Eleven games into this season -- and in the third year of his career -- Arthur Jones finally has a sack.
Make it two.
The backup defensive end to Pernell McPhee got both in Sunday’s 16-13 comeback, overtime victory at the San Diego Chargers. He dropped Philip Rivers on each of their first two drives of the third quarter, forcing the Chargers to punt after three plays on each and giving the Ravens' offense more chances.
"You work so hard week in, week out, trying to get a sack. I keep saying to myself, ‘Man when is my turn.’ It just worked out for me," said Jones, a I got to give credit to my (defensive line) coach Clarence Brooks. Every single day he tells me trust in my technique… He tells me do that and I can’t get blocked. I believed in it."
Safety Ed Reed confronted Jones at practice earlier in the week, imploring him to produce better results.
The Ravens didn’t have starting defensive end Pernell McPhee for the fourth consecutive game. McPhee has been slowed by a knee injury all season and produced little in terms of sacks. He only had one-half sack in the Week 1.
Because of injuries along the defensive front, Jones gets moved to the inside where he played in college at Syracuse. He feels more comfortable getting to the quarterback from that position. The move paid dividends vs. the Chargers.
"On Wednesday Ed Reed pulled me aside in practice and said, ‘Come here Jo, let me talk to you. I challenge you. I need you to dominate from here on out…I need you to step up,’” Jones said. "Any time a great player comes talk to you like that, challenge you like that you want to respond.
"To play with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed and Haloti Ngata, these great guys, I’m living the dream. This is a dream come true. I don’t want to disappoint my family or anyone else. "