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Ryan Cook Plays Well In Place Of Injured Sullivan

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 27, 2010 – 12:20 pm

Vikings starting C John Sullivan has been dealing with a calf injury since the early part of training camp and it looked like he was battling back to solid playing shape through the 1st couple games of the 2010 regular season. But Cook didn’t even make it a couple of plays into Sunday’s game against the Lions before he re-aggravated that calf injury.

On the Vikings 1st offensive play against Detroit, Sullivan was injured and came out of the game. He was unable to return, meaning veteran Ryan Cook assumed the position because backup C Jon Cooper was inactive. Cook played C in college and was selected in the 2nd round of the 2006 draft but has been unable to develop into a regular starter.

He still isn’t a regular starter for the Vikings, but he looked the part on Sunday.

“He really did a great job,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said on Monday. “You didn’t see any downturn on anything.”

Childress did point out that Cook had 2 penalties called against him, but ultimately the head coach said “you didn’t see any physical shortcomings by him at all in there in terms of playing the offensive line.”


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27 Responses to “Ryan Cook Plays Well In Place Of Injured Sullivan”

  1. By Bruce on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Okay Brad, whatever you say. Now how about fixing these tackles so they don’t keep letting defensive ends get around them to Brett. Sometimes big is not better.

  2. By Carl K on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    R. Cook looked good in preseason at center. I am glad they gave him a shot. He is better than Cooper or Herrera and he will only get better. Love his size! Great call Chilly. Now how about some playing time for DeGeare.

  3. By Tom on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    I thought he(cook) played well too but am concerned about him playing well consistently . also Brett is getting his clock cleaned like in NFC championship game. What’s up with our protection?

  4. By Loomis on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Cook played center in collage, i thoght he liiked good. And i agree with Carl Get the rookie ( DeGeare) some playing time.

  5. By Carl K on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    It is too bad big Pat Brown didn’t clear waivers. He looked good in preseason at tackle. I would have cut Cooper and kept Brown instead.

  6. By Tumavotinh on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    I think those O-Line guys have the physical potential but bad technique, they need to bend their knees more like those Sumo wrestlers.

  7. By rocksalt on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Jets will be tough, but we have 2 weeks to prepare, so let’s get it going!

  8. By CA Norwegian on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    BRETT please return some of that financial Stimulus to the blockers!!!! Chili Please keep in the sets with fewer wideouts and more blockers. AP is the man! Our new look D will look better than NY next time.

  9. By Scott R on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Just watched the monday presser!!!! Hooray!!! i can finally hear the QUESTIONS and the answers!!! Way to go vikings!!!

  10. By Lito on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Coach Childress: Mckinney, Hutchinson, Cook, DeGeare (Herrera), and Loadholt – good line but please get another humongous offensive lineman. It is a long season. Need to protect Bret and create holes for AP and TG. Get a real threat at return specialist. Also, let your receiving corp practice a lot. Have we given up on V. Jackson?

  11. By meswant on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Our o-line has to be at their best against the jets or Brett will be on the ground. Come on guys, rest up & then get back at it!!

  12. By Pat the Viking on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Did AP do it ?

    YES HE DID !!! I say turn AP loose give him the ball 30, 35 even 40 times a game – he’s a runner, you got to turn him loose.

    Anyone knows the reason why Trent Edwards was FIRED ?

  13. By Bruce on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Lito, I think that is the problem. Our lonemen are TOO humungous. Sometimes when you go do big on lineman you lose speed and the ability to react quickly enough, especially concerning the tackle position. It looks as though Phil isn’t fast enough to stay with his guy. He can’t side step quick enough. He should try and stay in front all times and if possible knock the guy on his back with his strength.

  14. By 4eversteve on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Ryan Cook is much more of a physical force than Sullivan is to deal with at the center position, now if he has the ability to make the correct line calls he may end up taking Sullivan’s spot. This more than likely won’t happen however with Chidress calling the shots. He has shown he isn’t very open minded and is dead set in his ways, even if that means costing the team victory’s and possibly his own job he will stay the course that his mental makeup which is why he is so predictable. I would be oh so happy to eat my words if he were to do something innovative in the game planning for the rest of the season. That being said I don’t think I’m in any danger of recanting any of my words anytime soon!

  15. By larry2 on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    I know everyone is saying the defense is strong but I look at the stats and the Vikes only have 4 sacks after 3 games. If you don’t get pressure on the QB in this league it usually leads to completions. The longer a QB stands in the pocket the harder it is for the secondary to stay with receivers. Since the secondary is much improved the Vikes may need to blitz more than normal.

  16. By Nebraskaviking on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Vikes looked good! Rest up and put a hurt on the Jets!!! Allen, Williams bros and Edwards- I want to see that Sanchez guy beat up like Rodgers last year at home!!!!! Good work last week!

  17. By fire childress on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Chicago has a schedule where they could easily go 7-0 i don’t see being about to keep up with our schedule, a much harder one. Green Bay and Chicago are better because we don’t have a #1 receiver. need to adreess the issue before Rice comes back, because we won’t be in the running by week 8 with the receivers we have now

  18. By WOW... on Sep 28, 2010 | Reply

    Larry2, I would give the sacks some time. They should be comming now they we have Griffen, and Cook. Just look at K Williams in the Detroit game. He was BALLIN all game!

    Plus we got 2 games of experiance for A Allen, and H Abdullah will get better and better game by game.

  19. By GOLDVIKE on Sep 28, 2010 | Reply

    I THOUGHT COOK LOOKED GOOD!

  20. By JIm on Sep 28, 2010 | Reply

    I kind of followed Cook since he was drafted. Never understood why they drafted a center(Cook) and played him at every other O line position. Never understood taking Cooper as a backup when we already had Cook & Sullivan. I’ve watched Cook play center in pre-season and in this last game and he looked pretty solid. On one of AP’s runs he appeared to open a nice hole.

  21. By rocksalt on Sep 28, 2010 | Reply

    PLAY JOE WEBB> MOVE JARED AROUND!!!!C’MON ALREADY!!!!!!!!

  22. By moorevikes on Sep 28, 2010 | Reply

    the sad thing about cook out performing sully (and if he cont. assuming sully’s out for a few weeks) is chilly the genius will put sully right back in as soon as he can. he’ll probably say something like “i put guys out there that gives us the best chance at winning.”

  23. By johnny boy on Sep 29, 2010 | Reply

    MR. BRAD CHILDRESS,

  24. By VIKING FAN AFTER MOSS LEFT AND BEFORE PETERSON JOINED on Sep 29, 2010 | Reply

    MR. BRAD CHILDRESS,
    I AM THE TYPE OF FAN WHO FOCUSES ON THE OFFENSIVE LINEMEN BECAUSE JUST LIKE THE OLD TIMERS USED TO SAY.. IT ALL STARTS UP FRONT. FIRST OF, I’D LIKE TO SAY JOHN SULLIVAN IS A DECENT (MAYBE JUST BELOW AVERAGE) CENTER. EVER SINCE THE LOSS OF MATT BIRK, THINGS JUST HAVEN’T BEEN THE SAME. BUT THEN AGAIN IT BROUGHT TO LIGHT THAT RIGHT GUARD HERRARA JUST ISN’T THAT GOOD. HE WAS ALWAYS GETTING HELP FROM BIRK. BUT WATCHING SULLIVAN, I NOTICE DEFENSIVE LINEMEN JUST TOSSING HIM AROUND LIKE A RAG DOLL. PERSONALLY HE ISN’T EVEN BUILT LIKE A CENTER. A CENTER TO ME HAS TO BE BUILT LIKE A POWER RUNNING BACK WITH VERY STRONG THICK LEGS AND A DESCENT STRONG UPPER BODY. CHRIS COOK IS THAT TYPE OF GUY. HE’S TALL, WHICH IS A GREAT ADVANTAGE FOR A CENTER, HE’S VERY BUILT, AND PRETTY NIMBLE. I THINK YOU SHOULD SPEND TIME FOCUSING ON HIM MORE.AND I’VE NEVER SEEN HIM MESS UP SNAPPING THE BALL. WITH A SOLID CENTER, THE OFFENSIVE LINE WILL BE VERY STABLE. AND CHRIS DEGEARE IS VERY GOOD AT PULLING PLAYS. U SHOULD SPEND MORE TIME LOOKING AT HIM TOO. HE IS SOLIDLY BUILT TOO

  25. By Rogerthevikefan on Sep 29, 2010 | Reply

    Who ever gives us the best chance at winning? That would be people who can knock d linemen on their behinds. Right now that is R.cook. Sully needs to get in better condition. Loadholt needs to use his strength and knock people out of the play. What was going on with Big MAC he took KVB out of the game is MAC finally getting his as s in gear if so that is awesome.

  26. By vlad19 on Sep 30, 2010 | Reply

    sullivan has been pushed around since he took over… encouraging to see a center hold his ground – getting shoved back into Favre’s lap is not the gameplan I suspect. Cook is better quallified to MOVE big men and stalemate a good pass rush – he sukked on the tackle because of mobility issues, but WHAT HAS LOAD-ARSE AND MCKINNIE BEEN UP TO? Duck-duck-goose practically, and they chasing like mothers after their wild and mischievous children… Our line has been HORRIBLE. And if you look at the NFC champ game, the turnovers killed us, but the beating that Favre led to the beating of the team. It all starts up front, and with NO receivers, he NEEDS MORE time not less! HOW can the guy play with confidence withoout lineman doing their jobs?

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