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Posted on: June 15, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Why wasn't Trent Williams at Redskins practice?

T. Williams might face criticism for not showing up for Washington's workouts (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Since players across the NFL have begun participating in workouts organized and led by their peers, we haven’t heard much in the way of criticism against those who have not joined in with their teammates.

WR Chad Ochocinco doesn’t show up for Bengals practice, and nobody makes a peep. WR Braylon Edwards misses Jets workouts, and he doesn’t hear criticism.

But when Redskins LT Trent Williams failed to show for workouts this week, at least one of his teammates had something to say about it.

“We’re here so we think it’s valuable,” G Kory Lichtensteiger told the Washington Examiner. “I don’t know why everyone else doesn’t. I know some people have to book a plane flight, but we have rookies here that are booking plane flights and first-year guys that don’t have a lot of money in the bank booking plane flights. So I don’t think there’s a whole lot of good excuses not to be here, honestly.”

Williams has an excuse regardless.

In an interview with ESPN 980, Williams claimed he thought the camp was for backs and wide receivers. Oh, he’s got another excuse as well. He didn’t find out about the camp until it was too late.

“I feel like it’s a big deal,” Williams said. “If I wouldn’t have found out Monday that the workouts were Tuesday, then I probably would have been there. It was a last-minute deal.”

So yeah, those excuses seem rather flimsy, especially when you take into account the questions about his work ethic. But Williams wasn’t done making them.

From the Washington Post:

Reached by phone Wednesday, Williams said that he has been training with roughly a dozen players in his hometown of Houston. He said he considered attending this week’s workouts, but decided not to go because he was in a wedding last weekend, which would have interfered with travel plans.

“I kind of had my hands tied,” Williams said. “But I figure as long as I’m getting work in and am making sure I’m ready. I’ve been trimming down a little bit, focusing on total body strength, and I started back [doing squats] this offseason, which I hadn’t done since my sophomore year, to get my explosiveness in my legs back. I feel great.”

But if you ask TE Chris Cooley, none of that really matters. Williams can show up or not, and it’s not a big deal.

“Everyone has their own preparation and own thing going on,” Cooley told the Examiner. “We’re not going to be disappointed in anyone not showing up. All I would say is that I’m benefiting from this; I feel this is making me a better player and this is preparing me to play this year.”

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Posted on: June 3, 2011 7:10 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 7:36 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.3.11: Cooley is a Jerky Boy?

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • I hate to keep talking about zany members of the Washington organization, but this story about Chris Cooley's prank-call love is just too good to pass up. Apparently, Cooley spent the offseason playing jokes and jokes and jokes on people via the phone. Via Andrew Sharp of SB Nation, Cooley went on Rich Eisen's podcast and told stories about pranks he likes to pull. He called Carson Palmer, he claims, and pretended to be John Elway and told him, "Listen, I hate Tim Tebow. I want you. I want you out here in Denver." And then he called Elway and pretended to be Carson and then he called John Fox ... and, well, it really doesn't sound like it can be true. But either way, it's enjoyable.


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Posted on: March 11, 2011 4:01 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2011 4:34 pm
 

NFL agent Gary Wichard dies

Posted by Will Brinson

Long-time NFL agent and founder of Pro Tect Management Gary Wichard died on Friday morning at the age of 60 of complications resulting from diabetes and pancreatic cancer.

The news of Wichard's passing was first reported by Darren Heitner of SportsAgentBlog.com and additional notes of sadness were passed along by Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports and client Jimmy Clausen.

Wichard represented some big-name NFL clients over the years -- including Terrell Suggs, Chris Cooley, Clausen, Dwight Freeney and Jason Taylor, to name a few -- but came under a great deal of scrutiny with his involvement in the agent scandal involving the UNC-Chapel Hill football team.

Wichard, at the time of his death, was serving a nine-month suspension from the NFLPA and was being investigated by the North Carolina Secretary of State.

Despite all that, many people who worked with Wichard during his lengthy career -- be it other agents or sportswriters -- noted what a professional he was.

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Posted on: March 10, 2011 9:35 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2011 11:53 am
 

Hot Routes 3.10.11 squeezing 'em in

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Posted by Andy Benoit


Chris Cooley reads every ounce of his fan mail (even if it’s several years later).

Nick Fairley is now a Nike guy .

The Broncos are working out Von Miller (who probably doesn’t fit their new 4-3 defense anyway).

Mike McCarthy is making no bones about it: Nick Barnett is no longer a starter .

The Steelers don’t want Tiki Barber.

Less than a year after mysteriously quitting football, former Dolphins second-round pick Pat White has retired from baseball .

Another Larry Fitzgerald contract bit .

The Dolphins will have a private workout with Cam Newton. That’s the benefit of being a professional sports organization: you get to workout with some of the best athletes in the world. It’s the perkiest of perks; Newton ain’t working out with, say, a southern Florida branch of Charles Schwab.

Just to be clear, Randy Moss is not returning to the Titans.

Good news passed along from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King on Thursday: Steve Sabol is recovering well in a Kansas City hospital. The president of NFL Films suffered a seizure on Saturday.

Kevin Faulk says his surgically repaired ACL is 70 to 75 percent recovered at this point.


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Posted on: December 17, 2010 5:33 pm
 

A McNabb McNotebook

D. McNabb officially has lost his starting QB job in Washington (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In an effort to ensure that the rest of your night isn’t taken up by my posting Donovan McNabb story after Donovan McNabb story, let me make this post a McNabb notebook of sorts.

Three stories combined into a McNabb-sized post. After all, how else would you want us to treat a third-string QB?

1. Anybody want to know McNabb’s thoughts about Rex Grossman starting instead of him this Sunday?

As reported by the Washington Post, McNabb released a statement through his publicist, saying, “I respect Mike (Shanahan)'s decision as a head coach, but I strongly disagree with it."

Look, say what you will about McNabb’s quarterbacking skills, but he certainly has acted with class during what has become an awfully difficult season.

2. Anybody want to know what Grossman thinks about this idea?

According to TBD.com, he’s looking forward to the chance to reinvigorate his career.

“I think everybody has doubters in any situation, and until you prove yourself (on a) consistent basis, you’re always going to have doubters. I don’t care what profession you’re in. It’s motivation,” Grossman said. “I’m human. How could you not be motivated to show everybody who’s mocking you, or talking on the radio or TV, thinking they’re smart? I’m totally motivated to prove to them, and to myself that I’m a bona-fide starter in this league and can lead this team to a championship one day. Those are the type of goals I have, so motivation’s not a factor.”

Grossman has made 31 starts in his career, going 19-12, and in the 16-game season he started with the Bears in 2006, the team went 13-3 and he completed 54.6 percent of his passes for 3,193 yards, 23 TDs and 20 INTs – numbers that, looking back on it, aren’t completely terrible.

And apparently at least one of his teammates has confidence in Grossman.

“There’s not going to be a feeling out process. Rex is totally confident in the gameplan and what guys are going to do,” tight end Chris Cooley said, via TBD.  “He’s been around everyone, he’s seen how they run their routes all year. It’s not like we’re playing a quarterback we brought in last week. I care a lot about this team, but I’m not going to be divided. I’m going to be indifferent to the decisions that were made. Because I trust our coach, I believe he’s doing what he feels is best for this team and trust that as much as possible.”

3. So, where does McNabb land after this year? If you think Arizona, well, Arizona Republic reporter Kent Somers will disagree with you.

Somers writes that, even though McNabb lives and trains near the Cardinals complex, his sources have told him during the past few years that the Cardinals have never made a play for him.

Writes Somers:

Do the Cardinals pursue him? I would be surprised.

McNabb has never played in this offensive system. There are allegations that he's not the hardest working guy in the business. He has no ties to this coaching staff, which doesn't seem to hold him in as high a regard as some fans.

Maybe the Cardinals will show interest this time. They will look to bring in a veteran quarterback next season, and they will be tempted to draft one with their first selection. Maybe McNabb would be a nice bridge to the future. But again, I doubt it happens.


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Posted on: October 31, 2010 11:47 am
Edited on: October 31, 2010 11:58 am
 

NFC Inactives, Week 8

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Here’s who IS active in the NFC: Packers DL Cullen Jenkins, Bears TE Chris Cooley, LB Brian Orakpo, 49ers TE Vernon Davis, Rams RB Steven Jackson

And here’s who is out:

Alex Smith, QB, 49ers: We, of course, knew this already since Smith suffered a separated shoulder last week. It’s officially official. Troy Smith will start for San Francisco.

DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers:
Jonathan Stewart will get a chance to improve upon what has been a surprisingly weak season for him.

Mark Tauscher, OT, Packers: Once again, rookie Bryan Bulaga will get the start in Tauscher's place.

Danario Alexander, WR, Cardinals: We know this already - Alexander will miss two to four weeks with a knee injury, but his loss further underscores how thin St. Louis' WR corps is.

Jason Smith, RT, Cardinals:
He suffered a concussion this week during practice when he banged heads with Chris Long. Renardo Fisher will start in place of him, and that's not a good thing for QB Sam Bradford.

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 2:07 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2010 2:07 pm
 

Hot Routes 10.21.10 over the moon for Moss return

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Posted by Andy Benoit


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David Garrard (concussion) was not at the team facilities again on Thursday. It’s highly unlikely he’ll play against the Chiefs.

Chris Cooley took part in a few light drills on Wednesday. Cooley suffered a concussion Sunday night against the ColtsR. Moss (US Presswire).


Randy Moss’ appearance at Lambeau Field Sunday night will be his first since the 2005 mooning celebration.


Titans cornerback Jason McCourty has been cleared for contact after rehabbing the fractured forearm suffered September 28. It could still take a little time for McCourty to return to game action, though. And when he does he may no longer have his starting job, considering how well rookie Alterraun Verner has played.


Gerald McCoy has fellow rookie Sam Bradford in his sights.


Alex Smith wouldn’t mind being left alone on the sideline a little more during games.


Kris Brown will fill in as the Chargers kicker for at least one week while Nate Kaeding nurses a groin injury.


The Cardinals are getting healthy (including at wide receiver, with Steve Breaston and Early Doucet).


Terrell Suggs keeps firing shots at Tom Brady.


We’ll keep one eye open on Kyle Boller and the Raiders quarterback situation. If healthy, Jason Campbell is expected to start. But will he finish?


The 49ers are delaying the opening of their new stadium until 2015, due to financing and labor issues. The team originally expected to open in 2014.


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Posted on: October 18, 2010 7:56 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2010 10:32 pm
 

Cooley felt 'just a little slow'

C. Cooley suffered a concussion Sunday night, and though he kept playing, he took himself out after halftime (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

And this is why the NFL’s concussion problem might never be solved. It’s because you can’t count on the players to be honest and tell the team’s training staff immediately that they might have suffered a brain injury (unless, you know, it’s DeSean Jackson/Dunta Robinson obvious).

Redskins TE Chris Cooley told 106.7 The Fan on Monday evening (via the Washington Post ) that he was feeling “just a little slow” after he had sustained a concussion in the first half of Sunday night's game.

Cooley played the rest of the half, and to his credit, he took himself out after intermission, because he knew he wasn’t helping his team.

But still it’s troubling that he continued to play even though he knew he wasn’t right (I’m not placing all the blame on Cooley here; obviously, if you’re in a competitive situation, many of us would have acted the exact same way. Plus, you also don’t want to lose your job because some coaches might think you’re soft for taking yourself out of the game. It’s certainly the culture in the NFL, a culture that might be unfixable).

Cooley called it a mild concussion, but really, is any concussion mild?

"I didn't want to be hurt at all. I didn't want to accept it," Cooley said. "It was one of those deals where I had a concussion, but it was mild enough that I was never out of it at all. I remember everything. I know what was going on, I knew what was going on at the time. Kind of messed up my peripheral vision, and just kind of made me slow.

"I had a hit in the second quarter ... you kind of feel like it's a little bit of a bell ringer. It was right before half and I came off. I came off the field and took a breath and thought, 'Wow.' I went into halftime and kinda had the idea that I could come back out, get moving around a little bit and feel okay."

Cooley will undergo medical testing this week to see if there are any lingering effects. He’ll probably be fine, even though he also suffered three concussions in college. Still, the tale Cooley told tonight is a harrowing one.

"I was slow on the field. I felt like stuff was happening around me way faster than I was happening," Cooley said. "It just got to the point where I felt like I wasn't helping the team to be out there. And I definitely wasn't helping myself."

And he could have potentially hurt himself even worse.

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