Cardinals Chandler Jones closing in on career year at halfway mark

Nov 9, 2017, 1:41 PM | Updated: 1:44 pm
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Arizona Cardinals have struggled to pressure opposing quarterbacks this season, but without linebacker Chandler Jones, the issue suddenly would become more pronounced.

The 27-year-old Jones paced the Cardinals’ defense through the first eight games with nine sacks, the fourth-most in the NFL. His 14 tackles for a loss leads the league.

Jones has given left tackles and guards fits this season. The Rochester, NY native is the 13th best pass rusher when lined up on the left side with a score of 12.7  according to Pro Football Focus. Jones might usually fare better on the left side, but 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station’s Mike Jurecki believes “the Cardinals need to move him around on both sides on defense.”

In terms of quarterback pressures by move according to PFF, Jones has eight from the outside, five from the inside, two on the bull rush and two more when he is unblocked.

Jones is well on his way to exceeding his career best single season sack total of 12.5 in 2015 and needs only 18 more tackles to match his total from all of 2016.

It is clear that Jones has done his part. But the Cardinals have allowed signal callers to rack up 279.3 yards per game in the last three games, the fourth-highest total in the NFL. After leading the league in sacks (48) last season, the Arizona’s 18 sacks this year is tied for 10th in the NFC and 18th overall.

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals WR Marquise Brown looks on during minicamp on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Tempe....
Sam Graveline

Shook: Marquise Brown best Cards’ candidate to be 1st-time Pro Bowler

Cardinals wide receiver Marquise Brown has yet to make the Pro Bowl in his career, but's Nick Shook thinks that could change in 2022.
1 day ago
Head coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams talks with players before mini camp on June 8, 2022 a...
Tyler Drake

NFC West offseason outlook: The Los Angeles Rams

After diving into the 49ers' current state of affairs, it's time to take a look at the 2021 Super Bowl champion Rams.
1 day ago
Detroit Lions fullback Jason Cabinda (45) pulls away from Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Isaia...
Wills Rice

PFF’s Linsey: Arizona Cardinals have NFL’s No. 23 ranked roster for 2022

Pro Football Focus' Ben Linsey has the Arizona Cardinals as the No. 23 ranked roster heading into the 2022 season.
1 day ago
Kyler Murray #1 and Justin Pugh #67 of the Arizona Cardinals react after a penalty during the secon...
Arizona Sports

ESPN: OL Justin Pugh is Arizona Cardinals’ most underrated player

ESPN posted a list made by Football Outsiders of every team's most underrated player, and Justin Pugh was selected to represent the Cardinals.
2 days ago
Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball during the game against the Los Ange...
Tyler Drake

NFC West offseason outlook: The San Francisco 49ers

The offseason has twisted and turned not only for the Cardinals but for the rest of the NFC West. A look at the current state of the 49ers:
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Corey Peters (98) walks out before an NFL game between the Arizo...
Nikash Nath

PFF’s Doug Kyed advises Arizona Cardinals to bring back DL Corey Peters

With the Cardinals' current roster construction, PFF's Doug Kyed believes Arizona should bring DL Corey Peters back once more in 2022.
4 days ago
Cardinals Chandler Jones closing in on career year at halfway mark