I think everyone is getting way ahead of themselves. Like Coples last year I'm assuming Rex gives Richardson limited snaps as he learns the system and gets brought up to NFL speed.
Guys like Seymour and Williams are not necessarily edge rushers, they are 4-3 ends who happen to be good at getting to the QB. There are some who aren't good at that and others who are middling ala Shaun Ellis. When I hear edge rusher, I think Freeny, Abraham and I guess JPP too, although he's just a freak of nature.
As to my knowledge, question it as you see fit. You're just as entitled to an opinion as the rest of us.
Coples is extremely fast shooting the gap and very strong at the POA - he doesnt have JPP's athleticism to beat an NFL LT around the edge.
My personal feeling on Richardson and Rex's defense is that Rex likes to blitz DBs from the edge which forces the QB to step up in the pocket. We now have 3 DLineman who can collapse that pocket and keep the QB from stepping up, along with barnes providing edge speed.
Im just not sure how we can play coples, wilk and richardson on first and second down.
And to answer your question, Kerry Rhodes lost a lot of speed. I remember the play you're talking about. Rhodes looked painfully slow on that one.
and JPP 10 pounds ago:
Keep in mind Coples was 15lbs heavier than JPP when he tested at the combine.
I think Coples is best used as an interior pass rusher like JJ Watt, rather than from the outside.
Even more I expect Barnes, Davis et al to put up very good numbers behind Wilkerson and Coples; not to mention the coverage sacks ensuing from the tight man coverage by Cro, Milliner, Wilson in the secondary.
My bold prediction for next year is that Coples will be playing in the pro-bowl. We might have the best defensive line in football next year. We're one probably two years away from being a contender, and we'll get their from our DLine/CB play, as well as the hope that Geno lives up to my lofty expectations of him. 13 sacks.
here's the thing. when rex got here there were no defensive linemen who could really rush the passer, i'm not counting ellis here. now the jets have 3 legit DL who can rush the passer and push the pocket back. that makes it easier to create blitzing lanes and puts less pressure on finding guys like mingo and jordan. sure it would be great but now the jets have monsters up front who can play the run and pass. and they even got a good cb so the secondary isn't a mess.
And there you have itConor Orr @ConorTOrr
Rex said moving Coples out to an edge rusher is "certainly a possibility." Allow Richardson and Wilkerson to the inside. #nyj