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Vikings Show Confidence In Cooper

Posted by cjsiewert on October 14, 2010 – 12:45 pm

After backup C Ryan Cook was replaced by Jon Cooper at halftime during Monday night’s loss to the NY Jets, the 2nd-year veteran stepped up to fill in on a moment’s notice. His play gained the respect and attention of the coaching staff as well as his fellow teammates.

“He did a pretty nice job, held his own,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell mentioned of Cook’s ability to come in and perform when called upon. “I feel confident with Coop, he does a great job. He’s scrappy, he’s tough. He’s going to fight each and every play and I’m excited about it.”

Cooper, who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings, has played in 3 games this season with Sullivan recovering from a nagging calf injury. As Bevell pointed out during his weekly press conference, it’s important the C position “understands what we’re trying to do” and possess the ability to “make a call quick” at the line of scrimmage.

When Sunday rolls around, the Vikings will have their hands full with Dallas Cowboys DT Jay Ratliff. The 6-year veteran has a knack for penetrating into the backfield with his “ability to redirect and his great quickness,” Bevell acknowledged.

Should Cooper be the choice as a starter on Sunday against a premier defensive front, the team holds assurance in his abilities. Also, the fact that the Vikings will be starting their 3rd C in 5 games is not a concern of one important figure on the offense.

“In the second half, we brought Jon Cooper in and he did a good job out there,” Vikings All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson said prior to Thursday’s practice. “Playing for a half (with Cooper) and the offense look good. We were able to move the ball and be productive.”


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25 Responses to “Vikings Show Confidence In Cooper”

  1. By fire childress on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    chilly is on the hot seat, if the vikings miss the playoffs this year, he will get fired. in a way, i hope the Vikings miss the playoffs so we can get a new coach

  2. By Brandon on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Childress will not be fired even if the Vikings don’t make the playoffs. He just signed a new guaranteed extension.

  3. By purplehorn on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    I’d like a straight answer Mike on who calls the plays on offense? If Bevell is the offensive coordinator, why do we NEVER see him with the headset and playsheet sending in plays? It’s always Chili holding the playsheet and has the headsets on. The play selection is predictable. Which is probably why this team can’t get out of its own way with All Pro talent abounding. They don’t execute, don’t seem to know what’s going on in critical situations, and are losing games because of it. Against the Jets, with Moss running deep go routes, why didn’t Chili call swings to that side with A.P. in the flat, especially when my grandma could tell you the blitz was coming from the right side? Audible and go………If the Vikings fail to go deep into the playoffs, somebody needs to go. We lose most of this team after this season. I’m a forty-two year Viking fan. Tired of watching stupid executed on national television. This franchise should be embarrassed because I remember how tough the Bud Grant teams were. This team lacks leadership- which is where execution starts at.

  4. By chaos on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    come on guys, a couple of losses and we are complaining like cowboy fans.
    childress built the the team, drafted AP and Harvin, and you are complaining that he called the wrong plays. chill out

  5. By fire childress on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    your wrong Brandon, the Vikings have the option to buy out his contract, and fire him !. if you don’t know what your talking about, shut your mouth !

  6. By SoCalVike on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Dungy or Cowher!!!!!

  7. By andy on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Chilly consistently botches the 2 minute drill. This includes taking stupid timeouts when you shouldn’t have. NFC championship game last year 12 men on field. two minute drill. He consistently costs us 3 points a game. considering these 3 points is the differences in our wins and losses. chilly is killing us. This year we aren’t racking up the points. This year these 3 points are difference in us winning and losing. Chilly TERRIBLE Coach. Ok as a future GM.

  8. By fire childress on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    your right andy, during the Miami game-going for it on 4th and 2, in the 1st quarter? come on !! when our offense is struggling on top of it. i got so mad at that call i threw my shoe at the tv. that cost us the game, and he will cost us more games and there is a good possibality he will cost us the season. fire chilly now !!!!!!!!!!!

  9. By DAVID4VIKINGSEVER on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    WE WILL BE ALRIGHT EVERYBODY HANG IN THERE, EVEN KNOW WE DIDN BEAT THE JETS I LIKE WHAT I SAW TOWARDS THE END OF THE GAME FAVRE, MOSS, HARVIN, ECT. WERE GOING TO START CLICKING, EVEN IF WE LODE TO DALLAS I BELIEVE WE CAN RUN THE TABLES AFTER THAT.I STILL THINK WE CAN EIN THE DIVISION, BEARS SUCK, PACKERS ARE HUETING, WE CAN DO THIS AND DONT FORGETT RICE WILL BE BACK WITH MOSS AND TGAT WILL BE TOUGH TO STOP, WE JUST GOT TO WEATHER THE STORM GO VIKINGS

  10. By Lito on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Vikes underachieve. Injury excuses year after year. Why don’t they get the help they need. They look good on paper but somehow unable to put things together. What will it take? Is it possible that Bret will be taken out by opposing teams? Big possibility.

  11. By Robins on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    I believe we will beat the Cowboys! We sure looked great in the last quarter. We need to play like that from the beginning of the game. Sack Tony and intercept him. We can beat them again! Moss will be more involved this time. Good luck guys. Jon Cooper, have fun! Be creative coaches, and smart. Surprise us all! Win Vikings!

  12. By fire childress on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    when you look good on paper and underachieve, thats a coaching problem. why can’t we get a great coach, instead of a sub-par coach? fire chilly now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. By sigg07 on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    there was some major errors last year in the championship game 12 on the field ,allweneeded to do was kick a field goal to go to the SB and chilly opted to do another play .bad ref calls and and we would have went.That was our . year, we had the staints beat ,thaTS THE PAST NOW WERE STILL GETTING BAD MISSED CALLS BY THE REFS .WE SHOULD HAVE HAD A PASS INTERFERE ON THAT ONE PLAy over the middle. whats the deal with that first pl;ay on offense?

  14. By fire childress on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    chilly can’t count, 12 men on the field, cost us the superbowl. our one and only chance to win a superbowl, chilly took our ring away !!!!!!!!!

  15. By loren on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    We will see.The rest of the season will tell the tale.If they fail to make the playoffs I think there is a chance he could get fired.Winning the Superbowl is one thing.But to have that kind of talent and finish the season no better than .500 would be almost criminal.

  16. By Justin on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    @FireChildress

    All I ever see you post is “fire Childress”. For god sakes, post something meaningful instead of sprouting the same thing over and over again…

  17. By fire childress on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    my postings are meaningful, as i’m addressing the problem. do you like the 1-3 record when we were rated the 3rd best team in the nfl before the season started? thats a coaching problem, if you can’t see that you need to quit watching football

  18. By loren on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    True about the first play on Mon.It just didnt look all that smart.Lets hope they have a better plan this week.

  19. By Will on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Firing a pretty good coach is stupid, when there isnt another good coach available, its like a needle in a hay stack, and converting defensive coaches to head coaches doesnt work, look at what i call the great bears experiment.

  20. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    “WILL”, are you drunk or just STUPID ??? “NO COACHES OUT THERE”. Have you EVER HEARD OF, Tony Dungy or how about Bill Cowher or Brian Billick, and DEF.COORDINATOR’S DON’T WORK ??? HOW ABOUT A GUY WHO JUST COUPLE+ SHORT YEARS AGO WAS OUR DEF. CORD. HE LEFT AND WON A SUPER BOWL FOR PITTSBURGH ( their 6th) AND OH BY THE WAY THOSE GUY’S I MENTIONED EARLIER. WHO ” AREN’T OUT THERE ( BUT REALLY ARE) ALL WON SUPER BOWL’S AS WELL YOU COMPLETE………TO CALL CHILLY A “PRETTY GOOD COACH” is so MORONIC, SO……. MY GOD MAN, WAKE UP, GROW A PAIR AND SEE THE WIZARD, ‘CAUSE YOU ARE IN SERIOUS NEED OF A BRAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. By choas on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    How come nobody was complaining when we won 12 games and went to the NFC championship game last year. But we lose a couple games and our loyalty goes down the drain.

  22. By Sage_D on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Fire Childress the Warden! Vikes will never win any championship with him calling plays. He is no good. Should have been fire 3 years ago. Even if the Vikes beat Dallas on Sunday, he should still be gone.

  23. By TWVIKE on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Brad Steckel is taking us straight to 3-13. Move him to towel boy before it is to late!

  24. By mark on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    I agree. Coaching staff is terrible, I don’t know if it’s Bevell or Childress, but the play calling is ridiculously predictable and conservative. Run on first down everytime and usually on 2nd down. Farve is never able to get into a grove. Let him throw the ball!!!! He had 7 pass attempts in the 1st half against the Jets. It took them half the season last year to realize that they need to throw first and pass second. They had to be down 12 – 0 at halftime before they started throwing it and then farve had 3 TD’s and over 300 yards in the second half. They have to be in the whole before they start thinking pass. Watching the Colts Redskins game and I think Peyton probably had 19 pass attempts in the 1st quarter (exaggerating). Against Cowboys today, only 19 pass attempts, AP with 24 carries for under 100 yards. It doesn’t seem that complicated, there’s so much talent on offense. Throw it to AP in the flat instead, throw on 1st down, do something creative once in a while.. Either Chilly or Bevell need to go because they are almost boring to watch on offense and are not putting up any numbers on offense, when they have one of the best.

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