1) Introduction: After starting 12 games in 2013, the Packers had reason to believe that Brad Jones would build upon his gradual success that saw him record a career-high 60 tackles. However, things were vastly different this year. Jones doesn’t have the lateral quickness to stay on the field, which is why he only played 17.4 percent of the defensive snaps.
2) Profile: Brad Jones
- Age: 28
- Born: 04/01/1986 in Lansing, MI
- Height: 6’3″
- Weight: 242
- College: Colorado
- Rookie Year: 2009
- NFL Experience: 6 years
- Career stats and more
3) Expectations coming into the season: To add depth to a position that was thin. The thought was that Jones would never be able to blossom into a special defender in the NFL, but maybe he could carve out a niche as a hard-working lunch-pail linebacker.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Even though Jones had a thigh injury, he played 68 of 70 snaps in the season opener at Seattle. However, that’s where the good times stopped. Dom Capers and Mike McCarthy stopped trusting in him and his playing time began to slowly evaporate.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: He had 16 total tackles and he recorded zero sacks. His football IQ constantly came into question as he was flagged for five of the seven penalties ticketed to the inside linebackers.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: In addition to tallying four tackles in two games, Jones was also called for two penalties in the NFC Divisional Playoff vs. Dallas.
7) Intangibles: Jones had a forgettable 2014 season. The Packers cannot wait to cut bait and save $3.75 million against the cap.
Season Report Card (Player Grades):
(F) Level of expectations met during the season
(F) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(F) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: F——————
Cory Jennerjohn is from Wisconsin and has been in sports media for over 10 years. To contact Cory e-mail him at jeobs -at- yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter: Cory Jennerjohn
10 thoughts on “Brad Jones 2014 Report Card – Packers Player Grades”
Don’t forget that the Seahawks said that they based their fake field goal on whether or not Brad Jones was on the field. Turns out he was right where they wanted him.
Total disaster this year. He always tackled too high but never did I expect to see a player take this bad off a fall. We got a few serviceable years out of him, which I guess is ok considering his 7th round selection but time is up. GoPack!
When you look at Hawk and Jones in combination and what absolute liabilities they were, it calls into question the guy that’s coaching him. Winston Moss.
I have questioned this many times. If your position of responsibility is a perennial problem then either you don’t know what you are doing or you don’t have anything to work with. Since I don’t think TT has given much thought to this position, I keep giving Moss a pass. But you got to wonder.
And while I have given Capers the benefit of the doubt because of a known lack of talent, I am wondering if he is at least getting the best that he can from this unit. All too often, I see a secondary in confusion or a scrambled up assignment. Is our weakness at ILB so bad that is handicaps our secondary or are there some weaknesses in our coaching practices? Tired of making talent excuses for this side of the ball and still waiting for the Packers defense to put in a full season.
One might wonder, but you might end up having to give Moss credit for Barrington. He had Barrington for 9 games last year as a rookie before he was on IR, and he started week 7 this year.
Brad Jones’ play this year makes it necessary to add “G” to the grading scale, as “F” is clearly too high of a grade.
I think with Hawk it was more hitting a wall athletically. He was never the greatest athelete and obviously couldn’t afford to lose a step as he did this year. Like Vic Ketch,an says ” it’s a young mans game”.
BTW Cory – good job on the short-straw assignment. You might qualify for a spot on “America’s Dirtiest Jobs”.
Between his poor play and bad penalties, B. Jones hurt the team this season. It’s time to move on. Thanks, Since ’61
A grade? This guy should have gotten a sentence.
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