Jacksonville Jaguars runningback Maurice Jones-Drew was rather salty with the media after the game, but not because of anything the media did. Jones-Drew was thrilled the team won the football game, but he was frustrated with how he was used in the game. Jones-Drew had 24 of the teams 47 carries in the game for 97 yards and a touchdown, but there were long stretches of the game where Jones-Drew watched from the sidelines.
Come to find out, the team had him on a "pitch count", and rightfully so. Jones-Drew had played in just a single preseason game with minimal practice reps, so to go out and give him 30+ carries would be rather irresponsible. "I'm not wild about the prospect of him taking it 35 times in the opener. So that was my call. We had talked about a play count for him. He's so competitive and he's not happy about [a reduced work load]. But that's going to happen as we monitor and try to keep him to a certain number of reps as we go through the season," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said after the game.Jones-Drew was clearly frustrated, but I think that's more his natural competitiveness more than anything else. "I feel like I could have played more. Last year, I played on one leg; now I have two," Jones-Drew told the media after the game. "I feel like [I'm] being monitored, if that seems more of precaution, that's [something] we don't need to do. That was the coach's decision. They made it and I had to abide by it. We talked about it and they know I'm very unhappy about that," he added.
Jones-Drew asked the media not to make a story about it, but when your star runningback is upset after the game, it's hard not to write one about it. Undoubtedly, Jones-Drew didn't want people to think he was being selfish about his stats or anything like that. Make no doubt, the win is what matters to Jones-Drew. What bothers him is being on the sideline and not helping. That's just who Jones-Drew is as a person. It's part of why he still carries that chip on his shoulder and still wears number 32.