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Chiefs CB Marcus Cooper was tore up last night, but should they bench him?

Marcus Cooper was burned last night over and over again by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos and even after the game, Cooper put up a brave front following Sunday’s game.

I’ll just keep working,’’ Cooper said. “I’m a cornerback. This is the life I live. Sometimes things are going to work for me, sometimes things aren’t.’’

They worked for Cooper early in the game, when he intercepted one of Manning’s passes. But most of his day was spent chasing Decker or Thomas, just like he spent much of the previous week chasing San Diego Chargers receivers.

“He had the interception and then the one thing he did was he came back and he battled,’’ coach Andy Reid said. “That’s not an easy thing as a rookie, a young kid, and he’s put in a big-time position and he’s not giving up on himself, which is important. There’s a challenge on every play. They got him on a couple but at the same time he came back and he battled.”

I honestly do not feel that the Chiefs should bench him.  It is different when a quarterback like Peyton Manning is throwing the ball.  Peyton has pinpoint accuracy, while the rest of the division does not.  I am sorry, I would not bench him.  He will learn a lot from this week, and I think the next quarterback to try him will get a rude awakening.

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