Cooley: 75 percent chance Skins beat the Eagles
When the NFL schedules were released, we asked users to predict every Redskins game. This Sunday's meeting with Philadelphia was the most even pick 'em of the bunch, with 51 percent choosing Philly and 49 percent going with the Skins.
Well, things have changed. We're also running a weekly Pro Picks contest, and this week's Redskins game is a no-contest, with 85 percent choosing Philadelphia. That's a pretty big swing. Vegas is also on-board with Philly, although the line has crept down from Philly (-6.5) to Philly (-6) in recent hours.
And some parts of the local media have also turned; the Junkies all picked the Eagles to win. And when they had Chris Cooley on 106.7 The Fan as a guest Friday morning, they told him that, and asked if he's angered by the local fans and their pessimism.
"In a way, it does piss me off," Cooley said. "I mean, I don't let it get to me too much, but those are our fans. And you would think, it doesn't matter, you're gonna cheer for your team, you're not just gonna pick against your team every week. That's how I feel about it. But at the same time, you understand. We drop a close one to Houston who we should have beat, and then we blow it in St. Louis, so I definitely understand, but I think we're still a good football team."
This led to an extended debate between Cooley and Jason Bishop about how one could argue that these Redskins are good. Cooley held his own, and refused to back down.
"In no way am I trying to defend that we played like a good football team in St. Louis, because we would have won that game," he said. "But in my heart, I believe that we're good enough to win football games. There's no doubt in my mind that we can go to Philly and win this week, and if there was, I shouldn't be here. I should ask to leave."
Where it really got interesting, though, was when Cooley was asked whether he ever believed his Redskins teams were not good in prior seasons.
"I'd always drive to the game with [Todd] Yoder," Cooley said. "And certain games, I'd say What's our percentage of winning this game? But I feel like right now, we're going to win."
So, a percentage?
"I feel like it's high," he said. "I feel like 75, 80 percent. We like the matchup. We like what we can do to them. We like our guys offensively. We're coming along in this offense, we're growing every week. I love the game plan, I feel great about what we're gonna do. I feel really good about Donovan going back to Philly and preparing himself to play and playing out of his mind."
That places Cooley squarely at odds with Washingtonpost.com voters, but bless him for his confidence. And for actually answering questions. (By the way, Riggins also thinks the Redskins will win.) More here:
On Clinton Portis' intentionally falling to protect the ball: "Well, from what I know, Clinton's wrist is sore. He had the ball in that hand, he didn't want to risk a fumble or something happening there. It was his decision at the time. I would never be able to do that. I don't know if my mind would even think slide. I would run....I mean, he's had a lot of problems with his wrist and I think that was part of the reason why he didn't play as much in the second half. I really didn't get that situation."
On the way Washington swings back and forth on this team: "It's amazing, but the way we've played, at least in the time that I've been here, I think has demanded that type of reaction. Because we've won a ton of big games, but then we've turned around and lost so many games that we should have never lost. And so I think since I've been here, we've played like that, and it's frustrating. But I think until you establish yourself as a team that just wins, you don't get a loss that you're just forgiven for."
On Shanahan after the St. Louis loss: "It seemed to me like we let him down. He just looked crushed and we were all crushed. I sat at my locker for 40 minutes, just sat there. I was in disbelief, and I think that's a little bit of what he was. Everyone was let down by the way we played. I mean, we just dropped the ball."
On chipping in for an indoor practice facility: "I thought Albert was just gonna buy it."
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