EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Quinton Coples got his first start with the first-team defense in the Jets' 17-12 loss to the Panthers on Sunday night. At the start, the rookie defensive end looked like a capable fill-in for Mike DeVito (calf). He got to quarterback Cam Newton and worked well with the defensive line.
But to coach Rex Ryan’s dismay, he also copped a little attitude when Ryan kept Coples in with the second-team defense.
“He kind of had a woe-is-me when we took out the starters,” Ryan said. “Hey look, you’re still a rookie. You have to play the whole game and then some. They ran the ball on us with our second group in there and I never like to see that.”
The knock on Coples, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound first-round pick from North Carolina, was that he was not a hard worker. Ryan’s comments after the game will not remove that tag, even though Coples was credited with a sack and a tackle.
“I wasn’t as happy this game as I was previously,” Ryan said. “I thought he got winded a bit.”
Coples was not available for comment in the locker room after the game.