Coles route-running had become predictable to the Dolphins. He was running a slant route consistently. So the Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer decided to call a slant-and-go in the third quarter. It resulted in a touchdown.
"It's one of those things where people see things a couple of times and you run it a few times then they get used to your alignment, where you are going to be and the way the quarterback takes his drop." said Coles. "I had run so many slants prior to that, where [CB Eddie Jackson] figured once the quarterback stopped his feet that's pretty much where I was running on his three step drop. It had been set up previously in the game because I had run so many slants."
Even though it got too close for comfort at the end, Coles was happy to see the Jets break their two-game losing streak.
"It's always a good thing when you win a football game," said Coles. "You're excited about the win. It's one game, we have a lot more games to play. You can't really hang your hat on one game. You have to get back to the drawing board and try to prepare for the team that you have coming in this week."
Detroit will be in the Meadowlands Sunday. And if the Jets think they are better than Lions at this point, they are kidding themselves.