Jones Plans On Being Cautiously Aggressive Sunday Against Patriots


On Tuesday, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talked about how confident of a player quarterback Landry Jones is ahead of his third career start this coming Sunday against the New England Patriots. Wednesday morning, Jones exhibited that confidence when he addressed the entire team during a meeting.

“As he told us this morning, don’t panic,” said Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats, according to Teresa Varley of

Jones also indicated Wednesday morning that he’s not planning on playing too cautious Sunday against the Patriots.

“I think if you’re a backup in these types of situations, you can almost try to be too perfect and too careful,” said Jones. “One-time Coach (Mike) Tomlin said something along the lines of, ‘Gun fighters are going to get shot.’ For me, I have to go out there and cut it loose and play like that rather than trying to be too careful. Try to just go out there and take every check down that I can. Obviously, you have to play smart. But, you have to take what the defense gives you and try to be cautiously aggressive.”

Jones obviously faces a very daunting task on Sunday as the Patriots defense has played well over the course of the last four weeks and that has led to them allowing an average of just 11.5 points.

While Jones himself played well in relief of an injured Mike Vick in last year’s win over the Arizona Cardinals, he’s yet to put together a solid full-game performance and he’ll definitely need on Sunday at Heinz Field if the Steelers hope to upset the heavily favored Patriots at home.

“They’re a great, disciplined group,” said Jones. “That’s kind of how (Bill) Belichick coaches them. He’s going to have guys who are going to go out there and do what they’re asked to do. We have a big challenge in front of us.”

The Steelers would be wise to lean heavily on their running game Sunday in effort to not only take pressure off of Jones, but also to keep Patriots quarterback Tom Brady off the field as much as possible. That means getting the football to running back Le’Veon Bell early and often. So far this season, Bell has rushed for 263 yards on 48 carries in addition to 20 receptions for another 177 yards.

The Steelers defense and special team units also need to come ready to play Sunday as Jones and the rest of the offense will undoubtedly need a few short fields to work on during the game. The task of doing just that is as big as the one Jones faces Sunday on the offensive side of the football as the Steelers defense has registered just 8 sacks and 6 takeaways in their first 6 games.

While it’s certainly unlikely to happen, a Steelers win Sunday over the Patriots would be huge not only for the Steelers, but Jones as well as he’s scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

In case you’re curious, Bovada has some over/odd propositions listed now for Jones and they are: Total yards: 250, TD passes: 1.5 and INTs: 1.

In case you missed it, I have broken down all of Jones pass attempts so far during his career.

  • Craig M

    “certainly unlikely to happen” is the wrong attitude to apply “we must find a way to come out of this game victorious” is the only proper attitude!

  • JT Craig

    And I’m going to be cautiously aggressively vomiting on myself as I suffer through this game. Thanks Landry.

  • DoctorNoah

    “Jones plans on throwing more touchdowns than interceptions”. Glad he’s got high hopes

  • David Paul

    I’m going be recklessly aggressive with my drinking during this one, so it all evens out.

  • John Noh

    Ben being hurt sucks but I’ll still be making my 11th annual trip in a row to Da ‘Burgh this weekend. I don’t have high expectations for the game itself but I expect to have a lot of fun with my crew. I can practically taste that pastrami all-in+egg at Primanti’s Strip District.

  • Orlysteel

    Brady vs Jones been waiting for this matchup, it’s going down to the wire.

  • Orlysteel

    In Jones we trust, hey he is pro.

  • Michael Pennant

    We need to be in the no huddle (not hurry up) almost all of the time, to keep NE off balance and maybe convert more 3rd down situations. Defensive line can help by being more active when the QB drops back to pass by being prepared to knock the pass down if you can’t get to the qb via pass rush. Brady throws a lot of short passes which creates more chances to tip the ball.

  • Steely Mcbeam

    Time to bring back the wildcat offense lol

  • blackandgoldBullion

    This is the type of game they get up for, but will that be enough? A little help from the refs and everyone playing well would help.

  • Zarbor

    So was Cam Thomas……Geesh.

  • Sam Scalleat

    Well it does have a history for both of these teams so I wouldn’t be surprised haha

  • dennisdoubleday

    Jones can throw very well when he gets no pressure; that’s how he was able to put up 4K yards a year at Oklahoma, where the line rarely let him get pressured. Unfortunately, that’s not likely to happen this week, but it’s a good challenge for the line.

  • Zarbor

    Jones is a backup. I don’t consider him a very good one either. Those have potential to be starters. He will never be a starter in this league for any team. I want Jones to do well since our coaching staff has hitched the team wagon onto him.

    Bellicheat is going to wrap circles around Jones and our coaching staff. This game needs to be a shoot out and pretty sure Jones can’t do that. Let talks about Bell since he is the only chance we got. He goes off we got a chance. I’m talking 200 yards people. If that inconsistent o-line show up for a whole game and keep Brady of the field, it will be closer.

    You can forget about it if we are relying on the defense or worst yet, Jones to be the determining factor to win this game. Comedy Central has an application for you if you do.

  • Michael Conrad

    Jones is crap a limp noddle arm and he moves like his feet are in cement good luck with this adventure. I would give Mettenberger reps cause he will be seeing action soon.

  • John Pennington

    Get that running game going right away hit the short passes let the playmakers do their thing don’t force passes hit check down players you missed 2 players right in front of u last game

  • lilly

    I guess that’s better than aggressively cautious .

  • lilly

    You’ve learned your sarcasm well , grasshopper.

  • Rotten Sircus

    Call me “DIE HARD” but Landry can do this & I think he’s going to shock some folks !!

  • Orlysteel

    Hong Kong Fui.