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Cooley demands accountability


(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)


Attempting to set a modern American record for Most Consecutive Blog Posts About Donovan McNabb, I now present two Redskins starts who would like to put a slightly different spin on proceedings. Yes, Mike Shanahan's decision to sit McNabb became the media story, but Chris Cooley and Clinton Portis -- in separate appearances on 106.7 the Fan -- would argue that the problems started in front of McNabb.

"For whatever reason, someone has to step up and take charge of protecting Donovan," Cooley told LaVar and Dukes. "There's got to be a leader established on the offensive line. There has to be accountability up front for protecting the guy. As much as you want to blame the quarterback - and it always does fall on the quarterback - ... when the guy doesn't have three seconds to throw the ball, it becomes hard to fault him for guessing a little bit, or for making a quick decision and going with it.

"I think all game he was pressured, and it wasn't because our scheme wasn't good enough. We were just getting beat. It was a hard film to watch, and again, there has to be some accountability, if it has to go back to practice, it has to. We have a great staff. We have coaches that are willing to take the blame for it, they're willing to say it's us, but ultimately it comes down to the players holding each other accountable, going out and working, not accepting the lower level of play that we've been putting out there. And I think all of us have gotten to the point where we say oh we're gonna get better, it's gonna start working, we're gonna get better. And it hasn't. And so something has to change."

Now, intellectually, I think we all recognize that makes sense. It's slightly more nuanced than OMG MCNABB GOT BENCHED, and a heck of a lot less clickable, but it makes sense. Clinton Portis agreed.

"It's hard to ask somebody to perform when they in the line of fire," he told Holden Kushner. "I think as a team, we've got to do a better job to give Donovan more time and let Donovan make plays. I think throughout that game you seen Donovan escaping and trying to give us an opportunity, but it's hard when your initial firing point or aiming point, you take three or five steps and you're supposed to get rid of the ball, it's kind of hard. I think just as a team, we've got to protect him better, we've got to take some hits off of him and give him an opportunity to be comfortable in the pocket. I mean, that could affect anyone's performance, if you're on the ground that much."

"We all have to be men and get better and look at what we're doing wrong," Cooley said. "That's not fun. It's not fun to watch game film and say I sucked here. I hate it. Everyone hates it. But we have to look at it."

By Dan Steinberg  | November 2, 2010; 1:37 PM ET
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Comments

Ahhh, I was waiting for this to loop back to the Lower Potomac Indigenous Peoples' shoddy front office.

Everyone has known for years that the O line needed improvement. Drafting Trent Williams and doing nothing else is not an improvement. What a crock this low class loser organization is.

Posted by: playahatah | November 2, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Thank You Chris Cooley

im glad he's not dodging the REAL issue here, which is the OLINE

we can say whatever we want about donovan, the shanny's, the receivers, fat al, yada yada

none of that is the real problem

THE REAL PROBLEM FOR THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS IF THE OFFENSIVE LINE

that's it right there, there's nothing more to say and until we address that issue we will be no better than mediocre

thanks Cooooooooooooley

Posted by: retroskins14 | November 2, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Donovan's benching is a reflection of the arrogance of the Shanahans. They don't have the front line to install the system that they want to use. Yet they persist. Granted Donovan's accuracy isn't the greatest. But having him stand behind that porous line holding the ball while a receiver gets open is ludicris. I'm beginning to question the IQ of the entire organization from the top down. When are they going to realize that you have to put a team together from the ground up. Beeginning with the front line, O side and D side. If the shanahans want their QB to succeed. Protect him. It's as simple as that.

Posted by: tankjuice | November 2, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR JASON CAMPBE-err, MCNABB. IT'S ALL HIS FAULT OMGAHHHH

Posted by: ThisGuy | November 2, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

you can't hold the OLine accountable. They're very average to below average. They'll never get better. Casey Rabach is one of the worst centers in football. The guys around him mostly also suck. They don't need a leader, they need DIFFERENT players.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 2, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Fixing the O-line is simple: bring back Buges and activate our best O-linemen in Dockery.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 2, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Like Duh, how long have we been saying this. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO YOUR QB IS IF YOU CAN'T PROTECT HIM.

Meanwhile Campbell is starting to look pretty good in Oakland...idiots.

Posted by: uptownstars2208 | November 2, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Like Duh, how long have we been saying this. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO YOUR QB IS IF YOU CAN'T PROTECT HIM.

Meanwhile Campbell is starting to look pretty good in Oakland...idiots.

Posted by: uptownstars2208 | November 2, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Like Duh, how long have we been saying this. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO YOUR QB IS IF YOU CAN'T PROTECT HIM.

Meanwhile Campbell is starting to look pretty good in Oakland...idiots.

Posted by: uptownstars2208 | November 2, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I thought we drafted a bunch of pass catchers to solve this problem a couple years ago?

Posted by: Scoonie97 | November 2, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

We are one injury on the offensive line away from 2009

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | November 2, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

@playahatah--- you must be a cowboys fan or a fan of some other loser team. Explain how they are classless and a loser franchise.

If you are a cowboys fan, that franchise is run terribly when it comes to football..

If you are an eagles fan, you have the most classless fans in the league..

Your a hater.. if there is any season the redskins have not been classless, it's this year...

Check McNabb's stats... not too stellar my friend..

no what your talking about and don't regergitate what someone else says...

Posted by: ADIFFERENTLOOK | November 2, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

@playahatah--- you must be a cowboys fan or a fan of some other loser team. Explain how they are classless and a loser franchise.

If you are a cowboys fan, that franchise is run terribly when it comes to football..

If you are an eagles fan, you have the most classless fans in the league..

Your a hater.. if there is any season the redskins have not been classless, it's this year...

Check McNabb's stats... not too stellar my friend..

know what your talking about and don't regergitate what someone else says...

Posted by: ADIFFERENTLOOK | November 2, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

@playahatah--- you must be a cowboys fan or a fan of some other loser team. Explain how they are classless and a loser franchise.

If you are a cowboys fan, that franchise is run terribly when it comes to football..

If you are an eagles fan, you have the most classless fans in the league..

Your a hater.. if there is any season the redskins have not been classless, it's this year...

Check McNabb's stats... not too stellar my friend.. especially in that particular situation. and he is injured

know what your talking about and don't regergitate what someone else says...

Posted by: ADIFFERENTLOOK | November 2, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

If we all don't row, the boat don't go!!! O-line has been a mess, that's for sure. I thought we'd be a little better, very disappointing. If 'Danny, et.al does not get this by now, may as well give up all draft picks and future. WE NEED A GOOD O-LINE!!!

Posted by: aginsburg | November 2, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

@playahatah--- you must be a cowboys fan or a fan of some other loser team. Explain how they are classless and a loser franchise.

If you are a cowboys fan, that franchise is run terribly when it comes to football..

If you are an eagles fan, you have the most classless fans in the league..

Your a hater.. if there is any season the redskins have not been classless, it's this year...

Check McNabb's stats... not too stellar my friend.. especially in that particular situation. and he is injured

know what your talking about and don't regergitate what someone else says...

Posted by: ADIFFERENTLOOK | November 2, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

thisguy obviously doesnt understand football. its most the oline to blame. McNabb hasnt played well but lack of running backs, only two legit consistent threats doesnt help qb play either. while people still bash Campbell today he leading the Raiders to a possible divison lead and will end up with a better record then the SKins

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | November 2, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Buges is part of the problem. He was in control of the line for the past 6 years and it sucked then too. He had all that time to get the talent we needed and this is the best he could do. He was good in the 80s but not in this era. Good thing we got rid of him.

Posted by: AR111 | November 2, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Buges is part of the problem. He was in control of the line for the past 6 years and it sucked then too. He had all that time to get the talent we needed and this is the best he could do. He was good in the 80s but not in this era. Good thing we got rid of him.

Posted by: AR111 | November 2, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Buges is part of the problem. He was in control of the line for the past 6 years and it sucked then too. He had all that time to get the talent we needed and this is the best he could do. He was good in the 80s but not in this era. Good thing we got rid of him.

Posted by: AR111 | November 2, 2010 8:08 PM
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Dude, Buges didn't pick the players Cerrato did and he never picked any O/D lineman in the first rounds of the draft until he picked Orakpo and (in the supplemental draft) Jarmon.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | November 2, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Who knew the O line needed fixing?

Who knew this organization doesn't know how to evaluate talent?

Who knew this organization doesn't know how to manage personnel?

Who knew, who knew, who knew?

Posted by: MartinZook | November 2, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Why is Chris the only one speaking the truth and taking some responsibility? He is one of the few offensive players who actually produce each week!

Casey Raubach's locker room tears will not improve the o-line. Save your tears and man up o-line! Protect your QB!!! Pathetic!!

Posted by: Neisha_H | November 2, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Watch the good teams like the Patriots. Brady has time to pass......Both Mannings have time to pass....Watch McNabb...he takes about two steps and he's already in trouble. Our O line is a joke.....pathetic.
Cooley's right....they suck.
When we were good we had the Hogs. That's the last time we were really, really good.
Best O line in the game back then.
So there you have it. Now they're looking at Jamarcus Russell and Randy Moss??? What a stupid freaking organization. We should have signed Alan Faneca a couple years ago, if you want to sign free agents. BUILD THE FREAKING O LINE AND WE CAN RUN AND PASS.... What a concept!!!!!!!

Posted by: Riggo2 | November 3, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

I thought we drafted a bunch of pass catchers to solve this problem a couple years ago?

Posted by: Scoonie97 | November 2, 2010 4:24 PM

I KNOW!!! And then Crazy Shanny (by the way, his prices actually ARE insane) goes and cuts 33% of them, puts another 33% on IR, and, well, he actually plays the other 33%, but not to great effect.

Hey, but that's where Joey GoAway comes in and gives McNabb that goto receiver you can really count on in the clutch.

McNabb SHOULD have been benched... For throwing to Galloway again.

"HOW many TIMES have I told you: DONT throw to Joey Fking Galloway?!!!"

"Now go and sit your fat ass down."

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 3, 2010 6:42 AM | Report abuse

The Shananigans will never come out and admit they made a mistake in benching McNabb.

Instead of letting McNabb drop back and step up in the so-called pocket, the Shananigans should have McNabb drop back and roll out as that is his most effective style buttttt, these people are so stubborn they would not do it until it's too late.

The pocket right now doesn't exist and the OLine is virtually non-existent. The 'Skins need to focus and retool the entire OLine over the next 18-24 months. That is where the main problems exist today.

Problem areas:
O-Line
Running game
QB (no real depth)

Posted by: Smurfman | November 3, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Seeing Rabach constantly get beat up the middle is getting old now..he's the one that needs to be benched.

Posted by: dspower33 | November 3, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Gee, you would think Shanahan would appreciate the value of an offensive line:

"Shanahan played high school football at East Leyden High School, Franklin Park, Illinois.... He graduated from East Leyden high school in June 1970.[citation needed] Shanahan was an undersized quarterback at Eastern Illinois University... During a practice in the 1970s, a hard hit on the practice field ruptured one of his kidneys, which caused his heart to stop for thirty seconds and nearly killed him. A priest was summoned to read Shanahan, a Roman Catholic, his last rites.[1][2]"

Posted by: why231 | November 3, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

So, how long has this been recognized? Four years? A major "Duh" here.

Posted by: tmkelley | November 3, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Just as the front office needed a major upgrade with Voodoo Vinnie running things (into the ground), the O-Line has needed a major overhaul for the last 4 or so years.

And not just in getting quality starters (which they have had in Samuels and Thomas over the years), but DEPTH as well. Right now, the Skins have starters (aside from Williams and Dock) who are barely backup material (and in Leakenstein's case, barely UFL material). Behind that, there is basically nothing. the cupboard is bare.

Anytime you want to rebuild a team, you start with the lines. O and D. Look at who Noll drafted first. Mean Joe Greene. Look who Landry drafted first. Bob Lilly. Lombardi started with his O-line and used leftovers like Starr and Hornung and built a dynasty.

Trying to win without a line is like trying drive cross country on a pogo stick.

Trading McNabb for picks and drating at least 3 O-Lineman is now mandatory for next year's daft. The QB can come later.

Posted by: NosferatusCoffin | November 3, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

already written several times what can be done about o-line this season it may work or not..rabach and litchensteiger must be replaced with e. cook and dockery bring up capers to replace heyer(if brown the RT hip is feeling better). they have nothing to lose because with the chairman continuing his inane rants that I am pleased with litchensteiger" makes no sense at all mix up off tackle and downhill running add a 1 stretch play right and left, this is not that complicated.

Posted by: wathu19 | November 3, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Hey dspower33, I didn't know that one, that was a cute little story. And Shanahan still doesn't know the value of protecting his quarterback?

Posted by: tushes | November 3, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

@uptownstairs2208

Like Duh, how long have we been saying this. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO YOUR QB IS IF YOU CAN'T PROTECT HIM.

Meanwhile Campbell is starting to look pretty good in Oakland...idiots.
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Your fist paragraph was right on the money. But then you had to follow it up with a retarded second paragraph. You know how Campbell is doing so well? AN O-LINE MORON!

Posted by: CYA_Coach | November 4, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

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