Friday, October 5, 2012
Chandler Jones seeks improvement
By Field Yates
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One day after winning the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Month for September, Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones said that his performance was still "not good enough" because of the team's won-loss record.
"I feel personally that it's not good enough," Jones told reporters before practice. "Even though they say I'm the rookie of the month for September, we have a .500 record; that's just not good enough."
When asked what contributed to his fast start (3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in four games), Jones credited his fellow defensive linemen and defense as a unit.
"Defense as a whole. All the credit goes to the defense," Jones said. "Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love, Rob Ninkovich, all the others. Without those guys, it couldn't be possible."
When asked what he needs to improve upon, Jones stated that he can work on everything.
"My whole entire game. Each week I'm trying to get better," he continued. "You take it one day at a time and let those games stack."
Jones said he's learned in just a short period of time that he has a lot of work to do.
"What have I learned about myself? That I have a lot of work to do," Jones stated. "We're in Week 5 right now, you just have to do your job. For me personally, I feel like I have a long way to go. I'm still a rookie, it's a long season ahead of me, and we've got a lot of games to play."
He cited consistency as a key for himself and his team going forward.
"In order to have a good team, I think you need to be consistent," he said. "And that goes for all sides of the ball in every phase of the game. So yeah, consistency is a huge aspect that you need, as a characterisitic as a team."
One thing that the 22-year old said has remained consistent is that he's thoroughly enjoyed being out on the field each snap he's taken.
"Having a lot of fun. Having a lot of fun," he said. "That's the one thing about football that you can't take away from, this being my job, but you've got to have fun. You've got to."