A Brandin Cooks stat

doomsday9084

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I'd prefer an offense with 3-1000 yard receivers.
One can be a TE. In the 80s, the Chargers had 3-1000 receivers and a 1000 RB in several seasons.
(Unfortunately they also had a crap defense)
That's fair. Keep this in mind: Dallas' top 3 receivers had a total of 3167 yards. It was just HEAVILY weighted towards CeeDee.

Should Dak have looked away from CeeDee more? Would it have helped the offense? Was CeeDee the only guy getting open? Eh. I tend to think that Dak focused on Lamb and it worked because Lamb got open a lot. I don't think there were a lot of plays where Dak looked to Cooks and went back to Lamb because Cooks was covered.

Gallup was the guy who struggled to get separation and he is gone now.
 

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That's fair. Keep this in mind: Dallas' top 3 receivers had a total of 3167 yards. It was just HEAVILY weighted towards CeeDee.

Should Dak have looked away from CeeDee more? Would it have helped the offense? Was CeeDee the only guy getting open? Eh. I tend to think that Dak focused on Lamb and it worked because Lamb got open a lot. I don't think there were a lot of plays where Dak looked to Cooks and went back to Lamb because Cooks was covered.

Gallup was the guy who struggled to get separation and he is gone now.
If you aren't Dak's first read, your only chance of getting the ball is a scramble drill
 

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I’d argue the fact that they think the exact opposite of his post is an equally if not bigger mistake
You're speaking from emotion. You do not "waste" years in this league. Especially in the NFL.Maybe in the MLB you can argue the "process". NBA is well. But the NFL? When your prime is in your mid 20's? No way you can take this approach.
 

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You're speaking from emotion. You do not "waste" years in this league. Especially in the NFL.Maybe in the MLB you can argue the "process". NBA is well. But the NFL? When your prime is in your mid 20's? No way you can take this approach.
No, I actually think you just misunderstand me, you said the front office can’t think of this as a wasted year, I agree. I said that them thinking the opposite of it being a wasted year is a bigger mistake…meaning that the fact that they think what they are doing isn’t essentially wasting years is the issue
 

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- McCarthy did not design, scheme or care to involve Brooks into games ... until the media actually called him out.
And even then, coaches seem to use Brooks as more a possession guy than dangerous vertical guy

- Dak had issues connecting with speedy Brooks in deep fly-go routes - overthrowing him every time .

- Frankly we just flat have not being using Cooks the way he needs to be .... the way he could be. the way he should be.
Last year was all about McCarthy installing his system. He trotted out his 90s offense out against the Jets. SF and GB ended up eating up all those tandem slants to all our frustrations.

You could tell that Dak had no idea how to get Cooks the ball when he realized the above teams were forcing the ball that way. QBs forcing the ball into coverage is a fan fave.

They can and should get better. It is a system and MM is not a static buffoon but at Dak's age a significant improvement is unlikely.
 

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No, I actually think you just misunderstand me, you said the front office can’t think of this as a wasted year, I agree. I said that them thinking the opposite of it being a wasted year is a bigger mistake…meaning that the fact that they think what they are doing isn’t essentially wasting years is the issue

AHH MY MISTAKE. I agree with you. Their actions certainly would make you think this is a wasted year.....
 

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Last year was all about McCarthy installing his system. He trotted out his 90s offense out against the Jets. SF and GB ended up eating up all those tandem slants to all our frustrations.

You could tell that Dak had no idea how to get Cooks the ball when he realized the above teams were forcing the ball that way. QBs forcing the ball into coverage is a fan fave.

They can and should get better. It is a system and MM is not a static buffoon but at Dak's age a significant improvement is unlikely.
Which could re-surface the doubts and criticism of McCarthy's offense per his later GB dayz as a signal caller.

and this is not a rookie signal caller, this is was a veteran signal caller- and there was obvious earlier frustrations among his very own top players.. ala Lamb.

- Kudos to Mac for making the adjustments to better scheme and involve a Lamb, ..as well for at least finally trying to involve the speedy Cooks, in some kind of manner and capacity in 2nd half, after totally ignoring him in the 1st half of season - albeit still mis-schemed as a possession guy instead of Splash- vertical guy, imo.

- The RB issue was a mess. Both per run game and even in the pass game.
You would think a guy that well scheme, well emerged an Aaron Jones - splash RB, ( not a bell cow) during the GB dayz,
would well know how to scheme a splash-oriented RB.

- But a splash oriented Pollard was made more into a pound, bell cow - which is clearly not his game, and the RBs
were very rarely used in the pass game.
Seen more as mere blitz- blockers and decoys.

- I tend to wonder if Mac decided to leave the RBs up to his asst. coaches, while he himself to took more to the QB-WR- TE pass game. i do think the new RB will be more of that bell cow pounder than a speedy splash guy (ala Aaron,
Frankly i have very low expectations for vast improvement with McCarthy offense in 2024, but perhaps they surprisingly
improve and prove me dead wrong.
:popcorn:
 

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Like others have mentioned, Dak and/or McCarthy didn't even try to get him involved early on. The eyeball test showed that he still has some game. PFF, which is pretty much just a sophisticated eyeball test, had him at a 69 season grade, where 60 is replacement level.

I think Cooks is a better #3 at this point than a #2, but he's not done yet.
 

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37% of all of his 2023 yardage came in two games
Weird season for Cooks.
Had a chunk of games midseason with >10 ypt.

Had one big game with 25% of his season's yardage during that time.

But in the last 6 games, including the playoffs, never got about 7.5ypt in a game.

He's ok, but a disappointment for his cap hit.
 

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Like others have mentioned, Dak and/or McCarthy didn't even try to get him involved early on. The eyeball test showed that he still has some game. PFF, which is pretty much just a sophisticated eyeball test, had him at a 69 season grade, where 60 is replacement level.

I think Cooks is a better #3 at this point than a #2, but he's not done yet.
Paid like a good #2, performing like a #3.

I think Cooks had some big plays, but didn't really show himself as a credible threat to take the top off a defense. That's what we needed, and still do.
 

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Team had 4397 net passing yards last year. 3rd in the NFL and only 117 behind first place Miami. What do you guys want, 6000 yards with multiple 1500 yard receivers?

The receiver group is one of the least of Dallas' issues. The run game is where Dallas' base offense problems start.
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That's fair. Keep this in mind: Dallas' top 3 receivers had a total of 3167 yards. It was just HEAVILY weighted towards CeeDee.

Should Dak have looked away from CeeDee more? Would it have helped the offense? Was CeeDee the only guy getting open? Eh. I tend to think that Dak focused on Lamb and it worked because Lamb got open a lot. I don't think there were a lot of plays where Dak looked to Cooks and went back to Lamb because Cooks was covered.

Gallup was the guy who struggled to get separation and he is gone now.
:hammer: :popcorn:
 

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CeeDee is the #1 and plays like one.
Cooks is the #2 and plays like the #3.
I guess Fergy is our new #2. Most of the best TEs are (in some cases they are #1 option), so hope he keeps it up!
 
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