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Shanahan makes Cooley nervous by making him hold on field goals

Like most teams, the Washington Redskins use their punter as their holder on field goals. But Redskins punter Josh Bidwell took today off from organized team activities, and so head coach Mike Shanahan had to press his backup holder — tight end Chris Cooley — into action.

“It’s probably the first time I’ve ever been around Chris where he looked a little nervous,” Shanahan said, per our friend Matt Terl of Redskins.com. “Y’know, something he wasn’t comfortable with. I’m not sure if he’s ever done it before. But Chris has got excellent hands; we wanted to take a look in our OTAs, see if he could handle the ball, obviously, as a holder, and I thought he did a good job.”

Cooley said it makes sense for him to hold on field goals because, “Clearly, I have the best hands on the team.”

Although Bidwell will probably hold when the season starts, Cooley says if he’s pressed into action in a game he won’t have any trouble.

“It’s not that hard,” Cooley said.

Try telling that to Tony Romo.

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25 Responses to “Shanahan makes Cooley nervous by making him hold on field goals”
  1. roscoe311 says: May 26, 2010 4:23 PM

    Since Fred Davis is on the verge of taking his job he better find something else he can do to stay on the team…

  2. Chapnasty2 says: May 26, 2010 4:24 PM

    WOW! Way to set up the bashing here. Holding a kick in OTA’s is a lot different than holding it your first season as a starter in your first career playoff game. Cooley just proved what many of us already know, he is as clueless as most of the Cowboy haters that post, and will post on this website.

  3. mama tried says: May 26, 2010 4:26 PM

    fail to the dannyskins!

  4. vanhelsing says: May 26, 2010 4:31 PM

    romo is just used to handling smaller balls than a football.

  5. robert ethen says: May 26, 2010 4:31 PM

    Cooley has the best hands on the team. Until some rookie misjudges and drives a size 15 cleat into one of them.

  6. seaner44 says: May 26, 2010 4:34 PM

    Cooley 1 Romo 0

  7. MONSTER says: May 26, 2010 4:44 PM

    that was the gayest joke i have ever seen on this site……..i bet the story itself was written just for the one liner at the end…..pft is a good site for football but obviously not good for comedy

  8. Kelso says: May 26, 2010 4:49 PM

    Nice Romo zinger!

  9. rambo2000 says: May 26, 2010 4:51 PM

    Cooley is the man. I hope Shanahan maximizes his potential in the offense next year.

  10. SATAN567 says: May 26, 2010 4:53 PM

    With a wife as hot as Cooley’s, the man should never have to hold for even one FG.

  11. oyoy84 says: May 26, 2010 4:58 PM

    Nice try MDS… No wonder you’re 4th on the depth chart at pft.

  12. efangule says: May 26, 2010 5:14 PM

    Chapnasty2 says:” Holding a kick in OTA’s is a lot different than holding it your first season as a starter in your first career playoff game. ”

    Way to make yet another excuse for Romo and the 1-7boys.. That’s all the 1-7boys fans can do now adays since they don’t actually perform when they are supposed to.
    enjoy mediocrity 1-7boys fans!

  13. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: May 26, 2010 5:22 PM

    yes- i too appreciate that zing.(or any aimed at the brokeback boys for that matter)

  14. newty25 says: May 26, 2010 5:28 PM

    Hahaha. Romo.
    Go Raidskins!

  15. Chapnasty2 says: May 26, 2010 5:40 PM

    @ whatdiga
    It isnt an excuse it is a reality. Sorry chief. You must be a fan of the Eagles was it 0-3 again? Move on turd.

  16. Sow Crates says: May 26, 2010 6:19 PM

    # roscoe311 says: May 26, 2010 4:23 PM
    Since Fred Davis is on the verge of taking his job he better find something else he can do to stay on the team…
    Fred Davis played well last year and is obviously a talented guy, but isn’t a bit harsh to suggest that a guy who had over 700 yards for 4 straight years and was on pace again last year before injury will be put out of a job?

  17. efangule says: May 26, 2010 6:25 PM

    Chapnasty2 says:”It isnt an excuse it is a reality. Sorry chief. You must be a fan of the Eagles was it 0-3 again? Move on turd.”

    Considering it was his fourth year in the leage and he was the holder all season, it’s an excuse.. Get over it..
    Your team is overhyped.. and overrated… Especially your QB.
    Unfortunately, your teams Owner has too big of an ego to realize he is doing nothing but making the 1-7boys JUST good enough to make it to the playoffs and that’s it.
    Enjoy being just good enough.

  18. Morad says: May 26, 2010 6:36 PM

    HAHA nice Romo Zinger!!!
    Cooley is the man, and Shanahan would’nt think about replacing him with Fred Davis.

  19. panteraphenomenon says: May 26, 2010 6:46 PM

    Cooley doesnt have the best hands what a joke.

  20. ham1 says: May 26, 2010 7:06 PM

    Chokin Romo
    Never gonna live it down…
    Deal with it cowfags its in the books.
    Fact: Cooley is the man, romo is a choke.

  21. WetHog says: May 26, 2010 8:04 PM

    Sleepy Davis is going to take Cooley’s job? Sure.

  22. zod says: May 26, 2010 8:13 PM

    Best laugh today:
    Try telling that to Tony Romo.

  23. The Black Cat says: May 27, 2010 2:50 AM

    Its the Redskins world, and everyone else is playing in it.

  24. Black QB White RB says: May 27, 2010 4:48 AM

    Definitely agree with that guy who said the entire story was made up so the writer could put that zinger at the end….Brilliant, sheer genius!!!!!!!!

  25. Steve W. says: May 27, 2010 5:46 AM

    Wow, way to go nuts for no reason. chapnasty2, you do realize that Cooley wasn’t the one making the Romo comment right? It was the author who put that in at the end. Also, please watch the overgenalizations about Eagles fans. I’m a pretty well tempered Eagles fan, but if you keep bringing up last season I might have to remind you of the season before that…or that the Cowboys were equally ineffective against the Giants who the Eagles swept. Things can change big time from year to year in the Beast. I may hate the Cowboys, but I never underestimate them, nor do I say one of their players sucks for no reason. Romo has had his shakier times, but he’s done rather well overall. I wish he hadn’t, but he has when he gets some help.
    As for the best hands bit, what’s the big deal? Everything I’ve heard about Cooley says he’s a good guy that likes to joke around. He was asked to do something he wasn’t used to doing, so he made a joke about being picked for the task because he has the best hands. As for him losing his job to Davis…not unless he suffers a big time injury again. Cooley is every bit as good of a receiving TE as Davis. He’s not as fast, but he runs great routes, knows what’s going on around him, and makes great plays. In fact, the biggest difference between the two is that Davis is absolutely worthless as a blocker, while Cooley is much more multi-dimensional as a TE.

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