Earlier, we noted that Quinton Coples was undergoing some sort of procedure today and while he recovers the Jets sorting out their end/linebacking duties with heavy doses of Garrett McIntyre and Antwan Barnes situationally.
While Barnes will rotate in at the rush outside linebacker spot, Ryan said, “I think with Garrett, he’s really earned that right. We brought Barnes in, really, to rush the passer and that would be his role. But obviously, we’re going to challenge him to step it up in (the) base (defense) as well. That’s why Garrett was starting (in practice Monday).
“Even at the end (of practice), in the last team drill, we moved Garrett to sam (linebacker) and moved Barnes to rush. (Barnes) will get some work there also with the ones. I brought (Barnes) in here to be a difference maker as a pass rusher and I certainly think he can be when put in those situations.”
Before Coples’ injury, McIntyre was listed as the backup sam (strong-side) linebacker behind Calvin Pace. Barnes was listed as the backup rush outside linebacker – a player who often plays along the defensive line, standing up. Ryan is pleased with what he’s seen from McIntyre.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comBent predicted in his BGA column that McIntyre would be the one most likely to start because he is the player who is best against the run and this is turning out to be the case. McIntyre will then give way to Barnes on passing downs as noted above. This is certainly a step down from Coples athleticism and size, but will work out well in the short-term by bettering the Jets run stopping on early downs while Coples improves that facet of his game when he returns to the field.