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Old 09-29-2013, 10:15 PM  
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Paylor:Chiefs rookie cornerback Marcus Cooper rises to the occasion against Giants

Chiefs rookie cornerback Marcus Cooper rises to the occasion against Giants
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
Marcus Cooper figured he might get a chance at extended playing time Sunday.

Top cornerback Brandon Flowers’ knee had been giving him trouble all week, and someone was going to have to replace Flowers in the Chiefs’ man-heavy defensive scheme when he was officially ruled out against the Giants.

“We're kind of short at corner, so I knew there was the possibility of me getting in,” Cooper said. “I just took that mind-set into practice all week and just went from there.”

Cooper earned his first career start as the Chiefs opened with extra defensive backs on the field. But once veteran Dunta Robinson, the Chiefs’ slot corner to this point, got burned at one of the outside positions by Giants star Victor Cruz for a 69-yard touchdown in the second quarter, the Chiefs’ coaching staff decided to pair Cooper on the outside with starter Sean Smith almost exclusively.

Let’s just say it turned out pretty well for Cooper, a 6-foot-2, 192-pound rookie from Rutgers. He received the most extended action of his four-game career against a star-studded receiving corps featuring Cruz and Hakeem Nicks and finished with a tackle and two pass deflections.

“That’s a tough receiving corps and they’re going to get you every once in a while, but he did a nice job and kept battling,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “He’s new at that position. He was a wide receiver some in college at Rutgers, but I was proud of him.”

Most important, Cooper didn’t get beaten deep for a quick-strike play, which is always a threat because of the single-high coverage Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton prefers.

“That’s how we pride ourselves, on defense and on this team, period,” said safety Kendrick Lewis. “If one guy goes down, the next guy up steps in, and we don’t miss a beat. Everyone’s a starter on our team because you don’t know when your time is gonna be.

“Marcus Cooper's time was (now), and he was able to rise up to the occasion.”

Not that there weren’t some overwhelming moments for Cooper, a converted wide receiver who started 13 games for Rutgers last season and had one interception, two fumble recoveries and blocked a kick.

He was taken by San Francisco in the seventh round of April’s NFL Draft and was picked up by the Chiefs shortly before the season started, but he wondered whether he would really get a chance to show his stuff in extended stretches.

“You know, when you're a rookie, people don't expect for you to come out and do as much, especially when you’re drafted lower,” Cooper said.

That’s why Cooper feels so fortunate to have landed with a team that values his skill set and is giving him an opportunity to prove his worth.

“I’m a bigger guy, you know, a longer guy,” Cooper said. “(This system) always works for those … kind of guys, with long arms and stuff like that. That definitely helps me out a lot.”

It certainly did Sunday.

“He displayed it out there today ― that shows he fits in this scheme,” Lewis said. “He came out and competed his butt off.”

But Cooper, who had a handful of defensive reps in the Chiefs’ first three games, said he kept things simple in an effort to keep his nerves under control. His only focus when he went out on the field was playing his technique and doing his job, and now, he just hopes he will continue to get more chances to do the same.

“This whole experience is an ‘Oh, wow’ moment,” Cooper said. “I worked hard to get here and I'm finally here. I'm not settled (for) that. … I'll just keep going and hopefully I can continue to get better.”
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:00 AM   #16
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We are lucky the Giants only burned ****a once.



NY's lucky they didn't get sacked a lot more.

It's called an adjustment something we havn't done with past coaching staffs.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:01 AM   #17
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I watched this replay about 10 times last night. Either berry or lewis were confused. it looks like it was supposed to be man 2 free, and berry was suppose to help over the top. if you watch lewis, he bails to help smith over the top and the corners are playing tight man, inside leverage with trail technique. Berry has to be over top for dunta to play trail.
The Announcers said one of them was supposed to help him out.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:03 AM   #18
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Cooper out played Dunta, at least on the outside
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:56 AM   #19
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Does anyone else think that, while he got burned, that Cruz pushed him off about halfway thru the route which is why he got so much seperation? Or is that just me?
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:05 AM   #20
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Does anyone else think that, while he got burned, that Cruz pushed him off about halfway thru the route which is why he got so much seperation? Or is that just me?
No. He got separation because the safety that was supposed to provide coverage over the top didn't show. I can't possibly know that for sure, but Robinson played it as if he had underneath responsibility, and I refuse to believe that we would match up Dunta wide on Cruz without Safety help.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:08 AM   #21
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:08 AM   #22
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No. He got separation because the safety that was supposed to provide coverage over the top didn't show. I can't possibly know that for sure, but Robinson played it as if he had underneath responsibility, and I refuse to believe that we would match up Dunta wide on Cruz without Safety help.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:09 AM   #23
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Does anyone else think that, while he got burned, that Cruz pushed him off about halfway thru the route which is why he got so much seperation? Or is that just me?
After seeing it a short while ago on my first re-watch, I'd say no to a push off. We usually see more handfighting that doesn't get called. That one left arm extension from Cruz would have been called maybe 1 time out of 10. It just wasn't enough to throw a flag on, and I'd have been furious with the refs if that gets flagged on a KC corner.
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As to the safety coverage? The other safety was playing deep over the top of the WR/CB on the other side of the field, but Eric Berry's movement throughout was completely not consistent with a cover 2 call. Berry was playing the inside all the way. Dunta was playing man all the way, so it wasn't a cover 2 zone.
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After seeing it a short while ago on my first re-watch, I'd say no to a push off. We usually see more handfighting that doesn't get called. That one left arm extension from Cruz would have been called maybe 1 time out of 10. It just wasn't enough to throw a flag on, and I'd have been furious with the refs if that gets flagged on a KC corner.
Exactly this. It's the kind of "push off" that happens on virtually every long route. A CB with closing speed could have made up for it. Duanta has lost several steps and has no closing speed and just flat out got beat. He's nowhere near the player he was in Houston since his injury. He's not even the player he was in Atlanta last year. When a CB "loses it" it often happens quickly. He can't cover anyone with speed. He is a liability in any type of man coverage on the outside.
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I watched this replay about 10 times last night. Either berry or lewis were confused. it looks like it was supposed to be man 2 free, and berry was suppose to help over the top. if you watch lewis, he bails to help smith over the top and the corners are playing tight man, inside leverage with trail technique. Berry has to be over top for dunta to play trail.
I seriously doubt your analysis is correct. If it was why did they replace Dunta with Cooper?

No, Dunta got burned which he is prone to doing.
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Yeah. If by "a safety was supposed to help on Cruz" you mean "a safety was supposed to come over and do all the work in covering Cruz" then that statement is accurate.

Robinson wasn't doing the primary job on Cruz AT ALL. What he did could hardly be called "coverage," so if it's Berry's or Lewis's fault that they didn't help out on Cruz, it's also probably their fault that Cruz scores on them anyway.

"Help" coverage ain't gonna do shit with the way Robinson was absolutely ****ing worthless.

It's Robinson's fault. Get this "Berry was supposed to help" bullshit out of here. I don't want to hear it.
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Dunta had a bad game. The completed passes in the 2nd half were always to Dunta's man.

I believe at some point during the season he is going to make a positive impact play like a big hit or pick that will erase the badness of this game.
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