CINCINNATI -- Adam Jones had a busy offseason.
In between his regular weightlifting and workout sessions (his Instagram account is full of videos), multiple family trips, numerous golf outings, his first-ever Pro Bowl appearance, his first free youth camp for kids in Cincinnati, and agreeing to a $22 million contract extension, the Cincinnati Bengals cornerback was constantly active.
When he had a little down time, though, he was doing something else -- watching and rewatching the last game he played in -- from start to finish.
"I done watched that game about 10 times," Jones said.
Yes, you'll recall that Jones helped author an end-of-game collapse that contributed greatly to the Bengals' losing their wild-card playoff game to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Just after the two-minute warning, a Bengals go-ahead touchdown and a Vontaze Burfict interception appeared to ice Cincinnati's first playoff win in 25 years.
But a subsequent fumble from Bengals running back Jeremy Hill with 1:23 remaining gave Pittsburgh one last chance to win. After driving from their own 9, the Steelers made it all the way into the red zone, thanks in large part to separate 15-yard penalties that Jones and Burfict received thanks to one widely-discussed play.
Burfict's came first. He was charged with unnecessary roughness after hitting Steelers receiver Antonio Brown in the head following a pass that was overthrown. That infraction, as well as several previous ones, led to Burfict's three-game suspension to start this season.
While Brown was being tended to by trainers, Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter ended up in the middle of the field. Several Bengals, but most notably Jones, took exception to his presence. By rule, assistants are required to remain on the sidelines during the game. As he angrily started going after Porter, Jones made contact with an official, earning his personal foul penalty. Following the combined 30 yards worth of penalties, the Steelers went on to make a 35-yard, game-winning field goal.
"We kicked they ass the whole game; that's all I can say," Jones said Thursday. "And it hurt me to my heart that we let it go like that.
"[But] it's over with. It's in the past."
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis told reporters something similar Tuesday, saying it was time to move on. His team can't "wallow" in last year, he said, pointing out that even the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos are trying to tune out 2015.
Can it be as simple as flipping on a switch and ignoring any reference to the playoff game, though? Surely the sight of the Steelers celebrating a win the Bengals felt they should have had will gnaw at them. It will have to be on their minds going into the Week 2 showdown at Pittsburgh, right?
"We're going to be motivated anyway because we want to get out of the first round," Jones said. "So whoever it'll be, when we get there, hopefully we can take out all our frustration and anger on the field, and keep it on the field and win the game.