The highly anticipated season is quickly approaching and Gang Green is ready to test its limits. Quinton Coples, second-year defensive end and outside linebacker for New York, has high hopes for this season.
"Each and every day we emphasize (what it takes to be) great, individually and collectively," "the sky's the limit."
From Mark Gastineau, Marty Lyons, Joe Klecko, Shaun Ellis, and John Abraham, to Muhammad Wilkerson, Gang Green has always taken great pride in their defense. Hall of Fame caliber talent has played on the defensive side for the Jets and the tradition continues with former first round pick from North Carolina in Coples.
Coples is looking to pick up where he started last season when he finished with a team leading 5.5 sacks. After a slow start to the season, Quinton grasped the playbook and turned it up a notch, showing Jets fans why he was drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft. He racked up 3.5 of his 5.5 sacks and ten of his 30 combined tackles in the last four games of the season while serving as a situational defensive end.
Now as a full time starter, rotating between defensive end to outside linebacker, Coples' stats should increase and so should his popularity around the league.
The former No. 16 overall pick is eager to lead the team again in all statistical categories, as well as in the locker room. No longer being a rookie and having had a year of experience in the complex Rex Ryan defensive scheme, the coaches are challenging Coples to become a leader this year.
"Regardless if it's being vocal or pulling them to the side or what not, I just have to do whatever it takes," said Coples."
Winning is important to him and the whole Jets organization so Coples is going to "get people going and make sure I hold everybody accountable." The new leader of the Jets defense seems to be fitting the role nicely, offering some advice for rookie cornerback Dee Milliner.
"Just come in and do what the coaches ask you," Coples noted. "Work hard and at the end of the day, let the coaches coach you and you go out there and play football."
Now that Dee has signed his rookie contract, he is ready to take-in Coples' advice and play football.
The 6-foot-6, 280 pound Jet is a noticeable figure and has gained respect from his actions on and off the field from his coaches, teammates, and fans. If he fulfills the projections placed upon him for the 2013 season, he will soon gain the respect and admiration from the other 31 teams in the NFL.