You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Rex may have changed a bit, but not completely.
Yesterday, coach Ryan was talking about his first round selection, Quinton Coples. He made a pretty lofty comparison, talking about Coples in the same breath as the Giants star, Jason Pierre-Paul.
“They are two unusual talents. … They’re unusual guys,” Ryan said. “Hopefully Quinton can be the same kind of player Pierre-Paul ended up being. This guy really gets it.”
There measurables were similar, except for Coples being 20 pounds heavier, and JPP has much longer arms. They posted almost identical 40 yard dash times in the combine.
Coach Ryan gets very defensive when he hears Coples called a “bust”, likely because Rex really wanted the guy. For example, when the subject came up coach said, “I’m sure it’s a bust pick; we’ll find out.” Sarcasm noted.
When asked about if the felt the perception about Coples was a bad one he said:
“Oh come on, go back and read all the things the experts said,” Ryan said, when asked if he felt that was the perception. “The difference is the experts watched the tape. We knew what we were getting. I’m not saying every single person thought it was a bust, because that’s not accurate.”
You have to love Rex’s enthusiasm. He will never change, and it’s great. He needs to be careful about being a little over the top. It’s just like when he compared Demario Davis to Ray Lewis after one workout. You don’t want to put too much pressure on the kids too soon.
But I don’t want to see him stop being enthusiastic. It’s great that he believes in his team.