In just two games, Minnesota Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook has been looking pretty good during the fourth and third quarters, but he’s aiming for a similar output right out of the gate, telling Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press he’s out to do just that (in his first two games, Cook rushed 14 times for only 25 yards in the first half, compared to 20 carries for 166 yards in the second).
“I just got to start faster, and that’s what I’m working on with me, to start faster and get in a good jump at that,’’ he said Thursday. “Starting in the third quarter can’t help my team, so I got to start faster in the first quarter.’’
But head coach Mike Zimmer squarely disagrees, saying it isn’t Cook’s fault at all – that’s just the way the games went:
“We’ve had better success in the second half of games running the football, but I don’t think it has anything to do with him,’’ he said. “He’s good… I think we’ve adjusted to some things they do; You go in, and that’s just how it goes sometimes.’’