Vikings coach to relay basic message to Chris Cook: 'poise, composure'
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook's exit from the locker room following Sunday's 23-20 win over the Chicago Bears was a whimper compared to the outburst he exhibited at an official following a touchdown catch he allowed to Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery.
Cook left the Metrodome without talking to reporters after he was ejected for touching an official, which began a tirade that he continued as he ripped his helmet off and headed toward the tunnel.
Coach Leslie Frazier had not talked to Cook as of Monday afternoon, but said he intends to relay a basic message to his fourth-year cornerback about keeping his composure.
"I'm sure we'll talk at some point today, but I have not," Frazier said. "We'll talk about a lot of things...the primary message: poise, composure. You have to be able to do that as I mentioned it yesterday when we talked in the press conference."
Jeffery beat Cook in man coverage on both his 80- and 46-yard touchdown catches, the latter of which ended with Cook's ejection. Cook had lobbied for an offensive pass interference to no avail on two plays prior after a similar deep attempt to Jeffery fell incomplete. Cook apparently felt he was fouled again on the touchdown catch as he unsuccessfully argued his case at a referee before his ejection.
Fans reacted on social media wondering why Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams wasn't ejected for shoving an official in their Thanksgiving Day loss to the Detroit Lions. The words Cook used and in what manner he pled his case to the referee is unknown, but the same side judge heard Cook's case twice in three plays and had enough after he so much as laid a hand on him.
Cook placed his right hand for a light shove on the referee, who immediately threw the flag and called for an ejection.
"You're going to beat sometimes in the NFL as a corner," Frazier, a former cornerback, said. "The best do. So you've got to be able to handle it the right way and there is a way to handle it. [Cook] knows that. Ordinarily he does handle things a lot better. But just got to get that point across."
Cook, 26, is in the last year of his rookie deal after he was selected in the second round (34th overall) of the 2010 draft. He has no interceptions and has missed 26 games in his four-year career, most from injuries and legal trouble.