Sometimes, you just hear a quote about football that makes fans scratch their heads. This time, it came on a quote about former Vikings cornerback Chris Cook.
Here’s a quote from ESPN’s Matt Williamson about cornerback Chris Cook:
“They want him to be their Richard Sherman with Reid over the top. Cook is big and physical in press and does have a lot of ability. Not saying he is Sherman, but I do think that best uses Cook’s skill set.”
What they meant by this, I don’t know. But judging by the statement in general, I’m guessing Williamson has missed quite a few Vikings games over the last couple years.
Cook struggled mightily in nearly every aspect of his game over his 4 year stint with Minnesota. He struggled with legal issues. He struggled to stay healthy. He struggled in coverage. He just flat out struggled.
While I hope Cook can be successful in San Francisco, I think some folks might be putting their expectations a big high when it comes to his new career for the 49ers. Perhaps they’re doing what the Vikings fans did, and saw a guy with all the physical tools to succeed and believe it to be able to translate to success on the field.
Maybe, with a new scheme and change in venue, Cook can succeed. Until then, I’m skeptical.