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Quinton Coples knew all along he was Rex Ryan’s guy

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Opinions were mixed about North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples heading into the NFL draft, with some saying he was a great physical specimen who was ready to step in and make an impact in the NFL immediately, and others questioning his motivation and production. After the Jets took him 16th overall, Coples said he knew all along that Jets coach Rex Ryan was one of those who liked him.

“I knew coach Rex Ryan had promised me that if we got to that pick, and I was still there, he was definitely going to pick me and I am just thankful he is a man of his word,” Coples said. “He just told me that if I was there at 16 he was going to take me. No matter what.”

Coples said he and Ryan have already developed a good rapport.

“He just said he promised he was going to take me and he definitely kept his word and he’s definitely a man of his word, he’s looking forward to me coming. He’s a good coach. He’s a good coach. He’s the best there is. I’m definitely going to work hard for him,” Coples said. “I definitely could tell he definitely had some type of feeling about me, and I’m really glad things worked out.”

Here’s Coples telling PFT’s Mike Florio that he had an inkling Ryan would take him, and explaining why North Carolina produces good NFL talent:

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26 Responses to “Quinton Coples knew all along he was Rex Ryan’s guy”
  1. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Apr 27, 2012 7:35 AM

    Quinton simply knocked Rexy’s socks off!

  2. onlysane1intheroom says: Apr 27, 2012 7:44 AM

    A man of his word -except for the whole winning the Super Bowl part.

  3. jenniferxxx says: Apr 27, 2012 7:49 AM

    Everybody knows … afterwards. It’s knowing before it happens that’s hard.

  4. kacapaco says: Apr 27, 2012 7:57 AM

    Welcome to the other NY team.

  5. alibidavej says: Apr 27, 2012 7:57 AM

    “Definitely.” He’ll fit right in with “excited” Tebow.

  6. j0esixpack says: Apr 27, 2012 8:05 AM

    A promise by Wrecks Ryan is usually the kiss of death

    Jets fans have been promised a Super Bowl Championship for two years straight, and Sanchez was promised he’d be the starting QB as long as Wrecks was the coach, only to watch as they flirted with Peyton Manning and traded for Tebow.

    I guess sometimes even a blind squirrel can find a nut

  7. deljzc says: Apr 27, 2012 8:05 AM

    He must have nice feet.

  8. theandy59 says: Apr 27, 2012 8:06 AM

    I think he should throw in a few more “definitely’s”, and once he’s a pro, he’ll learn how to sprinkle in some “basically’s” here and there.

  9. armchairqb says: Apr 27, 2012 8:07 AM

    Vernon Gholston 2.0

  10. vols84 says: Apr 27, 2012 8:09 AM

    UNC used to produce NFL talent. This should be the last of Butch’s boys.

  11. vincentbojackson says: Apr 27, 2012 8:11 AM

    Great draft pick!

    Should immediately start and solidify the Jets as the 3rd best team in their division.

  12. lostsok says: Apr 27, 2012 8:24 AM

    Coples could be good with solid coaching and a stable locker room.

    Tough break, kid.

  13. ghostofnflpresent says: Apr 27, 2012 8:40 AM

    Welcome to New York…er- I mean New Jersey!

  14. truthhurtstoo says: Apr 27, 2012 8:46 AM

    Gholston lives again with the “not yets

    Thanks Wrecks- signed the AFC East

  15. jimjets says: Apr 27, 2012 8:46 AM

    funny comments guys….we’ll see.

    enjoy your ryan tannehill jerseys while they last

    rex ryan has forgotten more football than any of you, any of us, will ever know….

    it’s going to be fun to see that dazed looked in tom brady’s eyes when he gets knocked into next week by coples though

  16. realnflmaster says: Apr 27, 2012 9:34 AM

    Vernon Gholston 2.0? Now I know you know absolutley nothing about football. They won’t even play the same position on an NFL field lololol.

    But whatever makes your low self esteem higher.

  17. jonsey2028 says: Apr 27, 2012 9:41 AM

    Hey lets draft the guy with no leadership qualities & will quit on ever play maybe, he can get the locker next to Holmes…

  18. pfii63 says: Apr 27, 2012 10:04 AM

    jimjets says:
    Apr 27, 2012 8:46 AM
    funny comments guys….we’ll see.

    enjoy your ryan tannehill jerseys while they last

    rex ryan has forgotten more football than any of you, any of us, will ever know….

    it’s going to be fun to see that dazed looked in tom brady’s eyes when he gets knocked into next week by coples though
    ————————————————-

    Said by the guy who still believes that Rex actually delivered those Super Bowl wins.

    It amazes me that the Yets took this guy when there were less-risky and higher upside guys available. Truthfully this does very little to improve what is looking like a 7-9 Yets team.

    He won’t be looking down at Brady, he’ll be looking up at Patriots offensive linemen.

  19. nashwaakkidd says: Apr 27, 2012 10:09 AM

    he seems like a kid that needs guidance in a locker room, like NE or Balt. i think it will be more difficult for him to stay focused in that freakshow they call a locker room , no leaders, only “me first” whiny types

  20. hoosiercolts says: Apr 27, 2012 10:12 AM

    He’s kissing Rex’s feet….. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?? Seriously though, if there’s a coach who can motivate him… it’s Rex.

  21. bradentonbuc says: Apr 27, 2012 10:26 AM

    UNC has produced a lot of NFL talent, but they can’t beat a wet noodle in a game. For as much talent as they supposedly have, to be a middle of the road football team in a basketball conference, is out of whack.

  22. gmen4life33 says: Apr 27, 2012 10:37 AM

    Going to be a decent player for the Jets, but will get ruined by that locker room of player and coaches.

    Its too bad. If he had gone to the Giants, he would have been one of the next great DEs with the coaches and discipline there. Instead he is a Jet…

  23. suhnum1fan says: Apr 27, 2012 10:44 AM

    Wrong player…is he going to play outside linebacker in your scheme? He’s too soft to player a 3-4 DE..Scratching my head on this one

  24. floriosbigtoe says: Apr 27, 2012 10:54 AM

    Wait, Rex is running the draft? I thought they had a GM. Guess not.

  25. havok82 says: Apr 27, 2012 11:02 AM

    Vernon Gholston 2.0

    Something about him makes me feel like he’s going to be a train wreck. I could be wrong, but I watched him play at UNC (I live in the area) and his “big plays” were on blown blocking assignments and such. He tackles too high, often is very close to horse-collaring, but he is physically gifted. Time will tell, but I am doubtful.

    Plus, it’s the Jets. They often fook up a first round pick.

  26. dynaco says: Apr 27, 2012 12:50 PM

    Can’t wait till the circus comes to town and paints a clowns face on Brady.

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