“Out the Door”, or “Back for More”: DL Edition

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Dec 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Quinton Coples (98) rushes San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during the second half at MetLIfe Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Granted, we may have a general manager in the fold by the end of the day, but that won’t stop us from continuing our game. Out “Out the Door”, “Back for More”, game. We finished the offensive side of the football, so we move on to the defensive side. We start with a position that was a huge strength in 2012, the defensive line:

QUINTON COPLES: After a slow start to his rookie season, Quinton Coples came on and began to show the talent that made him the 16th pick in the 2012 draft. He finished the year with 5.5 sacks, and seems primed to be even better in 2013. Obviously, Quinton Coples will be………

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MIKE DEVITO: This will be a sensitive one for Jets fans, as he is loved by most, if not all. He is a guy that worked his tail off, and earned his way into the starting lineup after coming to the team as an undrafted free agent. This season, he set a career high with 52 tackles to go along with one sack and 2 forced fumbles. However, last year he did have a $2.5 million cap number, and I am sure would want a raise in order to stay. With Damon Harrison on the team, and younger, DeVito will likely have the opportunity to sign elsewhere, because Mike will be…….

OUT THE DOOR

MUHAMMAD WILKERSON: I don’t think we need to say very much here, do we? “Beast Mo” was receiving consideration for the Pro Bowl with the way he came on in the second half of the 2012 season. After a lackluster 2011, Wilkerson benefited greatly from the teachings of Karl Dunbar, and showed the ability that earned him a first round selection in the 2011 draft. He finished the year with 70 tackles, 38 of them solo, five sacks, 4 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Big Mo will be a force in 2013, and be a force for years to come. Obviously, Mo will be…………

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  • http://www.facebook.com/john.szeligowski John Szeligowski Jr.

    What you’re not acknowledging about Ellis is that he’s injury prone, and to such a point that at such a young age he may not be worth keeping around. The d-line situation is difficult because the turnover potential is huge. Ellis, although a beast when he’s healthy, is a huge questionmark. Pouha is older and in bad physical shape and Damon Harrison is nowhere near proven. Regarding DeVito: the only reason guys like Mo and Coples are getting to the QB is because of DeVito at the NT or DT position. He has shown that he is a force and the new NT of this line and not only does he stay healthy, but he rarely has to sit a play out. Mo took this long to even start to shine and Coples, even though impressive in spots, was not a consistent force in his first year. Figuring out a way to keep big Mike pushing bigger opposing centers around may be necessary until we know what we have later this year. But in a perfect football world this ox would get what he’s worth from the Jets.

    • TheJetPress

      Please keep commenting. You have great opinions that keep me thinking. I appreciate it always.

      Like your comment on Keller, I love DeVito also. I just was trying to temper my prediction with the reality that they will probably go younger. I agree with you totally, a lot of the success of this line hinged on DeVito.

      Agree on Pouha, time to go. As far as Ellis, you may be right. They might find him too injury prone, I just think they shouldn’t give up yet. What do you think on Harrison, keep him? Or should I say, “back for more”? Or “out the door” in your opinion?

    • TheJetPress

      Please keep commenting. You have great opinions that keep me thinking. I appreciate it always.

      Like your comment on Keller, I love DeVito also. I just was trying to temper my prediction with the reality that they will probably go younger. I agree with you totally, a lot of the success of this line hinged on DeVito.

      Agree on Pouha, time to go. As far as Ellis, you may be right. They might find him too injury prone, I just think they shouldn’t give up yet. What do you think on Harrison, keep him? Or should I say, “back for more”? Or “out the door” in your opinion?

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