The Washington Redskins are an exciting, though not particularly successful football team this year. At 3-6, they’re tied for last in the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles. But they do have Robert Griffin III and a rookie surprise in running back Alfred Morris, so that’s good. But they’re struggling defensively, having allowed the 6th most points in the league thus far this season.
Chris Cooley, long time Redskins tight end who has been with the team since his rookie year in 2004, has seen the ups and downs of the franchise. And by ups and downs, we mean downs. In six of those past eight seasons, the Redskins missed the playoffs and finished with a record below .500. The team did make the playoffs in 2005 and 2007 under Joe Gibbs, advancing to the divisional round in ’05 but being eliminated in the wild card round in ’07. But neither of those teams were serious championship contenders, sneaking into those playoffs as a 6th seed both times.
Still, Chris Cooley is an optimistic man. Delusional, some might say.
Via DC Sports Bog:
“Chris Cooley, though, is sticking with the old narrative. In an interview this week with Adam Schein and Rich Gannon on SiriusXM Radio, Cooley said that success for the Redskins is ‘inevitable.’
‘We’ve had a lot of turnover in three years here as far as players go,’ Cooley said. ‘And I feel like this is the best team — as far as total locker room and depth — that we’ve had since I’ve been here. But it’s a young team, and it’s a team that’s learning, and it’s a team that’s learning how to win. I think this is the best building year we’ve had.'”
We see what you did there, Chris. Calling it the best team you’ve been on, then backtracking and calling it the best “building year.” Because in all honesty, it probably is the best team the Redskins have had since 2004, even if they’re 3-6. So that’s really depressing. If you don’t believe me, just check out the list of quarterbacks have who have been under center since Cooley arrived in ’04.
Mark Brunell, Patrick Ramsey, Jason Campbell, Todd Collins, Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, John Beck, Robert Griffin III.
In only two of those seasons (not including this year) have the Redskins had the same quarterback for all 16 games. And that was Jason Campbell, who’s now a backup with the Chicago Bears. Yeesh.
But on the bright side, they do have a promising future. Just take a look at Cam Newton and Michael Vick! The NFL has no idea how to stop running quarterbacks who, by the way, always stay healthy.