Earning the receiving wide triple crown, Cooper Kupp proved to be one of the NFL’s best offensive weapons last season. Since then, the Rams star has been looking to improve even further as he approaches the rest of his historic campaign.
Join The Rich Eisen Show On Friday, Kupp provided some details on what he is looking to tweak in order to maintain this extraordinary success.
“It’s very simple. The name of the game is to be bigger, stronger, faster than you were the year before, and then whatever you can do cognitively to be able to slow the game down” , Kupp told NFL Network’s Rich Eisen on The Rich Eisen Show Friday. “I feel like the big thing I’ve built over the past few months is being able to get to that place where the game continues to slow down and you can play with peace of mind.
“There are little things, little details here and there in our attack that you want to improve; the angles off the line, the way you read, understanding where the guys are at the second tier and then the running game , being able to take angles from the line of scrimmage to cut guys appropriately, having an idea of how guys are going to play certain moves and runs based on forward actions. is that the nuanced details you see in there as you play longer and longer you just get a better idea Ultimately just being a better football player than you were the year You arrive at this place and understand that it’s not about the production It’s not about what the newspaper says that in the end it’s what the movie says And I wanna go watch the movie and say I was a better football player than I was in 202 1.”
Leading the league in receptions (145), receiving yards (1,947) and receiving touchdowns (16) in 2021, Kupp became just the fourth player in NFL history to accomplish the rare feat of leading all WRs in all major categories. Earning his first All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors, the 29-year-old’s breakout campaign was tantamount to the 2021 AP Offensive Player of the Year award and a hefty three-year extension this offseason.
Amplifying Kupp’s stellar season was his role in the Rams’ Super Bowl-winning playoff run. Producing 33 receptions for 478 yards and six touchdowns in four games, Kupp continued his dominance under the brightest lights and came out on top when the pressure was at its highest. Kupp notched four receptions, including the game-winning touchdown, in the Rams’ final practice of the season and added another accolade to his year after being deservedly named Super Bowl LVI MVP.
Finding another season from a WR that comes close to Kupp’s in 2021 is hard to do, and trying to match numbers and accomplishments is about to be a fruitless pursuit going forward. Kupp seems to recognize that, though, and just as the Rams look to turn the page on 2022, he’ll do his best by not looking back.
“You have to treat it the same as any other season,” Kupp said. “You take some time to reflect on this season, see the things you can do better, the things you’ve done well and go out there and make the improvements you need. I think we’ve done some good job on that this offseason. The attention just shifts, you know, I’m looking forward to what’s to come. This league is so competitive, there are so many good football players, so many good teams and good coaches that there is no time – get better, that’s why you can’t dwell on the past. There’s no time for that. You have to to be able to move forward. That’s the mindset we’ve adopted. It’s not about defending anything, it’s about going for a championship. Plain and simple. is about this year and what it will take to pile the blocks day in and day out to build you all out there and achieve something big. our mindset and I’m thrilled we’re a week away from being able to go out there and make that happen.”