FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Considering he's the NFL's fourth-leading rusher and the Jets boast the league's top rushing attack, Thomas Jones probably would have a valid beef if he complained about not making the Pro Bowl.
But the 31-year-old workhorse running back simply shrugged off the snub Wednesday, pointing to the bigger picture. Jones is having a career season, racking up 1,324 yards. He's 12 yards away from breaking his single-season career high and his 12 touchdowns are one shy of the personal-best 13 he scored last season.
Yet that wasn't good enough to propel Jones, who's a first alternate, to a second straight Pro Bowl spot. But he said he's not bothered by the slight.
"Nah, because I don't play for that," said Jones, who was held out of practice Wednesday to give him some rest.
"A lot of guys, that's their main goal - make the Pro Bowl, which is a great accomplishment. But for me, it's about winning and the most important thing to me is this game coming up because we have an opportunity to get into the playoffs, which I haven't been in a couple of years."
Rex Ryan was on the same defensive staff with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis in Baltimore, serving as the line coach. Ryan ended up adopting some of Lewis' philosophy due to all his success while with the Ravens. "There were several things that I learned from Marvin schematically," Ryan said. "I was never a big believer in stunts and line stunts until I was under Marvin."