Returning to Dallas no longer big deal for Jones
Homecomings aren’t what they used to be for
Last year he had Seattle’s date against his former team circled and highlighted beginning seven months before the
Then Jones fumbled twice and gained 37 yards on 11 brutal carries, part of Seattle’s disastrous Thanksgiving Day loss. Coach Mike Holmgren benched him that day, and Jones essentially disappeared for the rest of the 2008 season.
No wonder he seems like he’s trying to sneak back to Dallas this time, to play Sunday against the team that discarded him two years ago.
“Yeah, right now it’s just another game,” Jones said. “I did the whole thing last year. It’s definitely a better approach (now). I got booed last year, I’m anxious to see what they do this year. They might throw a tomato or something at me.”
That’s if fans there even remember him.
Jones still owns a home in the Dallas area next to
And Jones has yet to truly feel at home with the
He thought he was done sharing when he left Dallas and Barber. Then a month after he got to Seattle, the
Jones, 28, was thought to be the centerpiece to Seattle’s remodeling of its running game two years ago. But Holmgren named perennial backup
Jones finished with 698 yards rushing and just two touchdowns – barely 100 yards more than his career low from that last year in Dallas, with the same amount of scores – and Seattle sank to 4-12.
New coach Jim Mora brought in offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and his zone-blocking running game for 2009. Knapp’s proven system, with eight consecutive finishes in the NFL’s top 10 in rushing offense, demands backs make one cut and go. The scheme was supposed to better fit Jones’ rushing style.
Yet he has just 290 yards in six games, running behind an offensive line that has been missing three injured starters. He had 5 yards on five carries in his last game, Oct. 18 against Arizona, as Seattle (2-4) rushed for a franchise-record low 14 yards in a 27-3 loss.
A bigger day from Jones – or at least one better than last season’s holiday flop in Dallas – could keep healing quarterback
“We couldn’t do anything right, they couldn’t do wrong,” said Hasselbeck, whose broken ribs are still healing. “The whole year was tough, but I think that was a painful game in more ways than one.”
Jones may run to nowhere again Sunday in Dallas, given the
Yet Jones is saying individual accomplishments matter less to him now than it may have, say, last year before that “huge” homecoming gone bad.
“I want to do well this year,” Jones said. “(But) we’ve got two wins, and 10 games left. We’re trying to make the playoffs. We’re trying to do a lot of great things, and it starts with this weekend.
“I say it’s a must-win. Every game from here on out is a must-win for us.”