Chandler Jones seeking more sacks, not more recognition

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Five voters thought Chandler Jones deserved the league defensive player of the year award last season. While it’s hard to argue with the choice of Aaron Donald, Jones hasn’t gotten his due.

Jones, one of the league’s best pass rushers, was only 28th on NFL Network’s Top 100 list.

“I was just telling one of the younger guys, he told me, ‘You have a lot of sacks but you don’t get a lot of recognition and people don’t really say anything,'” Jones said, via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic. “I said, ‘From who? Recognition from who? I don’t really care.’ I try to come out here and do my job. If you worry your whole life about the ratings or who says what, you’ll never go anywhere because you’re just living up to someone else’s expectations.”

Jones, 28, made a career-best 17 sacks last season and led the league in tackles for loss (28) and quarterback hits (38) in earning All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors.

Over the past two seasons, no one has more sacks (28) and tackles for loss (43) than Jones.

He will move to defensive end this season as the Cardinals switch to the 4-3. It will give Jones more opportunities “to go for the quarterback,” according to new coach Steve Wilks.

“It’s less thinking, honestly,” Jones said. “A guy can just go play and not think. You can play a lot faster. Our whole defense should be a lot faster.”

20 responses to “Chandler Jones seeking more sacks, not more recognition

  1. @gerard33

    I agree it was a great trade by BB as it resulted in the Pats picking up two players that were significant contributors to one SB victory. Even given the fact that one of those players was injured last season, still a great trade.

  2. I agree Belichick dropped the ball on this one. The draft pks resulted in Mitchell,who I don’t think will play again, and Thuney. They probably drafted Wynn to replace him

  3. Hey kamthechancellor, why do you feel the need to always say something negative about the Cards or their players. I seriously doubt that Cardinals fans troll the Seahawks like you do the Cardinals. It is strange. I actually look for a comment from you every time there is a story on here about a Cardinals player or the team itself. Do you despise the Arizona organization that much? Do you do this to the 9ers and Rams as well? Are you that insecure about the Seahawks that you have to compensate somehow by poking the Cards, the organization, or their fans?

  4. whywerule says:
    June 26, 2018 at 6:41 pm
    @gerard33

    I agree it was a great trade by BB as it resulted in the Pats picking up two players that were significant contributors to one SB victory. Even given the fact that one of those players was injured last season, still a great trade.

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    absolutely. anyone saying otherwise is a moron that only plays fabtasy football. ONCE i saw Arthur Jones
    openly choose the Colts in FA, I knew the Jones boys only care about the limelight and money and I knew BB would choose

    Now, BB has cap control on the more versatile and wildly underrated Trey Flowers who replace 15 mil per
    and overrated jones who gets7 sacks more a year, of the meaningless variety while arizona sits in cap hell

    Gee, another 2 sb appearances since the trade a very good guard and wr and cap health or shall i preted being a cardinals fan with no future and a guy who thinks smoking chinese synthetic weed is a good idea?

    such a tough choice

    lmao

  5. tedmurph says:
    June 26, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    I agree Belichick dropped the ball on this one. The draft pks resulted in Mitchell,who I don’t think will play again, and Thuney. They probably drafted Wynn to replace him

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    I don’t believe you are a Pats fan or 55 years old, because this proves you are in a coma or have awful business skills.

    BB had to choose between Hightower or Jones. THe choice was even more obvious after Jones turned into Hunter S. Thompson in front of the Foxborough PD one night DURING the playoffs. So, not only is he an idiot for smoking CHinese synthetic weed, which is not weed, he sealed his fate right there in NE, and will never sniff a SB ever again. He disappears late in the year, is only effective against mediocre or weak LTs, and can’t play the run that well because he thinks sack accumulation is the thing that will get him attention and stroke his ego. I suppose you wanted BB to also sign the selfish Jamie Collins, too, huh?

    You do realize the money freed up in 2016 allowed them to sign Shea McClellin, Chris Long, other key FAs, and re-up their key in-house guys, right?

    Give me more brilliant BB moves, cap health and SB appearances, please.

    If you are a Pats fan, you have a LOT to learn about teambuilding in the cap era, but it would be sad if you have been a fan all of this time and don’t get BB’s genius as a GM, hand down the greatest GM in NFL history.

    75% of the league right now is rebuilding or in a cap hell. It’s how I know the Pats will be playing in their 8th straight title game in January, and it’s only June.

    Hint: This is one reason why Goodell tries to frame the Pats to steal draft picks….BB’s incredible brilliance.

    BB has made a mockery of the Cap Era and your claiming Keim got the best of BB in that Chandler Jones deal?

    LOL!

  6. tedmurph says:
    June 26, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    I agree Belichick dropped the ball on this one. The draft pks resulted in Mitchell,who I don’t think will play again, and Thuney. They probably drafted Wynn to replace him

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    And, lastly, Mr. Observant, Wynn is far more likely to replace either Mason or Cannon on the right side, assuming Trent Brown wins the LT spot.

    The Cowboys just overpaid for a Guard named Zach Martin and that will yet again spike the Guard market, for the good SHaq Mason who is due after this season. They won;t overpay for a Guard, so Mason is likely gone and Wynn may be that guy.

  7. Lol that’s funny cardsfan1 notices that too. Go look at a lot of the prior posts and you’ll see I post about Kammy. Dude/lady loves to be on the Cardinals message boards making comments that even a person who doesnt follow football knows are ridiculous.

  8. @patriotmale…

    I am part of the most important arm of the Patriots organization – the Pats fan base. After all, there are no championship games, no Super Bowls, and no team without fans like me.

    Joe Thuney and Mitchell were major contributors to the Super Bowl win against the Falcons, but I do agree with what may have been Tedmurph’s underlying point. Thuney and Mitchell may be one hit wonders as injuries appear to be derailing their careers.

    I did like Chandler Jones but I am wondering if he shows up for every game now, or does he still dominate one week and disappear the next?

  9. I remember when Chandler thanked BB for trading him to a team that was contending for the SB. Wow, how times have changed. This year I think we will see the Cards loosing out to the Seahawks for 3rd place in the division.

  10. You couldnt be anymore wrong, maybe try knowing what you’re talking about before typing a bunch of non-sense. #1) Chandler Jones isnt undersized at all, He is 6″5-270 w/35 in long arms right now according to him, he played at 265 last season and will drop back down to 265 by the time camp gets here. #2) Jones was playing DE the majority of the time anyway last year, as AZ ran a hybrid defense under Arians and outside of base down (1st) Arizona was always in a 4 man front the vast majority of the time and Jones still dominated. He leads the NFL in sacks going back to 2013 among all pass rushers. Jones has played as a DE a ton both in his pro and college career, and he fits better as a 43DE in a 4-3 defense.

    The only pass rush that will heavily decline this year is SEA’s as the Hawks have a terrible pass rush with zero interior rush that will be one of the NFL’s worst. All SEA is DE Frank Clark who as a #2 was only good for 7-10 sacks, I doubt he even hits 8 sacks this year now that he is the #1 pass rusher and the only guy teams have to worry about so they will just slide protection to that side. SEA’s #2 pass rushing DE is one of the biggest pass rushers in recent memory Dion Jordan, of the 4 sacks he had last year 3 of them came against back-up OT’s two of them came against AZ’s 3rd string OT. That’s pretty much all SEA has, Mingo is a massive bust as is Marcus Smith, along the interior all they have is Naz Jones who is simply AVG good for 1-2 sacks per year, Reed is just a run stopper and Johnson is 34 years old posting just 2.0 sacks with far more talent around him in MN last season. SEA’s pass rush is among the NFL’s worst.

  11. tylawspick6 says:
    June 26, 2018 at 9:02 pm
    whywerule says:
    June 26, 2018 at 6:41 pm
    @gerard33

    I agree it was a great trade by BB as it resulted in the Pats picking up two players that were significant contributors to one SB victory. Even given the fact that one of those players was injured last season, still a great trade.

    11 14 Rate This

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    absolutely. anyone saying otherwise is a moron that only plays fabtasy football. ONCE i saw Arthur Jones
    openly choose the Colts in FA, I knew the Jones boys only care about the limelight and money and I knew BB would choose

    Now, BB has cap control on the more versatile and wildly underrated Trey Flowers who replace 15 mil per
    and overrated jones who gets7 sacks more a year, of the meaningless variety while arizona sits in cap hell

    Gee, another 2 sb appearances since the trade a very good guard and wr and cap health or shall i preted being a cardinals fan with no future and a guy who thinks smoking chinese synthetic weed is a good idea?

    such a tough choice

    lmao

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    Another real scholar with Zero idea what he’s talking about. Arizona isnt in cap hell by any means, they are going to have $90M in cap space next year once several big name players come off the books. Cap Web sites dont say that because they include players with team options in next years cap but those options like Sam Bradford’s & Mike Iupati’s for example wont be picked up. Arizona’s cap is excellent shape and with a franchise QB on a rookie contract for the next 5yrs that will allow AZ to really load up on talent in both free agency and in the draft building a dominate roster in the NFC.
    #2 Jones sacks werent meaningless, the majority of his sacks came on 3rd down last season and he dominated some of the best OT’s in the NFL week in and week out, you dont led the NFL in sacks going back to 2013 & lead the NFL in sacks and TFL’s last year without being dominant. He earned both Pro-Bowl and 1st team All-Pro honors for a reason.

  12. Chandler Jones is a beast, it will be hard for him to top what he did last season but I think he has another All-Pro season posting 15 sacks/25+TFL’s & 65-70 pressures. Jones will benefit greatly from Arizona’s DE Markus Golden who is one of the best #2 pass rushers in the NFL returning full healthy on the outside as he is a 10+ sack pass rusher as well. With all of the pass rushing talent Arizona has they should have no trouble at all posting 45-50 sacks next season. I am really looking forward to seeing how much 6″5-299pd DT Olsen Pierre (5.5sacks/45 pressures n 2017) grows this season in his 2nd season starting to, he is a beast and will be going back to playing as a 3 technique which he is much better at.

  13. “Our whole defense should be a lot faster.” And this my friends is why the Cardinals will be in the playoffs!

    WATCH!!!

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