Dec 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) attempts to catch the ball over Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook (20) in the second quarter of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN's Matt Williamson Compares Chris Cook to Richard Sherman


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.

Dec 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) catches the ball and is tackled by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook (20) in the fourth quarter of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals beat the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • Decker Grey

    He is absolutely terrible. Not at all like Sherman except for the fact that every time they open their mouth you shake your head

  • Ken Tomlin

    That has got to be the best joke I’ve heard in a long time!! “Cook is like Sherman”!! The only time his hands will touch a football, is when the coaches have him in front of the JUGS machine! Notice I said TOUCH not CATCH!! Dude is aweful!!

  • twrdh

    I think you’re reading into that quote a bit to much. He even says he’s not saying cook is sherman. He is just saying that the 49ers want him to be a physical press corner like sherman, and that style of play would best utilize Cooks abilities.

    • Adam B. Carlson

      Maybe I am. But if they’re hoping that Cook can succeed in a “Sherman” type role, I really have to wonder if they were watching the same Vikings games that I have been the last 4 years. But there was a direct comparison to how the two will be used and even named Sherman. While they both are physical press corners, it seems insane to even mention Sherman instead of just saying that Cook will be used in press situations.

  • Gordon Guffey

    I dont believe any scheme will fit Cooks skill set unless it includes a gun orand beating women ~