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Ron Rivera Comes To Defense Of Tackles

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I don't think most people here realize how big of an upgrade that is at linebacker. (two all pro caliber guys vs to backups)

Yep, this is my contention as well. I can't wait to see the defensive schemes with LBs like this...even if Davis doesn't get back (which I hope he does). I don't trust our DC (Opie), but if Rivera is more hands on with the D than last year (b/c his head was spinning being a HC for the 1st time), then look out! I think our D will make 1 of, if not 'the', biggest jump in the NFL this year.

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...where Rivera said he would have drafted Coples as a DT.

Why would Rivera even consider Coples if he was so happy with our DTs? (esp. to the point of making those who considered otherwise seem like impatient ignoramuses)

I think it is a great question. Rivera said himself for people to be patient & let them develop their players, so why would he consider drafting Coples? (don't come with the...he's specially gifted argument)

I'm not doubting Rivera's sincerity, but the 2 stances are somewhat incongruent.

Why would he consider Coples? BPA? Could Coples been a better player then Kuechly? I am sure that a discussion that Coples was the BPA at #9.

Could be smoke screens..... Coaches and GMs NEVER try to force someones hand in a trade? That is so unethical.

There could be a number of reasons why Coples or any other player on the D-Line was considered and Rivera still having faith in our young D-line.

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Good point! Can I give you some advice? Most of us huddlers are too lazy to click on links so most people may have just passed by your post.

It linked to CATMAN72's post where Rivera said he would have drafted Coples as a DT.

Why would Rivera even consider Coples if he was so happy with our DTs? (esp. to the point of making those who considered otherwise seem like impatient ignoramuses)

I think it is a great question. Rivera said himself for people to be patient & let them develop their players, so why would he consider drafting Coples? (don't come with the...he's specially gifted argument)

I'm not doubting Rivera's sincerity, but the 2 stances are somewhat incongruent.

considering that they said they were going to draft the best player and not let need dictate the decision, there is no problem. they obviously thought that kuechly was a better prospect than coples and said that they would have drafted coples if kuechly wasn't available. coples was looked at as someone who would be a better DT than DE so that is what position they would have drafted him to play.

it wasn't because of a "need" at DT that coples was considered. it was because he was/would have been the best prospect available at their pick.

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Quinton Coples was held out of 11-on-11 team drills because of what the Jets first-round pick says was "a coach's decision."

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Thought it was more likely to pick up one in FA than drafting one anyway since we need more experience there. Still think we'll bring in another if a good one becomes available.

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Drafting more youth at DT is not what I wanted from the first round. Highly prefer another above average journeyman to teach the kids the ropes and continue to let RR and staff devolope them. Ron Edwards will serve the purpose if hes healthy and ready to go, only one in the draft with Kris Jenkins type potential was Poe, but not going to take him at 9. We already have 2 - 3rd rounders, wasnt anything in the draft any better then are young talent in the second. If we were not going to go OG in the 2nd there were other BPA's better then the 2nd round crop of talent.

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<snip> Highly prefer another above average journeyman to teach the kids the ropes and continue to let RR and staff devolope them. Ron Edwards will serve the purpose if hes healthy and ready to go<snip>
From everything I've read he's already been doing that since he got here despite the fact that he didn't play a single snap. Heard that he was very active in the meetings and was present at practices and in the weight room despite being on IR, just like Beason and Davis.

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Maybe it had to do with Coples' comment about how he already has most of the play book down. Rex laughed about this and said that they had given them less than 5% of their scheme and play book.

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Maybe it had to do with Coples' comment about how he already has most of the play book down. Rex laughed about this and said that they had given them less than 5% of their scheme and play book.

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Pretty much my default position.

Good schemes have been known to make players look better than they are (see: West Coast Offense) and that may turn out to be the case with Rivera and McDermott's defense in the future.

I agree. Just look at Philly all those years. Scheme got them the QB.

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Wow Rivera saying the same thing only 2% of the Huddle has been saying this whole offseason, just goes to show you the actual horrific football sense 98% of this forum has on it.

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Wow Rivera saying the same thing only 2% of the Huddle has been saying this whole offseason, just goes to show you the actual horrific football sense 98% of this forum has on it.

Just like real life, most people really have no clue what the fug they are talking about half the time. That said, there have been a few of us who have said exactly what he's saying all off season.

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