In this past draft, we chose Dee Milliner and Sheldon RIchardson in the first round. Two positions of already considered strengths of this team. However, we passed on possible pass rushing OLBs with the hope Quinton Coples could make the transition. Granted, Mingo and Dion Jordan were both already off the board and the only real option available was Jarvis Jones, a once potential top 5 pick. I'm not sure if the plan for Coples to move toOLB was the plan all along, or if thats what had to happen because the way the board fell on draft day.
So far, however, the "transition" for Coples, playing in space, has been a disaster. His number is never called after a play, and Garrett McIntyre got the nod to start against pittsburgh. It may be time for the Jets coaching staff to go back to the drawing board, and let him play with his hand in the dirt. In limited action as a rookie, he had 5.5 sacks essentially as a situational pass rusher. Imagine what he can do as a starter, playing next to Mo and Richardson. A man that is 6'6" 290lbs should not be playing standing up, let alone having to drop into coverage.
I undersand the problem having him play DE does to the other lineman we have. However, playing more 4-3 base would be beneficial to everyone. It would allow RIchardson to play over the RT, Wilkerson and Harrison/Ellis in the middle, and Coples as the weak side DE. There's no offensive line on the planet that can effectively stop that rush for 60 minutes. It would also help hide the new deficiencies we have in the secondary.
Coples was the 16th overall pick and for good reason. We need him to start producing like it. I hated the "transition" he has had to make thus far this season, and hopefully the coaching staff will put him in a better position to succeed, by putting his hand back in the dirt full time.