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Cooley: Playcalling is 'a carousel of calls'

Tight end Chris Cooley today shed some light on the Redskins' play-calling process in an interview today on "The SIRIUS Blitz" on SIRIUS NFL Radio.

Cooley, speaking with co-hosts Adam Schein and Rich Gannon, provided insight into how the Redskins have installed their weekly game plans, practiced during the week and handled play-calling during games since owner Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, stripped Zorn of play-calling duties before the Week 7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Cooley said that Sherman Lewis, who was originally hired as an offensive consultant and then given playcalling responsibility, and quarterback Jason Campbell hardly interact during the week, which is highly uncommon for a quarterback and the person directing a team's offense. The Redskins have declined reporters' repeated requests to speak with Lewis.

"We have a really weird deal going on right now with the kind of rotation of who calls the plays, to where it goes, to who gets it and how it gets to Jason," said Cooley, who was placed on the season-ending injured-reserve list Monday. "It's almost unheard of. And the funny thing is the last couple weeks the offense has looked better than it has."

Schein pressed Cooley for a more detailed explanation, which he gladly provided.

"Okay, so what goes on is our coaches sit together at the beginning of the week and they design a game plan," Cooley continues. "All the coaches design the plays, they all have different responsibilities. Some coaches have third down, some coaches have the passing game, some have the red [zone], and then they all get together. So then what happens is Sherman Lewis, who is our offensive consultant [and play-caller], will install the regular game plan and then we go practice that. And then on Thursday, Jim Zorn will install the third down and then he'll also install the run game. And apparently, because I haven't really been there, is that Sherman Lewis never talks to Jason Campbell throughout the week.

"I mean, they don't have direct communication. Jim Zorn and Chris Meidt, who is Jason Campbell's quarterbacks coach, do all the coaching for Jason. So, anyway, that's confusing, I know. It was easier on TV this week when they just drew pictures of everyone. But what happens is we get to game day, Sherman Lewis sits in the box; he calls plays. He's the play caller. And he calls them down to our offensive coordinator, another person in the mix, Sherman Smith. And he looks at plays and basically calls them - they're wristband numbers - so he'll say, 'Wristband 5,' and that's what's relayed to Jason Campbell, who then looks at his wristband and calls that play. The funny thing is, is that when we want to call a run play, Sherman Lewis will call and say, 'give me a run' and then Sherman Smith has to pick a run and give that to Jason. So it's, uh, it's a carousel of calls."

By Jason Reid  |  December 1, 2009; 2:04 PM ET
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My head hurts now...

Posted by: oh_boy1 | December 1, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Good times, good times....

Posted by: chrislarry | December 1, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

LMAO, literally... this organization is such an Effin mess. Sad thing is, because the offense has been "a little" more productive, then this weird concoction of lunacy is almost vindicated to a certain extent.

Idiots.

Posted by: sichon | December 1, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Get JZ out the loop. Let him install the special teams game plan.

Posted by: TWISI | December 1, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

The sad thing is this carousel actually works better than Zorn doing the play calling himself. Sad...

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 1, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine if Portis said something like this? Everyone would be calling him divisive, not a team player, and a cancer in the locker room. I'm anxious to see how the bloggas give Cooley a pass for his comments.

Posted by: dcwun | December 1, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

snyderskins

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | December 1, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Its been a bit better, but we only mustered 6 points against a beatable Cowboys team where we held them t0 7. In a year like this where beating the Cowboys at home would have been at least something and to lay that kind of egg on the back of that kind of defensive game.....well I want to eat my own spleen with a spork.

Posted by: chrislarry | December 1, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

It would be pathetic and damning, but things were so effed up that it looks like an improvement.

Posted by: daggar | December 1, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine if Portis said something like this? Everyone would be calling him divisive, not a team player, and a cancer in the locker room. I'm anxious to see how the bloggas give Cooley a pass for his comments.

Posted by: dcwun

Theres a difference between being honest and being a primadonna.

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 1, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

dcwun, I like the candor in both Portis and cooley...they are people not automotons...

so dont file me in the hypocrite file.

Posted by: chrislarry | December 1, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

fubar.... and you are surprised because...

Posted by: 1of9000 | December 1, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

LMAO, literally... this organization is such an Effin mess. Sad thing is, because the offense has been "a little" more productive, then this weird concoction of lunacy is almost vindicated to a certain extent.

Idiots.

Posted by: sichon | December 1, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse


I don't know man. Divide and conquer may apply here.

Sherm Lewis - Was a WCO play caller and a receivers coach. seems like he is more than qualified to call passing plays.

Sherm Smith - Former NFL running back that eventually became a running backs coach and according to wiki helped Eddie George become a great running back. Seems to be very qualified to call running plays.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 1, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I think everyone has missed the boat on this....INCLUDING Jason Reid...

Chris Cooooley said, " And the funny thing is the last couple weeks the offense has looked better than it has."

BOOM. This post does nothing but makes Jim Zorn look bad. The players were given plays to beat all of these teams since Sherm Smith took over. And someone outside of the playcalling circle would F it up... such as Zorn, Campbell, such as....

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 1, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Sherm Lewis - Was a WCO play caller and a receivers coach. seems like he is more than qualified to call passing plays.

Sherm Smith - Former NFL running back that eventually became a running backs coach and according to wiki helped Eddie George become a great running back. Seems to be very qualified to call running plays.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 1, 2009 2:29 PM

Agree. Zorn's interference is what continues to cost this teams wins. His ego is the problem here, not the carousel.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 1, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line is that of course Greg Williams would rather have been the head coach of the Skins. If you are a professional coach you strive to be the best in your profession. The highest level you can achieve is the Head Coach position so of course he would rather have been retained here. Cerrato basically wanted to put his stamp on the team by implementing the West Coast Offense which was a terrible mistake since this team was not assembled to run the West Coast Offense. I'm confident that Greg Williams would have built the team around defense first with a power running game that would set up the deep routes of the passing game and playaction. The article says that Snyder and Cerrato were wary of Williams wanting too much power which probably means he wanted his choice of assistants, draft, and free agency input. Which in hindsight would have been the best decision. If he would have failed, fine, blow up the team but at least the continuity in scheme and philosophy would have been kept intact. Sure he didn't have much success as a Head Coach in Buffalo, but he may have learned from hsi previous mistakes and some of the ol' Joe Gibbs magic may have rubbed off on him. Not to compare him to another coach but there once was an assistant coach with the New York Giants who had a pretty bad record his first time around as head coach of the Browns who went back to being a DC and is now the best coach in all of football. Just saying. Greg Williams deserved to be the coach of this team and was denied by a meddling owner and his stooge. History may have been different.

Posted by: ElBigChroizo | December 1, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

20 ppg is the goal. Zorn missed it by a mile, The pentumvirate is closing in on it, even with the CowPies game factored in.
Zorn adds fuel to the fire by "taking over" in the couple of areas that, surprisingly, we still suck at.
Hip Hip Addition by Subtraction.
As in, get him out of there.

Posted by: daggar | December 1, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Excellent point, dcwun about Portis.

Reading that I couldn't help but get the sound of clown/circus music popping into my head, with all 53 of the Redskins hopping out of a burgundy and gold clown car.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 1, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Give me a run? WTF?

Wow, that's great coaching there!

That's one of the craziest stories I've ever heard short of when Warren Sapp said that when the phone rings on the Raiders sidelines it's Al Davis telling his coach to throw deep.

Seriously.

Dan Snyder is officially Al Davis.

Oh God, how many more years of this???

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 1, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Red - Cooley isn't throwing anybody under the bus. All he is doing is explaining the playcalling.

We will beat Saints this weekend.

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 1, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Agree. Zorn's interference is what continues to cost this teams wins. His ego is the problem here, not the carousel.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 1, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I was torn between simply submitting my comment and adding zorn. If I added zorn to my comment it would have been like;

Jim Zorn - A former QB that played on a crappy expansion team and then helped develop an QB with an enitrely different skillset on a team with entirely different personnel. Sounds like he would be more than qualified to get everyone milk and cookies for half time.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 1, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine if Portis said something like this? Everyone would be calling him divisive, not a team player, and a cancer in the locker room. I'm anxious to see how the bloggas give Cooley a pass for his comments.

Posted by: dcwun | December 1, 2009 2:22 PM

I gaurentee that no one will say anything about Coooley and his loud mouth for reasons I will not go into because I appreciate my fellow bloggas and am not trying to start the whole 'Vick'-type argument again, but y'all won't admit this truth that most of you know what it is....

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 1, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

"So it's, uh, it's a carousel of calls."


Call it what you want, but so far it looks kinda good.

It looks like the Seattle Seahawks (as theCork has pointed out) from 2003 to 2005.

Maybe we trade for Hassleback next.

Like I said, "Maybe...."

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 1, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

After his release from Buffalo, Williams was at the top of several NFL teams' list for the position of defensive coordinator. Williams quickly signed with the Washington Redskins, the only team with which he interviewed, because Head Coach Joe Gibbs offered him total autonomy over his defensive players and defensive coaching staff.
In Washington, with Williams' aggressive defensive scheme, the Redskins' defense ranked third in the NFL in 2004 and ninth in 2005.
On January 3, 2006, Williams signed a three year extension to remain with the Redskins, which made him the highest paid assistant coach in the NFL.
In 2006, however, his status as a great defensive coach was somewhat diminished due to his team's poor play. Specifically, following the sixteenth week of the season, the Redskins' defense was ranked last in the NFC and 30th overall in the league.
The 2007 season was a vast improvement for Williams. The defense ranked within the top ten in the NFC, and the team finished 9-7, with a loss in the wildcard round to the Seattle Seahawks. Williams had established a particularly close relationship with 24-year-old free safety Sean Taylor, calling him "the best player [he'd] ever coached." When Taylor was murdered mid-season on November 27, 2007, Williams was deeply affected. In tribute to Taylor, Williams called a defensive play with only ten men for the first play of the Redskins' first game after the tragedy, a November 30, 2007 game against the Buffalo Bills.[3] For the remainder of the season, Williams ran an inspired defense which performed, along with the rest of the team, to honor Taylor's memory, highlighted by holding star running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings to 27 yards on December 23, 2007,[4] and allowing a franchise-low one yard rushing to the Dallas Cowboys on December 30, 2007, sealing a playoff seed.[5]
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Posted by: ElBigChroizo | December 1, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

snyder and cerRATo --- two absolute morons

Posted by: bestmick1 | December 1, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris,

Why not just give the other 31 teams in the league our playbook. Oh yeah, the play book is just as confusing as the play calling.

Posted by: hessone | December 1, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

What a big cluster f%$k this is as a team. Hopefully $nyder will get some sense and hire Gregg Williams to be our coach. Though, I highly doubt it since he has no sense!!! I'm so done with these clowns :(

Posted by: isonic1 | December 1, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I may be the only one glad that Sherm Lewis isn't talking to Campbell. Seems Campbell has too many people in his ear already. Campbell needs less coaching -- and better coaches.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 1, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

while the recent "improvement" in offense is certainly an indictment on Zorn, the carousel is a problem. for a few games/half season/as way to shut zorn up no....buts its now how winning, productive and consistent franchises run, and that kids is always at the diseased, sick and cursed core of this whole deal we got here.

Posted by: chrislarry | December 1, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Theres a difference between being honest and being a primadonna.


Posted by: Rypien11

Really? Was CP honest in calling out Sellers to the coaches? We all see how poorly he has played this year. He didn't go to the media to do it did he?

Was he honest in saying the line needs to block better? I think that's being honest too.

Don't make excuses for Cooley.

Posted by: dcwun | December 1, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

dcwun, agree completely.

Portis would be construed as throwing the team under the bus. Cooley is giving us a fresh look behind the scenes, which we should all appreciate!

I think the comments are fine, he's speaking fact and this is basically how the system has been described before.

Posted by: AdamCr | December 1, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Don't make excuses for Cooley.

Posted by: dcwun | December 1, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Let's really not compare Cooley and Portis, please...

Posted by: mattylight | December 1, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I gaurentee that no one will say anything about Coooley and his loud mouth for reasons I will not go into because I appreciate my fellow bloggas and am not trying to start the whole 'Vick'-type argument again, but y'all won't admit this truth that most of you know what it is....

Posted by: 4thFloor

Are you seriously making this a race issue? Cooley doesn't have a history of dissent with teammates, coaches, ex-players,etc... not to mention Portis' penchant for skipping practices, cozying with the owner, throwing teammates under the bus, etc. etc.

Cooley says the playcalling is "confusing" (which I would bet all 53 players on the roster would agree with) and all of a sudden he is on the same level as Portis?

Do you guys think before you type?

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 1, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

"Why not just give the other 31 teams in the league our playbook."

How would they ever understand it????

Maybe they should give the other teams the playbook, it might confuse the other teams into submission. :P

It's funny actually, they had a soundbite from one of the games a few weeks back and the whole opposition called "Screen! Screen!" before the ball was ever snapped and the Skins still ran a screen.

I dunno, this team needs to start all over again. Starting with the owner.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 1, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Red - Cooley isn't throwing anybody under the bus. All he is doing is explaining the playcalling.

We will beat Saints this weekend.

Posted by: Rypien11

You see what I mean about interpretation huh? Sounds like he's is to me. I guess the "carousel of calls" is a normal description.

Posted by: dcwun | December 1, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

The pentumvirate has been a way to work around Zorn, who was wearing so many hats that he couldn't be fired easily. In that sense, it has succeeded in at least giving us a glimpse of what the fiesta trio might be capable of, and even getting JC some 'quality' time.
But it will go away as soon as Zorn does.

Posted by: daggar | December 1, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Really? Was CP honest in calling out Sellers to the coaches? We all see how poorly he has played this year. He didn't go to the media to do it did he?

Was he honest in saying the line needs to block better? I think that's being honest too.

Don't make excuses for Cooley.

Posted by: dcwun

It doesn't matter if its in front of the camera or behind the scenes - Portis has thrown teammates under the bus before in both circumstances. How is what Cooley did the same? He didn't single anyone out. He said it was 'confusing'.

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 1, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine if Portis said something like this? Everyone would be calling him divisive, not a team player, and a cancer in the locker room. I'm anxious to see how the bloggas give Cooley a pass for his comments.

Posted by: dcwun | December 1, 2009 2:22 PM

I gaurentee that no one will say anything about Coooley and his loud mouth for reasons I will not go into because I appreciate my fellow bloggas and am not trying to start the whole 'Vick'-type argument again, but y'all won't admit this truth that most of you know what it is....

Posted by: 4thFloor

------------------

I'm going to venture a guess and say that you were implying Portis gets more grief because:

(a) Cooley always practices while Portis rarely does.

(b) Cooley consistently produces while Portis is on and off.

(c) Cooley does it out of genuine honesty, while Portis did it on the heels of being benched, making it seem personal rather than functional.

(d) Portis calls Zorn a "genius" while Cooley solely goes into the details of what happens. (there goes the 'personal' aspect again)

Kind of like the difference between a coach coming up to you and saying you're doing this, this, and that incorrect -- and a coach coming up to you and saying you suck.

That is what you were going for, right?

Posted by: psps23 | December 1, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

They should just use Madden10 to call the plays.

Posted by: Freddy_ADU | December 1, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

PSP23 - thanks - I swear people type on here just to start some arguments.

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 1, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Just getting caught up.

Now Jarmon’s on the IR too? Sheesh…..Dropping like flies, but I like how the younger guys are playing. Maybe the 2nd round triplets will be ballers after all.

Gregg Williams will be jacked up for this game…..however it went down, he was let go instead of retained, and if someone says “you ain’t good enough, buh bye”, then there is gonna be some extra sweetener in facing them again. If you can’t see that then maybe you‘ve never been fired or cut from any job or team in your life. Amazing how he’s got starting corners who were on the street 3 weeks and 1 week ago and they basically shut down Brady/Moss/Welker. Very impressive. Skins young guys better be ready. Those corners were jumping more stuff than Assante was on Sunday….hope the “brain-trust” can see that and figure out how to set up some double moves and counter plays.

From the game last night, I sure was jealous watching Drew Brees throw accurate passes all over the place. I think he threw like one bad ball……I don’t know what the stats say that the difference in accuracy is between Campbell and Brees ( I assume Brees is higher), but watching Brees throw a deep ball just makes me realize how inconsistent JC17 is with his passes. He had a nice one to Kelly on Sunday, and had a perfect deep pass to Moss earlier in the year for a long TD, but other than those, he just can’t seem to connect when guys are running open deep. If JC17 had that kind of touch it would open up so many different things. Even when he has time he doesn’t seem to hit the guys in stride. Oh well….having said all that, he is still not the biggest problem, and I hope the FO goes OL in the draft. Get the line straightened out before blowing a pick on a QB….

Sunday could be rough….here’s hoping for a huge upset. We could use Big Al in a big way…..

Posted by: dlhaze1 | December 1, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

"Cooley doesn't have a history of dissent with teammates, coaches, ex-players,etc..."

Cooley would start for at least 30 teams in the NFL and if he were in a better offense would be all world. Imagine him with NO right now. He's a team player who gave his leg for his team.

Portis is fat and slow and can't even pronounce his own name. The concussion is just an excuse for being dumb and not being able to read his blocks because he can't read at all.

Remember, there's an "I" in Portis.

There's just no comparison.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 1, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that an opposing team could pretty easily be able to figure out what the Skins are calling by watching Sherman Smith.

What a mess.

Posted by: AsstGM | December 1, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

to be truthfull sounds like borderline racism to me, just like when Doug was here but he'll be gone soon enough and i'm sure that will make a lot of you so called fans happy.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 1, 2009 2:06 PM

Starting Soup (after being handed the job on a platter) over the last QB to lead DC to the playoffs the year before, who drove the team into the ditch (compare both of their DC numbers: rating, soup 81, TC 85 - winning %, soup 36%, TC 75% and playoff appearances, Soup none, TC one) tells me that soup supporters are: blind to the facts, ageists, borderline reverse racists, love wearing their soup jerseys, and or have him starting on their FF football team. Or something else I've overlooked.

Posted by: Realness1 | December 1, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

(c) Cooley does it out of genuine honesty, while Portis did it on the heels of being benched, making it seem personal rather than functional.

(d) Portis calls Zorn a "genius" while Cooley solely goes into the details of what happens. (there goes the 'personal' aspect again)

Kind of like the difference between a coach coming up to you and saying you're doing this, this, and that incorrect -- and a coach coming up to you and saying you suck.

That is what you were going for, right?

Posted by: psps23

Genuine honsety huh? Hillarious. So you are telling me over the past few years, Cooley has "out produced" CP?

Cooley only threw the Offensive staff under the bus thats all. I'm not saying the the "carousel of call" isn't true, I'm saying that if CP would have said it, he would have been lit up. And please, this has nothing to do with practice or anything else.

Posted by: dcwun | December 1, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

(b) Cooley consistently produces while Portis is on and off.

PSP, I don't know what measure of production you are talking about.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | December 1, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

WoW, that hurts my eye's to read! Jim Zorn should have just given Sherm the green light on all play calling, what a cluster....moving on to the offseason and what our plan should be:

Trades:
Landry - Draft Pick Value, 1st Rd (pick 12-22 value estimate)
Andre Carter - Draft Pick Value, 1st Rd (pick 22-32)
Santana Moss - Draft Pick Value, 3rd Rd
Golston - Draft Pick Value, 4th Rd

Summary - My value chart may be high, but I think that Landry gets you a easy 1st, depite contract/poor play this year and while a 1st for Andre may seem high, his value is HIGH right now and he can really help a quality offensive team like the Saints at 31/32 or the Vikings/Cincy. Moss is getting older but is solid value at a 3rd and DT usually get 4th/5th rd trade value so Golston being young nets the 4th. Optimistic, but assuming a deal gets done in Collective Bargining there will be very few FA and the trade machine should start heating up.

Free Agents Strategy:

Sign as many Special Teams Studs as possible with the goal of creating the number 1 ranked special teams unit in the NFL. These guys come cheap and they play hard in practice as well as provide good back ups to our Roster. Let Campell and Carlos leave via Free Agency, this should net us some serious Compensatory picks as they were both 1st Rounders who played a great deal of snaps this year, usually that means a higher comp picks like 4th or even a 3rd rounder. Sign a Vet QB to run the offense next year, get away from the big name QB until after this next draft. Finally, if we can get Cribbs from the Browns next year, DO IT, he is a total stud who can also be a deep threat replacement for Moss with more size.

Draft Picks:

3 1st Rd
1 2nd
1 3rd
3 4th (1 trade for Golston and 1 Comp)
2 5th
1 6th
1 7th

If this scenario plays out, then we are set up for success. Again, very optimistic but not impossible. Here would be the possitions I would take assumming the above and NO trade downs in the 1st round:

1 LT, 1 RT, 1 DT (big stud next to AH)
2 RG
3 RB
4 LT 4 LB 4 Safety/CB
5 QB 5 RB
6 DE
7 WR

This would provide us with 4 new offensive lineman, a stud DT to add to our $100M boy and a break away RB to team with CP and replace Betts (torn ACL/MCL, that sucks). The LB/Safeties provide good Special Teams support and additional backups to Rocky/Flecter. We all know Zorn is gone so no point in adding that to this list..Vinny, well, I think he gets another shot this year at best and moves to somewhere else in the Org at worst (President of Football Operations, not GB)

Thoughts?

Posted by: 1footballguru | December 1, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

WoW, that hurts my eye's to read! Jim Zorn should have just given Sherm the green light on all play calling, what a cluster....moving on to the offseason and what our plan should be:

Trades:
Landry - Draft Pick Value, 1st Rd (pick 12-22 value estimate)
Andre Carter - Draft Pick Value, 1st Rd (pick 22-32)
Santana Moss - Draft Pick Value, 3rd Rd
Golston - Draft Pick Value, 4th Rd

Summary - My value chart may be high, but I think that Landry gets you a easy 1st, depite contract/poor play this year and while a 1st for Andre may seem high, his value is HIGH right now and he can really help a quality offensive team like the Saints at 31/32 or the Vikings/Cincy. Moss is getting older but is solid value at a 3rd and DT usually get 4th/5th rd trade value so Golston being young nets the 4th. Optimistic, but assuming a deal gets done in Collective Bargining there will be very few FA and the trade machine should start heating up.

Free Agents Strategy:

Sign as many Special Teams Studs as possible with the goal of creating the number 1 ranked special teams unit in the NFL. These guys come cheap and they play hard in practice as well as provide good back ups to our Roster. Let Campell and Carlos leave via Free Agency, this should net us some serious Compensatory picks as they were both 1st Rounders who played a great deal of snaps this year, usually that means a higher comp picks like 4th or even a 3rd rounder. Sign a Vet QB to run the offense next year, get away from the big name QB until after this next draft. Finally, if we can get Cribbs from the Browns next year, DO IT, he is a total stud who can also be a deep threat replacement for Moss with more size.

Draft Picks:

3 1st Rd
1 2nd
1 3rd
3 4th (1 trade for Golston and 1 Comp)
2 5th
1 6th
1 7th

If this scenario plays out, then we are set up for success. Again, very optimistic but not impossible. Here would be the possitions I would take assumming the above and NO trade downs in the 1st round:

1 LT, 1 RT, 1 DT (big stud next to AH)
2 RG
3 RB
4 LT 4 LB 4 Safety/CB
5 QB 5 RB
6 DE
7 WR

This would provide us with 4 new offensive lineman, a stud DT to add to our $100M boy and a break away RB to team with CP and replace Betts (torn ACL/MCL, that sucks). The LB/Safeties provide good Special Teams support and additional backups to Rocky/Flecter. We all know Zorn is gone so no point in adding that to this list..Vinny, well, I think he gets another shot this year at best and moves to somewhere else in the Org at worst (President of Football Operations, not GB)

Thoughts?

Posted by: 1footballguru | December 1, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Cooley would start for at least 30 teams in the NFL and if he were in a better offense would be all world. Imagine him with NO right now. He's a team player who gave his leg for his team.

Portis is fat and slow and can't even pronounce his own name. The concussion is just an excuse for being dumb and not being able to read his blocks because he can't read at all.

Remember, there's an "I" in Portis.

There's just no comparison.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz

Were you CP's teacher? How are you so in tune to his intelligence?

Look I love Cooley, but fair is fair. Its no different than when D Hall makes a statement and everyone rips him too. He practices everyday.

Posted by: dcwun | December 1, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Cooley is my man a good player but Can you imagine if Portis said something like this on a radio show ? Everyone would be calling him divisive, not a team player, and a cancer in the locker room. I'm anxious to see how the bloggas give Cooley a pass for his comments.

Posted by: TheBeatDontStop | December 1, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I kind of agree with Ryp11, Portis does deserve less slack because he does have more of a history. But if he had said essentially what Cooley said, I don't think most would have said anything about it because Cooley didn't say anything most people didn't already know, at least in the broad strokes.

My only problem with Cooley (or Portis) saying anything about it is that maybe he shouldn't be saying anything if he's not in the meetings and not playing.

And I actually wouldn't even let Zorn make the ST calls, because somehow ARE is still 'returning' punts.

Posted by: ts35 | December 1, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Get JZ out the loop. Let him install the after game buffet plan.


:fixed:

Posted by: Ratzoe | December 1, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Are you all joking with the "Cooley didn't throw anyone under the bus" bs?

Um, it's obvious that he did. Simply by giving details as to how the plays are called.

It's also obvious that the coaching staff and the front office don't want every minute detail of the 'carousel of calls' out there. Otherwise, why would they put an essential gag order on Sherman Lewis?

It's amazing how some of you all roll. When Portis speaks his mind it's garbage and he's doing it for his selfish reasons. But when sacred cow Chris Cooley starts popping off at the mouth it's: "oh, he's just being genuinely honest."

Double standard, kettle calling pot black, goose/gander, and whatever else.

With all that said, I respect Chris Cooley. Like to see him retire here, but it's obvious that some are willing to turn a blind eye to his faults no matter what he does, for whatever reason. I guess simply because he's Chris Cooley and that's it.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 1, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Thus continuing the unendimg litany of excuses, alibis and other apologetics for failing to get it done.

And at the end of the day, who exactly is held accountable for coaching this failed team... directing this hopeless offensive scheme... and failing to execute even the most basic of plays on both sides of the line?

Hint: Absolutely no one.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 1, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

and fans have the audacity to say #17 is a crappy quarterback in all that confusion. No wonder he hesitates on throws and whats weird is this reminds me of another Patrick Ramsey situation...we destroy quarterback potential here in DC!!!!

Posted by: hammer4 | December 1, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

@1footballguru

No chance you get mid 1st Rd value for Landry the way he is missing tackles and the way the secondary is getting toasted right now. Unless his name is Polamalu, I don't know if any safety in the NFL would net a 1st rder in a trade.

Why would anyone trade a 1st rd'er for Andre Carter when they could use that same pick to get a player in the draft who can do the same things?

You *might* be able to get a 3rd rounder for Moss, but I doubt it. Same with Golston and a 4th. Golston's actually a solid, productive, low-cost young veteran now. Why exactly are we trading him?

Since you are assuming that a new CB is in place, what are the cap implications of trading those players? And given our cap situation, how do you sign 3 first rounders and the free agents you want? The only way to do it is by doing what they always do and extending contracts way past the players value, meaning it makes it more difficult to cut someone down the road when their performance slips.

On top of that, you place virtually all of the eggs in the 2010 draft. Even with the best of teams, what's the success rate of draft picks? 50%? 60%?

Why not just keep the players you mentioned trading, all of whom are reasonbly productive (and Landry is still young enough to improve), trade down in the first round to get extra picks and employ your draft strategy that way?

Posted by: ts35 | December 1, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

... weeping ...

Posted by: Monkman63 | December 1, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

That's exactly how me and the fellas did it during our after school games. I feel better now.

Posted by: TheDubb | December 1, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

RedDMV, I think they put the gag order on Sherm Lewis because if they didn't, no one would show up for another JZ presser.

And you do have a point that Cooley is just as much of a self-promoter as Portis. But you also have to admit that Portis does get special protection by the organization.

The reason I don't think any of this is a big deal is again because it's not like this is breaking news. They essentially diagrammed it during the game.

Posted by: ts35 | December 1, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Who cares how the plays get called when the players won't execute them? At least that was the case in the first few weeks. Does the play calling scheme cause false starts, dropped balls, holding and whiffing on tackles?

More importantly, if the Redskins hadn't broadcasted their play calling scheme, would anyone know? Lots of head coaches don't call plays

Posted by: tundey | December 1, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

If EVER the term "clusterf*ck" was appropriate, it is here.

Posted by: owiz | December 1, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Snyder, is a Dill

Posted by: dashriprock | December 1, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine if Portis said something like this? Everyone would be calling him divisive, not a team player, and a cancer in the locker room. I'm anxious to see how the bloggas give Cooley a pass for his comments.

Posted by: dcwun | December 1, 2009 2:22 PM

I gaurentee that no one will say anything about Coooley and his loud mouth for reasons I will not go into because I appreciate my fellow bloggas and am not trying to start the whole 'Vick'-type argument again, but y'all won't admit this truth that most of you know what it is....

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 1, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

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I don't see where Cooley did anything but tell the story as he sees it. He didn't make any editorial comments, any snide remarks, nor did he negatively criticize the process. Unlike Portis,who publicly called out Sellers (hmmm, can't put the usual blame spin on that one now can we "bloggas"?), and referred to the head coach last year as "some kind of genius" when he got all wound up on John Thompson's show. Portis tends to get a lil' worked up and let's his mouth overload his mind. I think he just gets frustrated if he's not "The" running back and center of attention all the time. He's been a great running back who's obviously slowing down due to the toll 7 years of being "The" (only) running back has taken on his body. A little ego check and humilty would do him a world of good. Speaking of which, I heard Portis and Sellers get to go 3 rounds at 3 minutes each with headgear and gloves at the end of the season to settle their little spat. We'll find out who "'da man" is then. My money's on Sellers. She-it, dat man done been in da penitentary. I bet he can take care of hisself.

Posted by: SkinsKen | December 1, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry JC gets a free pass for this season. No QB should have to deal with what this monstrosity of an organization has put him through. True, he has been inaccurate on the long ball, but with all the plays, voices, wristbands, and coaches in his ear and an OL that changes like a rubik's cube, the man gets a free pass.

Posted by: clark202 | December 1, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Will Jim Zorn please take the headset off. He has had almost 2 seasons to install his offense and game plan and he has produced nothing. Everyone wants to blame the owner and the GM which is the root cause of the problem. But there is enough talent with decent coaching for the Skins to be 8-8 and not 4-12.

Posted by: tonywhitehead1 | December 1, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

red dmv said it correct about the double standard as far as cooley and portis are concerned I will go further than that cooley is white and portis is black. there has always in the usa (and most of the world)for that matter of whites being superior and blacks inferior it STILL EXISTS..cut the b.s. some superior white person" wrote that cooley would start for 30 teams in the nfl and would be all world..what a sad and stupid bigoted statement, cooley by this time next year will NOT be the best TE in washington because davis is stronger, faster,breaks more tackles in the few games I have seen him play than in cooleys entire career.

Posted by: wathu19 | December 1, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Since Coach Lewis has taken over the play calling our offense looks good. The recievers that Coach Zorn could not get a pass to are regularly catching balls and QB is playing with confidence because he has multiple viable option that is until coach Zorn takes over and thats where we have problem.....bottomline, Zorn do us a favor and stay out of calling plays and maybe maybe we can win against New Orleans....

Posted by: maz3 | December 1, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

It's worse than Snyder is Al Davis. Snyder has a much longer life expectancy.

Posted by: i155133 | December 1, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

It occurs to me the Redskins are becoming the North Korea of football...

Posted by: kls1 | December 1, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

And opposing teams can't tell when the Skins are going to run vs. pass?

Posted by: WorstSeat | December 1, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

the redskins playcalling has been the most over-reported story ever.

with reporting like this, the WaPo is going to tank.

Posted by: destroya6 | December 2, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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