Fletcher Cox is not a happy camper.
With the Saints down 14-0 at home against the red hot Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Divisional Round, the momentum swung entirely in the Saints favor when Swiss Army knife Taysom Hill ran right up the gut on a fake punt. From then on, New Orleans was in complete control. Allegedly, they reason they ran that fake was based on film study, which showcased Cox would take it easy on similar plays.
Never take plays off.— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) January 17, 2019
On one of the biggest plays of the game, the Saints WANTED to run a fake punt into the Eagles *regular defense* because they knew Fletcher Cox was going to play passively from film study. They ran right at him & converted the 1st down. pic.twitter.com/DhlWD8Yt9Q
Yeah, that's not a great look to put on tape.
Cox took some major exception at criticism being thrown his way. The All-Pro defensive tackle, who left the game injured several times and played hurt late, claimed that the fake punt was the exact play he was injured on.
All y’all some clowns if you ever catch me not going 100% then call me out matter facts it’s the exact play I got hurt on!!!!!! Don’t @ me anymore about y’all problems https://t.co/1wElsJMSNW— fletcher cox (@fcoxx_91) January 17, 2019
Cox may be defiant, but the video looks pretty incriminating. A foot injury preventing him exploding off the line of scrimmage would be a legit excuse, but Cox didn't even make an attempt to get by the blocker.
Either Cox has the worst first step in football (which he doesn't) or he didn't go 100 percent on the play in question.