Players Generally Pleased By Zorn News

Posted by Matt Terl on October 23, 2009 – 9:24 am

With Vinny Cerrato confirming that Jim Zorn will remain as head coach for the rest of the year and “hopefully into the future” (which conjures up images of Zorn standing on the sidelines in a jetpack and a shiny silver jumpsuit coaching the robots from the old Cyberball arcade game), I was interested to hear what the players had to say.

As a rule, players aren’t used to being asked for comment on things at 9:00 in the morning as they wait to go to meetings, but the general sense of the guys I talked to was relief, and hope that maybe this would drastically reduce the soap opera quotient of the workweek.

“It’s good news, and it’s comforting,” Antwaan Randle El said. “I mean, that’s one thing you always look at in terms of a team: you want to BUILD a team, and it’s hard to do it in a year and a half span. If he was to be let go now or in the next couple of games or something, it would just be almost all for nothing. So it’s just good to hear that he’s here and we can kinda rest our hat on that a little bit.” Read more »

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The Cooley Zone On E:60

Posted by Matt Terl on October 21, 2009 – 1:15 pm

In case you missed it (despite my 75,000 word interview with Rachel Nichols on the subject), here’s the E:60 piece on Chris Cooley from last night. I thought it was really well done, as was the USFL 30 For 30 that followed. Good night for ESPN. Read more »

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Talking Chris Cooley With Rachel Nichols

Posted by Matt Terl on October 20, 2009 – 1:49 pm

On Friday, I mentioned that the E:60 piece on Chris Cooley — which he talked about on his blog when it was filmed in July — would be airing tonight (7:00 eastern, sports fans!). And roughly since I posted that, I’ve been trying to get in touch with with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols to ask her about working with Cooley. We tried to set something up for the weekend, but things got hectic during and after the game, and I had to reschedule because I couldn’t clear the time.

When we finally caught up by phone yesterday, Nichols was completely understanding and said something about knowing how busy things must’ve been. And that’s when I felt terrible, because I had used the hectic schedule of one football-drama-filled day as an excuse to reschedule a quick talk with someone who had been forced to follow the ENTIRE WEEKS-LONG BRETT FAVRE DRAMA in person from city to city.

This is roughly analogous to me complaining about a flat tire to someone whose entire home has caught fire, burned to the ground, had the ruins swallowed by an earthquake — and then had their insurance claim denied. So I felt kind of bad about that.

But Nichols was perfectly forgiving, and more than happy to talk about a project she’s obviously proud of.
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Friday, October 2: ESPN First Take Likes Skype, Photo Montages

Posted by Matt Terl on October 2, 2009 – 9:25 am

Chris Cooley appeared on ESPN’s First Take yesterday to discuss the usual subjects of the week — the decline of “this once-proud franchise”, the team’s offensive struggles, who is to blame for the loss in Detroit, etc. If you’ve been reading the blogs, the comments, the newspapers, and the message boards this week, you’ve got a sense of it.

What I find bizarre is the decision to talk to Cooley via SkypeOooooo! Video-conferencing! It’s like the future, only with so-so audio quality! — and then cover him with still photos and generic guitar music every time he talks.

Anyhow, if you’re into Skype and hearing even more about the Redskins loss to Detroit, here you go:

(Thanks to the always-excellent Matt Mosley at ESPN’s NFC Beast blog for the video, even if he did give the Redskins an “Overrated factor” of 9.3.)

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All-Star Survivors Luncheon Has Really Grown Since Last Year

Posted by Matt Terl on September 29, 2009 – 4:01 pm

Last year, Chris Cooley organized a little event at Redskins Park on one of his Tuesdays off that turned into one of the best charitable events I attended all year, treating a group of breast cancer survivors to lunch, a tour of Redskins Park, and makeup kits, wigs, headscarves, jeans, and gift bags.

This year, that little event got just a bit bigger. Instead of being just Cooley, the thirty women this year were hosted by Cooley and his wife Christy, Derrick Dockery and his wife Emma, Daniel Snyder’s wife Tanya, and the wives of many other players and coaches. Read more »

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Yes, The Redskins Players Are Aware Of The Team's Problems

Posted by Matt Terl on September 28, 2009 – 2:19 pm

If you believe that admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery, then today’s open locker room was absolutely full of recovering football players. For just about every problem that has been brought up about the loss to the Lions and the team’s play in general, there was a player somewhere explaining to a microphone just how aware they were of that problem. Read more »

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An Interesting Day At Redskins Park

Posted by Matt Terl on September 18, 2009 – 3:32 pm

I was disappointed that I missed the snake.

Toward the end of open locker room, a small snake slithered out from under Chris Wilson‘s locker, and … here, I’ll let John Keim of the Washington Examiner tell it:

“Somebody do something!” linebacker Chris Wilson said.

Stephon Heyer made several attempts to pick it up and carry it outside, though Mike Sellers chastised him because, “You don’t know if it’s poisonous!” Chris Samuels made the same point.

But Heyer managed to pick it up (it fell to the ground once and coiled up) and took it outside, gently setting it on the ground and letting it free.

Rich Campbell of the Free Lance Star was onhand to snap a picture; I missed the entire thing. This was a source of immense disappointment to me — snake in the locker room! OMG! total blog gold! — and I was kind of bummed out as I headed to my desk.

That all turned around when someone passed my desk and mentioned that LaRon Landry had a monkey waiting for him in the lobby.

The white-faced capuchin was just over two months old, wearing a leash and a diaper and clinging to a stuffed bear, chaperoned by two of Landry’s friends, and he cheep-ed happily when Landry showed up.

“Just a thought over the offseason,” Landry explained, when I asked why he’d gotten the monkey. “I didn’t want nothin’ too big. He’ll get up to fifteen pounds, live 35 to 50 years. When I die, he can die with me.”
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Saturday, August 29: Marko Mitchell Contemplates The Other Parts Of His Game

Posted by Matt Terl on August 29, 2009 – 11:10 am

You might think, after two straight games with touchdown catches, that rookie WR Marko Mitchell would be happy. That he’d want to discuss his success, talk about putting himself in a great position to not only make the roster but to contribute this season, explain how his teammates have nicknamed him and accepted him and so on.

Not so much.
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Yet Another Chris Cooley Video

Posted by Matt Terl on August 21, 2009 – 12:53 pm

Yesterday was a big day for Chris Cooley video. Not only did he appear on Rome Is Burning, not only did Dan Hellie interview him about his own Fathead, but he was forced to fight off an enraged Clinton Portis during an interview with FOX-5’s Dave Feldman.

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Obligatory notes:

  • Portis was not actually “enraged” as I may have implied above. I apologize for the error.
  • This was all in post-practice fun, and both Cooley and Portis were joking about it later. They do not hate each other, and I’m pretty sure no one was punched square in the face.
  • I think we can all agree that this is clearly more of a “scuffle” than a “fight”.
  • A heads-up performance by Feldman and his cameraman, dealing with an unexpected moving object. Kudos all around.

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Friday, August 21: A Horse Named Captain Chaos

Posted by Matt Terl on August 21, 2009 – 9:41 am

Now that the roughest grind of training camp has let up, I have a chance to go back and use some stuff that somehow fell through the cracks over the last few weeks. This is one such item.

I don’t know much about horses. I vaguely remember one stepping on my foot once at summer camp twenty-five years ago, but other than that, they’re big, mostly-inedible animals that run in circles three times a year and sometimes inspire unsettling outpourings of emotion from the general public. (NOTE: Parts of that assessment may not be entirely correct.)

But the people who do like horses tend to like them quite a lot, and they put tremendous thought into every aspect of their horses’ lives, from housing to cleaning to naming. So when Amanda Schroeder shouted from behind the ropes at training camp that she had a horse named after Chris Cooley, I was somewhat intrigued.

“I just love [Cooley],” Schroeder told me. “He’s my favorite player.”

The horse isn’t actually named Chris Cooley, but instead goes by the nom de horse of Captain Chaos. “He’s living up to his name now,” Schroeder said. “He was not like this before I named him Captain Chaos.”

This struck me as somewhat unusual. Nowhere on the Guide to Choosing A Horse Name does it suggest “name your horse after your favorite athlete,” after all. So I asked Schroeder and the people she was with what other things one might name a horse after. The girl behind Schroeder shrugged. “I named mine after a movie: Blue Steel, like Zoolander.”

That didn’t make the Captain Chaos moniker seem any less unusual to me, so I did what I always do in these circumstances: I went straight to Fred Smoot. Read more »

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