Cooley on how to beat the Eagles
Remember when the Redskins went to Philadelphia in Week 4? That was after the loss in St. Louis, when everyone was convinced the Redskins were gonna start their season 2-5. Here are ESPN's experts picks from the week. All 10 experts chose the Eagles to win, straight-up. None were correct.
So, how do the Redskins beat the Eagles? Chris Cooley was asked that question Monday morning on the Junkies.
"The way we beat the Eagles the first time is we played more physical than they did," Cooley said. "And I don't think they expected that, but we came out and we hit 'em. Early in the game, we ran the ball. We were knocking guys down all over the place. Our defense was flying around. They know how we play and they know we're gonna come out and try to do the same thing. They'll be ready for it. But the way we beat this team is we play more physical than them. That's how they win games. The Eagles have always prided themselves on being a very physical team, but the way you beat 'em is you come out and outhit 'em."
Because today is a day, Cooley was also asked about the whole Donovan McNabb thing.
"This is the most popular question," he said. "It's a non-issue in our locker room. It's been addressed as a team matter. Coach Shanahan's addressed it in team meetings, and it's taken care of. It's a non-issue. And I'm not just saying that to avoid the question. Donovan's our guy, and we know what happened. Everything kind of got blown out of proportion. Of course it was weird, the answers were weird, but I think it's taken care of."
So Cooley was then asked whether McNabb ever seemed down about the whole thing.
"When we came back, the first two days coming back from Detroit, he was down," Cooley said. "He was way down. Anyone would be. Plus, he felt terrible. I mean, he was beat up, we lost the game. I don't know if it was the benching, but anyone would be. He came back, I think he met with Coach Shanahan, and everything was fine, everything was normal."
And in the most important news, Cooley was asked whether Mike Shanahan tans.
"There's no way he tans," Cooley said. "[His skin] just has to be that way. There's no way I can believe that he tans. I think it's a lifetime of sun."
| November 15, 2010; 1:33 PM ET
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