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Jets fans balked last year, when the team picked linebacker Quinton Coples over linebacker Melvin Ingram in the first round of the draft.This year, it’ll be easier to make a direct comparison between the two players.

According to Rich Cimini of, the Jets plan to move Coples from defensive end to outside linebacker.  That’s the position Ingram plays for the Chargers.

Coples outperformed Ingram in 2012, despite playing a position less conducive to getting to the quarterback.   Each player appeared in 16 games with two starts.  Coples had 5.5 sacks while primarily playing interior defensive line in the 3-4; Ingram had only one sack as an outside linebacker.

The decision makes the team’s selection of defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson with the 13th overall pick in the draft a bit more understandable.  The decision would make even more sense if Richardson loses 110 pounds and plays receiver.

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39 Responses to “Jets moving Coples outside”
  1. unkrautsalat says: May 2, 2013 8:42 AM

    Look, I get it. It’s the Jets. People click on your articles to laugh about the Jets. But can’t you at least stop ridiculing them in an article that is kinda about how the Jets probably made the right pick last season? The Jets screwed up a lot. Let’s give credit to the few things that went right.

  2. gohometrolls says: May 2, 2013 8:51 AM

    If Coples can play efficiently as an OLB and produce sacks this defense is going to be scary! On a side note hey florio stick to reporting news and leave the snide remarks to cimini clowns !

  3. rluciano85 says: May 2, 2013 8:53 AM

    Mike your articles about the Jets are awful. Even when they do the right thing you still seem to make it out to be a joke. You along with the rest of the NY media.

  4. phinsneverwin says: May 2, 2013 8:56 AM

    The only thing the Jets are good at picking is quarterbacks based on their looks.. and that turned out real good…

  5. floratiotime says: May 2, 2013 9:03 AM

    I suppose it’s too late for the Jets to change their name to the New York Rodeo Clowns.

  6. stillers35 says: May 2, 2013 9:06 AM

    Nevermind. I saw Jets and assumed it was a Tebow article. Imagine my disappointment.

  7. nflsucker says: May 2, 2013 9:09 AM

    Their head coach is really a defensive coordinator, so they’ll get that all figured out. And as long as they can keep their opponents from scoring more than three points, they’ll be in every game.

  8. choon328 says: May 2, 2013 9:11 AM

    Writing professional articles is not what this site does. I can read the same commentary on any fan forum.

  9. pencilmonkeymagic says: May 2, 2013 9:17 AM

    Sorry, but that last line did make me chuckle… 🙂

  10. damnws6 says: May 2, 2013 9:21 AM

    I really don’t understand this hate with the Jets’ receivers.

    Let’s say we sign Edwards (which is likely)

    That’s Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, and Kerley. It ain’t the best receiving corp, but it’s definitely serviceable.

    And with the addition of Ivory as our starting RB and Goodson as a backup, we are 20 times better off than last year.

    Granted we need a decent TE and hopefully they release Sanchez, Garrard/Smith will be better.

    I don’t get the hate. We won’t be a “horrible” as everyone thinks. Idzik seems to know what he’s doing.

  11. bbb82 says: May 2, 2013 9:24 AM

    “Coples had 5.5 sacks while primarily playing interior defensive line in the 3-4”

    They had him playing NT at 280 lbs?

  12. whatnojets says: May 2, 2013 9:24 AM

    The title “Clowns” now officially has been transfered to the Cleveland Clowns….er Browns!

  13. areyoudue says: May 2, 2013 9:25 AM

    Wilkerson, Coples and Richardson gives the Jets a lot of flexibililty up front defensively. One thing Ryan knows for sure is defense, so they should be fun to watch (on that side of the ball at least).

  14. pleasantsurpriselefty says: May 2, 2013 9:32 AM

    Inside, outside it doesn’t matter you’ll still be the Jests. Sorry, but facts are facts.

  15. raiderufan says: May 2, 2013 9:39 AM

    Kerley is a good solid player.

    After that it really is kinda horrible. Holmes is the definition of a Diva WR with a bum wheel…Hill can run straight fast and as a Raider fan I know what that leads to. DHB….Edwards has 2 bum wheels and is largely ineffetive at this stage in his career….the rest of the WR’s are just bad….the TE’s are worse. Way way worse.

    I like Ivory and Goodson as players but as full time players they are massively unproven.

    AND then you have the guys getting them the ball.

    That offense is gonna struggle this year. Especially if Morningwhig goes into throw every down mode.

  16. cliffordc05 says: May 2, 2013 9:40 AM

    The Jets have made a few (!) mistakes and Rex Ryan has a few faults. However, he does know defense and I find this move interesting. It would be nice if the article had included some, you know, information. What was Coples 40 time at last year’s combine. Has he ever played in a position similar to what Ryan is proposing. How does this compare to Mario Williams being asked to play linebacker in Houston.

    If the article was clever and funny rather than just snide and sarcastic, well that would have been nice.

  17. kerryc21realty says: May 2, 2013 9:41 AM

    You know I saw some great tweets the other day from RG3 about political correctness, I wonder why I didn’t see anything about it in PFT? Was it because of that NBC logo at the top of this page? You liberal fools. See if you leave this post up

  18. ajg314 says: May 2, 2013 9:45 AM

    “The decision would make even more sense if Richardson loses 110 pounds and plays receiver.”

    So tell me then? What receiver would you have picked with the #13 pick Florio? C’mon, tell me.

  19. seatownballers says: May 2, 2013 9:47 AM

    Jets fans should be happy they have a decent gm now. Itll be another 2 years of cleaning up after tannenbomb before they become relevant

  20. jimmyt says: May 2, 2013 9:48 AM

    Richardson was a great pick. Take heart Jets fans, at least you are not Patriots fans.

  21. denverwally says: May 2, 2013 10:23 AM

    And neither Coples or Ingram can carry Chandler Jones’ jock. Both teams passed on Jones, much to their regret.

  22. mustbechris says: May 2, 2013 10:23 AM

    I would say that this is a mistake, but we’re speaking of the Jets, who are synonymous with the word “mistake”, and I’m not in the business of redundancy.

    I have every expectation that the Jets will find a rare good thing and then find a way to un-fix it while they subsequently fail to fix their actual roster problems, e.g. trading Revis/letting half their roster walk as free agents.

    Surprise me, Jets, I dare you.

  23. draftrobot says: May 2, 2013 10:24 AM

    I’m not an NFL defensive coordinator, but it seems to me a little unconventional to play a 290 lb guy at outside linebacker.

  24. lombardisshineinfoxborough says: May 2, 2013 10:27 AM

    For starters, I think moving Coples to OLB makes sense. Good move by the Jets.

    Secondly, for all of you who somehow don’t understand all of the hate for the jets, let me break it down for you and give you the reasons:
    A) your obnoxious slob of a coach, who runs his mouth every season declaring the jets will win the SB.
    B) the significant portion of your fan base that basically behaves like the aforementioned slob of a coach, and;
    C) the ridiculous amount of media coverage that the jets get despite being terrible. If they played in any other market other than NY we’d be hearing about them as much as we do Jax or KC.

  25. hehateme2 says: May 2, 2013 10:51 AM

    unkrautsalat says: May 2, 2013 8:42 AM

    Look, I get it. It’s the Jets. People click on your articles to laugh about the Jets.

    You are correct. But do understand that this has all been brought on by Wrecks and the jets themselves. It’s the price you pay when you shoot off your mouth without backing it up.

    All the false claims, promises and hype put a bullseye on their back and prime for failure.

    Nothing will change until they humble themselves and start to win.
    1969 was a long time ago…..

  26. doclolly says: May 2, 2013 11:00 AM

    If this coples move works out maybe the jets can finally get a decent pass rush going

  27. rickywatts80 says: May 2, 2013 11:04 AM

    I have noticed 3-4 DTs referred to as DEs during this draft season. A 3-4 defense has a NG and 2 DTs, not 2 DEs. The OLBs are essentially DEs with other responsibilities in the 3-4.

    Get it straight!

  28. jimmyt says: May 2, 2013 11:17 AM

    Well goodfor you lombardisshineinfoxborough. I hope you understand why everyone outside of the Boston area and ESPN hate the Patriots. Because their coach cheated his way to three Super Bowls, made an average QB think he was great and their dumb fans fell for it.

  29. dogman9 says: May 2, 2013 11:27 AM

    Kudos to most of the posters today for pointing out what I have the past week.

    Even barstool sports has evidence of more responsible reporting.

    And since I can get most breaking NFL news from several other outlets, I am good and I am not impressed with any blogs that promote or demote a team. Especially Prisco (I hear he is linked romantically with NJ tanning mom now).

  30. raji1824 says: May 2, 2013 11:29 AM

    Well…. It was all obvious. I don’t even think florio had to write an article. But again florio wants more attention than jets. Hmmm….. Valid point.

  31. sschmiggles says: May 2, 2013 11:45 AM

    The Jets suck. They will never achieve even a smidgen of what the Patriots have achieved.

    Chandler Jones has more talent in his left pinky than the entire Jest roster. It doesn’t matter what position Coples plays; he’s a no-talent nobody, and he’ll be forgotten in two years–just like the rest of the Jets trash.

  32. lombardisshineinfoxborough says: May 2, 2013 11:45 AM

    jimmyt, people hate the Pats because they envy their unprecedented success in the salary cap era, they envy Brady because he’s got it all, and they dislike Belichick because of his aloofness, which is blown up by the cry babies in the media because he blows them off. We get it.

    The lack of intellectual merit around the “cheating” whine is reason enough not to bother responding to, but any jets fan calling the fan base of any other team dumb is utterly comical….jets fans are the dumbest and least classy of any fan base in professional sports. Just ask Jason Taylor, and he played for them!!

  33. adobot says: May 2, 2013 11:51 AM

    I get the snark remarks from pat fans..cheating or not, they are good year in year out .

    But dolphin fans? Seriously?
    Buttfumble has more playoff wins than every dolphin qb since marino COMBINED.
    Don’t try to jump on the media ” circus” thing, because when the ” circus” comes to town to play the dolphins, thats the only time the dolphins don’t get blacked out.
    Why are you guys even coming here to post? Shouldnt you be clicking on your stadium renovation articles. You better click thimbs up on all the pro-dolphins comments in those articles, before they move the dolphins to LA.

  34. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 2, 2013 1:41 PM

    Coples is a beast and will play well any where on the D line. But I’m not sure why there is this comparison with Ingram. The Jets ae well coached defensively and there has been a good supporting cast around Coples. That helps.

    The Chargers are well, the Chargers. Who is to say that Ingram wouldn’t have had a better year playing with the Jets and Coples in SD?

  35. hehateme2 says: May 2, 2013 2:27 PM

    adobot says: May 2, 2013 11:51 AM

    I wouldn’t worry about the Dolphins franchise but rather your own. The Dolphins own their OWN stadium and have never had to share with their big brother. The Dolphins owned the best win/loss ratio in ALL of professional sports for decades.
    Ever with the past 10 years of meh… they still rank in top 3 in wining%. It is a storied franchise.

    None of this will ever be true from the jet franchise. and yes, we’re all laughing.

  36. dlk47823 says: May 2, 2013 2:47 PM

    We know why all you losers hate the Jets- They got to 2 championsips in 4 years and you hate them for it. They’ll be back and you’ll still be in AZ or Oak or Jax or Miami or Phila or SD or Buffalo or one of those other cities that have 60% Govt assistance. Keep hatin’!

  37. dlk47823 says: May 2, 2013 2:48 PM

    Dolphins sign afew overpriced Free agents and now they think they’re Super bound. Sounds like…..The Dream Team in Philly. Please

  38. dlk47823 says: May 2, 2013 2:52 PM

    SMIGGLES (nice name)
    Chandler Jones has more talent than the entire Jets roster? I think you have him confused with Deacon Jones.
    Even though the Deacon passed last year, he’s still allot better than your boy Chandla.

  39. jlilly67 says: May 2, 2013 7:21 PM

    Btw, somebody get a hold of Deacon Jones and let him know he’s dead.

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