I could be very specific and get into a ton of detail but this is mostly for Coples' sake. I don't think he's an OLB, that simple. Without his hand in the dirt, he isn't as athletic as his is with it. I say this because his speed right off the line, being right there with olinemen meant they didn't have as much time to react. But him trying to race in and cause problems makes it easier for them to adjust because they have to get to him. Add in the fact that he didn't start the game (He played all but one snap against New England, played relatively poor and only played 74% of the snaps this time around) while McIntyre who only played 5 snaps against NE played 29 yesterday... Maybe Rex is starting to think Coples is't good enough in his role.
That defensive line is filthy. Wilkerson and Richardson beside each other might be lethal. The fourth defensive lineman wouldn't even need to be someone that expensive to still be great. And 4-3 outside linebackers aren't exactly hard to find and are not as expensive as a 3-4 OLB. That's for next year's outlook of course. This year, it'd probably look like:
Secondary will have its problems. I don't want to get into that right now. But this is more about utilizing Coples better. He was our first round pick who showed a ton of potential last year and it was a big reason why I was against moving him to a new position/drafting Richardson. Obviously, Richardson has been great and *****ing about drafting him is not the point of this thread. Its moreso how we can ensure Coples gets back to a good level of playing football.