The Man In The Middle

I've always liked Stephen Cooper. I knew he'd be a good player once given the chance. I'd see him leap over blockers and hit people in the mouth, and it made me dream about the day when Cooper would be given an opportunity to start.

I knew he'd be good, but I didn't know he'd be this good.

Cooper has 20 tackles through two starts. T-w-e-n-t-y. Nobody (on the Chargers)had that many tackles in their first two games last year.

Coop is among league leaders in tackles, tied for sixth place. If he stays on his current pace, he's fixing to record 160 tackles in the regular season.

Thats a ridiculous amount for a 3-4 linebacker, but not totally out of the question. I'm thinking Cooper is easily going to make over 100 tackles, and with the way he hits people, 5 or 6 of those tackles should cause fumbles. That would be way more than anything Donnie Edwards managed while in San Diego.

The interesting thing is that while he is basically playing in the same spot that Randell Godfrey did as a Charger, Cooper is making the plays run through him, similar to the way Wade Phillips used Donnie.

Coop has a groin injury at the moment, but he is expected to play against the Packers. We'll need him.

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September 18, 2007

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