I had Chris Cooley on my radio show yesterday and I asked him why he wasn’t more involved in the game plan. He made light of the situation, joking and laughing about it. He then said something in jest, but after I thought about it, it was kind of disturbing.
Cooley mentioned that Rex Grossman shared the ball with the opposing team twice as much as he had thrown it to Cooley.
Grossman threw two interceptions on the day, while Cooley had one reception for 4 yards. That’s a long way from what got Cooley to become the all time Redskins’ leader in receptions at his position.
At first I thought it was because of the emergence of Fred Davis, who led the team in receptions the first two games. But against the Rams, Davis had just four receptions for a not so eye-popping 34 yards.
So what’s really going on here? I didn’t see an offensive juggernaut that could score whenever it wanted, using whoever it wanted, so how do two of the more productive guys on your team combine for 5 receptions and 38 yards?
Cooley maintains that the Redskins got the lead early and had success running the ball, which equals fewer passing plays for all.
I tend to agree with this logic. If a team is able to get a lead early in the game and the running attack is working, coaches will put the work load on the running backs because there’s less risk of a turnover and running melts time off the clock.
But what still bothers me, and what we will have to wait to find out as the season continues, is why the Redskins were unable to get offensive production out of Cooley and company when the game got tight late in the fourth quarter.
I’m not calling for Grossman’s head, as some people are. But there is some very damning evidence that would lead me to believe this road may get way more bumpy in the future.