By Derek Lofland
He went right after his quarterback, Brett Favre. Here is a sample of the quotes he gave to Hot 97 FM about the Future Hall of Fame Quarterback.
a) "We're a team and we win together. ... But at the same time, you can't turn the ball over and expect to win," Jones told the radio station two days after Favre tossed three interceptions in the season-ending loss to Miami.
b) "The other day, the three interceptions really hurt us. I mean, that's just reality," Jones told the radio station. "If I were to sit here and say, 'Oh, man, it's OK,' that's not reality. ... I don't like it; I know everybody else on the team doesn't like it.
c) "If somebody is not playing well, they need to come out of the game," Jones told Hot 97 FM. "You're jeopardizing the whole team because you're having a bad day. To me, that's not fair to everybody else."
I have a lot of problems with these comments. Thomas Jones pulled his own disappearing act. In the final four games, he had 57 carries for 224 yards with a 3.9-yard per carry average and two touchdowns.
Leon Washington, on the other hand, had 15 carries for 122 yards and two touchdowns. You could argue that Leon Washington was the more effective back down the stretch and should have gotten more carries.
I respect that Thomas Jones put his name behind the comments. What I don't respect is that in that final game Thomas Jones had 10 carries for 23 yards and no touchdowns. You don’t go and start blaming the quarterback for a loss where you had 23 rushing yards.
If he had rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns and they still lost, I can understand.
Who does he think he is blaming other people publicly when he had 23 rushing yards in the final game against the Dolphins? This nonsense is straight out of the T.O. playbook and is typical of an underachiever looking to deflect blame from himself; something Jones was guilty of at the end of the season.
In the game in Seattle, when the conditions were snowy and the Jets needed a running game, he had 17 carries for 67 yards and zero touchdowns. Great game there, too. Therefore, if Thomas Jones wants to start assigning blame...