Green Bay Packers safety Josh Jones co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show. Packers tight end Robert Tonyan was Jones’ guest.
Among the topics they touched on were playing time, defensive breakdowns against New England and offensive inconsistency. The show can be seen live at The Clubhouse Sports Pub & Grill in downtown Appleton or at clubhouselive.com.
Here are select and edited answers from the interview:
Q: You finally saw extended action on defense in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, finishing with six tackles over 51 defensive snaps. How do you feel you performed? And what needs to improve moving forward?
Jones: I feel like I did OK. But the first play of the game, man - obviously the kickoff (and I was) offside. I was just so ready to go down there and hit something. It was Sunday night. Everybody's watching. Come on, man - we're playing the Patriots. It was a five-yard penalty. I understand it was a penalty still, and I've got to correct myself and be better on that. But other than that, I feel like I did some things well, and I did some things that weren't well. And that just comes with the territory as far as me not playing as much as I was at the beginning of the season and that being my first game on defense, the first huge load. But it's a lot of good things to build on. I'm excited moving forward.
Q: Do you feel like you proved anything to your coaches as far as earning more playing time in the weeks ahead?
Jones: No, I don't. I feel like the coaches on our team, they know what I can do. But it's just a matter of when. And it's just a matter of going out there and doing it. They already know everything I've done in the past. This is Year 2 (for me). There's a lot of ball ahead of us, a lot of ball ahead of me. This is all about stacking successes, like (coach Mike) McCarthy says. It's just building on the good things that you do and correcting the bad things.
Q: The Patriots finished with 433 total yards and 31 points. What did film study show as far as your overall defensive effort?
Jones: The opening series, they "tempoed" us. They "tempoed" us pretty well. Obviously, that was one of our weaknesses going into the game. We preached being able to handle tempo, and we didn't do that well. They ran their plays and "tempoed" us and drove it down the field and scored. Aside of that, they ran a few trick plays that they executed really well. Best of any team I've ever seen. You can't make mistakes against a team like that. That team is well-coached. They don't beat themselves. They get very few penalties. And when you make a mistake, they capitalize on it.
Q: Aaron Rodgers said after Sunday's game, "We're not hitting on all cylinders." How do you get the offense humming again?
Tonyan: We just can't shoot ourselves in the foot. I think that we all see what we can do when we're rolling and we're on point and when we're giving playmakers the ball. But I think we just need to stay consistent and just keep moving forward - not doing anything like bad or noticeably wrong. We just need to keep going, and when it comes to crunch time or the fourth quarter, we've just got to keep it rolling.