New York Jets defensive end Quinton Coples (98) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the Raiders. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Quinton Coples has motor questioned

New York Jets edge rusher Quinton Coples has an incredible amount of individual talent, and that was clear to see when he came into the 2012 NFL Draft and was subsequently the Jets first-round pick. Coples is just 23, has a terrific frame, and he has all the physical tools to be a top-notch pass rusher in this league. However, the UNC product recorded a meager 4.5 sacks last season after recording 5.5 as a rookie, and he seemed to take a step back as a pass rusher in his second year after showing more flashes of talent as a rookie.

According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, Coples has actually “tested the patience of the coaches” ever since he first joined the Jets organization, because Coples has only given “inconsistent effort”. This report from Cimini comes after former Jets legend Joe ?Klecko gave Coples the old “looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane”.

It’s clear that Coples needs to put his best foot forward in 2014, and we’ll see if he can put together a breakout season in his third year. New England Patriots DE Chandler Jones has had more success to this point in his career, and it won’t exactly look good for Coples  if Jones has a big breakout season in 2014 and Coples continues to disappoint. He has all the tools, and it’s time for him to show them off on a consistent basis by producing on the field.

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  • Paul Newbold

    I think the criticism he’s currently facing is a bit unfair. I put little credence in anything reported by Cimini concerning the Jets and while Klecko is a Jet legend, it really wasn’t his place to critique Coples. Coples has been solid for the Jets, he struggled through some injuries in his first season and was asked to play a different position last season. As far as sack out put, he probably created half of Pace’s total last season. Have we seen the best of Coples yet, I hardly think so! He’s going into his third year, he’s young and extremely talented, too early to complain about his impact.

    • Joe Soriano

      I guess the reason why people seem so frustrated is because Coples is such a talented player. When he was coming out of college, I actually had him rated higher than Chandler Jones and thought he showed at least as much pass rushing potential as a rookie. The difference is that not only was Jones better last year, but he’s also a much better run defender.

      Coples’s third year will be a big one, and I think/hope he plays at a high level. I like that Klecko is calling it like it is, but he was way too harsh with the whole Tarzan-Jane bit.

      • Paul Newbold

        Klecko needs to keep his mouth shut about active players in my opinion. The Jets already have one loud mouthed opinionated “legend” in Joe Namath to deal with, that’s plenty!! LOL

        • AC

          Coples didn’t play all that much last year to begin with, he gets moved around a lot in different schemes, and he still made big plays, whether they were sacks or not. The 4th down stuff against the Saints being a particular standout. Until Coples plays most downs and gets a real feel for the complicated defense he is a part of, I’ll take the big 4th down plays and other contributions he makes. I think Klecko’s criticism is way overblown if he actually said that.