"It's always hard not to be able to go to war with my boys," Jones said. "We put so much time into what we've been doing and getting better every week. It's definitely hard to just sit there and watch."
In Jones' absence, Georgia's defense allowed two first-half touchdowns and several big plays, including a 43-yard rushing score and a 48-yard completion to set up another FAU touchdown. After being ranked fifth in total defense a season ago, Jones knows better days for his defense are ahead.
"I know how good we are," Jones said. "I definitely do. At the same time, we've been playing as many people as we can to build depth. I know some of the numbers y'all see aren't the greatest or aren't like they were last year, but it's still early.
"We haven't done a lot on defense as far as a lot of our packages and stuff. We still have a lot of stuff to put in. There's a lot more plays out there to be made. It's just the fourth game of the season."
Jones said those big plays serve as a teaching tool for the defense.
"You find out where your heart is," said Jones. "You find out what guys you can count on in tough times. You find out who really wants to be out there, who is passionate about the game, and who is willing to stick their neck out when things aren't going well."
The defense's weakness comes in the first half. The Bulldogs have allowed a combined 40 first-half points against Buffalo, Missouri and FAU.
"A couple of these games, we've gotten off to a slow start in the first half, but you can see in the second half, it's like night and day," said Jones. Georgia's defense has risen to the occasion in the second half of each of their first three games, allowing 23 points in the third and fourth quarters of those games. "As we get into SEC play, we know we're going to have to play from the jump because guys in the SEC are going to jump on you from the get-go."
With a number of players absent due to injuries and suspensions, the Bulldogs have played a patchwork defense en route to a 3-0 record. Jones figures the defense will only get better when its remaining two absentees — linebacker Alec Ogletree and safety Bacarri Rambo — return.
"You'll definitely see our ‘D' pick up, and we're going to start playing great," Jones said.