Mike Tomlin On Jarvis Jones: ‘I Don’t Think That He’s Lacking Confidence’

In the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 16 win over the Baltimore Ravens, linebacker Jarvis Jones was one of the team’s seven inactive players and it wasn’t due to an injury. Jones, however, was active for Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns to close out the 2016 regular season and very active at that.

Jones, who is currently in the final year of his rookie contract, recorded his first sack of the season against the Browns in addition to forcing a fumble deep in the Steelers own end of the field with 1:04 left in regulation time and the game tied at 21 that was eventually recovered by his teammate Mike Mitchell. The former first round draft pick out of Georgia finished the game with three total tackles and he also batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage.

After the game was over, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked if Jones’ performance Sunday perhaps helped his confidence as the team now prepares to play the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the playoffs.

“Hopefully it’s something to build upon, but I doubt that Jarvis is lacking confidence, to be honest with you,” said Tomlin. “He just hadn’t made enough plays for he or for me, but I don’t think that he’s lacking confidence.”

The Steelers chose not to pick up Jones’ fifth-year option prior to the start of the regular season and that’s not overly surprising based on how he played during his first three years in the league. After missing an assignment on a long touchdown run in the Steelers Week 10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Jones has seen very little playing time since.

Jones, who undoubtedly will be allowed to test free agency during the offseason, likely just played his last regular season home game for the Steelers on Sunday. It will now be interesting to see if he did enough in the win over the Browns to warrant him avoiding the inactive list during the playoffs.

  • Kevin artis

    Wish Jarvis Jones luck with his next team. I just hope it’s not in the AFC North.

  • The Truth

    No, he lacks ability.

  • Big White

    Good to see Jarvis with a strong game. Not going to save his career in Pittsburgh, but a good guy who seems to have the respect of his teammates and coaching staff regardless.

  • Big White

    Dave, with the injuries to the D-Line and Jones being pretty darn good vs the run, do you envision the Steelers playing any packages with him vs the Fish?

  • Steve

    HE*L NO – what have you been watching? Jones does not know how to set the edge. Ajai would love for Jarvis to play, then he would have another 200+ rushing day against the Steelers.

  • Xclewsive

    Really wish Jarvis Jones would of showed something because I really like Jarvis Jones and I’m probably in the minority but I would like to resign him for a reasonable deal.

  • Big White

    Is that Kiesel in the photo?? Blue hat wearing a 99 jersey?

  • Big White

    We may not have any choice. I’m talking about Jarvis as an extra down lineman or a hybrid D, Harrison will obviously be the starting OLB.

  • ryan72384

    I agree. Seems like a team guy and always hustles and seems to give everything he’s got every play. Just doesn’t have the physical tools to be an elite passrusher or even an average one. Still wouldn’t mind seeing him sign a team friendly deal and stay as our top backup OLB

  • Big White

    me too

  • Douglas Andrews

    He’s shown that he’s an NFL LB. I’d still like to see him at ILB because I think a team will pick him up and do just that. Having said that I’d like to see him back for a reasonable deal also. He plays sideline to sideline. Good against the run and in coverage.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’m thinking you forgot that James Harrison played quite a bit in that game also. Harrison’s snap count = 39 defensive snaps and JJ = 30 defensive snaps so I’d argue that none of the OLB’s played well against the Dolphins. People seem to think Jarvis can’t play against the run because of the blown run gap assignment he made against the Cowboys but that’s not the truth. Jarvis sets the edge he’s just not been good at rushing the passer.

  • Sitting next to three chicks lol I’d say yea

  • I’m with you on ILB I think he may be better suited there. He plays intense and he can thump

  • Dionyus

    Jarvis Jones had 1 sack, 1 pass deflection, he forced a fumble, & had 3 solo tackles; smells like a random drug test is heading someone’s way…

  • AndyR34

    Yeah! Deebo’s…lol !

  • Steelers12

    he is lacking explosiveness

  • LucasY59

    he probably took one while on the bench today

  • LucasY59

    or the Patriots! … let him go play for the Falcons (might be better as a 4-3 OLB)

  • Applebite

    Part of me thinks that the coaches know where his best place on the field is, it’s just too bad that they have so many there already. ILB is pretty much filled up right now. And I still think everything is dependent on what happens with Timmons.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Lol, why not AFC north? 😬

  • Ryan Alderman

    No, I’ve always rooted for him, just hasn’t worked out here. 4-3 may be the better fit, yes.

  • Ryan Alderman

    He’s been inactive, not even getting a hat for game day. He’s not our top anything. Shame.

  • Steve

    Baloney – Jarvis can’t set the edge, his best move is inside move, that leaves the outside exposed. Why do you think Jarvis has been inactive? Runs around like a chicken with his head cut off.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Baloney even with numbers to back it up? Okay. No way Jarvis would ever start a game for the Steelers if he can’t set the edge. Setting the edge is the staple of a Steelers OLB other than rushing the passer.

  • dany

    He certainly seems like on of those 4-3 OLBs who occasionally, usually on obvious passing situations, play as 4-3 ends