Chris Jones has a knack for sacking mobile quarterbacks


Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones has become one of the most disruptive forces in the NFL. Though he had only two sacks in 2016, he racked up three of them on Sunday against the Eagles.

Those three sacks came against Carson Wentz. Last year, the players Jones sacked were Andrew Luck and Cam Newton. So Jones can drag down mobile quarterbacks; why isn’t he sacking pocket passers?

“Man, that’s what I’m asking myself,” Jones said on PFT Live. “Like what is really going on? I’m asking myself what is going on? I’m sacking the guys that everybody knows they’re hard to bring down. Like Cam Newton and Andrew Luck and Carson Wentz, but I can’t touch a guy like Tom Brady who just sits in the pocket in one spot.”

With Wentz, Jones showed not only an ability to corral the quarterback, but also a knack for tackling the football — a technique that Rodney Harrison always preaches when it comes to chasing down Ben Roethlisberger. It wasn’t an accident or a coincidence.

“I’ve got to give props to my defensive line coach, Britt Reid,” Jones said. “He gave us this drill, a simulation drill, where we’ve got to tackle the guy into a standup bag that has a taped on ball to it. So you’ve got to tackle the guy, secure the tackle, and also get the ball out and the other guy’s got to come and scoop it. We just do that all week to simulate tackling the guy, securing the tackle, and getting the ball out because we knew he was the type of guy. His arm strength is ridiculous.

“To give you an example, [safety] Dan Sorensen jumped over the running back, grabbed Carson Wentz’s arm, Carson Wentz still threw the ball like 25 yards. So that just tells you the amount of arm strength the guy’s got. So when you grab him you got to go for the ball also because that kid is remarkable.”

Jones is remarkable, especially since he wreaked so much havoc on Sunday despite being part of a rotation. Does he want to be out there as much as the offensive linemen that he faces are?

“One thing about our coach, Britt Reid, he wants everybody playing at one hundred [percent],” Jones said. “If you feel like you get tired, it’s just like charging yourself up. Charge yourself up so you can go back out there and give another hundred. It’s all about keeping everybody fresh for four quarters so we can give maximum effort throughout the whole game and play relentless.”

It’s working, for Jones and the rest of the defensive line. Which means it’s working for the Chiefs, who are 2-0 and on their way to what should be some great same this year against the likes of the Raiders twice, the Broncos twice, the Cowboys, and the Steelers.

5 responses to “Chris Jones has a knack for sacking mobile quarterbacks

  1. “One of the most disruptive forces in the NFL”? That’s possible, though it remains to be seen. “Mobile quarterbacks”? We’re taking some liberties there. Newton is more about size and power than outright speed and agility, and his OL isn’t exactly the best. Luck is a passing QB who can move, which is not the same as a “mobile” QB, and his OL is garbage. I think we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves here.

  2. Its funny people have no problem talking about garbage time stats when it comes to offensive players but never mention it when it comes to defensive players.

    It happens just as much but yet it gets ignored. If a team is trailing by multiple tds at the end of the game the way they play offense is gonna be different. Qbs are forced to hold the ball longer in those situations, a lot of time they cant afford to throw it away, they have to keep scrambling, they have to complete a pass even if the guy is covered, they also have to avoid the middle of the field, the team isnt running ball so defenders get to pin their ears back and rush without concern. All these things make it much much easier for a defender to get a pick or a sack. The same thing goes at the end of the first half.

    I bet if you went back and tracked it you would find out that ints and sacks occur at a much higher rate when the clock is running down at the end of the first half, or when a team is trying comeback from deficit at the end of the game.

    They are garbage time stats just as much as when a wr and qb adds 70-80 yards to their stat line at the end of the game. Yet the analysts, writers, talking heads, and fans who like to pretend that they are some kind of football genius by pointing that out never have the knowledge to point it out when it helps the defense.

    Which happened this week in Kansas City. The Eagles were trailing by two tds late in the game, bc of this Wentz was forced to stay in the pocket and try to make something happen. He did but he also ended up taking more sacks too. Sacks he wouldnt have took if the score was closer. He would have checked down or thrown the ball away like he did the entire game. But of course he couldnt so the chiefs ended up basically doubling their sack total from the entire game in the 4th quarter on plays where the QB had to hold the ball for 6+ seconds.

    So yeah Jones got 3 sacks but lets keep it in prospective. They were just as much garbage time stats as a rb who gets 60 out of his 80 yards in a game on the final drive.

  3. “So yeah Jones got 3 sacks but lets keep it in prospective. They were just as much garbage time stats as a rb who gets 60 out of his 80 yards in a game on the final drive.”

    Garbage time? I disagree. True that the Eagles were down by 2 TDs in the 4th, but the fact that the game literally came down to the last play undermines your theory that it was garbage time. Teams that are behind late have limited options and defenses know that and respond accordingly. That’s just what happens and Jones’ sacks are not less legit because of it.

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