Ryan: Coples copped an attitude

August, 27, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Quinton Coples got his first start with the first-team defense in the Jets' 17-12 loss to the Panthers on Sunday night. At the start, the rookie defensive end looked like a capable fill-in for Mike DeVito (calf). He got to quarterback Cam Newton and worked well with the defensive line.

But to coach Rex Ryan’s dismay, he also copped a little attitude when Ryan kept Coples in with the second-team defense.

“He kind of had a woe-is-me when we took out the starters,” Ryan said. “Hey look, you’re still a rookie. You have to play the whole game and then some. They ran the ball on us with our second group in there and I never like to see that.”

The knock on Coples, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound first-round pick from North Carolina, was that he was not a hard worker. Ryan’s comments after the game will not remove that tag, even though Coples was credited with a sack and a tackle.

“I wasn’t as happy this game as I was previously,” Ryan said. “I thought he got winded a bit.”

Coples was not available for comment in the locker room after the game.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.



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