One of the few memorable moments from the Bears offense in Sunday's 36-25 loss to the New Orleans Saints was actually something running back Tarik Cohen, and vertically-challenged Bears fans across the country, would like to forget.
With less than five minutes remaining in the game, Cohen caught a pass out of the backfield that resulted in a short gain (no pun intended). To his credit, Cohen trucked Saints defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson before being thrown to the ground and, as Cohen's known to do from time to time, began barking at New Orleans coach Sean Payton and those Saints defenders.
Gardner-Johnson responded by mocking Cohen's 5-6 frame.
Sean Payton trash talking Tarik Cohen— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) October 20, 2019
And then Saints players measuring Cohen
my god pic.twitter.com/i0QxqMbsVd
Cohen, who's used the doubt about his size as a motivator throughout his career, seemed unfazed by it all.
This tweet so stupid . Y’all act like i don’t know I’m short . https://t.co/HZGbUeKPHb— Tarik Cohen (@TarikCohen) October 21, 2019
I asked Tarik Cohen about this after the game. He said: "Oh yeah, I’m not worried about that. I’m in the league just like they’re in the league. The height stuff don’t matter." https://t.co/CbccEUUyju— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) October 21, 2019
It seems to me like Gardner-Johnson, who Cohen ran over and was the principle trash-talker, may have done so to salvage some of the pride that Cohen knocked from his bigger frame.
Kudos to Cohen for taking it all in stride and for continuing to be one of the Bears' most important players on and off the field.