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Chris Cooley on the Redskins' changes


I just looked back at the gamebook from the Redskins' last playoff win, the 2005 game in Tampa Bay. There are two players from that defense still on this team's roster: Phillip Daniels and Carlos Rogers. Five offensive starters remain: Casey Rabach, Santana Moss, Clinton Portis, Derrick Dockery and Chris Cooley, though Dockery left and came back, which might not count. Of the reserves, only Mike Sellers is still around.

So Cooley, a 27-year old entering his seventh NFL season, is one of the longest tenured guys, both on this team and on D.C. sports.


"Which is unbelievable, because I feel like I got here yesterday," Cooley said on Monday, during an appearance at Langston Golf Course for The First Tee and FedExCup's® Fore!Ever campaign. "It's a completely different team. And that happens when you change staffs like we have."

Like everyone else, I needed to ask Cooley for his reaction to the Jason Campbell trade (see video above). He and Campbell were close; they vacationed together in Orlando, and Cooley consistently stuck up for the quarterback in interviews. He said the same thing everyone else has said -- that he's happy for Campbell and will be rooting for him to succeed.

"It's one of those guys that you actually care about, and I think fans actually care about, so they'll watch Jason Campbell play in Oakland," Cooley said. "People just like him. I mean, he's likable. Especially after all the hits he took, that guy could have quit after week 10 and just said this is retarded, I'm not doing this any more. He just kept getting back up and playing for us."

Still, there's a difference between rooting for someone and going on vacation together.

"We'll probably text each other after someone has a good game or something," Cooley said. "I don't think we'll probably be going to Disney any more. I would like to, it just might not happen."

Indeed, with all the veterans who have departed this year, Cooley said he's spoken just with a handful: Todd Yoder, Antwaan Randle El and Campbell. That's the way of the world in that line of work. Cooley said this year didn't seem crazier than any other.

"It's always a massive change," Cooley said. "From the time that you arrive in March through the draft, there's 40 new faces every year. Obviously you get back to [a core], but it seems like there's such a big turnover every year. It's a weird deal. You lose a lot of people you're close to. You think, shoot, we're good friends, and I probably won't even really talk to you again."


Won't even talk again? That sounds sort of ominous.

"I mean, occasionally, once a month, for a couple guys that I actually really like," he said. "I mean, even Todd Yoder and I were super close. I might talk to him every couple weeks now. I probably won't see him almost ever...."

"Everyone just kind of moves on with whatever other deal they do. No one's really from here, so they don't come back here. It's different. You get used to it. The first couple years, they'd bring in free agents, I'd make good friends with all the free agents, and then camp would come and they'd get cut and I'd be like [Drat], why was I friends with him? He's gone?"

Cooley is still among the team's most popular players, though he guessed that Donovan McNabb would unseat him from the top of the jersey sales chart. (He said he made six-figures from his cut of jersey sales last year.) With Campbell off to the West Coast, Cooley filled in for him during his charity golf tournament on Monday, giving him two charity golf events in one day.

There are other perks to his status. Cooley usually listens to some sort of alternative stuff in the weight room; players complain when he puts Kings of Leon on, for example. The other day, Cooley was complaining when the same hip-hop track was on for the millionth day in a row, but usually seniority rules in those sort of things.

"Someone told me to just go change it," Cooley said. "And I was like wow, wait, I really can just go change it."

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 26, 2010; 3:42 PM ET
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Comments

So, Barno says this:

"Somebody (preferably Steinberg) needs to do the math on this to show these dimwits how little money Dan Snyder actually makes off of a particular jersey sale.

Newsflash to these morons: when you are a billionaire, you do not give a rat's *ss about a few dollars off a jersey sale."

Posted by: Barno1 | April 26, 2010 2:26 PM


Than, in this post Steinberg says this:

"He [Cooley] said he made six-figures from his cut of jersey sales last year."


So, if Cooley is making 6 figures just from his jersey sales, how much does $nyder make from every players jersey sales.

Looks like name-calling, copy-paste Barno is talking out his rear end, yet again.

But it's nothing new. I'm sure soon enough he'll say something about how awesome Vinny Cerrato is or how the Terps making it to the 2nd round of the NCAA's is just sweet-and-dandy.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | April 26, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Hard to beleive Cooley's one of our most senior Skins now.

Even harder to beleive there only 7 remaained since that 5 year old playoff game.

But it all makes sense when you consider we're on our 3rd head coach since 5 years ago.

Gawd, we're a dysfunctional team.

Posted by: Alan4 | April 26, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

That team was lucky really. You look at who is gone and none of them are really missed. I am just glad some of these players will finally get a chance to pla ywit ha QB that can take them somewhere. it has been a very long time, and not just Jason Campbell since that was the case. Probably Brad Johnson since we had a QB that could go out and win a game for you. Guys will play their guts out for someone like Mcnabb becausee they know any play or block just might be the difference and if they give him a shot he will make it count. Even the defense will be better knowing a stop on 3rd down means a scoring opportunity and not just a trade of field position all day.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | April 26, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Gamebook + Cooley == Images we'd rather forget.

Posted by: WorstSeat | April 26, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

If Cooley makes over 100K or more from jersey sales... the NFL and the team make double that.... the player gets a percentage of the sales of the their likeness on merchandise but the NFL and Owners get theirs too but they get a piece of everyone's jerseys on their team, especially the throwbacks (theismann, monk, riggins etc...)... Snyder is making millions off of this.

Posted by: rvanags | April 26, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Video stops at 1:40?

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 26, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

If Cooley makes over 100K or more from jersey sales... the NFL and the team make double that.... the player gets a percentage of the sales of the their likeness on merchandise but the NFL and Owners get theirs too but they get a piece of everyone's jerseys on their team, especially the throwbacks (theismann, monk, riggins etc...)... Snyder is making millions off of this.

Posted by: rvanags | April 26, 2010 4:44 PM
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And notice that a certain copy/pasting poster is unusually silent on the subject.

haha

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | April 26, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Could we all please just give Mr. Allen and Mr. Shanahan a chance to do something before we write them off? PLEEEEEEEEEASE?! I love the Redskins and I wish all the luck in the world to them!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | April 26, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Steinberg, stop trying to bait the guy with "why didn't it work"? Are you so hungry for material, that you have to bait one of the faces of the franchise like that? What a tool!

Posted by: anw821 | April 26, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Cooley rocks, Campbell was a good guy. I'll root for him at Oakland, when they're not playing us of course. -.-

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Posted by: xeatango | April 26, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Ah crazy ole Poopy, he's been trying for 3 plus years on these blogs to make a relevant point, and he's struck out exactly 100% of the time. And his comments about Cooley are nothing new. They are not in any way relevant to this debate, but that's his m.o. We are talking about whether Snyder gives a damn about a particular player's jersey sales, and Poopy chimes in with some completely irrelevant comment about Cooley making $100K on his jersey as if it somehow pertains to my point. It doesn't.

As for his knock against his so-called favorite college bball team and alma mater Maryland, well I don't think any Terp fan was happy about going out in the 2nd round. But some of us suck it up, while those like Poopy will hysterically attempt to use it to demand Gary Williams be booted from the school.

Poops, thanks for the laughs.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 26, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

btw Steinz, did you ask Cooley if he still had my copy of Heavy Medal Parking lot? It's been almost 4 years, you'd think he'd be finished with it by now. Must be a really good dvd.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 26, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Let's put this jersey sale nonsense to rest once and for all shall we. Dan Snyder is worth well over a billion dollars. Let's say he makes $100K of a Donovan McNabb jersey sales, which I think is a pretty big stretch but we'll use that number for arguments sake. That is less than 1/10,000 of his worth. Do you people realize this?

To that put that in perspective, let's say the average person on here is worth $100K. Again, that's probably a stretch but we'll use that figure for argument's sake. 1/10,000 of $100K is $10. And we are talking about less than 1/10,000 since he's worth well over a billion dollars.

So, would you get excited for $10? Would you be jumping for joy for $10? No?

Well, then please for the love of god stop with this unbelievably absurd notion that Dan Snyder gives a rat's *ss about a particular player's jersey sales.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 26, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Just saw this online:

"In a good year, a typical NFL team makes about $5 million off merchandise sales, which worldwide totaled $3.2 billion in 2006. However, because of a wacky economic scheme, the teams don’t benefit all that much, sharing only about 12% of the wholesale price of an item. So, based on that number, when a superstar’s jersey is sold, each team gets 11 cents a piece."
http://www.askmen.com/sports/busines..._business.html

So my numbers above are way off. We're talking literally about $1000 a year a team might make off of a particular player's jersey sales if 10,000 or so sell, according to the above numbers.

So let's re-do the math, Snyder is worth over a billion dollars. $1000 is less than 1/10,000,000 of his worth. And if you are worth $100,000, 1/10,000,000 of that would be....drumroll: 1 penny.

Would any of you get excited if I told you that all these jersey sales will result in you netting about a penny more per year?

This is how insane some of you are. You just don't think these things through at all when you are busy attacking Snyder's alleged greed.

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Posted by: jiankango | April 26, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

That team was lucky really. You look at who is gone and none of them are really missed. I am just glad some of these players will finally get a chance to pla ywit ha QB that can take them somewhere. it has been a very long time, and not just Jason Campbell since that was the case. Probably Brad Johnson since we had a QB that could go out and win a game for you. Guys will play their guts out for someone like Mcnabb becausee they know any play or block just might be the difference and if they give him a shot he will make it count. Even the defense will be better knowing a stop on 3rd down means a scoring opportunity and not just a trade of field position all day.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | April 26, 2010 4:32 PM


Players thinking like that was part of the problem. As professionals they should go all out EVERY PLAY regardless of what they think may or may not happen on the next play.

Posted by: largetony86 | April 27, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree somewhat with barno here.

In the GRAND SCHEME of things jersey sales are probably not a motivator for a team's personnel decisions.

Even if The numbers were wildly higher one way or another... the bottom line impact is fairly negligible.

Now, teams in general do profit from licensing their names for merchandise and you could make the argument that jersey sales are a bell-weather of a teams overall health (from a marketing stand point). I wouldn't dismiss the value of merchandising to Dan Snyder, after all he owns an amusement park which tend to do big merch business. But since the NFL negotiates these things as a collective I would think that a single players Jersey sales are fairly unimportant to Snyder.

It also seems there is a preexisting argument I am unaware of here, but if the premise is that Snyder is making player personnel decisions based on something like merch, I would suggest that is like trying to read tea leaves. I think it's a lot simpler, Snyder wants to win, he's just a dummy.

A lot of people give him credit for being a billionaire, but I've met some fabulously rich folks and I can say this: making lots of money and being a moron are not mutually exclusive. (despite how our media portrays wealth)

Posted by: gconrads | April 27, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Where's Vic1 when you need him...

Posted by: dc1020008 | April 27, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

So, if Cooley is making 6 figures just from his jersey sales, how much does $nyder make from every players jersey sales.

Looks like name-calling, copy-paste Barno is talking out his rear end, yet again.

But it's nothing new. I'm sure soon enough he'll say something about how awesome Vinny Cerrato is or how the Terps making it to the 2nd round of the NCAA's is just sweet-and-dandy.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | April 26, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I love how silent Poopy is on this, seeing as he was proven wrong for the umpteenth time on these blogs. The next time he makes a relevant point will be his first.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 27, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

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