Cooley on Tiger and Campbell
What's that? You're wondering why I haven't transcribed any Redskins radio interviews in two days? Good question. Let me start making amends.
Chris Cooley's weekly appearances with DC 101's Elliot in the Morning are getting progressively more interesting the longer it's been since Cooley actually played. This Monday, he brought the knowledge on pro athletes womanizing, Jason Campbell's wristband, Gregg Williams's fatness and the Redskins' unluckiness. In that order:
Re: Tiger Woods womanizing: "It kills me, because I don't [womanize]....Over the last couple weeks, I've listened to a ton of stuff on TV and on the radio that everyone's saying--well, women follow professional athletes around and women throw themselves at professional athletes. This is not true. I mean, it would be better if it was I guess, but this doesn't happen to me. Women don't just beg to have sex. I think I would believe [it's easier for athletes than bank tellers], but it's also 100 times easier--and every professional athlete should know this, and every celebrity should know this--it's a million times easier to get caught. I mean, the first thing a girl does when she sleeps with Tiger Woods is go tell everyone she knows that she slept with Tiger Woods. For professional athletes in relationships, it's gonna come out."
(An even better Tiger quote was delivered by Gilbert Arenas, via the Washington Times:
"Man, I don't know why everybody's sitting around here like it's something new," Arenas exclaimed. "Tiger Woods is Tiger Woods! It's not like he looks like Seal. It's not like he's not going to have a whole bunch of women. He's Tiger Woods! I'm surprised 400 girls didn't come out. It's Tiger Woods y'all. It's Tiger Woods, man. Did you think no women were going to come out? I was expecting at least 25 by the end of this week."
Re: Jason Campbell's improvement: "Let me tell you something that I think's helping Jason out a lot. In the previous season and part of this season, we wanted Jason to be able to call all the formations and all the plays in the huddle after a few simple key words. And so we put a lot of pressure on him to know everything, as far as the play call and who goes where. There was a lot on Jason's shoulders. And when we switched the playcalling system to simplify things, we gave Jason a wristband. And so it's read to Jason as Wristband 1 or Wristband 2, and then he's able to just read it.
"And I think it's slowed down his mind, and I think he's able to function better as a quarterback, as far as not having to worry about the play, getting to the line, reading the defense, knowing what he's gonna do with the ball, instead of thinking every time so hard about getting the play into the huddle. It's not a criticism at all. It's timing on offense. Some people's minds doesn't work so fast, as far as just straight memory. Some people take a second to recognize things, and so I think this is a benefit to Jason.
"It's been obvious that he's playing better since the switch. I think that's one thing that everybody's said about the team over the last four weeks is that Jason Campbell's really starting to come on and make some good plays for us, he's looking like a true NFL quarterback, as far as being able to throw the ball anywhere and make big plays for this offense. I think that's a contributing factor to Jason doing that. I know that it was hard for him, and I know this is much, much simpler, and I think it's helping him."
Re: Gregg Williams looking like an oversized left tackle: "He looked so much bigger. Definitely agree. He was thin when he was here. I looked at his face in the newspaper [Sunday], and I thought that doesn't even look like the guy. I thought the same thing, I thought is he enormous right now? And so when I went out on the field I was checking him out. He's packed on a few pounds. He's had a lot of stress....Maybe he's a stress eater?"
Re: the Redskins: "I mean, we outplayed the New Orleans Saints, no questions asked. No one that watched the game woudln't say that. I thought we played more physical than they did. I thought we played smarter....Some of the things that happened were just unbelievable. They had to be so lucky to win that football game....
"We're good enough to beat an undefeated team. That's really frustrating for everybody involved. It's frustrating for players, it's very frustrating watching on the sidelines and saying we can beat all of these teams. We should have beat Dallas, we should have beat Philly. No questions asked we should have beat New Orleans. And so why aren't we a playoff team? Why can't we find a way to win the games we have to win and to play at the level that we're capable of instead of matching other teams?"
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