BGA: Linebackers – All I want for Christmas is Q

As I noted in the defensive linemen section, Quinton Coples was a disruptive force in the first half, causing the Browns to adjust and freeing up Muhammad Wilkerson to do more damage in the second half. It’s similar to what happened earlier in the season when Wilkerson had been quiet while Coples was out, but then really started producing once he returned to the lineup.

In the first half, Coples terrorized Mitchell Schwartz but – more impressively – also gave Joe Thomas problems. Coples used his speed to get the edge on a number of occasions, but whenever he was blocked off, he had his man on his heels and was driving them back into Jason Campbell to collapse the pocket. Campbell was forced to get rid of the ball early plenty of times, but Coples still had five pressures and was credited with a half-sack. Over the past month or so, he’s overtaken Wilkerson as the Jets’ most disruptive pass rushing force, although what happens in the second half suggests that it generally comes down to how the other teams gameplans to stop them both.

Calvin Pace has also been benefiting from the resources opposing teams are having to dedicate towards stopping Wilkerson, Coples or both of them. He picked up his 10th sack of the season, joining Wilkerson as the first pair of Jets players to each have double-digit sacks since Mark Gastineau and Joe Klecko in 1981. CBS said this was the first time that had happened in Jets history (because the sack wasn’t an officially recognized statistic until 1982), but as commenter DarrolRayJetsFan astutely pointed out earlier today this is like saying JFK was the first president to be assassinated because there was no TV back in the 1800′s.

Other than his sack, Pace had three other pressures and made a good stop off the edge. He did lose contain on one run though, jumped offside once and got lucky when the receiver dropped a pass when he was too far off in zone coverage. Coples blew up one run in the backfield for a loss, but also had a missed tackle in the backfield leading to a big gain on an end around.

On the inside, David Harris and Demario Davis were more consistent this week. Harris was blocked out of a couple of plays in the second quarter, but made some positive contributions with a handful of run stuffs, a couple of pass breakups and a quarterback hit. He also made a third down stop to force a punt, but did miss one tackle. Davis pressured Campbell on the blitz twice and was in on one run stuff, but did get blocked out of a play at the second level and jumped offside once. With the lack of weapons at the tight end and slot receiver positions, it’s perhaps not surprising that Harris and Davis had better numbers in coverage this week. They gave up 19 yards on five combined targets.

Garrett McIntyre played 14 snaps off the bench but made no real impact. On one play, it looked like he was going to pressure Campbell, but he inexplicably stopped a few yards short of him.


Next up…the defensive backs, let by Dee Milliner’s welcome emergence.




31 comments
BDarc23
BDarc23

Another thing that would suck is that Dunbar would likely be out if a new HC comes in too.

BDarc23
BDarc23

If Rex gets fired by the Jets he'll take a team like Detroit to the Superbowl next year.

Brendan
Brendan

Dude's straight beasting. 

juunit
juunit

WHAT DO YOU MEAN THERE WAS NO TV IN THE 1800'S?!?!?!


HOW DID THEY WATCH FOOTBALL? OR AMERICAN IDOL? 


OH-EM-GEE!

greggreen
greggreen

can you imagine if we win next week and rex gets fired for having 1 losing season in 5 years as a head coach. i get that we havent made the playoffs in 3 years but i feel alot of this rex should be fired talk is alot more perception than reality 

bldsgrnNwht
bldsgrnNwht

One more game left I can't believe there is one more game left to the season and then no more Jets football. I am looking forward to the beat down of Miami next week they owe us one, knocking them out of the playoffs is the icing on the cake.

a57se
a57se

we could use a stud OLB and an ILB prospect out of this draft....

a57se
a57se

Until Ronald Reagan, every president elected in a zero year (1860,1880, 1900,1920,1940 and 1960) from Abraham Lincoln, died in office 

Lincoln (1860), Garfield (1880), McKinley (1900) and Kennedy (1960) were all assassinated while Harding (1920) and Roosevelt (1940) both died in office though some believe Harding was poisoned which would constitute an assassination as well!


dylan_f
dylan_f

I can't tell whether Harris is worth $5 million next year. If he plays like he did this week, sure. Last week, no. He's been so up and down this year (after really being just down the last couple of years).

greggreen
greggreen

maybe coples get to 5 sacks next week. 5 sacks after missing 4 games isnt bad. hopefully a full season he can start to pile up the numbers. seems like qb still have a few too many seconds in the pocket

a57se
a57se

@BDarc23 

I am pretty sure Rex would take most of the D coaches with him and probably some of the Offensive coaches as well.

I wonder how many players would end up following rex?

a57se
a57se

@juunit 

DID THEY AT LEAST HAVE ELECTROLYTES????????

djf1
djf1

@greggreen with two years of rookie qbs, and five years of crappy qbs.

Bklyn Dude
Bklyn Dude

@greggreen  

Rex has a good record despite not having a top rated QB.

I think Idzik will still get to hire his own guy eventually if Rex is not fired.  If Idzik gets rid of Rex,  the target goes directly on his back.  

And if things don't go well,  the fans won't forget getting rid of a guy who won four playoff games on the road.

Belichick wasn't to smart in Cleveland.  He got Tom Brady in NE and perceptions changed..  

Marty Luc
Marty Luc

@a57se the jets have gone defense heavy in the draft since Rex became coach. this draft and free agency period they need to seriously address the offense. they need a true #1 wide receiver and a gronk, graham type TE. 


once those 2 areas are addressed in either FA or the draft, then the jets can look to adding a couple of pieces to their back 7. 

djf1
djf1

@a57se Further proof that Reagan was an alien robot! Seriously though,  that is an interesting and bizarre stat I haven't seen before.

Bent
Bent

"Until Ronald Reagan, every president elected in a zero year (1860,1880, 1900,1920,1940 and 1960) from Abraham Lincoln, died in office " 


Wow, I'd think twice about ever going into that office.

__fense
__fense

@Bklyn Dude I think Woody Johnson went out of his way to hire someone who's guy was Rex. I don't see Idzik having a guy and being forced not to bring him in. The whole point of bringing in someone and telling them beforehand that he wasn't going to hire them unless they were going let Rex be the head coach was, in my mind, to make sure we hired someone who wanted Rex to be the head coach, and Idzik has certainly seemed like that was the case. It's like saying 'If I hire you, you have to pick the best guy you can get in the draft. If someone didn't want that, he wasn't right for the job.

__fense
__fense

@@blackorange0607 @a57se No they haven't. They've drafted more offensive players than defensive players every year but one, and that year (2012) they drafted half offense half defense. About 2/3 of the players drafted while Rex was the head coach were offensive players.

a57se
a57se

@greggreen@a57se 

I'd draft two WR's in the first 4 rounds plus a TE and/or RB.  I'd also take a QB.

a57se
a57se

@djf1@a57se 

Oh, it was all over the newspapers in 1980 when Reagan got elected (the Democrats tried to make his age an issue) and then when he got shot a year and a half in.......

juunit
juunit

@Bent 

Sounds like the principal's office.

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@Bent @greggreen BENT, I owe you a "I was wrong & you were right "! RE;Coples. I was disappointed with his early season lack of discernible production but you pointed out some things he was able to due in spite of his apparent lack of production(sacks) and its now obvious to even his harshest critic's that the kid can play.A lot of my criticism stemmed from the reputation he had at N.Carolina as a guy who took plays off which was enhanced by Rex's early criticism of his work habits last year as a rookie. The fact is he is now a force and considering he had to learn a new position he is now a key part of this teams future. Now if we can Miliner and Kyle Wilson to play like first round picks on a consistent basis we may really have something here!

psi1
psi1

Hey Bent...does PFF have the Jets ranking on how long the Opposing QBs have to throw the ball. Despite their apparent good sack numbers, it seems to the naked eye that they typically take awhile to actually sack the QB.

greggreen
greggreen

@Bent @greggreen yea i get that hes productive and sacks arent everything but it be nice to see him in the 8-12 range next year. just so people can shut up about passing on chadler jones

greggreen
greggreen

@__fense @Bklyn Dude its seemed to be the case but non the less rumors are flying like crazy. i mean why go through all that trouble last offseason if you were just going to fire rex after a year when he had less talent 

djf1
djf1

@psi1 the same is true for anyone.   most sacks aren't immediate, except when someone goes in unblocked.