The official narrative — “the Redskins aren’t that great right now, but things are moving in the right direction” — seems to have suffered some major damage after unsightly losses in Pittsburgh and to Carolina. The new narrative, at least in some quarters, is “Oh no. Not again. Hold me. Tighter.”
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.
“And that’s not to say that we’re not trying to win, and that we don’t have an opportunity to actually make the playoffs this year. You can look at the last couple years and say we were trying to do things to win football games. But I feel like now, we’ve made the right moves. And if it doesn’t happen this year, it’s inevitable to happen for this team. And I love to say that as a player of the team, but, I mean, I really believe it.”
Considering Cooley played for two playoff teams during his career, it’s a bit odd to hear him call this the best team he’s been on. But credit to him for not changing his story. Courage of his convictions, and all.
Cooley also suggested that the hubbub over Mike Shanahan’s post-Carolina remarks was overdone.
“Mike addressed it with us right off the bat, the first day back he addressed it with us,” Cooley said. “I think when he left the podium after the game, he didn’t realize the way it came out. And players understand that you say things and they can be taken the wrong way. And I think Mike handled it very well with the players, in terms of saying we are gonna continue to evaluate players, and this is our best opportunity [to do so], because we can see how guys play and how guys react to a very tough situation.
“I’m around him every day, the team’s around him every day, and we see what really goes on,” Cooley said. “And we’re gonna play our best players. There’s no doubt about that. He’s not gonna put in players to see how they play, to see what happens. He’s gonna play the best players. He just wants to get the reaction and see what he has going forward. No one was worried about the way it came out.”