Nov 17, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) gets ready to stiff arm Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington (58) in the fourth quarter of their game at EverBank Field. The Arizona Cardinals beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-14. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Maurice Jones-Drew blamed stacked boxes for bad performance


The Jacksonville Jaguars weren’t able to get another win this week. They lost to the Arizona Cardinals, 27-14, and the Jaguars weren’t able to run the ball effectively. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew carried the ball 14 times for 23 yards, an average of 1.6 yard a carry. He did manage to score a touchdown though.

Jones-Drew said the inability to move the ball on the ground stemmed from the Cardinals defense stacking the box. He praised the Cardinals defense at the same time.

“It shows they respect our running game,” Jones-Drew said via Vito Stellino of the Florida Times Union. “I haven’t seen them load the box like that all year. They dropped the extra guy every time. The safety wasn’t sitting 20 yards. It was more like 15 or 10 today. They did a good job.”

Jones-Drew also knows that when he performs poorly it leads to speculation that he is on the backside of his career. He said it doesn’t bother him though.

“I don’t care what people think. They’re not out there. Everybody has a voice and an opinion. If that’s what you want to say, say whatever you want,’’ he said.

“You always lose something even when you have a good day. The haters call you out when you’ve had a bad one. Some people just don’t like you. That’s part of life.’’

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