What do MJD, Johnson have in common?

What do MJD, Johnson have in common?
November 20, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Good players. Bad teams.

In that sense, the Jaguars’ Maurice Jones-Drew and the Texans’ Andre Johnson have plenty in common.

Since Jones-Drew joined the Jaguars in 2006, the Jags' record is 47-75 (.385). Since Johnson joined the Texans in 2003, their record is 75-95 (.441). Some of Jones-Drew’s and Johnson’s best seasons have come with bad teams, teams that had no shot at making the playoffs.

“It’s a little bit different but obviously, I know about last week, he’s a little bit frustrated and I understand because he’s a competitor,” Jones-Drew said during a conference call with Houston media on Wednesday. “And when you hang out with a guy like that, he talks about football and wanting to be the best and doing whatever he can. I know he sacrifices his body week in and week out to get those wins. It does get frustrating from time to time.”

Jones-Drew shied away from the comparison to Johnson, saying that Johnson is a “first-ballot Hall of Fame guy” but the similarity is that many of their best years have come for non-playoff teams. Five of Johnson’s six Pro Bowl years have come for a non-playoff team. All three of Jones-Drew’s Pro Bowl years came for a non-playoff team. Jones-Drew hasn’t been to the playoffs since his second season in the league, in 2007.

“Every year, regardless of what you do (personally), it’s frustrating if you don’t win games, don’t make it to the playoffs,” Jones-Drew said. “That’s always frustrating.”

Jones-Drew used what a former high school coach of his used to tell him. If he had the choice to rush for 500 yards in a loss or 2 in a win, he’d take the win.

“And obviously,” he said, “it’s a team sport and all the hard work you put throughout the day or throughout the week with your teammates, what validates that is the victory.”

The Jaguars have been bad – really bad – recently, but since Jones-Drew has been in Jacksonville, there have been good moments too. There have also been moments of frustration, like in 2008, when expectations ran high before the team finished with a 5-11 record.

“At the end of the day, losing, period, is frustrating,” Jones-Drew said. “Obviously, watching some of the games and seeing some of the plays that are being made and some of the things that are going on, I can see how a lot of Houston and Texan fans are unhappy. But that’s part of the game. Sometimes the ball doesn’t roll your way.”