Cooley Says Slow Starts Are Because Of Execution, Not Play Calling
Skins tight end Chris Cooley joined “The Sports Junkies” on 106.7 The Fan while in Wyoming Elk hunting and gave his perspective on why the Redskins offense has been sputtering, particularly in the opening drives and coach Mike Shanahan’s fear of the word “rebuilding.”
Redskins beat reporter Grant Paulsen asked Shanahan during a press conference if he considered the team rebuilding because of the number of young players being evaluated and seeing a lot of the field. Shanahan disagreed with Paulsen’s choice of words and when asked on today’s show, Cooley wouldn’t use the word either.
“I guess I’m just going to phrase it a little differently and you can take it as what you want, but it’s just a building. I don’t know why you’d even say rebuilding anyways, because I don’t even know what we were initially rebuilding from,” Cooley said jokingly.
During the interview, Cakes suggested that the Redskins scrap their “first 15” script, where the offensive coordinator orchestrates the first series of plays since the team has difficulties scoring touchdowns early in the games.
Cooley defended the script and said, “It’s not about [the coaches] calling plays that don’t work, it’s about the players executing. It’s about everyone executing together.”
Listen to the full Chris Cooley interview for more on the Redskins’ “script,” building the team, elk hunting and his recovery from his knee and hand injuries below: