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
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.