Joe Klecko: Quinton Coples “looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane”

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The Jets have drafted players for their defensive front seven in the first round of the last three drafts and they hit big on defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson.

Quinton Coples hasn’t been quite as successful through his first two seasons. Coples, who the Jets drafted 16th overall in 2012, started 13 games for the team last year and did a good job against the run. He hasn’t developed into the edge rusher that the Jets hoped he’d be, however, and former Jet Joe Klecko thinks that the reason for that is Coples’ effort level rather than his athletic ability.

“A little bit of the time he looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane,” Klecko said on WFAN, via the New York Daily News. “I don’t know him at all, but understanding attitude and body language, he sometimes comes out there I think and thinks ‘Don’t you know who I am? I’m here.’ He has to start proving that he is something to be reckoned with.”

Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com follows up on Klecko’s comments, writing that Coples has “tested the patience” of the team’s coaching staff and it’s not the first public airing of grievances about his effort level. Coach Rex Ryan said last year that Coples needed to work harder in the weight room and Coples was dogged by questions about his work ethic coming out of college.

Coples closed last season with 3.5 sacks in the final five games, illustrating what he can do when he’s going full speed. If he can do that over an entire season, Wilkerson and Richardson will have some company as the foundation of the Jets defense.

38 responses to “Joe Klecko: Quinton Coples “looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane”

  1. One thing to remember is that some pass rushers take a little longer to come around than others. Chris Long, for example, had 9 sacks after his first two seasons. Total. He was by all means a bust, but then in year 3 the light came on, and now he’s one of the best.

  2. Starting to sound a lot like Vernon Gholston 2.0. The Jets are able to pick high-achieving DTs… DEs not so much.

  3. Loved watching joe back in the day, but complaining about the core of the team? It sounds like he may be feeling a bit inadequate? Too bad big Joe is not the GM, Seattle would take Wilkerson or Coples off his hands for a couple 2nd rounders so he could find the next Tarzan.
    Go Hawks!

  4. so he slid down in the draft because of concerns about his lack of dedication, hard work and intensity and now the Jets are upset that they are all true?

  5. Whereas Joe Klecko looked like a Halloween jack-o-lantern and played like a man who should be in the Hall of Fame (it’s a crime he isn’t, btw). But funny to hear Joe Klecko even mention how a player looks – between him and Gastineau, the Jets DL might have been the funniest-looking in NFL history.

  6. Fear not jets fans … After this season Rex will be gone and Saban in the new jets coach… You read it here first..,

  7. Joe maybe right. It is now or never for coples. I know both coples and golston compiled defensive stats in small cluster of games and disappeared in others. Plus their work ethics and love of the game were questioned. As a Jet fan I hope Joe is wrong but many fansnof the green team have the same feelings about Coples

  8. Same concerns this guy raised coming out of college are the same concerns some have for Clowney this draft.

  9. Definitely didn’t like this pick when it was announced but the truth is this defense is much better when he’s healthy and on the field this will be his breakout year Barnes is coming back and I’m sure they’ll draft someone for the opposite side so he’ll be fine all the haters would love this guy on their team and as far as klecko goes great player and respect his opinion but his heart far exceeded his talent sometimes it’s like that.

  10. I know the Clowney comparison is an easy one, but it’s also a lazy and unwarranted one.

    People are questioning Clowney’s work ethic and it’s pretty hazy as to whether it’s really warranted or whether he wad focused on making it to the NFL after seeing what happened to Lattimore. There were no questions about his work ethic in the previous season.

    Coples was ALWAYS lazy. People questioned his effort, on AND off the field, for his entire time at UNC. He was out of shape at the combine and ran a much slower 40 than expected. He “worked” his way out of being a top 10 pick. No coaches or teammates even attempted to vouch for him. You can’t say any of that about Clowney.

  11. Coples is solid and sometimes flashes greatness

    Wilkerson is great

    Richardson LOOKS like he could be the best of the 3

    Harrison, Ellis, & Douzable is nice depth

    Dunbar, formally of the formally great vikings dline is the key here…underrated signing

  12. At least give credit to the late Joel Buchsbaum if you’re going to steal his quote.

  13. Remember when the experts went “who?” when Seattle took Bruce Irvin at 15, and said they should have taken Coples? They compared the two through their rookie year. Irvin led all rookies with 8 sacks, while Coples did nothing. Now, Pete & Co. are transitioning him to be the next (better) Von Miller. Coples is still working on getting out of the starting gate. Work ethic means a lot.

  14. He is not a bust. He had a decent rookie year. Last year, he changed positions. Then he broke his ankle in the pre season. He has been productive thus far, just not a star. He is definitely not a bust. Vern Gholston is a bust!

  15. Remember when the experts went “who?” when Seattle took Bruce Irvin at 15, and said they should have taken Coples? They compared the two through their rookie year. Irvin led all rookies with 8 sacks, while Coples did nothing. Now, Pete & Co. are transitioning him to be the next (better) Von Miller. Coples is still working on getting out of the starting gate. Work ethic means a lot.

    Didn’t Bruce Irvin get suspended for ped use?

  16. Bruce Irvin has yet to learn a brand new position at the highest level. He is set to arrive in 2015. He showed brilliance at the end of 2014. It goes like this boys and girls; JIMMY WHO? Thats right, Big Bruce shut that freckled face puke from who dat down not once, but TWICE in 2014. Play the coaches tape and watch this athlete run with Jimmy the TE that led the NFL at the position get destroyed and demoralized by 51. You NY JETS want to talk PED, Lets talk about Sanchez stealing the p**** at SC and you fools still took him. How did that work out for ya? Better stick to the Giants in that neck of the woods, They have the Lombardi’s that you Jets have not seen since an AMC was in production! Run Geno Run!
    GO HAWKS!

  17. Could’ve taken Chandler Jones, who went five picks later to NE. 11.5 sacks last season.
    Either way, Muhammad and Richardson were hits and it’s too early to completely write off Coples.

  18. chandler jones fit better in 4-3, not a 3-4. coples has been moved all around the past two years. once they give him a position to stick with, then he’ll shine.

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