Our front 7 will be filled with youth and athleticism next season, finally...
OLB-Antwan Barnes/Calvin Pace.
We may finally have a pass rush, and our run defense should be better. Our secondary isn't bad either.
FS-Josh Bush, Antonio Allen
With all of these young guys we are going to be so much faster than in the past. This offseason was the final purge of the Mangini read and react players. All of the players being brought in of late seem to have more of Rex's personality, they are aggressive and have that dawg in them. Barnes, Garay, Richardson, Milliner, Coples, Davis, Wilkerson are all very different than Pace and Thomas and other Mangini holdovers. These new players remind me of the kind of players I have always seen on Baltimore teams. It will be interesting to see Rex's scheme with his kind of players, aggressive and fast, running it. Coples will flourish in his new role. I'm looking forward to seeing this D in action.
I'm beating a dead horse because I've posted this elsewhere, but there is a difference between a "true" 3-4 and the 3-4 that Rex uses as his base.
In a true 3-4, all the lineman are two-gap players, and there is a true nose tackle lined up in zero-tech over the center. Pittsburgh runs it.
In Baltimore-style 3-4s, it's basically a 4-3, except the "rush end" stands up. Lineman have one-gap responsibilities, and they are lined up between linemen. Instead of referring to Rex's defense as "multiple fronts" -- which is definitely true -- it may be more useful to use the term "hybrid front", because it won't have everyone thinking that Coples is going to be covering tight ends or crap like that.
Not surprising if true, but I still think we'll see a heavy dose of a 4 down line with Coples on the outside with Pace/Barnes on the other end more so than not.
Coples will be an OLB only in the sense that he might rush from a standing position occasionally, but he won't be filling any of the traditional OLB roles like coverage; he's clearly the team's best pass rusher, and the Jets coaching staff knows that and won't waste his ability.
And now that c!cksucker Florio chimes in with his usual slam:
Tell me Florio....which WR should they have picked at 13?
What a squirmy little POS.....Jets moving Coples outside
Posted by Mike Florio on May 2, 2013, 8:37 AM EDT
Jets fans balked last year, when the team picked linebacker Quinton Coples over linebacker Melvin Ingram in the first round of the draft.This year, itíll be easier to make a direct comparison between the two players.
According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, the Jets plan to move Coples from defensive end to outside linebacker. Thatís the position Ingram plays for the Chargers.
Coples outperformed Ingram in 2012, despite playing a position less conducive to getting to the quarterback. Each player appeared in 16 games with two starts. Coples had 5.5 sacks while primarily playing interior defensive line in the 3-4; Ingram had only one sack as an outside linebacker.
The decision makes the teamís selection of defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson with the 13th overall pick in the draft a bit more understandable. The decision would make even more sense if Richardson loses 110 pounds and plays receiver.
Everyone knows Rex runs multiple fronts. This is not news and not what is being questioned. I may not speak for all those who are concerned but my issue is I want Coples moving forward every single play. If he is ever put in a position where there is a possibility he would have to drop that is a bad scheme IMO. I don't give a rats ass what he did at his pro day. He wasn't facing Tom Brady at his pro day. Teams will pick up on this and exploit it just like they did when they saw that Pace was in a scheme where he would have to drop back. The QBs can pretty much know our assignments based on how we are aligned. They can audible to exploit it. Despite what you guys think, Rex's schemes and alignments have not fooled anyone good in 3 years.
Then if the speculation about him being ask to lose weight is true that only makes things worse. Losing weight does not guarantee increased speed and athleticism. We learned this last year.