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Chilly Pulls the Trigger on Cook

It finally happened – Brad Childress got fed up with Ryan Cook‘s penalties and whiffs on pass-rushers and benched the right tackle.  Gosh Brad, what sealed the deal for you?  Gus Frerotte getting turned into a human tackling dummy the last couple of weeks, largely because Cook doesn’t get off the ball worth a damn?  Stephen Hawking has faster reflexes than Cook.  Now Artis Hicks will start at right tackle.  He was the starting left tackle when Bryant McKinnie was suspended so I doubt he’ll have much trouble sliding right in.  This doesn’t fix all our offensive line issues obviously, but it goes a long way toward shoring up the right side.  And there should be a noticeable reduction in the number of bad penalties.

Topics: Artis Hicks, Brad Childress, Bryant Mckinnie, Gus Frerotte, Ryan Cook

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  • Dunny

    God it’s about time, I’m tired of yelling his name at my TV.  Seems to take Chilli a long time to figure out what everyone else has been waiting for with everything on this team (be it Cook, AD and Taylor on field at same time, T. Williamson, TJack (I still wish TJack the best and hope he gets something out of sitting but that stays as a hope right now), ect.)

  • danzinski

    We’ll have to find a new O-line punching bag now.  McKinnie?

  • BruceM

    As I stated before, we all know that it starts upfront, and in the many of their losses, Ryan cook, Anthony Herrera, and on occasion, Matt Birk have been beaten or manhandled. The right side of the O-line is traditionally the power side of the line. Not only is the Vikings Right side not the power side, but it’s the side most likely to be physically dominated. Ryan Cooke is one of the worst offensive line prospects I’ve seen in purple. He’s right up there with Corey Withrow as far as futility goes. I have seen him beaten with quickness and stacked on running plays by pass rushing DEs. If Marcus Johnson can’t beat Cook out for the starting spot, then we need to draft TWO RT prospects. As far as Anthony Herrera goes, I’ve watched the Vikes let good G prospects slip past them in the draft for a few years now, and its coming back to haunt them. Anthony Herrera is a solid back up, and on occasion he has opened up some game breaking holes for AP, but more often then not he’s being beaten on pass rushes or run plays. He’s a tough guy, but When Hovan is beating you for his first sack of the year, it might be time to consider other options. To compound the issue, the right side and Birk are where the majority of off sides penalties have come from. Matt Birk is solid, but he is far too easy to handle on running plays. These guys just aren’t establishing an attitude of dominance. We need to put some focus on the o-line postion now; much like the Bucs and the Jets.