Hey, Whaddaya Know, Riley Cooper Said Another Dumb Thing
No matter what Riley Cooper does for the rest of his NFL career, he'll probably always be known as the dude who tried to fit in a little too well at a Kenny Chesney concert. He's still with the Eagles, and he even got a big contract extension, but he's going to be "that guy" forever.
We haven't heard much from Cooper this season -- he's not a big part of Chip Kelly's offense, and he hasn't threatened to fight anyone (that we know of) so his name isn't brought up much. But he injected himself into the news cycle with an offhand comment that rankled a teammate and made things awkward for everybody.
On Monday, Cooper was asked about his decreasing playing time. Instead of saying something like "I do what they tell me" or "I'm just trying to help the team win" or some other meaningless platitude for beat writers to eat up, Cooper made "a joke," or so he said. Via NJ.com:
"(Jeremy) Maclin's trying to get a contract," Cooper said, "so he's probably not going to try to come out of the game."
The one-liner was met with laughter, but Cooper didn't drop the idea that Maclin's status as a free agent this summer might be the reason he isn't playing.
"We want to sub as much as we can. It doesn't matter who it is," Cooper said. "Hopefully, Maclin gets this thing done and he'll probably be subbing just as much (as I am)."
When Maclin was told about the comment, he said "That was not a very smart thing for Coop to say" and you could see the air come out of the room. Watch Maclin's response, and Cooper's response to that response, below:
Hm -- that wasn't the best retraction. Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur basically refuted Cooper, saying the wide receivers are rotating as planned. It has nothing to do with Maclin looking for a contract -- it has to do, as Cooper admits, to Maclin being better.
Sure, maybe the original quote was a joke. But jokes like that are usually rooted in truth. Rather than commenting on a teammate's contract situation, Cooper might want to focus on running better routes. Though, to be fair, he could run the cleanest routes in the world and he'll still be "that guy." That's what happens when you say dumb things. Keep it up, buddy.
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