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Our Thoughts on the Jets’ Quinton Coples

By Alan Schechter

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The Jets got the guy they wanted tonight, Quinton Coples. He is clearly the guy the coach wanted. Both Rex Ryan and Quinton Coples revealed that a promise was made. Coach Ryan promised Coples that he would choose him if here were available, and Rex is a man of his word. He’s a talented, yet interesting guy, and his choice has caused very mixed reactions tonight. Let’s take a look at some video:

He’s a talented guy, explosive tackler. He shows the ability to be an asset against the run as well as rushing the passer.

A lot of fans are upset that the Jets chose Coples of South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram. First, Coples actually graded higher at the Combine than Ingram, Coples at 92, Ingram at 90.5. He’s bigger than Ingram, 6’6″ 284 for Coples, 6’1″ 264 for Ingram, which will make Coples tougher for tackles to handle due to his size.

Coples has drawn some comparisons to the great Julius Peppers, and coach Ryan compared him to Shaun Ellis and Trevor Pryce, all pretty successful NFL players.

Melvin Ingram did have 19 sacks over the last two years, granted, but Quinton Coples was no slouch, with 17.5 over the last two years.

The other worry is that he is a boom or bust pick, a la Vernon Gholston. His production drop off from 2010 to 2011 has caused some scouts to worry a bit.

A couple of things. One, Rex didn’t draft Gholston. The previous regime did, although Tannenbaum was the GM, Rex’s influence was not involved yet. Secondly, they converted Gholston into a standup pass rusher, which they are not going to do here. They have already said that although Coples has the ability to stand up, he will have his “hand in the dirt”. Letting him do what he has done before is a big help.

Thirdly, when you are wanted, it does a lot for your drive to perform. The fact that Rex went out of his way to guarantee that he would choose Coples if he could, had to make him feel wanted. Don’t we all work harder in our jobs when we feel wanted?

Finally, trust the coach. Rex Ryan has his faults. He doesn’t know when to keep quiet. He didn’t know about the locker room last year. But the one thing he knows, is defense. If he wanted this guy that badly, we need to give him the benefit of the doubt, at least initially.

I don’t think Rex Ryan will steer us wrong.