Chandler Jones making a case for defensive player of the year

AP

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the overwhelming favorite to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award this season. But the Patriots may have the defensive player of the year as well.

New England defensive end Chandler Jones is leading the league with 10.5 sacks, and he has a strong claim to be the top defensive player in the league right now. Jones had the Patriots’ best defensive play in Sunday’s win over the Giants, a strip-sack of Eli Manning that ended a good Giants drive, but afterward he was more interested in talking up teammates Malcolm Butler and Rob Ninkovich.

Everyone was working together,” Jones said. “We played until the end. We played down to the wire, and everyone stayed together. Guys are just feeding off each other. Guys are making big plays. Malcolm made a tremendous play. Rob made a tremendous sack. We had an opportunity to get after him a little bit for a team that didn’t give up too many sacks before the game. We executed and tried to do what we do best.”

The race for defensive player of the year is wide open, and there will be plenty of other players getting consideration. J.J. Watt is never a bad choice for defensive player of the year. The stellar defenses in Denver and Carolina will produce multiple candidates, including the Broncos’ Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib and the Panthers’ Luke Kuechly and Josh Norman. Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson has been getting some defensive player of the year hype, although that’s more about Woodson getting respect for still playing well as the oldest defensive player in the NFL than about Woodson actually being the best defensive player in the entire league.

Jones isn’t a runaway favorite for defensive player of the year the way Brady is for MVP, but if he stays on top of the sack charts while the Patriots stay on top of the standings, he’s going to be a strong candidate for the claim of best defensive player in football.

85 responses to “Chandler Jones making a case for defensive player of the year

  1. Until all the injuries to the OL, Dion Lewis, and Edelman, I thought Newton deserved more MVP talk. Now, Brady is carrying the Pats like Newton carries the Panthers.

  2. So:

    BRADY: 3 Time SB MVP, Winner of 5 SB (including SB 50), Most wins by a QB, Highest winning % for a QB, 3rd highest Yards Passing, 2nd Highest Touchdowns, 2nd highest comp %.

    And he is “NOT” the Greatest QB of ALL TIME?

    REALLY? You still stuck on GOMER PYLE in Denver?

  3. I think Chandler Jones is a great choice,and if I had to pick another Patriot defensive guy,it would be either Rob Ninkovich or Malcolm Butler. Nink is always around the ball,sneaky good. He’s caused some huge turnovers. Butler just continues to make big plays every game.

  4. A shame that he plays for a team that will be forever marked with scandal and asterisks.

    That’s right patsbrats, nothing you can ever say or do will change the fact that your team is forever stained with the horrible stench of cheating. #tainted

  5. Chandler Jones is a good pass rusher, but when you play on a team that always has a big lead, you’re going to get more than your share of sack opportunities. Tom Brady continues to put a lot of money into a lot of pockets.

  6. Sure, Chandler Jones is playing out of his mind this year, but how much wood has he chopped in the middle of the forest while wearing his uniform and selling a wireless plan? Answer: none. Sorry, Chandler.

  7. Well Brady is not currently the runaway favorite for MVP so not sure what your getting at. In fact, I might even argue if it were decided today Cam Newton gets it.

  8. I think Chandler Jones is a great choice,and if I had to pick another Patriot defensive guy,it would be either Rob Ninkovich or Malcolm Butler. Nink is always around the ball,sneaky good. He’s caused some huge turnovers. Butler just continues to make big plays every game.
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    What’s wrong with all Patriots fans and their love Ninkovich? I mean he is a good player but he not as good Chandler Jones jesus guys.. Ninko will be benched by Sheard as season goes along.

  9. We were told over and over how bad the Patriots D was. In a division of very tough defenses the Patriots may have the best and arguably one of the best in the league. Battle to the end of the schedule then get Edelman back….Those .02 psi were so important to their success..meh.

  10. Who would have thought the Pats would have a pass rusher!
    It’s a lot of fun watching him play!

    Pats have some pretty good defensive players that are beginning to shine; Jones, Collins (get well), Hightower, Ninkovich and Butler.

  11. Patriots fan here – I do not think he deserves to win DPOY. He is a very good player but sacks are a much overrated statistic and honestly I do not think he is the best defensive player on the Pats (in my opinion, it is Jamie Collins), let alone the league.

  12. I think they should trade him for some picks. A lot of guys are going to get expensive; Collins, Hightower, Butler even and Jones.

    Can’t sign them all for big money.

  13. .
    Out of one of the worst draft classes ( 2012) in recent years, Belichick managed to come away with Chandler Jones and Dontae Hightower late in the first round .

    He started the day with picks #27 and 31. In an unusual maneuver, he gave # 27 and a third rounder to the Bengals to draft Jones at 21 . Later, he packaged #31 and a fourth rounder to Denver in order to draft Hightower at 26.

    Besides being an outstanding coach, Belichick is also an excellent GM. The roster doesn’t make itself. I’ve heard very little lately from those who thought Belichick the fool for not signing Welker to a megacontract, and going with Edelman and Amendola instead.
    .

  14. mikermiker says:
    Nov 17, 2015 9:50 AM

    A shame that he plays for a team that will be forever marked with scandal and asterisks.

    That’s right patsbrats, nothing you can ever say or do will change the fact that your team is forever stained with the horrible stench of cheating. #tainted

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    Cry harder kiddo, I’m not sure absolutely everyone on this site knows just how butt hurt you are yet…

  15. Love Jones but that 10.5 is mostly coverage sacks. He can get home, but you can count the number of times he beats his guy clean on one hand.

  16. I can understand how Chandler would be the most likely to win a national award, but he is probably the third best player in his own front seven after Collins and Hightower. But Jones gets the sacks so he gets the attention, which is fine.

  17. coldwater32301 says:
    Nov 17, 2015 10:14 AM

    Tom Brady is not my favorite to win the MVP… I vote for Cam Newton… Cam can do what Brady can do
    ———————
    No. He can’t. Cam has carried his team, no doubt. But he doesn’t throw to everyone the way Brady does.

  18. I actually prefer when the media does not hand out the individual awards to the Patriots players. It is a team game and almost every individual effort is the product of team work. Of course, there are exceptions, like Gronk swatting away two defenders and running for a 76 yard touchdown.

    To the poster above who diminishes Ninkovitch’s contribution to the team I can only say you are really missing out on some great football. Ninkovitch is an absolute joy to watch whether it is keeping the edge, tipping passes at the line of scrimmage, or coming off the edge for a timely sack (his sacks are almost always timely).

  19. “And now ladies and gentlemen, choosing to be introduced as a team, here are the American Football Conference champions: the New England Patriots.”

  20. I think Jones is tremendous. But this isn’t some fluke, he was playing like this last year when he injured his hip. But with that said, he is still only the 3rd best player on the Patriots defense. I would put Collins, Hightower, and then Jones. You could argue McCourty into that conversation as well. (Im not necessarily arguing which player is more important, just looking at the talent of each player respectively).

    As has been mentioned, so many people figured the Patriots were done because there was simply no way the defense could over come the losses of Revis, Browner, Wilfork, etc. But after 9 weeks, one could argue that the defense is better this year than it was last year. I think the 2015 team is better than the 2014 team.

    They added more than they lost. Revis is still a lock down corner, and Browner has a unique skill set, but neither are in the category of irreplaceable (Revis used to be, but not now). Belichick’s defense utilizes the skill set of his players, he doesn’t force them to play his system. So the loss of a Revis hurts, but without him Belichick just adjusts the defense. Plus Bill knew what he lost (covering WRs), so he simply added to the pass rush (DBs wont have to cover as long). Easly being healthy, the addition of Sheard, Brown is coming along, Jones is healthy, New England’s front 7 is awesome, and highly under rated.

    Everyone keeps talking about how good Denver’s defense is, and they are really good, but compare the defensive points allowed per game.
    Denver 18.7
    New England 18.8

  21. As a Patriots fan, I do not like the attention the defense is getting. At least wait till the Pats resign Jones, Htower and Collins.

    Looks like the Pats will have another Seymour and Wilfork , again.

  22. cam newton is the ranked 21 amongst all qb’s this year, he is having a good year but he is being carried by his defense

    if you think the 21st ranked qb deserves MVP you are a joke

    if you dont like brady and cry every night because he is the GOAT and it truly upsets you at least pick carson palmer as a second choice because cam aint it!!

  23. gohomeweeden says:
    Nov 17, 2015 10:00 AM
    Well Brady is not currently the runaway favorite for MVP so not sure what your getting at. In fact, I might even argue if it were decided today Cam Newton gets it….

    Tom Brady does not care that he does not get your vote, Tom Brady does not care if he gets no MVP votes, Tom Brady does not care about individual awards, Tom Brady just wants to see the look on Roger Goodell’s face when Goodell is handing him and Bill Belichick the Belichick Lombardi Trophy when the Pats are victorious at Super Bowl 50.

    Having fulfilled my daily hyperbole requirements above, I can assure you that you will have a difficult time finding any NFL MVP voters who would put Cam Newton ahead of Tom Brady at this point in the season. But there is still plenty of time left for either of those two to make a stronger or weaker case and others to enter the race.

  24. mikermiker says:
    Nov 17, 2015 9:50 AM
    A shame that he plays for a team that will be forever marked with scandal and asterisks.

    That’s right patsbrats, nothing you can ever say or do will change the fact that your team is forever stained with the horrible stench of cheating. #tainted

    —————-
    Hey Mike, I just checked the record books and find no asterisks, nothing about scandals…..nothing.

    The only stench I smell is that of the Ravens, Colts, Cowboys and Seahawks. And believe me it is smelling putrid!

    Could it be that you are still butt-hurt Mike?

  25. sowhatbrady6 says:
    Nov 17, 2015 10:33 AM
    As a Patriots fan, I do not like the attention the defense is getting. At least wait till the Pats resign Jones, Htower and Collins.

    Looks like the Pats will have another Seymour and Wilfork , again.

    If Jones, Hightower and Collins stick around for 10 years like Wilfork did I think all Pats fans would be happy with that scenario.

    My guess is that the Pats figure out a way to keep two of the three, all three will probably be too expensive. My preference would be Hightower and Collins.

  26. Sacks and interceptions are nice, but not the only indicators of good defensive play. CJones is a good player, but he’s somewhere between the 3rd and 5th best player on that defense.

  27. anybody but JJ WATT, he’s an A$$, he tries to play all mature with Zettenburger and his selfies, but then goes after Dalton with childish comments. Sure he’s a good player but act like you’ve actually won a game before, act like you’ve been to the show before,

    CHILD, PLEASE.

  28. I don’t think he is the most valuable just because of the sack totals. Collins, who has missed the last two games, is the best defensive player on the team and that’s a close call with Hightower (not Jones).

  29. Chandler is great but I can’t wait till Jamie Collins gets back on the field.

    Giants don’t sniff double digits in points on Sunday if Collins was playing.

    🙂

  30. Obe Wan Jabroni says:
    Nov 17, 2015 10:32 AM

    So the loss of a Revis hurts, but without him Belichick just adjusts the defense.
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    Not really. Belichick didn’t change anything, and just slotted a younger, faster, less expensive guy into Revis’ slot.

    I’ve watched the Jets play plenty this year, and Revis isn’t now and never was the difference maker people claim.

    As for Browner, there is a reason the Patriots didn;t want him back. He’s a penalty machine and an “error repeater”.

  31. weepingjebus says:
    Nov 17, 2015 10:30 AM

    “And now ladies and gentlemen, choosing to be introduced as a team, here are the American Football Conference champions: the New England Patriots.”

    —-

    Yup. And this folks, is the TRUE source of the resentment the Patriots have gotten over the last 15 years. 🙂

    It’s the fact that with those words uttered before a football game on February 3, 2002, the New England Patriots organization took a detonator and pushed the button – ka-BLAM- on the idea that the NFL is great because of big names, big stars and dynasties who beat up and punk inferior teams and pose and flex about it afterward. Teams like the Patriots, traditionally not one of the “strong” in the league, aren’t supposed to be one of them. Teams like the Patriots aren’t supposed to win for 15 years and counting. QB’s picked 199th in the draft are supposed to suck and be out of the league by now, not become the GOAT. Big names, big dynasties and big stars are supposed to rule the NFL not “teams”. The Patriots took what the know-it-alls insisted they knew about the sport and flipped it on its head.

    I personally know so many people who miss THAT NFL and resent the Patriots for taking that away from them. Aww what a shame. 🙂

  32. coldwater32301 says:
    Nov 17, 2015 10:14 AM

    Tom Brady is not my favorite to win the MVP… I vote for Cam Newton… Cam can do what Brady can do but Brady can’t do what Cam can do… Indeed…
    _____

    Are you high? Cam can’t do what Brady can do in the passing game. Those worshiping at the altar of Cam Newton are Madden players, not real football fans. Ball security matters. Brady has turned the ball over 5 times this year, 3 picks and 2 lost fumbles. Newton has turned it over 11 times and has produced less offense than Brady. Newton isn’t even the best player on his team. Kuechly and Norman are playing their positions better than Cam is playing his.

  33. mikermiker says:
    Nov 17, 2015 9:50 AM
    A shame that he plays for a team that will be forever marked with scandal and asterisks.

    That’s right patsbrats, nothing you can ever say or do will change the fact that your team is forever stained with the horrible stench of cheating. #tainted

    Thank you. I needed to hydrate. 🙂

  34. I’ve watched the Jets play plenty this year, and Revis isn’t now and never was the difference maker people claim.

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    He was…5 years ago.

    I thought he had a meh game against the Bills and against the Patriots. Still one of the best corners today but certainly not the absolute #1 corner nor worth anywhere near the $20M that it would have taken to keep him.

    🙂

  35. coldwater32301 says:
    Nov 17, 2015 10:14 AM

    Tom Brady is not my favorite to win the MVP… I vote for Cam Newton… Cam can do what Brady can do but Brady can’t do what Cam can do… Indeed…

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    Actually Cam can’t do what Brady does – just look at their numbers.

  36. I hate when people like patriottony have to make up fake stats to try and enforce their opinion. A few of those things you listed are just false.

  37. Do you think he can beat his brother in a fist fight??

    not the older former world champion
    the younger former world champion

  38. We were told over and over how bad the Patriots D was. In a division of very tough defenses the Patriots may have the best and arguably one of the best in the league. Battle to the end of the schedule then get Edelman back….Those .02 psi were so important to their success..meh.

    To be fair the D is always playing with a big lead. Any D is going to look good with that offense

  39. With the Patriots it’s all about the team first. Like BB said ” give me an F, I don’t care”…
    The only letter they care most about is the W.

  40. The question should be who is more valuable to their team this year. Forget about past years, who would be worse off with out. NE OR Carolina??

    Most valuable player shouldn’t necessarily be best stats…

  41. billsfan1 says:
    Nov 17, 2015 11:24 AM
    We were told over and over how bad the Patriots D was. In a division of very tough defenses the Patriots may have the best and arguably one of the best in the league. Battle to the end of the schedule then get Edelman back….Those .02 psi were so important to their success..meh.

    To be fair the D is always playing with a big lead. Any D is going to look good with that offense

    ————–

    The Pats D was playing 10 down to the Giants last Sunday. Like your blowhard coach you should try to pay attention.

  42. He’s pretty good…going to need to be even better now because the days of the offense going up and down the field are over because of OL, WR and RB injuries. All the doom and gloom guys and girls about the Pats D…haha. Best young front 7 in FB. Good safeties, and literally 1 more good corner short of maybe the best defense in the NFL. Currently they are number 2 against the run, and when push came to shove they shut down Manning almost the whole second half.

    Pats fans…don’t take the troll bait…it lessens workday productivity!

  43. billsfan1 says:
    Nov 17, 2015 11:27 AM

    The question should be who is more valuable to their team this year. Forget about past years, who would be worse off with out. NE OR Carolina??

    Most valuable player shouldn’t necessarily be best stats…

    —-
    It’s not. 🙂

  44. alltee says:
    Nov 17, 2015 10:37 AM

    cam newton is the ranked 21 amongst all qb’s this year, he is having a good year but he is being carried by his defense

    if you think the 21st ranked qb deserves MVP you are a joke
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    MVP is more than numbers. Brady’s are best, but up until the recent rash of injuries, he had more to work with than Newton (think past Brady v Manning arguments). I’m a Pats fan and there is no one I’d rather have to root for than Brady, but I’m being consistent here. Brady was better than Manning because of what he did with whom he had to work with. I’m not saying Newton is better, he hasn’t done anything yet. But if you don’t think Newton has had a lot to do with their record, you have not been watching.

  45. Everyone predicted the Pats would have a horrible defense this year after losing Revis (love ya, but you’re overvalued) and Browner (who completely imploded after being traded), and letting Wilfork go.

    Turns out — after 9 games, NE gives up the 4th least amount of points per game in the league.

    Be afraid, rest of the NFL. Be very afraid.

  46. Not only is he talented, but he’s supremely entertaining as well. As much as I loathe the NFL website, they have Chandler mic’d up in the game against the Redskins. If you want an entertaining few minutes, watch Chandler Jones mic’d up, it’s something you want to watch over and over.

  47. A shame that he plays for a team that will be forever marked with scandal and asterisks.

    That’s right patsbrats, nothing you can ever say or do will change the fact that your team is forever stained with the horrible stench of cheating. #tainted
    ___________________________

    Too bad facts & evidence have the same effect on Mike as sunlight has on Dracula. #gobacktobed

  48. Chicago Bears fan here. Just reliving the fact that Phil Emery chose Shea McLellin over Chandler Jones.

    I’ll be outside in the garage hitting myself in the head with a ballpeen hammer if you need me.

  49. With the Patriots being only one of two renaming undefeated teams one thing is clear…..it has been a really…..really….really bad year for #HaterNation.

    Has any group ever been more consistently wrong than #HaterNation?

  50. jamie collins should be considered in the defensive player of the year conversations but wont because his stats dont blow you of the charts. He is more important and valuable than Chandler jones to the pats.

  51. MVP is more than numbers. Brady’s are best, but up until the recent rash of injuries, he had more to work with than Newton (think past Brady v Manning arguments). I’m a Pats fan and there is no one I’d rather have to root for than Brady, but I’m being consistent here. Brady was better than Manning because of what he did with whom he had to work with. I’m not saying Newton is better, he hasn’t done anything yet. But if you don’t think Newton has had a lot to do with their record, you have not been watching.

    =========================================

    cam maybe doing well with the team and what he has, but you cant ignore the numbers which are similar to kaepernick who was benched. he has a rating of 84, a completion percentage of 56 and 15 tds to 9 interceptions. that defense how allowed him to stay in most games as they are 6th in points allowed. so please stop saying he has no one around him because a defense that is 6th in scoring is a pretty great thing to have around you. brady leads the league and has lost his entire o-line (4 starters) and still plays amazing week in week out. cam may be having a good season but there is no comparison when talking about MVP. and my point was that cam shouldnt even be in the running after brady when guys like carson palmer are having the season he is having

  52. gohomeweeden says:
    Nov 17, 2015 10:00 AM

    Well Brady is not currently the runaway favorite for MVP so not sure what your getting at. In fact, I might even argue if it were decided today Cam Newton gets it.

    —————–

    Brady is currently the favorite. Certainly Cam is in the conversation though. No way Cam get’s it if decided today. Brady leads the league in Yards, TDs, TD/INT ratio and Passer rating. Cam and Tom have been dealing with similar supporting cast issues, but Brady has out performed him.

  53. Josh Norman is having one hell of a year too.

    Haven’t seen his stats, but after watching the Bears play the Rams last week, Aaron Donald is a monster. I’ll go as far as to say he’s the best DT in football.

  54. tigerlilac says:
    Nov 17, 2015 10:30 AM
    I actually prefer when the media does not hand out the individual awards to the Patriots players. It is a team game and almost every individual effort is the product of team work. Of course, there are exceptions, like Gronk swatting away two defenders and running for a 76 yard touchdown.

    To the poster above who diminishes Ninkovitch’s contribution to the team I can only say you are really missing out on some great football. Ninkovitch is an absolute joy to watch whether it is keeping the edge, tipping passes at the line of scrimmage, or coming off the edge for a timely sack (his sacks are almost always timely).
    ————————————————————-
    Couldn’t agree more. His sack on Wilson in the SB was arguably the second biggest play of the game all things considered.

  55. I agree w/others. Jones is a good player but not even the best on that team’s defense. Jamie Collins is the best defensive player on that team and in the NFL this year.

  56. . so please stop saying he has no one around him because a defense that is 6th in scoring
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    Arizona has a good D, Panthers have a good D, Pats… every good team (there are only three or four) has a good D. I’m discounting the D because Brady owes his last ring to Malcolm Butler (and the flag generator Browner for that play). How does the discussion of Brady’s performance change without that play? Brady can thank Butler for the big TD denial on Beckham too. Without that play, Pats have a loss on the season. How does that change the Brady discussion when he tries to go down field and can’t get the winning td? Every good team has a good D.

  57. coldwater32301 says:
    Nov 17, 2015 10:14 AM

    Tom Brady is not my favorite to win the MVP… I vote for Cam Newton… Cam can do what Brady can do but Brady can’t do what Cam can do… Indeed…

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    coldwater: the great predictor of the Patriots-colts game a few weeks back. You don’t get it right, even after the game is played.
    Tom Brady may or may not win the MVP…but it won’t be anyone on the Colts. How’s that for an “indeed.”

  58. coldwater32301 says:
    Nov 17, 2015 10:14 AM

    Tom Brady is not my favorite to win the MVP… I vote for Cam Newton… Cam can do what Brady can do but Brady can’t do what Cam can do… Indeed…

    ***********************************************

    It’s what’s between Brady’s ears that makes him one of the most feared QBs ever. Cam can’t do that… Indeed…

  59. Curious since there’s a general feeling among Pats’ fans that the team’s best player on defense is Jamie Collins. But LBs don’t rack up sexy stats like sacks or INTs, so he’s under-appreciated.

    Being sick the past two weeks hasn’t helped.

    In any case, it’s good to see Chandler Jones getting the recognition he deserves. The Pats have invested a lot of draft picks in the defensive front seven in the past few years and they’ve gotten a lot of good results.

  60. The question should be who is more valuable to their team this year. Forget about past years, who would be worse off with out. NE OR Carolina??

    Most valuable player shouldn’t necessarily be best stats…

    Do you think the Patriots would be scoring 33 points per game without Brady?

    I never quite know this kind of argument is supposed to mean. “Sure, we know that statistically, Brady is having a much better year, but we’re going to try to re-define ‘valuable’ so that doesn’t matter.”

    In every passing-related stat, Brady is clearly better than Newton. It’s really not close. Netwon’s qualification appears to be “QB on a winning team”. And sure, he’s doing a good job as a QB. But he’s not excelling.

  61. I’m not commenting on the DPY….just making an observation about Ninkovitch. He’s been a player that has gotten better every year, and he makes some of the most timely plays I’ve seen for the Patriots. Dare I say he has been “Vrable-esque?”

  62. As much as I like the job Cam Newton is doing but, hypothetically speaking, if Carolina and NE could swap QB’s tomorrow Ron Rivera would help Newton pack his bags.

    Being facetious and not to be meant as a slight. Panther defense is doing an incredible job.

    Newton is doing a fine job too.

  63. The question should be who is more valuable to their team this year. Forget about past years, who would be worse off with out. NE OR Carolina??

    Most valuable player shouldn’t necessarily be best stats…
    ——————————————————————–

    With that makeshift O-line (29 different combinations in 9 games), no Edelman, no Lewis, Gronk doble covered in almost every play, no real deep threat (LaFell has his moments but forget about Dropson), you tell me, who is the most valuable player to the team?

    Now put Brady in Carolina and Cam in New England. Which team would have a winning record?

  64. whispersd says:
    Nov 17, 2015 3:22 PM
    Curious since there’s a general feeling among Pats’ fans that the team’s best player on defense is Jamie Collins. But LBs don’t rack up sexy stats like sacks or INTs, so he’s under-appreciated.

    It reminds me of the Bruschi days, where he quietly put up amazing numbers, but rarely got into the honors talks.

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