After the Rams lost to the Cardinals 12-6 at home last Thursday, tight end Jared Cook said that the team was out-played and out-coached by the NFC West leaders.
They seemed like reasonable sentiments given the circumstances, especially with the Cardinals turning to Ryan Lindley at quarterback during the game, but coach Jeff Fisher was quick to say the next day that he spoke to Cook and the tight end “wouldn’t have gone there from the ‘out-coached’ standpoint” if given the chance to make his comments again.
Cook spoke to the media on Tuesday and either agrees with Fisher or knows that it’s best not to rock the boat after Fisher weighed in on his post-game words. He said that he was frustrated by the loss, but players have a chance to “kind of cool off and get your words together” that he should have taken more advantage of last week.
“That was my fault for slipping up; it shouldn’t have been said,” Cook said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “But I think everybody kind of knew what I was doing. [The Cardinals] were a better team than us that day. That’s all I was trying to say. It wasn’t the best choice of words, I must admit. But I’m only human, right?”
As far as we know, Cook is indeed human. One reason we’ve come to that conclusion is that it’s human to think that teams that lose games do so because their opponents play better and coach better than the opposition. Such things are said pretty much every week of the season, so it’s hard to figure out why Cook’s caused such a stir with the Rams in the first place but whatever fire raged appears to be fully doused now.