I interview Chris Cooley this past week and aired the interview on BackFieldRadio.com on Wednesday night at 9PM. Chris Cooley was doing an appearance at a Fed-Ex Store in downtown Washing, D.C. He was helping holiday shoppers ship their gifts to loved ones across the country.
I asked two key questions and got more than I bargained for.
When I asked about how it has been for him adjusting to a new scheme, he sort of went and gave more than I what I wanted answered.
Chris Cooley: “Umm I think the biggest adjustment to me this year obviously learn the scheme – has been adjusting to the quarterback. Getting that trust level there…I’ve learned four offenses here, I think I’m capable of learning a new offense.”
After the benching of Donovan McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman, this is more telling than ever. You can clearly hear the frustration in Cooley’s voice over the struggles of the last few years. I take from this that he was hopeful that McNabb as a franchise quarterback would be the key to the offense clicking. Instead it has been a constant battle of adjustment and perhaps a failed attempt.
Also, when I asked him about if the the locker room has folded:
Cooley: There is a bunch of guys that want to play and want to win football games. No one wants to fold no one wants quit playing in our locker room.
This could be taken either way. I am certain Cooley believes that the team is still talented and can play hard, but is not totally convinced. This is up for interpretation but the weariness in his voice is too distinct to be ignored.
Chris Cooley has been big this season for the Redskins and a rare bright spot for the team, but like the team is completely exhausted and ready to pack it in.
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