Saturday Morning Quarterback: Jets Preseason Game 1

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June 14, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Quinton Coples (98) during minicamp at the Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Time for our first full recap of the new year. During the season this will be the Monday Morning Quarterback, but we adapt when the game is earlier in the week.

Since this is the preseason, instead of a game recap that talks about results, we will talk about what we liked and didn’t like from the game last night. Yes, it is only game one, but there are still things to talk about, positive and negative. First we will talk about the guy pictured to the right.

QUINTON COPLES

Last night, this guy began the process of silencing any doubters.  Quinton played the entire game, and showed flashes of being an absolutely special player.  He got tired, but was still making plays.  For the game, he recorded 5 tackles, a pass defended, and a beautiful strip sack.  On that play, he closed on the quarterback in barely two seconds, and nearly made the recovery on the football.  He is fast, and has great closing speed.  It’s only one game, and it wasn’t all against starter, but Coples is definitely on the right road.  Good, it will be nice to see a lot of mainstream sports writers eat their  words on this guy.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Ugh.  Last night, you wondered if we had an offensive line.  The first string, second, and third, all played very badly.  Unfortunately, we can’t blame it on Wayne Hunter, as he did not play.  His replacement, Austin Howard, did not look good in his place.

Depth is clearly an issue along the offensive line that Mike Tannenbaum needs to address, and do it quickly.

A troubling point about the offensive line was that some of the pressure that came against the first team, came from the left side of the Jets offensive line.  D’Brickashaw’s side.  It’s early, so we can blame a lot of it on rust.  It had better improve fast before we are talking all of our quarterbacks off the field in body bags.

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