Chris Jones: Missed sack in AFC title game served as offseason motivation

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The Bengals gave up a lot of sacks during the 2021 season, but one near-miss was key to their trip to the Super Bowl.

They snapped the ball on a third-and-seven in their own territory while tied with the Chiefs with under 10 minutes to play in regulation of the AFC Championship Game and Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones was on Joe Burrow quickly. Jones got his hands on Burrow, but the quarterback wriggled free and moved out of the pocket. Jones dove to try for another tackle that Burrow evaded as he scrambled for a first down.

Cincinnati kicked a field goal on that drive and the Chiefs matched it, but they lost in overtime. On Wednesday, Jones said that failing to bring Burrow down served as fuel for his entire offseason.

“I missed some of the biggest plays of the game,” Jones said, via Nate Taylor of TheAthletic.com. “You use that as motivation the whole offseason. I felt like if I would’ve made those sacks, the game would’ve been different. I take accountability for that. For me, that’s my driving force right now.”

The Chiefs have gone through big changes on both sides of the ball since that loss, but still have championship aspirations this season. They’re counting on players like Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce to keep things rolling on offense and Jones will be central to their defensive hopes.

5 responses to “Chris Jones: Missed sack in AFC title game served as offseason motivation

  1. Once they lose in the playoffs again this year, this thing is getting rebuilt from the ground up, with a new D coordinator. Jones, Clark, all gone.

  2. Instead of Joe Burrow making a great play to evade a sack, it’s “Chris Jones missed a sack,” and that’s always the way the narrative goes with the Bengals.

  3. Not hearing much about the Chiefs just completely choking away a SB appearance due to awful coaching and execution. Good to see them acknowledging this and excited to see their response this year.

  4. you miss a sack, dee ford off sides… negate these 2 plays and that would put the chiefs in the last 4 superbowls…
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    coulda, shoulda, woulda… starting all over at 0-0…
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    till KC gets a new DC, PM needs 30 PTs per game to even sniff a W

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