Chris Jones: This year is about our defensive line being gritty

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The Chiefs were able to get back to the AFC Championship Game last season before falling to the Bengals in overtime.

But the team’s defense fell off in some key areas during the regular season. Though Kansas City finished eighth in points allowed, the club was 27th in yards allowed. And the Chiefs were No. 31 in surrendering 4.8 yards per carry.

Defensive lineman Chris Jones wants that to change in 2022.

“I think we left a lot of opportunities [out there] last year — our last game of the season on the field,” Jones said, via Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com. “We were able to make a few changes on the defensive line room, bring my brother [defensive end Frank Clark] back and a lot of familiar faces back. I think this year, it’s about being gritty — stopping the run, stopping the pass, and doing whatever we can to help this defense out.”

Clark agreed to a restructured two-year, $29 million deal in March. Jones noted he’s “always ecstatic” to have Clark around.

“I think Frank played a pivotal part of the success of this team — especially coming in, first year, winning a championship,” Jones said. “Next year, we went to another championship, and AFC last year.

“I think he’s been a huge part of the success of this team, also, so when you have a guy like that back and know what he’s capable of doing, I think he’s almost about to have the record in the postseason in sacks. His success speaks for itself. I don’t have to tell you… I think [I’m] ecstatic to have him back on the defensive line.”

The Chiefs have gone through some significant changes on offense by trading receiver Tyreek Hill. But if Kansas City’s defense can improve in the coming season, that would take some pressure off of quarterback Patrick Mahomes and company in replacing him.

6 responses to “Chris Jones: This year is about our defensive line being gritty

  1. If Chris would show up every game, people would talk about him like they do Aaron Donald. But he only shows up about half the time, so he can’t be counted on. But when he does show up, he’s a beast.

  2. Not sure bringing Frank Clark back was such a great idea. He’s not an elite pass rusher and is shut down by average or better tackles. The Chiefs D Line is going to be Dunlap and Jones bringing the pressure while Karlaftis gets acclimated to the league.

  3. springfield says:
    August 9, 2022 at 12:26 pm
    If Chris would show up every game, people would talk about him like they do Aaron Donald. But he only shows up about half the time, so he can’t be counted on. But when he does show up, he’s a beast.

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    Jones’ play in the second half is what won the Chiefs the Super Bowl. Almost single-handedly.

  4. We Love Chris Jones in KC. We hope the D Line steps up this year. With the amount of $$$ being paid to that D Line, they should dominate.

  5. Jimmy Garappalo had more to do with the Chiefs winning the SB than Jones. If he’s accurate on a couple basic throws, the 9ers have a good chance of winning that game. Sadly, Chris has been one of the leaders on a defense that’s been in the bottom 1/3rd of the league since he’d been here. Hopefully getting some real LB’s and DB’s change that this year.

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