Josh McDaniels: “Disappointing” to lose Brandin Cooks so early

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Many of the Patriots in the lineup for Super Bowl LII had played in previous Super Bowls, but it was the first chance for wide receiver Brandin Cooks to try for a ring.

Cooks would not be around for most of the proceedings, however. Cooks was drilled by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins while trying to run after a catch in the second quarter of the game and ruled out almost immediately after being taken back to the locker room.

Quarterback Tom Brady said it was “frustrating” to lose Cooks to the head injury and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said he felt bad for Cooks missing out on a chance to do more in the biggest game of his career.

“I mean, obviously it made an impact somewhat, McDaniels said. “I thought that Phillip (Dorsett) and Chris (Hogan) really stepped up, made a lot of big plays. But that’s what a football team does. You have to go through that every single week. You’ve got adversities whether you come into the game with injuries or get hurt in the middle of the game, guys are practiced and prepared to do that, and I thought they did a good job. I’m more upset for Cookie, has an opportunity to play in his first Super Bowl, and then to get cut short there, that was disappointing for him.”

Brady threw for 505 yards over the course of the evening and the Patriots scored 30 points after Cooks’ injury, so it’s hard to say his absence swung the pendulum in Philadelphia’s direction. It was just one of the things that went wrong for the Patriots on the way to a painful loss.

51 responses to “Josh McDaniels: “Disappointing” to lose Brandin Cooks so early

  1. Peterson was disappointed to lose:
    Peters…starting left tackle
    Hicks…starting middle line backer
    Sproles…running back and punt returner
    Maragos…special teams ace

    But the Eagles won the Super Bowl

  2. That was clearly a cheap shot to the head. A dirty disgusting hit by Jenkins. He should have been thrown out of the game. In college football, that would have been targeting and they would have thrown him out. If the NFL is serious about head injuries and concussions, they need to fix it so a hit like that prompts an ejection

  3. Yes it was a tough loss and maybe-maybe, and what if Edelman… but Brady still threw an incredible 505yds – no, this loss is on the Pats D not showing up and the refs making a bad TD call. Either team could have won but you can’t win ’em all and Foles and Philly played well so let’s just congrat them and rise above the pathetic crowing of 30 other total-loser fanbases – Brady has at least 2 more shots children so you might want to ration all that salty energy for your team’s next embarrassing loss to the Pats.

  4. Would have been nice to have Brandin for the whole game, but he has nobody to blame but himself. He caught that ball and began running like a chicken with his head cut off. Why would he run backwards on that? Or sideways? He put himself in a position to get blasted and Jenkins obliged.

  5. cmonitsfunny says:
    February 5, 2018 at 7:47 am
    Peterson was disappointed to lose:
    Peters…starting left tackle
    Hicks…starting middle line backer
    Sproles…running back and punt returner
    Maragos…special teams ace
    But the Eagles won the Super Bowl
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    The Pats lost 15 starters to IR, many key guys like Edelman and Hightower, Mitchell, Cyrus Jones and 1st team linemen. Plus their leading defender Ninkovich was a late preseason sudden loss. The Pats were banged-up, but for a controversial TD that should have been overturned, they could still have won.

  6. That wasn’t targeting nor a dirty hit. Cooks needs to know where the players are on the field and not try and dance for more yards after a good play. Do people want the NFL to be flag football?

  7. Now you know why the Saints got rid of him. He’s fast but can’t juke anyone! The end around, he tries to hurdle a guy and looked ridiculous….. he should be shifty enough to get by a guy 1 on 1… but he can’t. Then he catches a ball for 20+ yards and runs in a circle, goes no where and gets his lights dimmed. Too small and not elusive enough. Saints schooled Belichick on that trade.

  8. the refs helped give the Iggles a touchdown when the ball clearly moved, they didn’t call a flag on a player that clearly led with his head.

    people love to say the refs favor the Pats…but, really?!

  9. cmonitsfunny says:
    February 5, 2018 at 7:47 am
    Peterson was disappointed to lose:
    Peters…starting left tackle
    Hicks…starting middle line backer
    Sproles…running back and punt returner
    Maragos…special teams ace

    But the Eagles won the Super Bowl

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    I think the point McDaniels was making is that Cooks was in his first Superbowl and was disappointed to be knocked out of the game, not making an excuse.

    And Hightower, Branch, McClellan, Mitchell along with Julian Edelman say hi…..

  10. Not why the Patriots lost. What was Brady going to do, throw for 600 yards with him in there?

    If the Patriots can stop the Eagles on that 4th and 1 in the 4th quarter, we might be celebrating #6. They couldn’t, and it was a good decision by Peterson based on the Eagles inability to stop Brady. In a different contest, they probably punt there.

    The defense got shredded. Felt like 2011 when they couldn’t stop the Giants.

  11. Credit the Patriots’ coaches and players for not making any excuses after the game. Shame their fans are crying in their milk now.

  12. Legal hit but intentional spear. If the NFL wants anyone to believe they are serious about concussions then head spearing needs to become an automatic ejection.
    Pats need to get tougher on the line and linebacking corps.

  13. The hit was clean by the rules since the defender hit him from the direction of the defender’s goal line. It was a head shot (everyone will agree with that). I don’t think it was intentional (and I am a Pats fan). The refs did the right thing in stopping Cooks.

    I think the rules need to be revisited. A simple “if you knock someone to a concussion protocol, you are benched until they return” is simple and fair. Sometimes you will get a backup knocking out an All Pro and sometimes it will be two exceptional players.

  14. Streetyson

    The Pats were banged-up, but for a controversial TD that should have been overturned, they could still have won.

    BUT THEY DIDN’T

    And the Eagles also lost the player who was on track to win the MVP Wentz…AND THEY WON THE GAME

  15. ***************************
    streetyson says:
    February 5, 2018 at 8:07 am
    cmonitsfunny says:
    February 5, 2018 at 7:47 am
    Peterson was disappointed to lose:
    Peters…starting left tackle
    Hicks…starting middle line backer
    Sproles…running back and punt returner
    Maragos…special teams ace
    But the Eagles won the Super Bowl
    ———————
    The Pats lost 15 starters to IR, many key guys like Edelman and Hightower, Mitchell, Cyrus Jones and 1st team linemen. Plus their leading defender Ninkovich was a late preseason sudden loss. The Pats were banged-up, but for a controversial TD that should have been overturned, they could still have won.
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    The Eagles started there BACKUP QB!!!! Think NE would have come close with Hoyer, LOLOLOL

  16. streetyson says:
    The Pats lost 15 starters to IR, many key guys like Edelman and Hightower, Mitchell, Cyrus Jones and 1st team linemen. Plus their leading defender Ninkovich was a late preseason sudden loss. The Pats were banged-up, but for a controversial TD that should have been overturned, they could still have won

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    I love it when Pats fanboys talk about THEIR injuries after they bungle a gm like this. And to see Ertz TD be eerily similar to Jesse James’ but actually count, just like James’ should have, it was very fitting. Brady gave up the ball at the end – and even a tuck rule couldn’t save his butt this time. Once again, very fitting for the Pats to lose this way.

  17. .
    @commonfunny

    There’s a process to commenting here. First you read the headline, then the post and lastly you compose a cogent, logical comment.

    McDaniels wasn’t making injury excuses. Here’s his quote :

    “You’ve got adversities whether you come into the game with injuries or get hurt in the middle of the game, guys are practiced and prepared to do that, and I thought they did a good job. I’m more upset for Cookie, has an opportunity to play in his first Super Bowl, and then to get cut short there, that was disappointing for him.”
    .

  18. Cannot lie. That hit was a real slobberknocker. I am old school. I love hits like that. Honestly I love the Pats but I am not gonna cry about that hit. I have seen Rodney Harrison deliver some devastating hits and it was all good then. Eagles won.
    Every team suffers injuries. No excuses. Pats were in it up until the end. Nail biter. See ya next year I expect Eagles.

  19. Some of the comments I’ve read here after the game make me concerned about humanity.
    One poster called it a great hit, as good as Church on Gronk. Seriously?
    And they call Patriots fans obnoxious

  20. The excuses are just rolling in. I bet the Colts & Lions are looking for exit clauses as we speak.

  21. “There’s no favoritism toward the Patriots”

    6 penalties on the Eagles, 1 on the Patriots.

    Oh, and the TD’s you want to dispute? Yeah, those were both TD’s. You’ll have to find better excuses.

  22. no, this loss is on the Pats D not showing up and the refs making a bad TD call. Either team could have won but you can’t win ’em all and Foles and Philly played well so let’s just congrat them and rise above the pathetic crowing of 30 other total-loser fanbases – Brady has at least 2 more shots children so you might want to ration all that salty energy for your team’s next embarrassing loss to the Pats.
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    The call in the endzone is what it is. not going to put the lose on that. Eagles deserved the win but but Pats D and ST was sloppy. How about not wasting a valuable time out in the secondhalf because you can’t match up. How about the ST pin the Eagles behind the 25 on kickoffs. How about Belichick kick a field goal instead of going for it on 4th down. He gave up good field position there. How about executing a clean snap on a field goal.

  23. It was good to see the cheaters get payback. But there was a point on the last couple of Philly drives that every lineman was blatantly holding on every play. Hands up under the shoulder pads and grabbing and yanking arms holding that wasn’t called. But at least the refs didn’t decide the game. Foles played like a superstar.

  24. Cooks doesn’t play defense. How many more yards and points did McDaniels need to offset the lousy effort on the other side of the ball?

  25. It was a clean him but Cooks head started to flail around after the hit and there may have been contact on the helmet. And the helmet definitely whipped hard on the ground. I don’t think the defender is accountable for the opponents head movement after the hit. Now if he lead with his helmet into Cookies’ helmet then that’s a different story. Not the case here, no excuses for losing.

  26. Cooks deserved it after blackmailing the Saints. He thought he would have better stats with Captain Ball Deflator than with the actual GOAT Drew Brees. Anyone could see that was a dumb call, and it was great to see karma catch up to him.

  27. Patriot’s fans coming out of wood work looking for an excuse. Cheap shot out of any of their fan base is so hypocritical after the Buffalo game that they seem to have forgotten. One of the Pat’s sites calling foe a targeting rule as college, om my how fun this all is.

  28. Great hit.

    Cooks wasn’t paying attention and Jenkins lit him up, loved it.

    The Ertz TD was exactly that, a TD.

    I expect patsy fans to take this one like champs.

    Now sit down and shut up.

    It’s over.

  29. cmonitsfunny says:
    February 5, 2018 at 7:47 am
    Peterson was disappointed to lose:
    Peters…starting left tackle
    Hicks…starting middle line backer
    Sproles…running back and punt returner
    Maragos…special teams ace
    But the Eagles won the Super Bowl

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  30. Cooks had terrible spatial awareness last night. He got himself KO’d by not having his head on a swivel after making a catch in zone coverage, and before that he had that absurd leap to try to evade a tackler rather than juking and making a dash for the pylon. Besides Brady, not much went right last night.

  31. *********************
    sigbouncer says:
    February 5, 2018 at 9:06 am
    That was clearly a helmet to helmet hit and should have resulted in a penalty.
    *********************

    He has already made the catch and was running…By rule, a runner doesn’t get protected from helmet contact. 100 percent legal hit…

  32. He got his bell rung. Cooks was a runner so it was a legal hit and quite frankly, one that the Pats had coming. Constantly running their receivers downfield on illegal picks and vertical speed patterns and expecting the defenders to just back off while Brady waltzes down the field. Aggressive but legal play.

  33. The defense was not not good enough to stop the Eagles O. One stop in Q3 or 4 and the Pats win. But they could not do it. Eagles O was better, and that’s all that counts.
    Butler, all the rest, details.
    Now, Bill, gauge your draft, and free agents, because you have to have studs on the D and in depth, because a stout 5 backs in the D backfield are not Chandler Jones and Jamie Collins, personal problems or no.
    Pats D is lacking pure talent, and the best coaching (and it was not last night) just can’t make up for that against the best offense, on a night they play well.

  34. Pats’ fans calling for a penalty on that hit need to real the rule book and figure it out.

  35. Hate to say it, but there are times to keep the game simple and the cooks hit was one of them. 2 defenders in front of you, you should just get the few extra yards going forward. Cooks wasn’t going to break that for a big play. Hope he is OK.

  36. all you PATRIOTS haters out there, remember, no matter what there will never be another dynasty like N

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