Cooley: Haynesworth is not isolated
Many people -- including me -- seized on that memorable Sunday Night Football image of Albert Haynesworth standing by himself as (some) of his defensive teammates met by the bench to sort of suggest that Haynesworth was a bit isolated from the team. Chris Cooley would like to tell you that's not so.
During his weekly appearance with 106.7's The Junkies, Cooley rejected the entire notion of a rift.
"It's actually kind of made me laugh, because Albert's not isolated among the team," Cooley said. "Albert's isolated by the media among the team. So the idea among the media is that Albert's one, and then we're 52, which is not the case at all. Albert fits into our locker room. I think he's been fine with the players. We all get along with him....I think he's just one of the guys. You know, he can definitely have his momentsl like everyone else, but I think he's one of the guys. He's funny, he has a good sense of humor. Anyone that's been out with him has a good time. So he's a pretty cool guy."
Later, it was pointed out that Haynesworth often looks fairly angry on the sidelines, as seen above.
"He has the nastiest scowl I've ever seen, ever," Cooley agreed. "I mean, is he really that mad? Some people kind of squint or scowl when they get tired. Maybe that's just his deal. It's almost funny. I almost want to take a picture and put it up in my locker."
Cooley continued to earn his CBS Radio dollars by providing several entertaining moments, which I'll hereby transcribe, because that's all I ever do.
On the Cowboys celebrating their last-second non-TD: "We saw the hold and then the flag before the ball was thrown. So I mean, you see him catch it, but in your mind you're thinking 'Haha, celebrate, good for you, because it's getting called back, the game's over.' It was great, because I don't know if everyone knew that the penalty was the end of the game, but we had seven or eight of our coaches [celebrate]. Danny Smith was running out on the field with his arms up. When Danny Smith knows something, it's a fact."
On the Shanahan offense: "I love it. I think it's the best system that I've been in. it totally makes sense. Everyone compares it to a language, and you have to understand the terminology and what puts you where, but what I've tried to do and what's helped me a lot is to understand it as a whole. So when I hear a play, I don't just pick out what I do, I try to hear the play as a whole and know what everyone does. So if we're sitting in meetings for example, they'll be calling through plays that are on our script or calling through plays that we ran in film, and I'll just draw everyone. I'll draw the line's responsibility, I'll draw the receivers. It's good for me, because I actually end up fitting in in a lot of places, and you saw that last week, where I'll play in the backfield, I'll play in the slot, a lot of times I could play split out. It's good for me to know."
On the motion penalty against him: "That was BS. I have no clue. That was complete BS."
On post-game wounds: "Every game I have crazy bruises and stuff going on. I have a bunch up my leg. The outside of my left bicep is completely black right now."
On his wife's ad in this week's People Mag: Well, you can just look at it yourself.
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