Chris Cooley: Albert Haynesworth is an ‘awful human being’

albert-haynesworthFormer NFL defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was given an opportunity to resurrect his career when the New England Patriots traded for him during the 2011 offseason. Haynesworth’s former Washington Redskins teammate Chris Cooley is not at all surprised that it didn’t work out.

Last week, Cooley and his co-hosts on ESPN 980 were discussing Gilbert Arenas’ horrible contract with the Washington Wizards. The conversation turned to whether Haynesworth’s six-year, $100 million deal with the Redskins was worse than Gilbert’s $111 million guaranteed contract with the Wizards, and Cooley emphatically stated that he believes it was.

“No question, the Haynesworth contract,” he said, via DC Sports Bog. “Because he was TRYING to get released by the team. His goal was to come here, make a large signing bonus, and then get released and not have to do any of the work. He didn’t care about the back end of that contract. He didn’t care about making all of that money. His idea was, ‘You paid me for what I did in the past, and my goal is to be released as soon as possible and basically take $33 million from you for absolutely nothing.’”

Cooley said he is certain Haynesworth just wanted to get a large sum of guaranteed money from the Redskins before playing crappy enough to be released. He was then asked if he believed Mike Shanahan knew Fat Albert was just in it for the dough.

“I don’t know if that was explained to Mike, but that’s obvious to a coach,” Cooley said. “That’s obvious when you’re around a player, that they’re not trying to play for your team. … It doesn’t matter what you got [in exchange for Haynesworth]. They would have released him if they wouldn’t have got anything for him. It wasn’t about getting a pick out of him. It was about a terrible decision to bring in an awful human being into an organization that he’s not going to participate in. You should know that. You should be aware of that.”

If Haynesworth’s attitude was as bad then as it turned out to be toward the end of his career, Cooley is probably right. Injuries can’t be avoided, but you should never invest $100 million in a player who simply doesn’t care. Haynesworth is the epitome of a waste of talent.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Chris Cooley wanted case of beer negotiated into his contract

Chris Cooley is a favorite among Washington Redskins fans, and stories like this make it easy to see why.

Cooley was released by the Skins in August, and he was so loyal to the team he refused to sign a contract anywhere else. His patience paid off when Washington’s starting tight end, Fred Davis, was lost for the season with an Achilles’ injury. The Redskins re-signed Cooley this week, and the ninth-year veteran tight end says he tried negotiating a case of beer into his latest contract.

“Literally, I have text correspondence trying to negotiate a case of beer into my contract. They wouldn’t do it. I wanted it in writing so much,” Cooley told our friends The Sports Junkies on 106.7 FM in Washington D.C. (via Sarah Kogod at The Washington Post).

Cooley also admitted to The Junkies that his play last season wasn’t up to par, and he says it was because of his knee injury.

“I wasn’t putting out what I knew I could put out,” he said of his play last season and in camp. “I was a piece of crap last year. It wasn’t my fault, but I looked like garbage on film. I couldn’t move — I was draining fluid out of my knee every week.”

Cooley eight catches for 65 yards last season, and failed to score a touchdown for the first time in his career. He did not look good last season, but he says now that he hasn’t lost a step.

The Redskins say Cooley will share action with Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul, so it may take some time before he’s able to show us what he has left.

Between this great comment and what he said about Tony Romo last year, Cooley is one funny guy. He’s going to have a heck of a career in sports media when he’s done playing football.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk

Chris Cooley would only play for the Cowboys if the money is right

Veteran tight end Chris Cooley fell victim to a somewhat surprising release earlier this week when the Redskins cut him as part of their roster clean-up. Cooley spent eight years with Washington, the last few of which were plagued by injuries. Now, he is in search of work. With the regular season just around the corner, you might think Cooley is open to joining any team that will have him. That is not quite the case.

During his extended stay with the Redskins, Cooley grew to dislike the NFC East division rival Cowboys. As a result, he doesn’t sound all that willing to join them.

“I don’t think so, but people do a lot of things for money,” Cooley said during a recent interview with the Washington Post.

When you think about some of the stuff Cooley said about Tony Romo last season, that shouldn’t come as a huge shock. The ironic thing about the situation is that Jason Witten has been nursing a spleen injury, so Dallas is one of the teams that could conceivably be in the market for some tight end insurance. From the sound of it, they’ll have to pony up a little more dough than the average team if they want to make it work. And if they did that, Romo would probably be offended.

H/T DC Sports Bog

Chris Cooley Blames the Lockout for His Season-Ending Injury

Perhaps it just seems this way, but it feels like the NFL has had more significant injuries than usual this season. At least one impact player — such as Jamaal Charles, Kenny Britt, or Tim Hightower — seems to go down with a season-ending injury per week. Others like Peyton Manning were not able to improve their health enough throughout the offseason to take the field.  Could the lockout be to blame for what seems like a surplus of serious injuries?  Chris Cooley thinks so.

Cooley had been banged up for most of the season before the Redskins placed him on injured reserve this week.  Having had knee surgery in the offseason, Cooley said he thinks he would have been able to rehab more effectively had there not been a work stoppage.

“I feel 100 percent – and I’m not blaming anybody. I feel one hundred percent that I am a casualty for the season, of the lockout,” Cooley said according to the Washington Post via Pro Football Talk. “I think it was a shame that they didn’t let players who had surgery spend time with the doctors and trainers that they trust on a daily basis. I wish I could’ve. I think what I went through in July, I could’ve went through in March.”

The lockout obviously didn’t result in Cooley’s trash talking skills being dulled down, but he may have a point.  Although I doubt Peyton Manning was not provided with every possible tool for rehabbing that there is, working with unfamiliar doctors could in theory hinder the rehab process.  Some players even admitted they did not condition as much as they should have during the lockout, so that could certainly lead to an increase in injuries.  Unfortunately, increased risk of injury is on the list of lockout consequences.

Chris Cooley Loved Watching Tony Romo Choke, Wants to Fight Him in Cage

While several quarterbacks are on pace to throw for more than 5,000 yards this season, Tony Romo is looking forward to setting a personal best of his own: Amount of criticism thrown at a player in a single season. In fact, it could be an NFL record by the time 2011 comes to a close.

While NBA Finals MVPs stick up for Romo and tell him to ignore the haters, others saw Tony’s performance on Sunday as a microcosm for what his career has become: a lowlight reel of choking performances.  As the Washington Post shared with us, one of Romo’s division rivals decided to give him a few more boots to the gut while he was down on Tuesday.

It’s so good,” Chris Cooley told the Lavar and Dukes Show when asked about Romo’s three interceptions against the Lions. “I was watching the scoreboard in St. Louis, and I didn’t see that they’d lost really until they end, I thought they blew them out so I kind of stopped paying attention. It’s amazing, AMAZING to watch him choke like that.

“I’m just saying, I’m up 24 points in the third quarter, if I’m the head coach, I feel like I could probably just take a knee for the rest of the game, punt it away and there’s no way that Detroit’s gonna drive on you that many times,” Cooley continued. “The only way you’re gonna give up that many points is turnovers, right? It’s hilarious to watch him throw pick sixes, too, back-to-back. I loved it. But it wouldn’t be as good as my cage fight.”

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Chris Cooley Says the Eagles Are the Team to Beat in the NFC East

Someone needs to tell Chris Cooley that he plays in the NFC East.  Based on his latest comments, the Redskins tight end appears to have forgotten that.  In the NFC East you don’t compliment other teams and you certainly don’t admit that you may not be on the best team in the division.  The code of conduct in that division calls for playoff guarantees, trash talk about beating the ass off your opponents, and guaranteeing a division title.  Maybe Cooley missed that memo on Tuesday.

“I think Philly’s the team to beat, looking at what they’ve done right now,” Cooley told 106.7 The Fan via Sports Radio Interviews. “But when you look at the NFL and you look at the East, everyone can be very good. I wouldn’t be surprised, any way, to see New York and Dallas both being excellent football teams. It’s a tough division and it always will be, but when you look at what Philly did and when you look at the players they have and coming off the year they had last year, I think they’re a very good football team. Obviously we’re not the team to beat based on the way we played last year and what we’ve done over the past couple years.”

That type of honesty — however truthful it may be — will not be tolerated in the NFC East.  Michael Vick thinks there is no defense that can stop him and it’s the job of the other three teams in the division to put that theory to rest.  Cooley had better get his head on crooked before the season begins, or they may just decide to vote him off the island.

Chest bump to CBSSports.com’s Eye on Football blog for the story.

Bill Parcells Might Want That One Back

We’ve all heard analysts get their share of predictions wrong over time. It happens. But we don’t often hear about the bad calls coaches make. I guess we only see it when they get fired. Anyway, Washington Redskins TE Chris Cooley is the latest athlete to begin blogging at Yahoo! Sports. In his first entry, he tells the story of the day he got drafted. Prior to being drafted in the 3rd round to the Redskins, Cooley says he flashed back to a visit with the Cowboys and Bill Parcells:

My mind drifted back to a trip to visit the Cowboys. Everything was great until I made my way into Bill Parcell’s office. After sitting down, the first words out of his mouth were, “I’ll be honest, the reason you’re here is because we like you as a special teams player. I don’t think you’ll ever be a starter in the league. We’re thinking about taking you around the sixth round.”

Let’s see, 27 touchdowns, three straight 700-yard seasons, and not a game missed in his entire four year career, I’d say Parcells could have been wrong about that one. Let it be a lesson to all aspiring players out there: believe in yourself and continue to work hard. Even Bill Parcells gets em wrong from time-to-time. Very wrong. Not like any of his teams could have used a Pro-Bowl tight end, right? Didn’t think so.