Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Jones-Drew has not been his best out West
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has been a road warrior in the first seven years of his career.
Except on the West Coast.
Jones-Drew has posted 15 of his 26 100-yard rushing games away from EverBank Field, including the top three performances of his career: 186 yards at Tennessee in 2010, 177 yards at Tennessee in 2009 and 177 yards at Indianapolis in 2012. However, he has never eclipsed the 100-yard mark in his four trips to the West Coast.
In fact, Jones-Drew has totaled just 146 yards in the four games; his best performance was 75 yards on 15 carries in a loss at San Francisco in 2009. One of those games was at Oakland last season, and that’s when Jones-Drew suffered the foot injury that would eventually end his season. He carried just twice for 6 yards.
"It’s been a rough West Coast for me, so we’ll see how those things go, but like I said I’m not worried about that," said Jones-Drew, who starred at UCLA and grew up in Antioch, Calif. "I want to focus on correcting what I have to correct within myself and obviously helping our offense get better [and having] better production that we did on Sunday."
Here’s a breakdown of Jones-Drew’s four West Coast performances:
Oct. 11, 2009: Jones-Drew gained 34 yards on 12 carries in the Jaguars’ 41-0 loss to Seattle, the second-worst defeat in franchise history. Jones-Drew had an 18-yard run, which means he gained 16 yards on the 11 other carries.
Nov. 29, 2009: He gained 75 yards on 15 carries in the Jaguars’ 20-3 loss to San Francisco. The 49ers gave up the fourth-fewest points in the NFL that season and were sixth in the NFL in rushing defense (98.3 yards per game allowed).
Sept. 19, 2010: He ran for 31 yards on 12 carries in a 38-13 loss at San Diego. The 31 yards, 12 carries, and per-carry average (2.6) all were season lows.
Oct. 21, 2012: Jones-Drew hurt his left foot on the first play from scrimmage and left the game after getting one more carry. The Jaguars lost 26-23 in overtime.