QB Hits. The guy is unstoppable.

  6. whywerule says:
    January 4, 2018 at 11:47 am
    mrkbuilders says:
    January 4, 2018 at 11:25 am
    One of the rare times when a player doesn’t fit in with the Patriots but excels with another team….
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    I thought Jones fit just fine with the Pats. I think Belichick liked Jones, in spite of his freak out after probably smoking spice, but BB just did not value Jones at $16 million+ a year two years ago. Maybe BB would today, but the cap has gone up.

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    Not about cap going up. It’s about stuff like this:

    1. If you sign a player, bloated on the market for what they are worth, then it has a trickle down effect on your leverage with OTHER players on the team. One bloated deal can create others, which leads to cap hell. Look around the league at teams with the Joe Flacco 20 mil problem. A big reason right now why the products sucks and teams like Buffalo or other 7-9 type teams end up going 10-6 as a Wild Card.

    2. Overpaying for one trick ponies (Von Miller, Clay Matthews, etc), means you’re putting too much money into too few spots on the D with particular skill sets you need to field a complete, deep defense.

  7. boido says:
    January 4, 2018 at 11:34 am
    They misspelled “Harrison Smith”.

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    LOL

    Agreed. I have a Vikes buddy, two actually, who both asked how he didn’t make the Pro Bowl. Agreed.

    I am a big Smith guy, too. And, he wears Paul Krause’s old number 22!

  8. Jones was great in NE and obviously great here. Belichick didnt want to pay him, and felt that money was better spent on other players. Whether that is right or wrong is another discussion. They certainly could use him this year as a pass rusher but the same could be said if he had let other players walk. It seems worse in hindsight due to the struggles of the secondary at times and Hightower’s injury but the salary cap has to be managed and you cant keep everyone.

  9. Let’s be clear on Chandler Jones. He was also a great player in New England. They just didn’t want to pay him (and the synthetic weed incident didn’t help). The Patriots don’t pay defensive lineman that kind of money. It’s philosophical, but nobody in Foxboro questioned Jones’ playing ability.

  10. mrkbuilders says:
    January 4, 2018 at 11:25 am
    One of the rare times when a player doesn’t fit in with the Patriots but excels with another team….
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    A ton of our guys have left NE and had success. But they often don’t make the playoffs or go to the super bowl. They are not on a big national stage like they were when they played in NE. Hicks career is doing well in Chicago. Logan Ryan is doing well in Tenn. Tavon Wilson starts for Detroit. Ayers, Vereen heck even Stevan Ridley is still running the ball in the NFL. Greats like Wilfork, Law and Seymour all left and played well but you may not stopped watching them play so it’s not as noticeable.

  11. hawkkiller says:
    January 4, 2018 at 12:06 pm
    Jones is an absolute monster, he is arguably the best pass rushing OLB in the NFL right now leading the NFL in sacks since 2013 & 2015, and he lead the NFL in sacks with 17.5, tackles for loss with 28 and QB Hits. The guy is unstoppable.

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    LOL

    Then, why is their Run D and overall D so bad? They play in a division with a mediocre Hawks team and a bad SF team.

    Bloated, meaningless sack totals, don’t matter much. Wake us when Jones wins you a game as a good run stopper and pass rusher.

  12. factschecker says:
    January 4, 2018 at 12:48 pm
    mrkbuilders says:
    January 4, 2018 at 11:25 am
    One of the rare times when a player doesn’t fit in with the Patriots but excels with another team….
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    A ton of our guys have left NE and had success. But they often don’t make the playoffs or go to the super bowl. They are not on a big national stage like they were when they played in NE. Hicks career is doing well in Chicago. Logan Ryan is doing well in Tenn. Tavon Wilson starts for Detroit. Ayers, Vereen heck even Stevan Ridley is still running the ball in the NFL. Greats like Wilfork, Law and Seymour all left and played well but you may not stopped watching them play so it’s not as noticeable.

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    There is a difference between BB drafting so well, needing to walk from an Asante Samuel or a Logan Ryan, Chandler Jones, etc, or not able to keep a Jonathan Cassillas or Shane Vereen, watching other teams overpay, as opposed to BB walking from an aging vet like a McGinest or Vrabel.

    If BB had tried to sign all of his great draft picks, as the greatest GM of all time, we’d be in cap hell right, and quite possibly not in the playoffs.

    It’s just that simple.

  13. edelmanfanclub says:
    January 4, 2018 at 12:22 pm
    Jones was great in NE and obviously great here. Belichick didnt want to pay him, and felt that money was better spent on other players. Whether that is right or wrong is another discussion. They certainly could use him this year as a pass rusher but the same could be said if he had let other players walk. It seems worse in hindsight due to the struggles of the secondary at times and Hightower’s injury but the salary cap has to be managed and you cant keep everyone.

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    I would pump the breaks on “great”. He was very good. He is a good pass rusher, but notoriously disappeared late in the year and vs the better Tackles in the league.

  14. tylawspick6 says:
    January 4, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Wow. Not the right analysis.

    Jones would have been fine to keep as a great all round player, but overpaying him at 14 mil per for just a guy who collects sacks and disappears against better competition, especially in the postseason, is not good ROI.

    It’s not like Jones was at the end of his career, and BB walked from him.

    They don’t see Jones as a 14 mil per year a year player.

    Case in point: Trey Flowers is emerging into the more pure player at DE/DT and 3-4 OLB roles.

    And, NE just won a SB by clearing out what Jones would have been due 8-10 mil per, as Pats fans sit back and watch Thuney at Guard and Malcom Mitchell (could help bring another SB to NE), with cap health and a far better D than what Arizona has moving forward.

    If no cap, BB could have simply kept Jones, but he’s overrated for what BB would want from a 14 mil per year player. The position is more about rushing the passer and collecting garbage sacks that have no real impact within the game.

    BB is a victim of his own brilliant drafting and development of these players, but isn’t dumb enough to overpay, destroying his leverage and cap poistion.

    Keim erred in the idea that he gave up a 2nd AND was never in the Garoppolo sweepstakes with Chicago. Now, they’re rebuilding with no QB.

    FAIL

    Maybe the worst post i read in quite some time.

    You think Keim errored in giving up a 2nd round pick for a guy who is likely to be the defensive player of the year?
    Cardinals lost 9 of 11 opening day starters to IR, when the Pats lose thoes same players, have to use their 3rd round QB for part of the season and 2nd round for the rest and still got 8-8 like the cards. please let me know.
    You know well that brady covers for the majority of the weaknessed on the team.

    PS if the pat have any more offensive or defensive player of the year caliber guys in their prime they want to trade for a 2nd round pick, please let keim know.

  15. thedoctlc says:
    January 4, 2018 at 11:39 am
    One of the rare times when a player doesn’t fit in with the Patriots but excels with another team. He was always an edge rusher in NE, maybe OLB is his more natural position.

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    Jones fit in just fine in NE. The problem was they couldn’t sign him, Jamie Collins AND Hightower long-term deals.

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    I think it’s MORE than that. BB sniffed out the idea that both Jones and Collins only cared about the biggest deal based on stats they could show and they’re agent could use iN FA, which would allow a cancerous vibe to channle through the locker room.

    When BB acquired Mingo in early 2016, it smelled. It was leverage on Collins, even if bad leverage/no one would claim Mingo is as good as Collins.

    He needed a vet body with some experience and speed in case he was going to to deal Collins in the season, and promote someone else. Instead, he dealt for Van Noy and voila, Van Noy>Collins and far cheaper and coachable.

    If you have a player pegged at an 8-10 mil price,and the agent is claiming 15-16 mil, that’s almost TWICE what you had them pegged at in the market.

    That’s a big, dig difference for what you think the market is, including incoming draft picks that you can draft, develop and get under the rookie contract, and re-upping that player before their head gets too big.

    Chandler Jones’s brother did the same thing. He had goods years in Baltimore and then left for the most money to crappy Indy. Red flags. No one would choose to go to a crappier situation if they wanted to win.

  16. You think Keim errored in giving up a 2nd round pick for a guy who is likely to be the defensive player of the year?
    Cardinals lost 9 of 11 opening day starters to IR, when the Pats lose thoes same players, have to use their 3rd round QB for part of the season and 2nd round for the rest and still got 8-8 like the cards. please let me know.
    You know well that brady covers for the majority of the weaknessed on the team.

    PS if the pat have any more offensive or defensive player of the year caliber guys in their prime they want to trade for a 2nd round pick, please let keim know.

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    Yes, I do. He’s lost his leverage, never got into the JimmyG sweepstakes, which is mingboggling, re-upped Palmer and Fitz, which is also mindboggling, and he could have found another Chandler Jones or better in the draft.

    Get it?

    Your D is not good, with no depth and no rebuilding, just so you could pay a one dimensional, selfish DE who only wants to put his hand in the dirt and attack a mediocre or bad OT to pad his stats.

    Some of you don’t know the sport.

    You do realize you lost Jefferson and Calais Campbell this offseason due to poor salary allocation and the fact your drafts haven’t been that good, right?

    Also, Honey Badger is also overpaid. Salary allocation to which positions, is absolutely vital. It’s probably 2nd in terms of drafting and developing under the rookie cap.

  17. Whoever is down thumbing my comments and being all insecure, not countering, means you lost this debate.

    NE stares down their 3rd SB appearance in 4 years in the face of a cheating commissioner and a handful of owners, and yet somehow Steve Keim has all the answers in Arizona.

    lol

  18. Cardinals lost 9 of 11 opening day starters to IR, when the Pats lose thoes same players, have to use their 3rd round QB for part of the season and 2nd round for the rest and still got 8-8 like the cards. please let me know.
    You know well that brady covers for the majority of the weaknessed on the team.
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    You said “let me know” so…..in 2008 Brady except for the opening drive of the season, Brady missed all 16 games. The Patriots still finished 11-5?

  19. tylawspick6 says:
    January 4, 2018 at 11:52 am
    mrkbuilders says:
    January 4, 2018 at 11:25 am
    One of the rare times when a player doesn’t fit in with the Patriots but excels with another team. He was always an edge rusher in NE, maybe OLB is his more natural position.

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    Wow. Not the right analysis.

    Jones would have been fine to keep as a great all round player, but overpaying him at 14 mil per for just a guy who collects sacks and disappears against better competition, especially in the postseason, is not good ROI.

    It’s not like Jones was at the end of his career, and BB walked from him.

    They don’t see Jones as a 14 mil per year a year player.

    Case in point: Trey Flowers is emerging into the more pure player at DE/DT and 3-4 OLB roles.

    And, NE just won a SB by clearing out what Jones would have been due 8-10 mil per, as Pats fans sit back and watch Thuney at Guard and Malcom Mitchell (could help bring another SB to NE), with cap health and a far better D than what Arizona has moving forward.

    If no cap, BB could have simply kept Jones, but he’s overrated for what BB would want from a 14 mil per year player. The position is more about rushing the passer and collecting garbage sacks that have no real impact within the game.

    BB is a victim of his own brilliant drafting and development of these players, but isn’t dumb enough to overpay, destroying his leverage and cap poistion.

    Keim erred in the idea that he gave up a 2nd AND was never in the Garoppolo sweepstakes with Chicago. Now, they’re rebuilding with no QB.

    FAIL
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    You have absolutely NO IDEA what you’re talking about. First of all, NE does not have a “far better defense” than Arizona does moving forward. Arizona just rebuilt their defense over the last 2 years, replacing 6 starters with younger talent this last off season and this year per DVOA they ranked 4th overall, #1 vs the run and #11 against the pass all despite missing multiple starters due to injury. Over the last 3 seasons from 2015-2017 Arizona has the 3rd best overall defense behind only (#1) Den & (#2) SEA & Arizona is second only to Carolina against the run. They’re also third in takeaways, ninth in sacks and fifth in percentage of drives that go three-and-out all over the last 3 yrs. Arizona ranks much higher than NE does and has a far more talented defense. That’s undeniable.
    Secondly, Chandler Jones does not disappear in games, he has been extremely consistent in Arizona and is one of the leagues 3rd down sack leaders. Jones not only leads the NFL in Sacks (17.0), Tackles for loss (28) and QB Hits this season but Jones leads the NFL in SACKS OVER THE LAST 5 SEASONS, Ranking #1 going back to 2013 and #1 going back to 2015 among all NFL Outside edge rushers. If you actually went on facts instead of your LOUD MOUTH, You’d know all of this. I know it must suck to realize NE got ripped off giving up Jones for just a 2nd round pick much like the SF 49ERS just ripped them off with Jimmy G, and now NE has a very weak pass rush with a 50yr old QB going into 2018 because of moves like Bill B trading an Elite Pro-Bowl pass rusher in Jones for an extremely late 2nd round pick but that doesnt mean you have to start making crap up, because guys who actually know what they’re talking about & can back it up with stats and facts like myself will call you out on it and reveal you as the moron that you are in front of everyone. Good Day Sir.

    FAIL……

  20. tylawspick6 says:
    January 4, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Yes, I do. He’s lost his leverage, never got into the JimmyG sweepstakes, which is mingboggling, re-upped Palmer and Fitz, which is also mindboggling, and he could have found another Chandler Jones or better in the draft.

    Get it?

    Your D is not good, with no depth and no rebuilding, just so you could pay a one dimensional, selfish DE who only wants to put his hand in the dirt and attack a mediocre or bad OT to pad his stats.

    Some of you don’t know the sport.

    You do realize you lost Jefferson and Calais Campbell this offseason due to poor salary allocation and the fact your drafts haven’t been that good, right?

    Also, Honey Badger is also overpaid. Salary allocation to which positions, is absolutely vital. It’s probably 2nd in terms of drafting and developing under the rookie cap.
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    If its so easy to find a defensive MVP in the draft who led the NFL in Sacks and Tackles for loss, why didnt the pats do that with the 2nd round pick they got from AZ?
    Why re-up Fitz? You mean why re-up one of the best WRs in the league?
    From your logic, why re-up brady, trade him for picks which will be much cheaper.

    Cards D 6th in YPG allowed, Pat 29th.
    Maybe you should trade us for a pass rusher, like chandler jones, how about 2 1sts and a 2nd.
    Chandler jones was 1st in the NFL in sacks 17.5
    Trey flower was tied for 47th in the NFL.

    Pats paid Gilmore tons of money and he got torched.
    Cards paid peterson and he is arguly the only shutdown corner who travels.

    We offered campbell 10m a year, jags offered 15m. It was either him or jones and jones is way younger

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