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. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Great draft pick!

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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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
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    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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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.

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