Stephon Gilmore: It’ll be fun to face Brandin Cooks

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Brandin Cooks is one of four players on the Rams roster who has played in a Super Bowl before, although he only saw limited action in his other trip.

Cooks was a member of the Patriots for last year’s game against the Eagles, but only played 18 snaps before leaving the game with a head injury as a result of a huge hit from Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. He was traded to the Rams a short time later and will get a chance to reacquaint himself with some former teammates in Atlanta.

One of those former teammates is cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who said this week that he’s looking forward for the chance to face off against Cooks.

“It’ll be fun,” Gilmore said, via NESN.com. “I’m excited for him, but on the field, it’s all business. But it’s going to be a fun experience.”

Cooks posted his fourth straight season with at least 65 catches and 1,000 receiving yards in 2018 and did it with his third team as the Patriots acquired him in a 2017 trade with the Saints. He signed a long-term deal after landing in Los Angeles, so any more Super Bowl appearances in the near future will likely come for the Rams as well.

23 responses to “Stephon Gilmore: It’ll be fun to face Brandin Cooks

  1. Honestly, the one area of our team that terrifies me is Gilmore. Most people think he’s great, whereas I see nothing but flashes of decent play in a sea of holding penalties and getting burnt into little bricks of charcoal on deep bombs or even a dude running in a straight line like you were on the Chargers first drive. You remember that, right? We had already scored on the way to what should have been a 35-0 first half, only you saw a butterfly or something and went off to investigate? There will be no butterflies at the Super Bowl, Stephon, do you understand? No butterflies!

  2. I bet they put Gilmore on Woods. Cooks will get Jon Jones underneath and maybe Harmon over the top, or BB will keep McCourty over the top like last week.

    Key match up for the Rams may be Everett and how BB treats that. Goff will be nervous and will need to have the run game going.

    That’s the key for the Rams, not soft one trick pony Cooks. BB knows his weaknesses.

  3. weepingjebus says:
    January 24, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Honestly, the one area of our team that terrifies me is Gilmore. Most people think he’s great, whereas I see nothing but flashes of decent play in a sea of holding penalties and getting burnt into little bricks of charcoal on deep bombs or even a dude running in a straight line like you were on the Chargers first drive. You remember that, right? We had already scored on the way to what should have been a 35-0 first half, only you saw a butterfly or something and went off to investigate? There will be no butterflies at the Super Bowl, Stephon, do you understand? No butterflies!

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    Wow. Horrible analysis. Who knows who blew the zone coverage vs the Chargers, but his man work has been at an All Pro level.

    I don’t think one brain fart vs the Chargers is representative over his body of work.

    Old teammate, Robert Woods, will have a very quiet game.

  4. Gilmore is terrible corner who gets beat often and uses his hands too hold but like most pats he gets away with the calls. Overpaid and cuz he is on a good team he gets pegged as a good corner but it’s Belichicks defenses that make him good just like the rest of that defense

  5. “Gilmore is terrible corner who gets beat often and uses his hands too hold but like most pats he gets away with the calls. ”

    He’s one of the highest rated corners in the league this season by the various analytics site but keep crying like a 3 year old girl that just dropped her ice cream in the sand box.

    As to Cooks, he was decent last year with the Pats but made 3 of the worst plays I’ve ever seen in a Super Bowl last year. He’s also a bit soft and if they hit him coming off the line early in the game and get a couple hard tackle on him the alligator arms will make their appearance.

  6. jets2469 says:
    January 24, 2019 at 5:10 pm
    Gilmore is terrible corner who gets beat often and uses his hands too hold but like most pats he gets away with the calls. Overpaid and cuz he is on a good team he gets pegged as a good corner but it’s Belichicks defenses that make him good just like the rest of that defense
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    Here’s what PPF said about Gilmore this year:

    CORNERBACK
    Stephon Gilmore, New England Patriots – 90.7 Overall Grade (best in NFL)
    New England’s man-heavy defensive scheme played to Gilmore’s strengths nicely in 2018, as the seven-year veteran led the league in pass breakups (18) and forced incompletion percentage (27.8) en route to a spot on our All-Pro team and the highest overall grade among cornerbacks.

  7. Don’t be afraid to face guard, helmet to helmet hit, and pass interfere the receivers as well.

  8. Should’ve seen some of the shots Cooks took this year. Always bounced right back up.

    Whatever he did or didn’t do in New England, the guy is not soft. And to this point, he’s been well worth the 1st rounder the Rams gave up to get him.

  9. knowspinzone says:
    January 24, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    As a Pats fan I wish we had kept Cooks one more year. I agree with whywerule, best wishes to him, but only when his team finishes in 2nd place.

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    Wow. Another teenage Pats fan that embarrasses older fans on these boards…

    BB had 2 1st rd picks and saved 14 mil per because he was developing Dorsett, a one trick pony speed guy, who actually can run the intermediate stuff as well as Cooks did.

    He’s on his rookie deal.

    It allowed BB to draft Isiah Wynn, and then take an extra pick, their own, for a RB named Sony Michel.

    It was a no brainer. Cooks is soft and one dimensional and clearly not worth a 1st rd pick on top of a cap killing 14 mil per.

    The Rams best win this game, because they have a lot of older, expensive players (Suh, Talib), who won’t be there after this.

  10. The biggest issue Cooks had in NE was that he didn’t really fight for contested balls enough. As for his Super Bowl? Guy got knocked the bleep out. It happens. Can’t fault a guy for getting laid out and then taken out for the remainder of the game in concussion protocol.

  11. Terrible move by the Patriots to part with Brandin Cooks. I don’t know why he and Brady never got on the same page

  12. Chad504boy says:
    January 24, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Don’t be afraid to face guard, helmet to helmet hit, and pass interfere the receivers as well.

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    There is no faceguarding in the NFL, so I am assuming that’s a backhanded joke regarding Goodell’s cheating in the 2006 AFC Title game?

  13. Michael Philliphs says:
    January 24, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Terrible move by the Patriots to part with Brandin Cooks. I don’t know why he and Brady never got on the same page

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    Yes, just like it was a “terrible move” to drop a cap hell one trick pony Chandler Jones and his collection of sacks to Arizona, while NE goes to its 3rd straight SB.

    Do me favor, get to a local community college and ask for their Economics 101 course.

    NE yielded Dorsett (for Brisett, which is a fleecing of Indy), a savings of 14 million an extra 1st rd pick, allowed them to draft Sony Michel.

    I am pretty sure it’s clear who made the right moves here.

  14. all the folks saying Brandon Cooks was a big loss for Pats. I would rather have Dola right now for a big game than ‘tap out’ Cooks who is soft. Dola was a bigger loss than Cooks by far.

  15. Agreed on the loss of Amendola for this year, particularly now. That and losing Gordon may hurt here but Dorsett is surging into an Amendola like role. Hogan or Patterson, or both may need to have big games for the Pats to be successful. The Rams will likely play a lot of man coverage at first with Talib and Peters on Edelman and Dorsett, but double Gronk on pass plays, so Hogan/Patterson, or the backs need to get open. The man coverage and that pass rush will require Brady be quick, accurate, and smart with the ball. If the Rams fall behind they will go cover-2 zone because they have been very good at getting turnovers that way, and be seeking extra possessions at the expense of giving up more shorter completions. The ball stays in front of the Db’s and they break well on the ball, so they will take that trade off until it isn’t working. So the Pats current formula of successfully running the ball and using backs on pass routes needs to hold up or it could be a problem. Conversely, the Pats run defense needs to hold up regardless of who runs it. The Rams have shown they can score, a lot, and often take teams out of their running games by posting big early leads. If they don’t, they can be gouged for 5+ yards per carry. So both teams can run it, and both can score points. Like most Super Bowls these days, it will likely be a nail biter. The Patriots continuity and experience could serve them well, if everything else holds true.

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