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Chris Cooley: Eagles' trade of Donovan McNabb 'boneheaded'

It would seem, particularly when your starting quarterback gets hurt in Week 1 and his replacement is a guy who has, let's say, issues over the last few years, that trading your proven starter might not have been prudent.

Redskins tight end Chris Cooley was a little more blunt about the Philadelphia Eagles' trade of Donovan McNabb -- leaving the Eagles with Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick -- to the Redskins in an appearance on "Homecoming with Rick Reilly."

Cooley on his reaction to the trade (via the Philadelphia Daily News): "This is one of the top 10 biggest bonehead trades in the history of the NFL."

And on the arrival of McNabb in Washington: "It's been great from the minute he got there. It's been fantastic. You wouldn't know he hasn't been our teammate for the last 10 years. He's stepped right in as a leader, as a friend ... "


Danny Rouhier is back with his Redskins videos. He's no longer hugging his Clinton Portis pillow and weeping softly; his team is 1-0 and he's a big-shot radio star/comedian with Star War-intro graphics and like a special guest star and stuff.

By Cindy Boren  |  September 15, 2010; 10:58 AM ET
Categories:  Chris Cooley , Redskins  
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I hope that the iggles regret this trade for 10 years.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 15, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

It's a bit premature for Cooley or anyone else to judge this trade. With Donovan at the helm the Skins managed to score 6 offensive points on 2 field goals. So Chris should pipe down till he and his new quarterback show the ability to score touchdowns.

Posted by: efs2403 | September 15, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Danny Rouhier rocks. The Chris and Christie cameo at the end was perfect.

Posted by: dalison | September 15, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

From the Skins side, I think this trade will eventually be viewed in a very postive light----down the road! I just wish players would refrain from commenting so much in the press on issues. Don't be a total NO COMMENT guy, but with CP yesterday and this today....just shut up and get some wins. Remember, we onl;y had 4 last year. BTW---didnt JC look like the same JC for Oakland Sunday? Nice guy, but glad he's not taking snaps for us.

Posted by: kirkoman | September 15, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I would like to agree with @dallison. Thanks Cin-City!

Posted by: ArtMonkToTheSticks | September 15, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey. Captain Chaos says whats on his mind AND he has a darn good football mind. Gotta love the guy. 100% all the time.
Philly fans didn't deserve McNabb but they do deserve Vick. The thug fits right in there.

Posted by: pjohn2 | September 15, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Some people are busting on Cooley for the timing of his comment. I hope everyone realizes that this quote was taken from "Homecoming with Rick Reilly" which aired last night on ESPN, but the show was taped back on May 21st. McNabb had only been a Skin for a month. He was just showing his new QB some love.

Posted by: skinsfansince59 | September 15, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me I remember the Eagles traded a guy named Jurgeson to the Redskins for a guy named Sneed. Gee, how did that trade work out?

Posted by: wingfat | September 15, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

good shot,wingfat, although you've aged me.
sonny, in my prejudiced mind, is one of the purest passers in history. he and charley taylor invented the two minute drill. timing is everything in life, sometimes unforgiving.

Posted by: gerling3 | September 15, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

BTW---didnt JC look like the same JC for Oakland Sunday? Nice guy, but glad he's not taking snaps for us.

Posted by: kirkoman | September 15, 2010 1:46 PM

I should leave this alone. But, I can't. I just cant stand blatant football ignorance.

Campbell did look the same. He went to the only team with a worse O Line than the one he had last year. The Raider's line was PUH-THET-IC.

Their line was so bad last Sunday, that there is SERIOUS talk about "why the referees didn't call the 15-30 obvious off-sides infractions" that occurred when the Titans' defenders were in the backfield before the ball was snapped.

If Campbell has learned anything, I hope it is to "stay down." There is no reason to even suit up behind a piece of s#$%t line like the Raiders have fielded. Those guys are a disgrace to American Football. Gradkowski can run, so he'll last a few games. After that?

They should call the Raiders' season now. Just cash it in. They will be able to do nothing behind that pile of thrash. Actually, a pile of trash would be better at pass blocking.

Posted by: Thinker_ | September 16, 2010 2:59 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, and also in that TOP 10 NFL biggest boneheaded trades in NFL history was giving us #9. So, Philly has now done it TWICE! TWICE in the division and I'll bet no other team has ever done it twice with any combined NFL teams! Thanks DIRTYelphia!

Posted by: artsnsportz | September 16, 2010 4:16 AM | Report abuse


Nice one. Nothing beats the Skins Anonymous one. That still cracks me up.


Posted by: Gweez | September 16, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully the Skins have McNabb's back when they head up to Philly. McNabb can downplay it all he wants. It's the rest of the team that needs to be ready to F up the Eagles.

Because in reality, Andy Reid was saying Washington sucks so bad, I can give them a QB and they still won't beat us.

Posted by: Scoonie97 | September 16, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

This is a purely hypothetical question, but what if McNabb wins a Superbowl or two with the Skins?

Does he go into the HOF as a Redskin or an Iggle?

Posted by: jboogie1 | September 16, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

This is a purely hypothetical question, but what if McNabb wins a Superbowl or two with the Skins?

Does he go into the HOF as a Redskin or an Iggle?

Posted by: jboogie1 | September 16, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to reiterate that this is a purely, 100% hypothetical.


Regarding JC: watching McNabb in Sunday night, I saw something that the Skins haven't had in nearly a decade- POCKET PRESENCE and AWARENESS in their QB. JC has a big arm and he can make all the throws, but we've seen the apex of his intelligence.

The Skins had a terrible offensive line last year, but there were plenty of moments when JC had all the time in the world on 3rd down, and what did he do? H either,

a) Tried to run, very clumsily (Nyjer Morgan can slide better than JC), for a first down, making it about half the time,

b) Throw to a reciever SHORT of the first down, hoping that they can shake a defender or two and pick up the 1st on YAC. On third down, especially in long yardage, nobody is going to cover underneath. JC proved that they don't have to.

c) Throw to Betts, sometimes behind the LOS, and hope he can run for a first down.

Campbell had a wind-up longer than CC Sabathia, so he wasn't fooling anyone when he checked down a reciever.

We could continue, but do we really need to? Campbell is gone. McNabb is our QB. Lets get OVER IT, already.

Posted by: jboogie1 | September 16, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Yes at the time the McNabb trade did seem boneheaded; however look at the week 1 results. The Eagles drafted Nate Allen with the Redskins pick...excellent game against the offensively explosive Packers including 1 INT. McNabb: completed less than 50% of his passes and no TD's...against a woeful Cowboys secondary. Maybe Cooley should concentrate more on contributing to McNabb's & the team's success rather than talking about the trade. Oh by the way...Michael Vick more than outperformed McNabb on Sunday. McNabb should thank his lucky stars he has the Redskin D behind him. Just wait...the season is 16 games.

Posted by: RedskinPotato | September 16, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

You know what's hilarious...the uneducated fan. Compare the stats of Jason Campbell to Donovan McNabb from week 1:

Campbell (vs Titans) 22/37 1TD 1INT, 35yds rushing.

McNabb (vs Cowboys) 15/32 OTD OINT, 17yds rushing.

Campbell performed well compared to the rest of his team, but of course he's used to about a career filled with lack of support.

Posted by: RedskinPotato | September 16, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Hey RedskinPotato !
Cooley did contribute. 6 catches for 80 yards, over 13 yards per catch. And again for the slow learners, Cooley's "Bonehead" comment was something that he said 4 MONTHS AGO! It's not like he was running around this week shooting off his mouth. Back in May when "Homecoming" was taped, EVERYONE in the media said it was dumb to trade a good QB inside your own division.
The knee jerk bloggers are to blame for the reaction to what Cooley said. Somebody hears a sound bite from Rick Reilly's show and the next thing you know it's the headlines in Philly. The reporters failed to do their homework and check the "born-on date" for Cooley's comment.
There are plenty on idiots in the NFL with bad cases of diarrhea of the mouth. I don't think Chris Cooley is one of them.

Posted by: skinsfansince59 | September 16, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

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