Chiefs’ Chris Jones makes revealing comments about his mindset
The Kansas City Chiefs were quick to seal a long-term deal with their defensive ace Chris Jones this offseason, signing the first-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle to a four-year, $85 million contract extension with the defending Super Bowl champions right after star quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ massive deal.
Now, Jones, 26, is preaching the need to keep raising his game to “new heights,” which includes more sacks and more winning.
“For me, nothing’s changed,” Jones said, via Adam Teicher in ESPN. “It’s still about being the best I can be. It’s still about being the sack leader and being the defensive player of the year. I’m always pushing myself to new heights. … It’s about having a Hall of Fame career, getting a gold jacket.
“If somebody told me, ‘You could take $20 million or 20 sacks,’ I’d take the 20 sacks any day. That’s where my mind is, where my heart is: getting sacks, winning championship rings, having fun, enjoying the process. That’s where I’m at right now. I love sacks with a passion. I love pass rushing. I could wake up every day and I could pass rush every day. It’s my passion, it’s my dream, it’s my goal. It’s the love of my life.”
The Chiefs selected Jones out of Mississippi State in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Jones leapt off the page with his career-best year in 2018—recording 15.5 sacks, 40 combined tackles, and an interception the year Kansas City was runner-up to AFC and Super Bowl LIII champion New England Patriots.
The following season, Jones had less impressive numbers overall, appearing in 13 regular-season games and amassing nine sacks, but he was no less important to the Chiefs’ Super Bowl run, which this time ended in a ring.