Re-watched game on NFL Game Rewind just a few minutes ago.
This was definitely the best game we've seen from Coples and he still did not play enough.
Other than his sack, he made a handful of other great plays.
- The INT at the end of the game was all on Coples's pressure. He completely dismissed Eugene Monroe (an underrated LT) and forced Henne to throw it a second early. He also forced a pressure the previous play too lined up in the same spot as the INT play (right end).
- On Harris's sack in the 3rd quarter, it was created by Coples collapsing the pocket. He drove the center back five yards on a bull rush and nearly captured Henne. Nonetheless, it forced Henne to abandon the pocket and get chased from behind by Harris
- He was able to get into the backfield on a few running plays and force the back to change directions behind the line of scrimmage
By watching him, it's pretty clear that if he can extend his arms on you, you're through. He just has to do that on a more consistent basis. And he'll be more consistent if he gets more snaps! I think quite honestly they're asking Coples to do a lot as a rookie. In this game alone, he lined up at 1 tech, 3 tech, 5 tech, and out wide as an edge rusher. Not only that, but he dropped into coverage a few times. We will probably see the real dividends next year, but I'm seeing some great flashes of play by Coples. I'm not crowning him now, but I'm going to pay close attention to him this offseason.
Wilk had a great day too.
We have a 22 year old and a 23 year old who are going to wreak havoc on interior lineman for the rest of this decade.
Last edited by Rexipus Rex; 12-10-2012 at 01:10 AM.