Rex Ryan Calls Out Jets Olb Quinton Coples For Work Ethic
Posted 10 May 2013 - 04:50 PM
5/10/2013 3:52:41 PM
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Rex Ryan has always been calculated in his motivational tactics surrounding Quinton Coples, Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger reports. The knock on him coming out of the 2012 NFL Draft was a lack of drive and passion, so early on in the 2012 season, Ryan fired a warning shot, calling him out for his "woe is me" attitude.
After Coples finished the season leading the team in sacks, Ryan is still not pleased. He used his press conference today as a forum to express his displeasure in Coples' weight room performance.
"If Quinton doesn't do a better job in the weight room, then he might have to ... he's going to have to compete like anyone else for a job," Ryan said. "I'm a little disappointed in Q in the weight room the last day."
Ryan added: "It was yesterday (the poor showing in the weight room), he's been doing a great job but any chance I have to get him I'm going to. It's like, I expect so much from him and if he lets up a little bit, we're going to make sure he knows about it."
Posted 11 May 2013 - 09:50 AM
Posted 12 May 2013 - 03:12 PM
Is Rex Ryan getting his mojo back?
One day after the New York Jets coach criticized second-year linebacker Quinton Coples for his spotty work ethic in the weight room, Ryan acknowledged he had yet to mend fences.
"Let him stew," Ryan told reporters Saturday, per Seth Walder of the New York Daily News.
That's quintessential Rex, brashly using media channels to tweak a player who hasn't lived up to expectations. It's also a sign that Ryan not only hopes -- but desperately needs -- Coples to fulfill his pre-draft billing.
For all the jabs at Rex's expense, he's still one of the brightest minds in the game when it comes to wreaking havoc on opposing offenses. Without much to cling to on the shifting sands of Florham Park, Ryan needs his leaders on defense to rise, or the jig is up in New York.
That's the subtext. That's what he's telling us. Because if the parts don't come together, if the machine tumbles into the void, it's Rex -- not some linebacker -- who will stew over what could have been