Slowing Jones-Drew key to success against Jags
Houston (5-6) needs to win all of its games to stay in the playoff conversation. This win could be a bit more important because the
“We’ve got to stop him and it’s not just stopping him running the ball, they’ll throw it to him on third downs,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “He’s going to touch the ball 30 times. As he goes their football team goes.”
In the teams’ first meeting, Jones-Drew had 23 carries, four receptions for 28 yards and scored on runs of 61, 1 and 8 yards. He is fifth in the NFL with 1,001 yards rushing and is averaging 4.8 yards a carry.
The most dangerous thing about him is that defenders often think they have him corralled only to watch up pop out of the pile and run for a big gain. Kubiak said he’s admired his style since Jones-Drew was at UCLA.
“He’s a small, powerful guy,” Kubiak said. “He’s hard to tackle. Sometimes you think he’s down when he’s not down. He’s just very, very strong.”
“You really don’t even get a chance to think about it then. After the play is over and your head is kind of hurting a little bit, you get upset with the linemen and linebackers,” he said, partly joking. “He’s a tough running back and he makes your job very difficult. It’s tough enough trying to cover the receivers, but tackling him is a whole different ball game.”
Pollard isn’t focused on what Jones-Drew can do, but more on how Houston’s defense can continue to improve.
“The biggest thing is that it’s not so much about them, it’s about us being on our assignment and us doing our assignment,” he said. “If we play smart football and not put ourselves in the situation we’ve been in the last three weeks where we find a way to lose the game … we will rally and get it done.”
“We have to play a full football game,” Robinson said. “We’ve played for a half a lot of this season, but we haven’t played for two halves. If we could put a complete game together as we have done in some games, we won’t have any trouble coming home with a win.”
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