Cincinnati Bengals veteran cornerback Adam Jones just can’t seem to keep his mouth shut when it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers and especially last year’s Wild Card loss.
“We kicked they ass the whole game; that’s all I can say,” Jones said Thursday, according to Coley Harvey of ESPN.com. “And it hurt me to my heart that we let it go like that.
“[But] it’s over with. It’s in the past.”
While I certainly understand that it’s a team game, Jones’ use of “we” is probably not the best word choice when it comes to the Bengals loss to the Steelers in Cincinnati, unless that we is just referencing linebacker Vontaze Burfict and himself.
You know how that game went down already, but in case you have a short memory, Burfict’s late hit to the head of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown following an overthrown pass with 22 seconds remaining in the game started the Bengals ultimate downfall. Had that been the only fraction on that particular play, the Bengals still probably had a decent shot at winning the game. However, luckily for the Steelers it wasn’t as Jones decided to go after Pittsburgh linebacker coach Joey Porter while he was on the field checking on Brown. The result of his outburst was another 15-yard penalty for making contact with an official and after the extra yardage was assessed, the Steelers were well within field goal range for the game-winning kick.
Jones would later accuse Brown of faking his injury and while he later apologized to the Steelers wide receiver, the damage had already been done.
As far as the Jones’ comments about the Bengals kicking the Steelers ass in that game, I think many would dispute that claim as not only did the Steelers rush for 167 yards against the Cincinnati defense in that contest, they also out-passed them as well. Sure, it was a physical game just like many expected it to be, but neither team really dominated the other one.
The Bengals will get a chance to exact their revenge against the Steelers at home in Week 2 of the regular season. Burfict, however, will miss that game due him being suspended for his hit on Brown. Regardless of the outcome of that game, you can bet that Jones won’t be able to keep his mouth shut and if the Bengals lose, I’m sure he’ll blame it on the officials.
“I done watched that game about 10 times,” Jones said, according Harvey.
Perhaps Jones should watch that Wild Card game 10 more times and make sure he fully understands how the Bengals came about losing that contest.