BGA: Linebackers – Right on, Q!

Following his much-maligned “move” to “linebacker” this offseason, Quinton Coples is looking more and more comfortable and starting to look like a force to be reckoned with. There were those that doubted he’d be able to consistently turn the corner against offensive tackles, but he’s proven he can do that on a consistent basis, just like we predicted (based on the fact he’d already shown he could do that).

In this game, he had a big hit early on, then it was his pressure that caused Matt McGloin’s first half interception. Later on in the game, his inside pressure caused McGloin to fumble the ball and then Coples tackled him for a 15-yard loss (which the NFL seems to have credited as a “team sack” but may change at a later date) and he finally got his sack on the penultimate play of the game.

That doesn’t tell the whole story though. There was also a play where he beat Jared Veldheer cleanly and drew a holding penalty and four other plays where the quarterback had to take off early because he was coming. He’s causing the kind of consistent disruption over the last month or so that the elite edge rushers in the league do…and that’s exciting.

In the running game, Coples over-pursued on one play and was blocked out of another, but did contribute positively with a run stuff at the goal line. He also batted down a pass.

Off the other edge, Calvin Pace continues to sip from the fountain of youth, as he tied his career high with his 8th sack of the season. He also had another three pressures, including one that led to Coples’ sack. In the running game, he stuffed a couple of runs and in coverage he made a good open field tackle on third down to force a punt before halftime. There was one play where he and Demario Davis both covered the same receiver, leaving Reece wide open for a big gain, but Pace is showing no signs of slowing down as we approach the end of the season.

Davis was also involved in another couple of mix-ups in coverage, including one where he vacated his zone to create an angle for McGloin to complete a pass down to the goal line and another where he left a man open. He did get in on a handful of tackles near the line in the running game though and took Terrelle Pryor down for a big loss on a read option play. Davis added a couple of pressures, but did miss two tackles.

David Harris also missed two tackles, but led the Jets with eight tackles, including a handful near the line of scrimmage and two on third down. He was blocked out of the middle on the Reece touchdown and embarrassingly juked in the open field by McGloin, but made a couple of good plays in coverage and almost had two pressures, only to trip and fall just before he got there each time.

The Jets welcomed Garrett McIntyre back this week and he played 19 snaps although he was pretty quiet. He did get in on one run stop and also contributed to Davis’ tackle for loss on Pryor when he burst into the backfield to force him to bounce it outside.


Next up…what happened when the Jets finally persuaded Antonio Cromartie to start jamming the receivers in press coverage?




31 comments
Green Fever
Green Fever

Whattup y'all?  How about that weekend of football?  I don't know who administered CPR into the Jets, but thank you, random stranger!!

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

BENT, gotta give you credit as you were right and I was wrong concerning Coples. I posted a few times that he was not contributing like a #1 pick but you urged patience and its obvious the light has come on for him.Good call bro. probably my favorite Coples play was the pass he defensed in the 2nd half. he showed surprising agility to be in position to make that play.

jaym
jaym

O/T:  Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart Has A Torn MCL, Out For The Season

Brendan
Brendan

There were those that doubted he’d be able to consistently turn the corner against offensive tackles, but he’s proven he can do that on a consistent basis, just like we predicted (based on the fact he’d already shown he could do that)."


Bent, are you implying that the media, once again, spoke out of its rear end in regards to Rex Ryan's defensive scheming? 


I don't believe you, not one bit. 

a57se
a57se

Nice to see Coples playing well and Pace with 8 sacks! 

Was McIntyre the only guy who subbed in for the LB group?

Bent
Bent

@Ron Alexander Thanks, I appreciate that.  Hopefully he can stay healthy and motivated.  If so, then the sky's the limit.

here2win
here2win

I don't think it will be all that strange if the Jets steal one in Carolina, this panthers offense isn't scary at all. If Geno can rise to the occasion and play a solid game the Jets faint playoff hopes will be extended for one more week.

Bent
Bent

@jaym Stewart only has 180 yards rushing all season.  Not a big loss at all.

here2win
here2win

The Jets can beat Caroline with or without Stewart in the line up.

here2win
here2win

Brendan any insight as to how I can get an avatar...I used sny.tv

Wilkershakes
Wilkershakes

I was surprised when I heard Pace has 8 sacks.  A dominate DL will do that for you. 

djf1
djf1

who else do we have with experience? 

a57se
a57se

Carolina also has New Orleans coming to town the following week, so they just might be looking past the Jets.

a57se
a57se

He just came off IR a few weeks ago......the Panthers have been paying w/o him most of the season.

Brendan
Brendan

@here2win I don't think they have it set up so you can get an avatar (not sure if that's a 'yet' comment or a permanent one). 


I made a dupe Twitter account for this. 

a57se
a57se

Ahhhhh Haaaaaa! That's what happened!! Why didn't I think of that!


Seriously though, if you look at the Panthers victories, they have mostly come from bottom tier teams.......

They beat the Pat and Fins at home by 4 and they beat SF 10-9 when SF were struggling to move the ball but that was a good win for them but the rest of it was against nobody.

I think we can give them a run for their money IF Geno doesn't crap the bed. we can't afford to fall behind early as everytime we do, Geno seems to start trying to do too much and throws picks. 

I think we match up well with Carolina defensively though I am curious how we'll deal with Steve Smith.......

Bent
Bent

@a57se Maybe they lost last night because they were looking past the Saints TO the Jets?

a57se
a57se

Sounds like the MO for beating the Jets.....force the QB to have to make plays.

Brendan
Brendan

@here2win If you stop their running game, they're beatable. Or if you get an early lead and force them to abandon it to go to a pass-heavy approach. 

here2win
here2win

I'm sorry but these panthers don't exactly have a long winning track record and their passing game lacks consistency even over their 8 game winning streak I don't remember them having any spectacular performances at all, and I know every win doesn't have to be pretty but to me that just means their are beatable.

a57se
a57se

Oh, no doubt they are pissed off...but it is easy to focus on what went wrong V. New Orleans when you are pissed instead of who you have to play this week. Especially when New Orleans will be in town the following week........

a57se
a57se

I knew you already knew that! I was just broadening the scope of your answer for those who didn't..........

Bent
Bent

@a57se Yeah, my point is they were already winning.  They have Tolbert and Williams to pick up the slack.

Bent
Bent

@here2win FWIW SNY is working on avatars being available for SNY accounts.

Brendan
Brendan

@here2win It really isn't that bad, just pick a bunch of Jets-related or sports-related feeds to follow during the setup and it's a quicker news source for your team. I really only use it for sports/comedy. 

here2win
here2win

I've manage to avoid Twitter for this long it maybe time.

#ugh

Brendan
Brendan

@here2win I suggest making a dupe Twitter account. Takes less than 10 minutes, and lets you work with an avatar and change your display name whenever you want to. 

here2win
here2win

Okay thanks I'm stuck...with this new handle and no avatar .