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Zorn on Cooley

Jim Zorn was asked a bit about right end Chris Cooley's lack of production this season, particularly in the red zone. As Zorn pointed out, no one has really been getting into the end zone in the passing game, but he says that's not for a lack of tryiing.

When he coached in Seattle Zorn did not have many elite pass-catching tight ends. And part of Cooley's limited role early in the season was the result of the coach having to learn his personnel. "You're exactly right. I'd say early in the season we used a lot of four wide-receiver sets [in red zone situations]," Zorn said.

That has not been the case lately, and teams are certainly paying a lot of attention to Cooley in clutch situations, given the lack of other weapons. Usually he is covered by a safety, Zorn said. And often there is another safety shaded to that side over the top as well, especially if Santana Moss is lined up on the strong side.

Cooley has just one touchdown catch this season, but Santana Moss is the only person with more than one receiving touchdown all season. He leads the team with five, but has been doubled in a Cover-2 scheme for the most part, negating his effectiveness in the second half of the season.

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 3, 2008; 4:15 PM ET
 
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Cooley a right end??

Posted by: Devo2 | December 3, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Betts is not the same RB this year he was 2 years ago

Posted by: alex35332 | December 3, 2008 4:19 PM

I don't think Betts has had enough touches this year to know what kind of a running back he is. He's only had 45 carries -- about 4 per game. He's averaging 3.7 yards per carry. Two years ago, when he started nine games, he got 245 carries and averaged 4.7 yards. The guy just hasn't had a chance to get in a rhythm.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 3, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Cooley will be doing his fun filled 20 questions game on his blog btw. not that they ever answer questions on football there. Cooley has 68 catches on the season (No 1 in the NFC) I am not worried about his TDs

Posted by: alex35332 | December 3, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

doesn't ARE have 2 receiving td's? 1 in dallas and 1 in seattle. i'm right!

Posted by: d_skillz | December 3, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Yes he has less caries and was getting something like 8 a game last year. But his yards per cary were worse in 07 than they are this year I think.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 3, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

When he coached in Seattle Zorn did not have many elite pass-catching tight ends.

By Jason La Canfora | December 3, 2008; 4:15 PM ET |


Ahhh...

Does Jeremy Stevens ring a bell? He played on the Seahawks during those Superbowl run years.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 3, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Yes he has less caries and was getting something like 8 a game last year. But his yards per cary were worse in 07 than they are this year I think.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 3, 2008 4:32 PM

Last year he had 93 carries, five per game, and averaged 3.6 yards per carry.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 3, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Zorn needs to spread the wealth out when it comes to the RB's. Betts, in my mind should have been getting 5-10 per game from the start of the season.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 3, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I believe Coach has to adjust his strategy
to fit his personnel on the team. Simplifying or whatever, the "ship" is losing wind! Or that the players are losing
belief in his play calling. Now's the time
to find out what the players are made of.

Posted by: madalao | December 3, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks dlhaze. I was all of 7 or 8 that year. It was a Super Bowl year. I got that fact from America's Team series where Bostic was saying he got benched for Grimm but came back late in the year when Grimm got innjured and was instrumental to the SB run........
Posted by: 4thFloor | December 3, 2008 4:29 PM |

One of the great things about the hogs that nobody really touches on is that pretty much every one of those guys could play every position on the line. There really doesn't seem to be that kind of diversity among today's group (not for lack of "experimenting" though). I can remember Jacoby filling in at both tackle spots and both guard spots in the same season, once Lachey took his spot at LT. I also remember Bostic being seen as a "small" player, but he seemed to be able to use that to his advantage, from more of a leverage than quickness standpoint. He is IMO one of the most underrated players in team/nfl history......

Posted by: dlhaze1 | December 3, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I guess I don't understand this post.

Zorn was using 4 WRs in the early part of the season, when he didn't have 4 WRs. Now that he's got 5 he's trying to find other weapons. Sellers? Yoder? But they were here all along.

And he didn't use Cooley because he didn't have an elite TE in Seattle? Why did we hire him as OC, much less head coach, if he doesn't know how to use an elite TE?

And why did we draft Fred Davis if he doesn't know how to use an elite TE? Gawd, no wonder Fred Davis is inactive every week.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 3, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I guess I don't understand this post.

Zorn was using 4 WRs in the early part of the season, when he didn't have 4 WRs. Now that he's got 5 he's trying to find other weapons. Sellers? Yoder? But they were here all along.

And he didn't use Cooley because he didn't have an elite TE in Seattle? Why did we hire him as OC, much less head coach, if he doesn't know how to use an elite TE?

And why did we draft Fred Davis if he doesn't know how to use an elite TE? Gawd, no wonder Fred Davis is inactive every week.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 3, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse
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haha, apt name there

Definitely interesting.. though Cooley has been the better shot to throw to in the end zone a few times and Campbell tried somewhere else (pass to Lorenzo Alexander through double coverage to the dirt ring any bells?)

Right now we have to work on just getting TO the red zone as well and hope that one of our rookies can step up

Posted by: tryfuhl | December 3, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

From the Redskins blog:

Clinton Portis again didn’t practice — Zorn said that his neck is sore, although his knee is improving. Zorn did add, though, that Ladell Betts and Rock Cartwright “are going to have to help us, and Mike [Sellers] has been stepping in on third down and doing a great job.” Potential bad news for people hoping to start Portis in their fantasy league playoffs, but good news for the contingent that thinks taking some of the load off will help Portis out in the long run.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 3, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

It is utter lunacy to want to replace Jason Campbell as QB. It makes no more sense than naming Plaxico Burress the keynote speaker at the next NRA convention. Granted JC bears part of the blame for the Skins’ underperforming offense and he needs to read and react quicker, but Todd Collins would not be better, and there are other factors beyond Campbell. Campbell didn’t drop two key third-down passes that hit him in the hands against the Giants. He hasn’t committed drive-killing penalties. He’s not in a field-goal-kicking slump. He’s not one of three newly drafted receivers who has yet to catch a TD pass. He hasn’t missed blocking assignments on pass plays. And he doesn’t call his own plays. He is a good QB who needs to take the step to be a great QB. To put it in perspective: he’s exactly where Eli Manning was at this time last year. And look what happened to Eli at the close of last year’s regular season, in the play-offs, and in this year’s regular season. Oh, by the way, JC also is #12 in QB rating, just one slot behind the vaunted Brett Favre and several steps ahead of the deified Peyton Manning, and JC has protected the ball at QB (few fumbles/INTs).

Posted by: MrMerkin | December 3, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

lets see early in the year we were winning games and using 4 wide in redzone. we lose games and dont run 4 wide sets in red zone.

Hmmmm wonder what the problem may be, we can say pass protection all you want but if you cant run a team out of a blitz or pass rush you can sure throw them out of one. teams cant stack and double when we have 4 and 5 wide sets.

as I recall we went 4 and 5 wide sets alot early on,and lately we have been doing alot of 3 wide and double TE

Posted by: GreatOne1 | December 3, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

*** FF ***
Me (9-4) vs Forrest Gump (8-5, with 6 straight wins)

QB
Rivers (Oak) vs Brees (ATL)

RB
D Williams (TB) vs westbrook (nyg)
L White (Cle) vs Rhodes (Cin)

Flex
C. Taylor (Det) vs toomer (phi)

WR
Fitzgerald (StL) vs R. White (NO)
R. Wayne (Cin) vs L. Moore (ATL)

TE
O Daniels (GB) vs M Lewis (Chi)

D/Teams
Packers (Hou) vs jints (phi)

K
Bryant vs Kaeding

Coach
Pats vs jints

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 3, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

*** FF *** continued ...
I think Brees throws almost every play, so Gump will win the QB battle, just a question of how good or bad Rivers is. On average, each pass turns into about 2/3 of a point. If you line up the QBs with the most pass attempts vs the guys with the most FF points, there's a very strong correlation -- only a few guys are more than a couple positions apart. Efficiency-wise, Rivers is the best, 13th in attempts, 5th in FF points, but he's had 2 poor games in his last 3. Brees wins this matchup, I hope I'm close.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 3, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

*** FF *** continued ... again

At RB, DeAngelo Williams has been a stud, maybe the best back in FF since week 4. Only one bad week since then, but it was vs TB, and he plays them this week. Of course, westbrook has a tough game too, vs the jints. Call it a draw. My best shot for a point difference could be with LenDale over Dominic Rhodes. White is rested and is capable of having big games against bad teams. I'm hoping to pick up a bunch of points here because I'll need them.

Chester Taylor has been getting consistent touches and vs Det, its good matchup. toomer faces phi, hopefully they keep him out of the end zone. Again, hoping to get a few points on this matchup.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 3, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

*** FF *** continued ... again and again

Usually I'd expect to win the WR battle. This week isn't usual. Fitzgerald has a dream matchup, but so does Roddy White. Reggie Wayne, who has been awful recently has got a good matchup, but Brees throws to Lance Moore a ton and Moore is the #5 WR in the league over the last 10 games. The 4 WRs are all in the FF top 12, and it looks like big numbers all around. But its probably going to be close on points -- if Wayne comes around.

TE, I have an advantage, but neither guy scores much, so its pretty modest.

I'm hoping I can get some kicker karma, but who knows on that front since its all about FG tries

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 3, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

*** FF *** continued ... and done!!

On defense/teams, GB has been boom or bust. They've scored about 7TDs which can become big points. The last 2 weeks, its been ugly -- negative points. At least the matchup is good. Hopefully Schaub is plenty rusty. The jints have been very good all year long, though the earlier phi game was one of their worst days. the good news, to the extent there is some here, is that it'll be hard for both the jints 'd' and westbrook to both have good days. I hope.

So thats the playoff matchup. Gump has great position. The top QB playing in a dome. Two stud WRs with ideal matchups. His 3rd WR and his RBs will be challenged, but they'll contribute. And his defense has been playing lights out.

Gonna be tough for me to beat. The ESPN projection has me losing by 126-99. Of note, Forrest has only crossed 100 points once all season (115), I've crossed it 4 times. But we've both had 7 games with 90 or more points.

I'll know if I'm in deep trouble pretty quick, since the Thursday game has Rivers in it.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 3, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

zcezcest is pronounced "con-fi-dence"

Posted by not zcezcest/ December 3, 2008

Posted by: notguy | December 3, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm doing my best to stay medium on this, but I get this awkward feeling that the fate of my FF team is out of my control ...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 3, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

You dont have anyone better than C.Taylor at flex. WOW

Posted by: Ohioskin | December 3, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh...

Does Jeremy Stevens ring a bell? He played on the Seahawks during those Superbowl run years.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 3, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Jeremy Stevens and elite pass catching tight end has never been used in the same sentence

Posted by: rc2223 | December 4, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

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