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Is Quinton Coples the next Vernon Gholston?

Jets first-round NFL football draft pick Quinton Coples

Jets first-round NFL football draft pick Quinton Coples smiles as he answers a question during a news conference. (April 27, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Just seeing that question in a headline surely makes Jets fans cringe, especially after the failed tenure of Vernon Gholston, the sixth overall pick in 2008 who didn't record a single sack in his three seasons with the Jets. 

But a season ticket holder brought up Gholston's name when asking defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman on a conference call whether there was any concern that Quinton Coples' recent position switch might lead to a similar debable. 

The Jets plan to use Coples, who played defensive end as a rookie last year, as a rush linebacker in their 3-4 defense. 

"We wouldn't do it if Quinton didn't have the ability to handle it," Thurman said.

Coples led the Jets' anemic pass rush last year with 5 1/2 sacks. 

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