Originally posted by sspiker:
He wasn't even a starter at Rutgers. Not hard to justify going with someone who was more familiar with the game and the defensive playbook at the beginning of the season.
This. Like others have said, it happens to everyone. Seattle who badly needs help at TE, cut a guy who is doing very well in KC. NE, New Orleans, all quality teams have cut people who have gone on to look good elsewhere. With the 49ers, it's likely that Cooper wouldn't have played a game yet, in KC he only got the opportunity because of a freakish amount of injuries in their secondary.
In terms of his performance, yes, he's done well, but that KC front seven is also playing at an insanely high level this season, Houston and Hali have over 20 sacks between the two of them halfway through the season. Just as Carlos Rogers looked like a worldbeater in 2011, don't let first impressions fool you, Cooper could look significantly less great without having a league high amount of QB pressures forcing the mostly mediocre QB's they've played into bad throws.
You're talking about a team with 36 sacks, vs the 17 sacks that the 49ers have had this season. If anything I'm more impressed with the play of the 49ers secondary which has done well in spite of lacking any sort of real pass rush since Aldon left. Aldon has only played in three games this season, he's still leading the 49ers in sacks.....meanwhile in KC he'd be the 4th or 5th leading pass-rusher.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Nov 2, 2013 at 11:19 AM ]