Vikings defense settles down after Cook's ejection

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 1, 2013 - 11:29 PM

Cornerback Cook was booted for pushing side judge.

Chicago wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) grabbed a 46-yard touchdown pass over Vikings cornerback Chris Cook (20), who was then ejected for contact with an official. “There are going to be times you get beat,” coach Leslie Frazier said. “You can’t let that stuff get to you.”

Photo: JERRY HOLT • jerry.holt@startribune.com, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

 

Vikings coach and former NFL cornerback Leslie Frazier had some choice words for current Vikings cornerback Chris Cook, whose troubled career hit another low point when he was ejected from Sunday’s game for pushing side judge Laird Hayes. Cook had just given up a 46-yard touchdown pass to receiver Alshon Jeffery with 5 minutes, 15 seconds left in Sunday’s 23-20 overtime win against the Bears at Mall of America Field.

“You’ve got to keep your composure, especially at the corner position,” Frazier said. “There are going to be times you get beat. You can’t let that stuff get to you. You’ve got to line up and play the next play.”

The Bears were facing a third-and-14 situation when quarterback Josh McCown launched a high-arcing ball into the front left corner of the end zone. Cook, who has yet to intercept a ball in 31 games over four seasons, was tracking the ball the entire time. But the 6-3 Jeffery timed his leap perfectly while the 6-2 Cook never left the ground.

“We were in great shape, a ball you’ve got to knock away and we don’t knock it down,” Frazier said. “And they make a terrific catch and Chris ends up getting ejected.”

Cook, who had already left the locker room by the time reporters were allowed in, appeared to be upset two plays earlier on what he might have thought was offensive pass interference on an incomplete pass intended for Jeffery. Of course, he also had just been beaten for an 80-yard touchdown by Jeffery on the second play of the third quarter.

“I was just getting open and making plays,” said Jeffery, who finished with 12 catches for 249 yards and two touchdowns, primarily against Cook and rookie Xavier Rhodes.

Something else Frazier said also might have stung a bit for Cook, a second-round pick who has missed 29 games because of injuries and legal issues.

“After [Cook’s ejection], it seems like our guys settled down,” Frazier said.

So with the Bears leading 20-10, there became a heightened sense of urgency by a Vikings defense that was forced to play punt returner Marcus Sherels the rest of the game because of injuries and Wednesday’s release of backup A.J. Jefferson following his arrest on a domestic assault charge. Of course, the Bears also became increasingly conservative.

Mix the two together, and here’s what you get for the Bears’ final six possessions: punt, fumble, punt, missed field goal, punt, missed field goal. Quarterback Josh McCown finished with 355 yards passing, but only 76 of them came in the final 23 minutes — all of them after Cook was banished.

“We’re playing a lot of different people in the secondary a lot more snaps than we’d like to be playing them,” Frazier said. “But they were standing up and they were finding ways to hang in there.”

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Buffalo 12/28/14 12:00 PM
New England
Cleveland 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Dallas 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Washington
Indianapolis 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Jacksonville 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Houston
San Diego 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
NY Jets 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Chicago 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota
Philadelphia 12/28/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
New Orleans 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Carolina 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Atlanta
Detroit 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Denver
Arizona 12/28/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Cincinnati 12/28/14 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
TBA 1/3/15 2:00 AM
TBA
TBA 1/3/15 2:00 AM
TBA
Toronto 110 FINAL
LA Clippers 98
Boston 88 FINAL
Washington 101
Orlando 102 FINAL
Charlotte 94
Memphis 103 FINAL
Miami 95
Indiana 110 FINAL
Brooklyn 85
New Orleans 100 FINAL
Chicago 107
Atlanta 90 FINAL
Milwaukee 85
Philadelphia 67 4th Qtr 2:52
Utah 76
New York 60 3rd Qtr 10:54
Sacramento 67
Minnesota 36 2nd Qtr 4:42
Golden State 47
NY Islanders 3 FINAL(SO)
Buffalo 4
Detroit 3 FINAL(OT)
Ottawa 2
Carolina 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay 2
New Jersey 1 FINAL
NY Rangers 3
Boston 2 FINAL
Columbus 6
Winnipeg 4 FINAL(OT)
Minnesota 3
Washington 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 0
Dallas 4 FINAL
St. Louis 3
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Nashville 4
Anaheim 1 FINAL(SO)
Arizona 2
Chicago 4 3rd Prd 5:02
Colorado 2
Edmonton 0 2nd Prd 8:17
Calgary 3
San Jose 1 2nd Prd 12:31
Los Angeles 1
Indiana 87 FINAL
Georgetown 91
Maine 43 FINAL
Seton Hall 72
UNC-Wilmington 82 FINAL
Minnesota 108
Georgia State 61 FINAL
Green Bay 78
Jacksonville St 61 FINAL
Jacksonville 75
Kentucky 58 FINAL
Louisville 50
Northern Ky 55 FINAL
Northwestern 76
UAB 58 FINAL
North Carolina 89
IUPUI 55 FINAL
Pepperdine 53
Santa Clara 60 FINAL
St Marys-CA 73
Oakland 56 FINAL
Maryland 72
Gonzaga 87 FINAL
BYU 80
Mercer 77 FINAL
Georgia 86
San Francisco 77 FINAL
Pacific 71
Wright State 55 FINAL
Ohio State 100
Presbyterian 65 FINAL
Virginia Tech 87
Brescia 42 FINAL
Western Ky 89
Tennessee St 46 FINAL
Tennessee 67
Kennesaw St 45 FINAL
Illinois 93
Colorado State 58 FINAL
New Mexico St 57
Portland 61 FINAL
San Diego 58
Wayland Baptist 63 FINAL
Utah State 75
Bristol University 59 FINAL
Weber State 109
Sacramento St 74 FINAL
Utah Valley U 49
Southern Utah 36 2nd Half 12:21
UNLV 60
SD Christian 30 2nd Half 11:00
San Diego St 57
Illinois 18 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 35
Rutgers 40 FINAL
North Carolina 21
NC State 34 FINAL
UCF 27
Cincinnati 17 FINAL
Virginia Tech 33
(15) Arizona State 36 FINAL
Duke 31
Miami-Florida 21 FINAL
So Carolina 24
Boston College 30 FINAL
Penn State 31
(25) Nebraska 34 4th Qtr 13:35
(24) USC 45
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
Minnesota
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama
Houston 1/2/15 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Iowa 1/2/15 2:20 PM
Tennessee
(11) Kansas State 1/2/15 5:45 PM
(14) UCLA
Washington 1/2/15 9:15 PM
Oklahoma State
East Carolina 1/3/15 11:00 AM
Florida
SMU 45 FINAL
(2) Connecticut 96
UCF 64 FINAL
Houston 50
BYU 62 FINAL
Gonzaga 78
Pacific 92 FINAL
San Francisco 54
St Marys-CA 62 FINAL
Santa Clara 61
San Diego 87 FINAL
Portland 65
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Grade the Vikings offense

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close