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Quinton Coples expected to start 2013 at outside linebacker

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08:05 PM ET 05.03 | Early Thursday morning, it was reported that the Jets would switch Quinton Coples from a defensive end to an outside linebacker. Coples, the Jets' first round selection in last year's draft, has been a defensive end all of his career and played fairly well last year after racking up 5.5 sacks (and that's only while being on the field a meager 47% of the time). This change will definitely be an uphill battle for the 6'6" 290 pound Coples, who will most likely have to lose some weight if he wants to be effective in pass coverage occasionally. However, this move helps justify the highly controversial selection of Sheldon Richardson. Personally, it would be foolish of someone to question Richardson's talent because at Missouri he displayed ample talent that would show success in the NFL is possible. The only concern with this selection was that Richardson did not fit in with the Jets' defensive scheme, seeing as they play a 3-4 and they already had 2 young and developing ends in Wilkerson and Coples. Richardson most likely wouldn't succeed as a nose tackle, and making a complete switch to a 4-3 would be risky and would possibly hurt the Jets. However, with Coples now playing OLB it provides an opportunity for Richardson to start in the Jets current 3-4 scheme as a defensive end. This pick that was viewed as an embarrassment to many Jet fans may pay off because of this new repositioning.

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May 3, 2013  08:32 PM ET

I'm kinda sick of hearing about the whole Jets fiasco. 31 other teams out there in case no one noticed. Now that there's no Tebow to laugh about you might think about expanding your horizons.

May 3, 2013  09:20 PM ET

Will it make a difference?

May 3, 2013  09:45 PM ET

C'mon, I can't be the only one who enjoyed watching Friar Tebow fail.

May 4, 2013  12:55 AM ET

Oh, you mean somebody actually cares what the Jets do?

May 4, 2013  05:39 AM ET
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Not a good move to change his position after so many years.

I agree. Moving like that after playing DE all his career will be tough. His reads are completely different and pass coverage could be a real issue.

The Jets are making that move because they reached on Sheldon Richardson in the draft. Richardson has one year of big time college football and that's it. The rest is JUCO ball.

So, it looks like the Jets are making another mistake to justify the first mistake. Can you say train wreck?

May 4, 2013  08:35 AM ET

"Chaos: When the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future."

Chaos theory is usually a concept applied in mathematics. The Jets are trying to take it a step further to the natural world level.

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May 4, 2013  08:45 AM ET
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Though I would've gone elsewhere with the SR pick, he was slotted to go in that range- so although (IMO) it wasn't one of the jets needs- and they had MANY- its not like they took some crazy reach.Coples showed some things last year, but as the article said- he wasn't on the field all the time. In the rex D- all this 3-4, 4-3...its kind of blurred as they are all moving around all the time. bottom line is we can't get to the passer, moving him off the line may free him up a bit more. we'll see, but I really don't think its trying to cover up a mistake

It is like what the Giants tried with Kiwanuka, it was mixed results at best. Though their defensive styles are different, it may work with what the Jets do, but was a flop in the Giants base 4-3.

You cannot have too many good players, then you go from there. They drafted value over need, hard to argue with that.

May 4, 2013  08:50 AM ET

I don't think you can have too many pass rushers, so from that standpoint, this might be ok. Then again, these are the Jets.

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May 4, 2013  08:56 AM ET

Changing from the 3 - 4 to a 4 - 3 could hurt the Jets. How would we notice ?

May 4, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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yeah, but.....when you have so many 'needs' it is hard to accept valuethat being said- from what I remember- there were no guys at that 13 slot that were 'worthy' atthat pick. The pundits were screaming for the ND TE- but if we took a TE- I would've jumped through my TV and choked them all out

At 290 lbs they can move him inside in obvious passing situations. Teams do it all the time. Who knows, if he is a player, then they will find a spot for him.

I just looked at the players taken after him in that first round, and honestly, I cannot say there is one that I would have taken ahead of him based on value.

May 4, 2013  09:03 AM ET
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they did win a SB with him, so how much of a 'flop' could it have beenbut one of the jet D weakness' is they couldn't cover the big TEs.maybe they feel QC can bang them at the line?

I don't have a problem with the pick at all. A 3-4 is fine if you have 4 good LBs. If you do not, then it is just a theory. 4 and 5 man lines will dominate the NFL defensive styles more and more. It is all about pressure. If you have that, you can hide a lot of sins in those DBs.

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May 4, 2013  09:36 AM ET

It appears that the Jets are about to destroy Coples' career.

May 4, 2013  09:54 AM ET

Nobody stays in some 3-4 base all the time. It was a big mans draft and the Jets took a very good one, it is up to the coaches to make it work now.

 
May 4, 2013  11:10 AM ET

Is he Mr. Inside or Mr. Outside, that is the question?

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