Frank Giasone on the struggles of New York Jets defensive lineman/outside linebacker Quinton Coples
There have been a lot of questions and concerns surrounding New York Jets OLB/DE Quinton Coples this season, as expectations for a breakout second year have been tempered following a slow start for the former first round pick out of UNC.
The last time we saw the “real” Quinton Coples, he was manhandling Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert in the preseason, forcing a fumble as he threw the quarterback to the MetLife turf. That was the same play, in fact, where we saw Coples go down with a hairline fracture in his ankle.
I’d be kidding myself if I said I had a definitive answer to what has sent Coples seemingly into the Witness Protection Program. Truth is, this early season “slump” is likely a combination of a number of factors. But I wanted to take a closer look to try and pinpoint what issues specifically are contributing to a complete lack of production.
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Frank Giasone breaks down the tape on the New York Jets defensive line in week 6
They say things never look as good on tape after a win, or as bad after a loss. And from the standpoint of the Jets defensive line following Sunday’s frustrating loss to Pittsburgh at MetLife Stadium, the statement certainly rings true.
Yes, this group failed to consistently get after Pittsburgh quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, when given the opportunity, despite terrific matchups all along the offensive line. But there were also some positives, including continued success against the run, as the Jets were able to hold Pittsburgh running backs to a measly 2.8 YPC average, limiting the Steelers to just 78 yards overall on the ground.
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Another week, another dominant performance from the Jets defensive line. The Jets took on an Atlanta offensive line that has had some injuries and serious struggles this season. On Monday night, on a prime time stage, the big men up front exposed that weakness, limiting quarterback Matt Ryan’s time in the pocket, along with the Falcon’s run game as a whole. Continue reading “New York Jets Defensive Line Grade Sheet: Week 5”
Frank Giasone grades out the New York Jets defensive lineman in week 4
Through four weeks of the 2013 NFL season, it would appear that my job –grading the defensive line following each game– is probably the easiest of anyone here at TOJ. In layman’s terms….they’re pretty damn good. And I expect we’ll see a lot of positives from them each and every week.
And while I’m ecstatic to get a chance to analyze the dominant performances from the “Son’s of Anarchy” (Note: I’ll be toying with a few nicknames for the DL, so feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments section below), I’m also aware that I’ve been saddled with the task of following ‘Mr. Defensive Line’ himself, TOJ’s very own, Chris Gross.
With that in mind, I’ll try my best to continue providing the best fan base in the NFL with quality breakdowns of what has clearly emerged as the strength of Rex Ryan’s defense.
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Turn On The Jets Staff Writer, Frank Giasone with an updated NFL Mock Draft. Who does he see the Jets landing at 9? Find out right here and be sure to check back daily for updated draft content right as we inch closer to the big night next month.
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Frank Giasone explores the possibility of the New York Jets trading down in the upcoming NFL Draft
‘Tis the season of speculation, and with our “pals” in the mainstream media relentlessly pushing their tired, negative agenda, I figured what better way to ignore the pessimism, than with little Draft Day trade foolery?
Sitting with a grand total of seven picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, and with a number of roster spots still needing to be filled, General Manager John Idzik & Co. could certainly benefit by increasing their odds this April. As we witnessed from 2008-10, poor drafts can have a devastating impact on an organization. And as the Jets attempt to regroup following the Mike Tannenbaum Era–one that saw the Jets trade up at least once in five of the last six drafts–a change in philosophy would certainly be as refreshing as it would be effective.
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Frank Giasone continues TOJ’s NFL Draft Prospect Watch by breaking down UNC running back Giovanni Bernard
In continuation with our series of individual prospect evaluations here at Turn On The Jets, we turn our attention today toward UNC Running Back Giovani Bernard. Be sure to stay with our series of scouting reports as they are intended to provide an in-depth breakdown of individual prospects in this year’s draft class highlighting players’ overall strengths, weaknesses, potential upside, red flags, and what their best schematic fit will be at the next level.
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Frank Giasone on why New York Jets shouldn’t be panicking after day one of free agency
It’s not always easy for fans to sit back and watch as other teams climb all over one another for a chance to sign the most highly-touted free agents on the market. Unfortunately for some Jets fans, inactivity early in free agency equates to failure.
And while many understand that this “inactivity” is an intelligent non-move by Jets General Manager John Idzik, there’s been enough overreaction on Twitter on the first day of free agency to warrant my writing of this article.
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Staff Writer Frank Giasone highlights some potential 2013 NFL Draft scenarios for the New York Jets in rounds 1-4.
This is where things really get interesting. With April 25th quickly approaching, the excitement surrounding the 2013 NFL Draft gets amped up. For the New York Jets, this draft is one of the most important in recent memory, as the chances to rebuild (or reload, if you’re an optimist) a roster in desperate need of talent will hinge on a solid three days at Radio City Music Hall.
Along with a heightened anticipation comes a hoard of mock drafts from draft analysts everywhere. With countless scenarios capable of playing out, mocks don’t offer much more than educated guesswork. But while we all know it’s an inexact science, the truth is, they’re fun to read.
So it’s with those factors in mind that I decided to put together a four-round mock draft solely from the Jets perspective including multiple draft selections for each round, bracing for the likelihood that the most highly sought after player will be off the board when the Jets pick.
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We’ve seen this class of prospective NFL talent run through the college season. We’ve seen them go through all of the combine drills, and get set for pro day’s this coming month. And with the 2013 NFL Draft on its way in less than two months, these individual rankings will take on even more significance as players get set to make their final push up draft boards.
In this breakdown of defensive players available in the 2013 NFL Draft we take a look at the top five players at each position–in addition to a short list of players “on the bubble”, who could be considered top-five talent at the position.
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