Morning Look: Cooley Unfiltered
Passing judgment on how the famously unfiltered editors at Redskins.com handled Chris Cooley's first public news gathering concerning his private parts:
Negative: As pictured above, in a screen grab taken this morning, Redskins.com sort of misidentified the player in question. The day Jason Campbell holds a press conference to discuss his private parts is the day I retire.
Positive: Redskins.com TV showed Cooley's private parts comments in full (heh), actually providing more private part humor than our blog or newspaper story. While private part reporting might be great for Web traffic (and trust me, it is), it might not be particularly awesome publicity for the team. But anyhow, Cooley's full comments, as shown on the site:
"Should I just address the whole deal, since I haven't done that?" he asked. "We had a total mistake, we didn't want to offend anybody, we feel really bad about it, I feel really bad about it. It was an accident. I got a lot of jokes about, 'How does that accident happen?' but, um, it's me. And it happened. So it was addressed in the team meeting, they put the picture up in the team meeting and we said that the Internet works fast so be careful, and that was pretty much it. But no, like I said, it wasn't something that was intended by any means, and I guess it's done."
The Internet does indeed work fast, although I'd think the advice might have focused more on the fact that cameras tend to capture everything they're pointed at, so clothing is often a good idea for lap photos. Because the Internet works a heck of a lot faster when private parts are involved. What did Zorn say?
"To be honest, coach didn't get a lot of words in," Cooley said. "There was more chuckling. We had a good laugh about it, that that really happened. I mean, what do you say if you're the head coach? 'Don't do this?' "
Indeed. Were I the head coach, I'd say something like "This was not super smart. Keep fighting your guts out, but try to keep your parts in." But that's just me. How did Cooley's family react?
"My family's fine," he said. "My family knows me. They know they're always gonna have something out there that they gotta deal with. All intentions are good, all my intentions are good, and that wasn't part of it."
He said "part." Heh. Anyhow, the final unfiltered question concerned which was a bigger concern, the playbook or the prop. "Bigger." Heh.
"I think initially someone said some things about the playbook," Cooley said. "I didn't put anything about the playbook in the picture. There were a couple items about how the Saints defenders play individually, and they were all positive. I thought the Saints were a good defense and that was all I had written about that. I think the only issue about the playbook was what was below the playbook."
What a nutty story. Seriously, we're five days into WatererGate, and it still won't go away. I mean, the puns are infecting virtually every Redskins headline on the Internet. For example. And for another example. What a week.
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