For now, Quinton is not working with the 3-4 base defense, that still consists of Pouha, Devito, and Wilkerson. He also joins the first team in a 4-3 setup called a “taco” call. He also is in a 4 man sub package with Wilkerson, Calvin Pace, and Aaron Maybin.
If all things go as planned, they expect Coples to play anywhere from 50%-80% of the snaps, second to only Wilkerson.
Quinton, as well as the other linemen, have been encouraged to have free communication. He specifically has been highly suggested to find a veteran that is near him at any given situation to use as a “thinking buddy”.
Coples is doing well at camp, but has come back from the boast that he has the entire playbook.
“I’m comfortable but still learning,” Coples said this week. He added that he isn’t concerned whether he plays with the first or second-team defense, so long as he gets reps at all the spots he needs to learn.
This is an excellent move by the Jets. They don’t want to overwhelm Quinton too fast. If you ever want to turn a guy into Vernon Gholston, fast, you would do it by giving him to much to learn. If he tries to learn to much at once, he won’t be able to do anything well.
The job of the coaches is to set him up for success, and letting him start out in an Aaron Maybin role is a perfect way to do so.