The biggest knock on Coples is these statements about his motor. “His motor doesn’t run on all plays”. “He takes plays off”. On and on, the “experts” have whined this same refrain. I however, question that notion.
As I have said earlier, why did his production go down, solely because his motor doesn’t run right? Isn’t it possible that the other schools, I don’t know, figured out how to block him? Maybe the opposing coaches did something, I know it’s radical, game plan? Just because his production went down, it doesn’t mean he took plays off.
Secondly, he chose to come back to school. He could have entered the NFL draft after his 10 sack junior season. He didn’t. Why? He was asked that question, and he stated he wasn’t ready. Does it make sense that a guy would choose to play in school, and then not play hard? No. It just doesn’t make any sense.
Finally, can’t more than one pass rusher co-exist? Does Melvin Ingram have to be the only impact pass rusher? I think Demarcus Ware and Von Miller existed just fine. Bruce Smith and LT did just fine years ago.
Coples will be fine. It’s time for the “know it alls” to stop bashing the pick.