Advocate- Brees and Saints coach Sean Payton have both said Cooks' lack of work was primarily a result of the coverages the Rams rolled his way, but the wide receiver was still frustrated by the lack of work.
"I feel like the opportunities will come, but at the same time, this is a very emotional game," Cooks said. "Every once in a while you’ve got to express that, and you’ve got to express what you want. You know, closed mouths don’t get fed."
The guys who are remembered in this game are remembered for doing more than one thing," Cooks said. "That’s why I wake up every morning and I come in here and work the way I work, because I want to be remembered as one of those guys that is great down the road."
"I can appreciate it, but once again, the great ones, they find a way," Cooks said. "So for me, I want that opportunity to find a way, even though I’m being double-covered."
First and foremost, I kind of regrethow harsh my original criticism of Brandin Cooks was. I don't think anything I said was even close to untrue, but I should have been quicker to forgive a temporary lapse in judgement from someone who has been a model citizen - on and off the field - ever since he came into the league. There's no reason to believe that the kid has any semblance of an immaturity issue so I probably should have given him the benefit of the doubt.
That being said, this explanation stinks to a heaven so high that the person Brandin Cooks prays to after every touchdown just tucked his nose into the collar of his robe. I'm usually not one for semantics, but if posting a pointed, passive aggressive quote on social media could be construed as having a constructive dialogue then the average high school relationship wouldn't flame out in two weeks. Seems relatively strange that someone who is apparently so concerned with business went about handling his own so poorly. I understand that the phrase "closed mouthes don't get fed" exists for a reason, but that provides no context to why Brandin Cooks thinks that overly open twitter fingers do. A receiver getting zero targets in ONE game that his team won handily should not cause a week long discussion. That doesn't mean it shouldn't annoy said wide receiver, nor does it mean that is shouldn't result in a conversation. However, that conversation should take place behind closed doors with the person responsible for getting him more opportunities. It shouldn't be a one-sided, unofficial public statement to millions of people (myself included) that are dying to read too far into anything that is put online for public consumption...