Quinton Coples says “sky’s the limit” for Jets defensive line

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When the Jets drafted Sheldon Richardson in the first round in April, it continued a recent trend of devoting high picks to defensive linemen.

Muhammad Wilkerson was a first-round pick in 2011, Quinton Coples went in the first round in 2012 and they also added Kenrick Ellis in the third round of the 2011 draft to build up a stock of young talent up front. Coples has spent some time working at outside linebacker this offseason as the team tries to find ways to boost his impact on the pass rush, but he still thinks of himself as a defensive lineman and is confident that there are big things ahead for the group.

“Why wouldn’t I be? I see the talent that we have. At the end of the day, with the coaching staff that we have the sky’s the limit,” Coples said, via Brian Costello of the New York Post. “No disrespect or discredit to any defensive front out there, but we want to be the best and make our own name.”

A man who knows a thing or two about the meaninglessness of putting words before action said that the group needs to go out and prove how good they are.

“We’ve got a long road before we can say that,” coach Rex Ryan said. “How about we play a couple of games? But they are certainly a talented group. There’s no doubt about it. You want your guys to have that type of confidence. Could it be the best? If they keep working like that I certainly hope so.”

There isn’t much optimism around the Jets right now, but they have every reason to feel good about their defensive line. That alone isn’t enough to avoid a losing record, but every rebuilding effort has to start somewhere.

25 responses to “Quinton Coples says “sky’s the limit” for Jets defensive line

  1. Man, these guys on the Jets just can’t shut up. How about doing something on the field before you start flapping your gums? That would be a refreshing change from the Jets!

  2. I might be biased, but as a Viking fan who has enjoyed watching some ridiculously successful d-lines in recent years, I just don’t see the Jets having much reason to talk yet.

  3. The New York Jets will have a top five, if not number one defense this upcoming season.

    You can take that to “the bank”!

  4. What he meant to say was the sky is the limit since it can’t go any lower than it is now.

  5. This Richardson kid could be special, he was quite a force at Missouri. Looking forward to seeing him in action.

  6. since your last paragraph indicates you can see the future Josh, why don’t you help us out with the Powerball, weather, and traffic? thanks a lot there Miss Cleo.

  7. Mo Wilkerson is the real deal. You can build a defensive line around talent like his. Him and Brockers out of St. Louis are going to make some noise this year.

  8. On paper, this D front line looks all world. But the games aren’t played on paper. It’s going to be about the effort they bring.

    “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”
    -Winston Churchill

  9. @billhicks666

    You do realize that they don’t just talk out of thin air, but are being asked questions by reporters, right??
    A reporter asked him a question, and that was his answer.

  10. yankees218 says:
    Jul 30, 2013 12:07 PM
    @billhicks666

    “You do realize that they don’t just talk out of thin air, but are being asked questions by reporters, right??
    A reporter asked him a question, and that was his answer”.

    You do realize that his answer doesn’t have to be moronic.

  11. I agree with Coples here completely, we could form into a top 5/top 3 line if our potential stars progress even further.

    Wilkerson,Kenrick Ellis and Coples playing a hybrid DE/OLB is dangerous enough. But if the Richardson pick pans out and Coples impresses at the OLB position then the jets will have a great defense for a while no matter who the coach is. And lets not sleep on Damon Harrison either he is another promising player on the defense.

  12. Good luck with that. It will take quite an improvement. Last year they were 25th in the league in sacks, and 26th in rushing yards allowed. Both statistics are a good measure of the D-line.

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