DAVIE, Fla. – This will be a very interesting week for defensive end Quinton Coples.
On Sunday, Coples suited up for the New York Jets. On Monday, Coples was cut by the team that drafted him in the first round in 2012.
But on Tuesday, the Miami Dolphins claimed Coples via waivers, and the first team Coples will play against will be the Jets. Things have quickly come full-circle for Coples, who will return to MetLife Stadium in an opposing uniform.
“Definitely, it brings chills to me to be able to go back and face them this Sunday,” Coples said. “So I’m looking forward to the preparation to get back out there and come out there with the win.”
Coples said he will not get too caught up in the circumstance of playing his former team this week. His stint with the Jets had a few ups – such as 16.5 career sacks – and mostly downs, such as a position change to outside linebacker.
Coples said he’s still confused on why things didn’t work out with the Jets.
“I never got a great explanation for it,” Coples said. “Things just didn’t work out. I move forward and I’m here now. I wasn’t playing. I was on the bench. They benched me for whatever reason.”
Coples said he’s happy to be a full-time defensive end again in Miami. He played both defensive end and outside linebacker in New York’s 3-4 scheme.
The Dolphins believe he’s a natural fit for their 4-3 defense, and he will help replace the sack production lost when former Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake went down for the year with an Achilles tear. According to Coples, he brings “relentless effort, pass-rushing and QB sacks” to Miami’s defense. Those are all things the team needs on its front seven.
Miami interim head coach Dan Campbell briefly offered words of encouragement to Coples upon arriving.
“Coach Campbell said that he loves me,” Coples said. “He loves what I do and he’s going to get me out there on the field. I gotta make it happen.”