The defense continues to be praised for the Kansas City Chiefs AFC West-leading record and is on the brink of clinching another postseason spot. However, the current two-game losing streak has pushed the team’s limits on both sides of the ball, creating an unusual sense of concern for the franchise this late in the year.
Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones is one of the leaders on the team and has been around long enough to know when things aren’t moving smoothly. He remains confident that things can turn around, as he explained to the media during Wednesday’s press conference that adversity can help bring a team together.
“I think, it’s hard to say, but I think these games are beneficial for us as a team, to go through this adversity early,” Jones explained. “We got a young group got a lot of young guys. And if there was on the team last year, they didn’t have to go through this type of adversity we’re going through now.
“So, always said adversity builds character, and it prevails teams, you know, tough times, make tough people. So we’re in a tough situation right now, coming off back-to-back losses. We haven’t had those in over a decade; I haven’t been here for back-to-back losses. So spirits are good, spirits are good.
Jones hasn’t recorded a sack since November 20th’s two-sack game against the Philadelphia Eagles and showed some frustration on the sidelines last Sunday. He continues to preach preparation and fighting through the miscues as the team aims to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
“I think, right now, sharpening the mind, making sure we (are) upping our game,” said Jones. “Making sure we look in the mirror at our own game, seeing where we can get better at and then executing, whether its a drill, a play, executing at a high rapid pace, and by the end of this week, we’ll be where we need to be.”