Lotta good points in here from Doug Kyed. I think the key to Jones emerging is getting another legit defensive end (or two). Take the attention off Jones. Don’t make him play every snap. It’s a “one step back to take two steps forward” kind of a deal.
Then you can move Jones around, pick your spots with him and then on that key third-and-long he comes flying off the edge to force a hurried throw. That’s what you want.
Chandler Jones teaches Rob Ninkovich how to dance [x]
How come we don’t see more of these moves out of Nink after big plays?
The four sacks that the Patriots’ defense collected on the day give the appearance that their pass rush was dominant when in fact the pressures were lacking all day long. The defense managed just 14 total pressures on the day and managed to pressure Tannehill on just 11 of 41 dropbacks. Even then, of those 14 pressures, four came on blitzes from corners and linebackers. The defensive line was generally ineffective and had a cumulative pass rushing grade of -5.0. The main culprit for the Patriots was Rob Ninkovich (-1.8) whose only pressure came via running back Daniel Thomas. It will be interesting to see if the high snap counts for Ninkovich and Chandler Jones(-0.4) catch up with them down the stretch. Jones leads all 4-3 defensive ends in snaps with 1002 while Ninkovich is second at 971.
I think one of the biggest problems of this season, and one that hasn’t been that affected by injuries, is the lack of depth at defensive end. When you break down the pass rush problems, I think that’s a big factor, even if Ninkovich and Chandler are pretty much set for the next few seasons as the starting defensive ends.
Michael Buchanan got the early nod but was a scratch on Sunday. Jake Bequette has been MIA all season and it seems likely he’s nothing more than camp fodder next season.
This forced them to bring back Andre Carter who unfortunately is not the same guy he was in 2011. The Pats should look long and hard for a designated pass rusher in the mold of 2011 Mark Anderson this offseason.
Chandler Jones named AFC Defensive Player of the Month.— Christopher Price (@cpriceNFL) November 27, 2013
Chandler Jones makes the list, but what bums me out are Dontai Poe and Michael Brockers, two of my favorite players out of the 2012 draft. Not saying I’d take either of them over Chandler (necessarily), but man, they would both be just what this defense needs right now without Wilfork and Kelly.
If Martin is still at left tackle for this game, Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones should feast on the opportunity to collapse his side of the line without bolting upfield and potentially past the quarterback. This is critical as Tannehill is an underrated scrambler, and breakdowns in pocket integrity that provide escape routes was a big reason Jets quarterback Geno Smith had some success last week against the Patriots.