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Cooley defends Haynesworth

I wrote on Sunday about Marshall Faulk calling out Albert Haynesworth during the NFL Network's pre-game show, telling the tackle to "tape it up and go" against an NFC East rival. Well, coincidentally, DC101's Elliot in the Morning was also watching that segment, and jotted down the same quote, and asked Chris Cooley about it Monday morning.

"Everyone deals with pain and everyone deals with injuries differently," Cooley said. "It's hard for me to say. I'll try to play every chance I get to play. I think it's a little bit unfair [to criticize Haynesworth], because obviously they don't know what he's going through. They can read the injury report that says sprained ankle, and say, 'Oh, he should play,' but it could be worse. He may not be able to play. He weighs 350 pounds anyways, it's probably heavy on his freaking ankle. Every time he steps down it probably breaks. He's a big dude."

Elliot then asked whether the criticism bothered Haynesworth, and here Cooley's praise became even stronger.

"I've been around him enough to know that there's an outside influence that bothers him," Cooley said. "Salary I don't think means anything to him. He likes to play. I know when people talk about him it bothers him. I've been around him to watch it. He hates it. I definitely feel like he's playing with a chip on his shoulder, and he's been scrutinized all year, but when that guy's in the game, he makes us much, much better defensively.

"Look at our numbers as far as sacks go. There's a reason for that. There's a reason Andre Carter has nine sacks now instead of two from last year, not just because he got a year older and better in his 11th season. The guy creates a huge push in the middle, so quarterbacks are forced to move into our ends instead of just being able to step up."

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 30, 2009; 10:03 AM ET
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Haynesworth in the middle does make a big difference. Opposing teams change their game plan, undoubtedly.

Posted by: walkdwalk | November 30, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

So in essence, Cooley confirmed that Fat Albert hates to be called out for overstating the extent of his injuries, and and yeah, he doesn't seem to like it much when people talk about how much he is making for just standing around on the sidelines. Go figure.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 30, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Never has Haynesworth played a full season. That's not unfortunate or injury-related, it's his commitment. You HAVE to play in road games against NFC East opponents, it's the very reason he was brought here. But then again, he was probably brought in to satiate Dan Snyder's appetite for over-priced under performing free agents. Snyder's and Haynesworth's history speak to the latter assertion...

Posted by: tony11 | November 30, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

as a 'skins fan, i pretty much hang on to cooley's every word. however, cooley, you lose a lot of credibility by saying, "Salary I don't think means anything to him."

you wanna think that over a little bit?

Posted by: bacaje | November 30, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

1. He's confirming that Fat Albert gets his feelings hurt when mean people talk about him. Waah! Waaah!

2. Also stating obvious that another highly-paid player (Carter) is worthles w/o help.

Posted by: nojunk4me | November 30, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I think Cooley is the most overrated Redskin we have. Doesn't anyone remember all the fumbles at critical times in important games. And he has dropped balls at crucial times. Like the rest of the cry babies this team has, he'd be better off not being so defensive and keep quiet.

Posted by: hessone | November 30, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Did Cooley just throw Carter under the bus??? Wow, Andre should give Haynesworth part of his paycheck according to Cooley...

Posted by: panamared12 | November 30, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

If you doubt Haynesworth's positive influence on this defense, just look at where Dallas and Philly's running plays went. Both teams started out gashing us right up the middle, where Haynesworth would have been. His absense makes a big difference in how other offenses game plan.

Posted by: freakzilla | November 30, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Cooleing is an az clown and see the writing on the wall, The high priced day care is coming to a halt. Snider has probably ground the enamel off his teeth and has to be feed up with his own dumb ass only to see those guys sitting their and Cooley with his blogs ,web page utube yada yada he will find some serious management you can bet on it and the bs will stop

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Posted by: sallyworking2006 | December 1, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

wow it must be a bad season when the fans are talkin trash about cooley. i can't understand how some fans don't get the big picture. snyder created a mess in ashburn with the help of cerrato. joe gibbs was probably the only smart decision he has made and he even fudged that one. gibbs built a win now team that is clearly past it's prime in alot of areas and a rebuilding project is way overdue

Posted by: nflorida1 | December 1, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth has not completed a whole season without missing a game the past several years. This was no surprise to me that he would miss a game or two. A lot of fingers get pointed when your are losing games especially after having a 3-8 record. Not that it matters, but as poorly as the skins are playing and with all of the injuries, they lost 3 close to games to winless teams and just gave away two key NFC East games. Their record could easily be 8-3 instead.

Posted by: DCSkins32 | December 1, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Ok I'm actually getting a bit annoyed with some of these past greats that have played the game. I have great respect for them, and loved watching them play but at some point you do have to step back and really see the whole picture. I've seen Riggins comments and now Faulk calling out Haynesworth. I don't think Faulk understands that Haynesworth how often he gets triple teamed every play. It wears on you after a while. And to play on a bad ankle while getting punished the way he does is not smart at all. Because you still have to think about life after football. Your wellbeing comes first. If you've noticed RB's have been running down the middle since Haynesworth absence on the DL. When he was there...they would bounce it outside. If anybody should understand the importance of a guy like Haynesworth it should be Faulk. I've seen him get pancaked a couple times trying to run it down on a big D-Lineman. Faulk salivated when a D-Lineman was hurt so he could get his 100 yds for the game. But his effectiveness was waning. Why do you think he became more of a receiver close to the end of his career. So in closing I think Faulk's comments were not well thought out. But maybe it's to be expected since he was only a RB trying to think like a D-Lineman.

Posted by: solo_project | December 1, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

If we were 5 - 5 going into this game Haynesworth would have gone.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | December 1, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

haynesworth is so overweight and out of shape, he is vulnerable to injury. actions speak louder then words. look at his performance this year. most of it (performance) was on the ground between plays.

Posted by: agra09 | December 2, 2009 4:41 AM | Report abuse

btw i agree about cooley being over rated. his crucial miscues are not made up by his consistency when the game is not on the line. trade him and haynesworth for a quarterback.

Posted by: agra09 | December 2, 2009 4:44 AM | Report abuse

Sorry all. As a die-hard fan, I still proudly (just not as loudly) claim my team, however, I feel the time has come to cut your loses. Shut down Haynesworth and Portis, and let those rookies and 2-3 year players get some NFL burn. HOPEFULLY (yes I'm really wishing for this), we finish with the 5th worse record, and get a top 5 pick. Trade away that pick for 2 late 1ST rounders, or at least a 1st this year and next, and pick up some 2nd and 3rd round picks. Draft Linemen with our first 4 picks, then a BIG target WR, and another backup RB. DO NOT SIGN ANY PLAYERS UNLESS THEY ARE ON THE O-LINE AND BONAFIDE STUDS!!!!!!

Posted by: alwaysactingafool | December 2, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

It is ASTONISHING how people choose to read whatever they want into things.

By some of this "logic" Michael Strahan could easily be said to suck as much as some folks allege Haynesworth and Carter do.

Strahan only had six double digit sack seasons in a 15 year career (40%) [he also had five others where he had 5.5 or less...BTW, NOT including his ONE sack rookie year which wold make SIX of 15 under at or under 5.5 sacks/year].

And Starhan's whole career he had at least one dominant OLB behind him, and a solid rotation of other D linemen to help him out.

Strahan didn't break double digit sacks until year FIVE.

Guess he sucked, too?

Carter has only had THREE seasons where he was at or under 6.0 sacks (55% of over 6.0 sacks/year), and that DOES include Carter's rookie season...

Carter went double digit sacks in year TWO.

So just to clarify. I am NOT saying that Carter IS better, but I AM saying you could make the argument and support it easily.

My point is...look at the whole picture.

Stats, results, play of others around a player while he's there, and how those players did without him there. Don't just parse out the facets that suit your point.

Then make an educated assessment based on the whole picture.

Posted by: ThinkingMan | December 2, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

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