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Rex disappointed in Coples' weight-room effort

Eagles offensive lineman Steve Vallos blocks Quinton Coples

Eagles offensive lineman Steve Vallos blocks Quinton Coples during a preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field. (Aug. 30, 2012) Credit: Getty

Rex Ryan is the ultimate players’ coach – the guy who will defend his players, and their respective skill-sets, even in the face of evidence to the contrary.

But every now and then, Ryan drops a little nugget of dissatisfaction

After rattling off the names of players who impressed him during Friday’s first day of rookie minicamp, the Jets coach mentioned he was “a little disappointed” in the weight room performance of former first-round pick Quinton Coples.

Coples led the team with 5.5 sacks in limited snaps last season, but Ryan’s expectations for the former UNC defensive lineman remain extremely high.

“I'm a little disappointed in Q in the weight room the last day,” the coach said, adding that Coples will have to complete “like anyone else for a job.”

The team’s decision to draft Coples 16th overall in 2012 was met with much criticism because of Coples’ reputation for taking plays off. And during last year’s training camp, Ryan expressed frustration over Coples’ attitude and conditioning after the rookie was subbed out of a preseason loss to Carolina. 

But on Friday, Ryan clarified that his weight-room disappointment in Coples stems from his lofty expectations for the soon-to-be outside linebacker.

“He’s been doing a great job but any chance I have to get him I'm going to,” the coach said. “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.” 

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