Saturday's staunch defense of the organization began when Cooper was asked about Philip Humber's recent struggles at home and Gavin Floyd's overall troubles during his last five starts.
"Everyone likes to pick out our issues, or our weak points, or things we need to improve," Cooper said. "We are well aware of them, first of all. Thanks to everyone for telling us. We are well aware of everything that is going on.
"Here's some news. There are  other clubs, and they all have issues too. We are not sitting and lamenting our inconsistency. We are trying actively to get it better. That's all you can do. The only thing we know how to do is to keep working, getting after it."
Instead of focusing on the team's shortcomings, Cooper pointed to Jake Peavy being healthy and frequently dominant on the mound, the development of young relievers such as Nate Jones, Addison Reed and Hector Santiago, and the production on offense from Adam Dunn and Alex Rios as examples of major plusses for the division's top team.
"Listen, if I'm not mistaken, I would think all of you guys had us picked to be [garbage]. And we haven't come to that. There are a lot of good things going on," Cooper said. "It's the teams that can fix the issues that might go on and do some things. That's where we are trying to head.
"For me it's a pet peeve I guess. A lot of people like to moan, complain and cry about 'What's this guy not doing? What's this guy not doing?' Hey man, look what's happening here. We don't sit and cry and moan.
"There's no crying and moaning in baseball," Cooper said. "You just got to keep going. And that's a good attribute of our club. Regardless of what happened yesterday, we come back ready to play today."