Originally Posted by TheMo
Coples' pass rush productivity (a PFF signature stat that weights sacks, hurries, and hits against pass rush snaps) is 7.2. That is third among starting 3-4 DEs in the NFL. Above Dockett, Campbell, and Ngata. Chandler Jones is 11th in the league among 4-3 DEs with a PRP of 9.6.
So is Jones getting more pressure on the QB? Yes. Is it probably due to the position and role that he plays? Also yes.
This is the first time in a while I can say every single one the pats trolls is straight up trolling. Both players have been good. Coples hasn't been bad, in fact he is in a higher percentile for pass rushing among his counterparts.
Although it is way too early to declare anything about any rookie, your stats are a bit misleading. Jones has played 91.9% of the Pats' defensive snaps (according to ESPN Boston) and Coples has played 53.2% of the Jets' defensive snaps (according to NY Jets Cap). That is probably why Coples' numbers are better than full time starters like Dockett, Campbell, and Ngata. Coples has played more on obvious passing downs (especially earlier in the year) which will help his stats.
BTW, I think PFF is crap, but that is another discussion for another day.
I am ecstatic on how Jones has been playing. He was supposed to be a project and a situational pass rusher coming in and he has already turned into an every down DE and a player teams have to be aware of. He is the pass rusher people said he would be. He still needs to work on being more versatile in his rushes (although his pass rush package is not limited to one move as his detractors state). Where he has surprised is his ability to set the edge against the run.
Coples has shown flashes of being a dominant player, but he appears to be the less polished player thus far. I said in the preseason that he needs to work on his QB awareness. He is very good at busting through the line, but he needs to work on his awareness of where the QB is and making the proper angles. He fixes that problem and he could be a dominant pass rusher in this league. He sturggled against the run early, but is getting better at that.