Chandler Jones is anxious and excited for his first Super Bowl. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
CHANDLER, Ariz. — Chandler Jones is one of 36 players on the Patriots who will be playing in their first Super Bowl on Sunday against the Seahawks, and obviously there is a lot going through his mind.
“Those two words are very good words to use: excited and anxious,” Jones said. “But within that, ultimately there’s one task at hand, and it’s to win. The biggest thing is just being calm throughout it all, all the interviews, all the media, all the people asking for tickets. Just being calm and levelheaded through it all.”
Fortunately for Jones and the rest of the Patriots defense, they have a leader like Vince Wilfork who has played in three previous Super Bowls and has won one as well. He’s preparing the players as best he can for the game.
“He’s just like having another brother, actually,” said Jones. “Like I said in the previous interview, his leadership is one thing that stands out to me the most. You could talk to him about anything, about being on the field, off the field, personal life, anything. Having a guy like him in the locker room, words can’t explain.
“Everything he does. Even on the field or off the field, or like I said, even in the film room, there will be times where Vince will say, ‘Hey, watch out,’ something a coach might not see, but Vince will,” he added. “He’s almost like having another coach in the film room.”
Jones played in 10 games this season, as he missed six with a hip injury, but finished with six sacks. One of his biggest tasks on Sunday will be controlling Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
“He’s a tremendous quarterback. He’s a really good quarterback,” said Jones. “I wouldn’t call him unusual. He came in the NFL with me, actually, in the same draft class. He was actually one of the lower quarterbacks picked. ESPN always talks about it. But I feel like if everyone just contains and if everyone is in their spot, that zone read offense, you catch your guy outside their spot, it could hurt you and could gash you. If everyone’s in the right spot, then we should be fine.”
There’s no question the Patriots will have their hands full with Seattle, but they may be able to contain the Seahawks offense, especially the passing game as they only gained an average of 203.1 yards a game, which was 27th in the NFL.
“Everyone that’s in the NFL, most teams are good teams,” said Jones. “I feel like there also is going to be a good game on Sunday, but I feel like if everyone’s in their spot, we should be fine.”