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Published 01/07/2024, 10:46 PM EST

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No one can be more supportive of Chris Jones than his teammates and especially their head coach Andy Reid. The DT managed to squeeze in $1.25 million today in incentives after he completed the 10 sack of the season. For a brief moment, the SoFi stadium experienced nothing but pure joy for Jones. Surprisingly, though, initially, the Chiefs were not sure whether to let Jones play today or not.

The Kansas City Chiefs barely managed to reel in a win against the Los Angeles Chargers with a final score of 13-12. Head Coach Andy Reid came forth in a presser after the critical win and addressed the media about today’s game. Safe to say that the DT made a “couple of cheeseburgers” today. Reid couldn’t be happier for Chris Jones.

Andy Reid acknowledges the accomplishment of Chris Jones

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Coach Reid started by declaring the injuries that the Chiefs sustained today. Soon, the conversation moved toward Chris Jones getting his big break. Coach Reid was asked about the $1.25 Million sack that the DT made today and what he thought about Jones’ reaction to the same. Reid mentioned how the response of the players was enough to explain the sentiments.

Jones was seen running around the field like a little child while his teammates followed him around giving him pats, hoots and praises. The coach said how the sack meant a “bunch” to Jones and the team as a whole. Addressing Jones’ incentive, the Coach mentioned, “That’s a couple of cheeseburgers right there that he made.”

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Furthermore, the experienced coach did not fail to acknowledge that “he [Chris Jones] really played a good game.” Acknowledging the “neat” team spirit of the squad, Reid said, “Not only to him but to the guys, they were all onboard pulling for him. And that is kind of the neat thing about that.”

 

Jones was not scheduled to play today, and Reid was asked about the decision to allow him to participate. The coach mentioned that he sympathized with his need to go for this opportunity and allowed him to play and said, “He wanted to get it done”. The cheers got louder with each passing second as soon as Jones sacked Easton Stick.

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However, that’s not the only thing that he did today. Apparently, he brought back his 2018 record.

The Chiefs’ DT had an amazing game

Jones generated 10 pressures on 25 pass rushes in the first half. The last time he did that was in 2018. This was before he got the sack resulting in a total of 10.5 sacks, triggering his incentive. If he can get 15 sacks by the end of the playoffs, he is eligible for another half a million dollars. By the time he sacked Stick, he had 12 pressures on 31 pass rushes.

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In this game, he had 1 solo tackle and a sack. This couldn’t have happened at a better time for Jones because there was some turbulence in his contract with the Chiefs. So, the management decided to handle it the best they could. They incentivized his performance rather than raising his salary. Luckily it worked wonders.

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Do you see Chris Jones making 15 sacks before the Chiefs get ruled out, or not?

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