Stephon Gilmore: It was fun shutting out Amari Cooper

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The Patriots defense has led the way for the team as they’ve won 10 of their first 11 games this season and cornerback Stephon Gilmore has been at the forefront of the unit’s efforts throughout the season.

Sunday’s 13-9 win over the Cowboys was no exception. Gilmore’s chief job was covering wide receiver Amari Cooper and Cooper ended the day without a catch for the first time since he joined the Cowboys in a trade during the 2018 season.

Cooper had one catch wiped out by a penalty and a diving attempt in the fourth quarter was ruled a catch briefly before replay made it obvious that the ball hit the turf. While Cooper was shut out, Gilmore had an interception before the day was out.

“It was fun,” Gilmore said in comments to reporters after the game. “I was just trying to get my hands on him every snap.”

Head coach Bill Belichick called it “another great effort” by Gilmore, who has earned many votes as the top cornerback in the league this season. Sunday’s effort likely added a few nods in that direction.

28 responses to “Stephon Gilmore: It was fun shutting out Amari Cooper

  1. brwmstr says:
    November 25, 2019 at 7:56 am
    ya but tripping….. Pats won because Pats played better…end of story!!
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    Agreed but I’d rather have won without either of those bogus tripping calls. The one they called on the Cowboys center late in the game wiped out a Dallas first down. I’d just rather win without bad calls being a factor.

    I should say “allas Cowboys” The way the Pats defense is playing, Big D belongs in New England. Good game “allas”

  2. Factschecker, I was at the game and they didn’t replay the calls so I couldn’t judge but I have seen the last tripping call many times this A.M….. judgement call by the official. The O-lineman did extend his leg in front of the Pats rusher (who had beat his defender). Was it a “normal” extension in his technique, not so sure…. It looked like he was using his leg to contain the bull rush that had beat him.

  3. It’s fun when your coach steals the other team’s playbook. Won’t be so much fun when he finally gets caught.

  4. There’s a half decent chance the Patriots would be a 7-4 or 6-5 team if Gilmore wasn’t having the season he’s having.

    He’d never win MVP but top 5 why not?

  5. He’s clearly the best CB in the game, but he wasn’t good enough for the Bills.

    #justanotherswingandamiss

  6. Well when the refs limit Cooper’s opportunities with holding and tripping calls it helps. The refs killed 3 possessions from the Cowboys yesterday with bad unjustifiable calls.

  7. Lane Johnson approves.

    I’ve also never seen an offensive line use actual sneaky tripping techniques like that, multiple times during a game. It’s hard to see in real time, but on the replays it was clear each lineman lifted his leg into the path of the pass rusher. They were essentially karate moves. Comical to me to see people try to pretend that is legal. It doesn’t have to be a leg whip from the ground for it to be tripping. Learn the rules, bozos.

  8. patriotmaleorgy says:
    November 25, 2019 at 10:50 am
    Well when the refs limit Cooper’s opportunities with holding and tripping calls it helps. The refs killed 3 possessions from the Cowboys yesterday with bad unjustifiable calls.
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    😭😭😭😭😭

  9. patriotmaleorgy says:
    November 25, 2019 at 10:50 am
    Well when the refs limit Cooper’s opportunities with holding and tripping calls it helps. The refs killed 3 possessions from the Cowboys yesterday with bad unjustifiable calls.

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    Cooper played yesterday? I don’t recall seeing him. Oh wait…that’s because Gilmore shut him down.

  10. joetoronto says:
    November 25, 2019 at 9:27 am
    He’s clearly the best CB in the game, but he wasn’t good enough for the Bills.

    #justanotherswingandamiss

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    BB.

    Look at the all the defensive players BB has made BETTER through the years. And, that goes back to the early 2000s, too. Bruschi, Law, Milloy, McGinest, were distinctively BETTER when BB arrived back on the scene.

    Look at Van Noy. The guy is a beast. Look at Lawrence Guy. John Simon. Jamie Collins, leaves, is mediocre, comes back, is a beast, etc.

    The list goes on and on and on….BB is the ultimate football teacher, beyond everything else.

  11. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    November 25, 2019 at 9:11 am
    It’s fun when your coach steals the other team’s playbook. Won’t be so much fun when he finally gets caught.

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    You’ve watched too many Brady Bunch episodes.

  12. This dude is INSANE. Should’ve been Super Bowl MVP. Should be getting serious looks for DPOY and another All-Pro spot is pretty much locked in.

  13. joetoronto says:
    November 25, 2019 at 9:27 am

    He’s clearly the best CB in the game, but he wasn’t good enough for the Bills.
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    I’m a huge Pats fan- but that’s a silly take. He was a FA and the Pats offered a lot of money- cheap now but most thought they way over-payed at the time. Bills would have kept him, but they had White (who is phenomenal too) on a Rookie deal. Gilmore wasn’t used right with the Bills, and they rightfully at the time thought he had peaked. he was really bad his first 9-10 games with the Pats too- but Belichik adjusted to put him almost exclusively on man coverage and he has blossomed. Bill also coached him on how to strip the ball and how to run game support tackle- something he wasn’t good at, and the Bills (former) constant flux on coaches didn’t help.

    It certainly worked out better for the Pats, but it’s not like the Bills were clueless there- just how certain trades work out.

  14. tylawspick6 says:
    November 25, 2019 at 11:43 am
    TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    November 25, 2019 at 9:11 am
    It’s fun when your coach steals the other team’s playbook. Won’t be so much fun when he finally gets caught.
    2 29 Rate This
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    You’ve watched too many Brady Bunch episodes.

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    Uh..you’ve drunk too much Brady Kool-Aid.

  15. How’s this for a Gilmore stat: he hasn’t allowed a single catch in man-to-man coverage since the Raven’s game!

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