Former Redskins star tight end Chris Cooley joined ESPN 980 "Redskins Radio" this fall during the afternoon drive time. Capt. Chaos translates well as a radio personality. Redskins fans hold him in high regard, so when he speaks, people listen.
Cooley introduced a new segment today where he grades Washington's performance in recent games after watching the All-22 video. Then, he grades player performance with pass-fail on individual plays and concluding with an overall letter grade. He does this in a matter-of-fact way without rancor.
Hog Heaven tuned in to the show just as this segment began. We didn't take complete notes. Through the magic of the Twitterverse, we captured some of his comments as tweets and repost them here.
Cooley grades Pierre Garcon C+ for Giants game. Says Josh Morgan does not want to block down field on run plays.— Anthony Brown (@SkinsHogHeaven) December 3, 2013
@thecooleyzone grades Logan Paulsen an A in Giants game, superior to Fred Davis.— Anthony Brown (@SkinsHogHeaven) December 3, 2013
@thecooleyzone calls Tyler Polumbus 2nd best O-lineman on Redskins.— Anthony Brown (@SkinsHogHeaven) December 3, 2013
@thecooleyzone Do not ever put Evan Royster in at fullback again.— Anthony Brown (@SkinsHogHeaven) December 3, 2013
C.Cooley- Will Montgomery makes a lot wrong line calls, he is easily confused..— HTTR24-7.com (@HTTR24_7) December 3, 2013
C.Cooley- Robert running for 6 yards per carry is not helping open up anything in the offense.That's why I'm in favor of scraping the RO..— HTTR24-7.com (@HTTR24_7) December 3, 2013
@thecooleyzone D-line film study, Cofleid is OK, not impactful. Jarvis Jenkins not getting off blocks, may not understand scheme.— Anthony Brown (@SkinsHogHeaven) December 3, 2013
@thecooleyzone is a "guesser" in the 3-4 scheme. Kerrigan beast on runs, needs more moves for passes.— Anthony Brown (@SkinsHogHeaven) December 3, 2013
NOTE: The full comment should have been "Chris Baker is a 'guesser'..." When guessing right, Baker is impactful. But when guessing wrong, he takes himself out of the play.
@thecooleyzone Orakpo is a beast lately. D is not great on inside LB, even London Fletcher. Doesn't get to hole anymore.— Anthony Brown (@SkinsHogHeaven) December 3, 2013
Cooley-Kerrigan is not a good pass rusher..Not going to win 1 on 1's but will fall into sacks. Bull straight in to guys, has no moves— HTTR24-7.com (@HTTR24_7) December 3, 2013
@thecooleyzone Riley Perry grades "C," adequate, not great. Redskins have Amerson deep. Strong on run D.— Anthony Brown (@SkinsHogHeaven) December 3, 2013
@thecooleyzone "We are very very bad on zone coverage." Soft zones. Not like Seattle.— Anthony Brown (@SkinsHogHeaven) December 3, 2013
@thecooleyzone Likes Meriweather. (Again) Orakpo is a beast.— Anthony Brown (@SkinsHogHeaven) December 3, 2013
Cooley opened this bit with an assessment of Griffin III's performance. He said RG had his best passing day – as a passer, meaning that he was reading to his second receiver before moving off the reads to do something else. Cooley didn't think RG felt confident enough with blocking to step into the pocket instead of away from it.
Most striking, Capt. Chaos said the Giants focused on stopping Alfred Morris and allowed Griffin to run. When he did, they were happy to lay a legal hit in him. Griffin appears to shy away from taking all the yards that may be available to him, as he did last year, out of concerns for his knee.
Cooley had no problem with that. Griffin will be faster next season with his knee fully healed and without the knee brace.
Cooley also drew a contrast between the way the Redskins run read option and Philadelphia and Seattle's approach. Those teams use it as a change of pace, while it's a major part of Washington's scheme.
Cooley thinks the Redskins should stop using it until Griffin is completely healed and willing to run it.
A phone call took me away from the segment just as Cooley was grading the secondary. I predict great popularity for this segment, and great controversy. The first fan call was a listener who challenged Cooley's credibility to make these assessments. I shake my head on that one.
Redskins Radio is a Daniel Snyder-owned company. It's unlikely Cooley gets instructions to shut it down, but one never knows.
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I'd love to hear Cooley's thoughts on Josh LeRibus. How does a rookie 3rd round pick show up to his new NFL team SIXTY pounds overweight and basically unable to play? Do we need to send Redskins employees to draft pick's houses to weigh them? OK---rant over. Now, a real question: do we have the people in-house to build an effective O-line? Or, do we need to go to the draft or free agency?
@dreadpirateroberts For this segment, Cooley is studying game tape and grading on that. If LeRibeus makes the field, Cooley will grade his play.