Take the Money and Run

Regrets? When it comes to his 2012 holdout, Maurice Jones-Drew has none

Greg A. Bedard
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BEDARD: After suffering a Lisfranc fracture in your left foot in Week 7 last season and missing the final nine games, do you regret your 38-day preseason holdout?

MAURICE JONES-DREW: No, not at all. To me, it’s shocking that people blame players for holding out, but never blame the team for cutting people. It’s a two-way street. Before that, I had been performing at a high level for seven years. Even last year, I was leading the league in rushing before I hurt my foot. That had nothing to do with the holdout. It just sucks that the public sees it as a negative thing when it happens all the time; it’s why people go on strike. If you feel you deserve more, you need to ask for more. And if you feel that you don’t get the answer you want, then you have to show why.

BEDARD: Doctors told you after the surgery that you’d have to learn to walk again, do you worry that you might not be the same player?

JONES-DREW: You always have doubts, but I just want to keep pushing. When I say ‘walk again,’ it’s walking normal, because I didn’t want to walk heel to toe. Once I did that, it became the same with running. Those things take a long time. I don’t have problems with my foot at all. It’s my ankle I have problems with, because I’ve have had a bad ankle before. And being immobilized in that boot didn’t help. That’s been one of the toughest things to get through. I should be back for training camp come August. The only time I’ll be back is when I feel like I’m back to what I’ve done before. I feel like I’ve progressed so well that I’ll have the opportunity to do that again.

BEDARD: Can Blaine Gabbert be a franchise quarterback?

JONES-DREW: Yes, I think so. When you ask that question, you also have to ask how many different offenses has Tom Brady run? One. Peyton Manning? The guy leaves the Colts for the Broncos and they their switch offense for him. When you know a system like the back of your hand, it’s easier. Blaine’s learned three different systems in three years. We all have. Part of that is not having that consistency. That’s the key to success at the end of the day.


Take a little while to get used to this format.  MJD's comparison of players being blamed but not owners is a little naïve on his part. I know "It's all about the money" but he carried it too far.  It became obvious that no other team wanted to sign him at anywhere near the salary he wanted.

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Like the format of 3Q, rather than a multi-page in-depth interview.  Those are good to have too, but these short ones let us have a quick look at a player.  Like this and the "10 Things", keep em up.


In reference to Bedard's last question and MJD's answer, that almost hauntingly sounds like he's going down the Alex Smith route. Granted, Alex Smith was an overall #1 and everyone, even Niners fans, were doubting him to the fullest of accomplishing anything on the professional level. His confidence was shot, he was getting hurried on every other play and getting destroyed while running for his life. Seven O-coordinators, seven different offenses in seven years. I still doubt the Jag's O-line was worse than the Niners' O-line carousel during his first five years. 

 Rodgers had three years to prepare and learn a consistent offense behind Favre and  began torching the league right when he started so it truly is about consistency and being able to prepare. I've watched Gabbert play a few times and even though he was thrown into a tough position right from the start, I can't help but feel bad for the kid. I'm also not saying he's going to be a decent quarterback either. He sucks. I do feel bad for him, not that it means anything. Hope MJD can play for an above .500 team someday and taste some victories.


MJD is almost always interesting to listen to. Even in brief.


Good questions, great answers.