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Chris Cooley wonders aloud whether Scot McCloughan is drinking

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23: Chris Cooley #47 of the Washington Redskins looks on from the sidelines during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) Getty Images

Chris Cooley works for Washington. So does Scot McCloughan. On Tuesday, Cooley found himself treading into territory that could create problems for him internally.

The comments came while Cooley, who has a radio show on Daniel Snyder-owned ESPN 980, attempted to understand why McCloughan has been prevented from talking to the media.

“You start to wonder, what the hell is going on here?” Cooley said, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “And I start to look at this and say, ‘Do we not trust what Scot McCloughan is going to say to the media, and is that why he’s not allowed to talk to the media?’ And if we don’t trust what he’s going to say to the media, why don’t we trust what he’s going to say to the media? Now, if you look at the history of Scot McCloughan, I think the one thing that you’d immediately start to flush out as to why we don’t trust what he’s going to say is that he’s had a drinking problem over his entire career. And so you ask right away, is he drinking?”

It’s not an entirely unfair point, and Cooley added enough conditions and provisos to ensure he won’t be sued. But people like Snyder and CEO Bruce Allen — not to mention McCloughan himself — may not be thrilled with one team employee (Cooley also works on the team’s game broadcasts) speculating openly and publicly that the General Manager of the team, who has a history of alcoholism, is drinking again.

It’s one thing for scouts and coaches from other teams to gossip about the issue (and gossip they are); it’s quite another for a co-worker to muse into an open microphone about something so sensitive and potentially problematic for the franchise.

The situation provides another example of the dangers of team- and league-owned media. Cooley needs to be able to express opinions regarding issues of interest to the franchise. As an employee of the franchise, however, candor can have all sorts of unintended consequences.

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36 Responses to “Chris Cooley wonders aloud whether Scot McCloughan is drinking”
  1. mrx149 says: Feb 15, 2017 5:38 PM

    I look at his Redskin draft picks from 2015 and 2016, and wonder the
    same thing. Lots of free agent busts too.

  2. slickzmoney says: Feb 15, 2017 5:40 PM

    Cooley was a good player in his prime but is completely ignorable as an analyst/commentator.

  3. jlinatl says: Feb 15, 2017 5:47 PM

    Maybe Cooley is not speculating but presenting it as such because it was leaked to him by someone within the organization who wants McCloughan gone.

  4. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Feb 15, 2017 5:51 PM

    it’s a fair point

  5. silverandblack052099 says: Feb 15, 2017 5:55 PM

    Unless the person who is suffering from addiction makes it publicly known it’s never ok to do so. Shame on you Chris Cooley!

  6. oswizard says: Feb 15, 2017 5:57 PM

    Just an irresponsible quip coming from someone who has a lack of experience when it comes to time behind the microphone. Love Cooley, and particularly his film breakdown, but he goes where he should not sometimes when it comes to subject matter.

  7. mremeet says: Feb 15, 2017 5:57 PM

    I wonder aloud whether Chris Cooley is drinking turpentine.

  8. sidepull says: Feb 15, 2017 6:01 PM

    Maybe its fake news?
    Probably not true, but its just enough to start a rumor, and make ya go huh? Could happen, people do have track records….

  9. boknowsvt says: Feb 15, 2017 6:27 PM

    Cooley should know. He sounds pretty hung over most mornings on his morning shows.

  10. breadmeatcheese says: Feb 15, 2017 6:34 PM

    the miko grimes of washington.

  11. stoneydog1000 says: Feb 15, 2017 6:35 PM

    Maybe, the same “someone in Cincinnati” that told Cooley that Marvin Lewis wouldn’t be back in 2017, told him this.

  12. breadmeatcheese says: Feb 15, 2017 6:44 PM

    scott mcloughlan’s picture does look like he has a lot of roseacea going on, and his drafts have been eratic lately…

    maybe he is fubar.

  13. nonnieynonniey says: Feb 15, 2017 6:53 PM

    silverandblack052099 says:
    Feb 15, 2017 5:55 PM
    Unless the person who is suffering from addiction makes it publicly known it’s never ok to do so. Shame on you Chris Cooley!

    Umm …….. it is publicly known. That is point of this conjecture.

  14. stoptrippn says: Feb 15, 2017 6:54 PM

    Not cool Cooley

  15. bassplucker says: Feb 15, 2017 7:07 PM

    Hope he has his resume in order. Cooley, not McLoughlan.

  16. jxt2521 says: Feb 15, 2017 7:13 PM

    you can’t blame cooley for this take. it’s a fair point given the situation. the redskins have themselves to blame for this. even if the redskins are doing this policy to protect him for some other reason they aren’t doing him any favors by not explaining it.

  17. fmckenney says: Feb 15, 2017 7:41 PM

    Unless Cooley has irrefutable evidence one way or another he should keep his big mouth shut. I wonder how this simple minded oaf would feel if someone saw him talking to another guy in a bar and deduced that there was the distinct possibility that he was gay, not that there is anything wrong with it.

  18. mackcarrington says: Feb 15, 2017 7:48 PM

    So what if the guy is drinking? Drinking is not illegal.

  19. key2heat says: Feb 15, 2017 7:49 PM

    He mixes vodka with red Gatorade.

  20. irishgary says: Feb 15, 2017 8:33 PM

    Maybe Cooley should do some research. McLoughlan never stopped drinking. He keeps it to beer now and no hard stuff. Unfortunately he works for an idiot

  21. theebadguy says: Feb 15, 2017 8:49 PM

    Unfortunately, it seems the circus is back in town

  22. drcap says: Feb 15, 2017 8:57 PM

    I’ve been wondering about McLoughlan too. And I hope he is doing OK, personally. But I am never going to forgive him for helping the Seahawks build so much talent.

  23. dc2490 says: Feb 15, 2017 9:11 PM

    McCloughan never stopped drinking, that’s known throughout the league, and Snyder knew it when he hired him after reading that ESPN article. Unfortunately, McCloughan is a functioning alcoholic that sneaks drinks throughout the day & has his wife pick him up from work every night. He hasn’t done anything to change that & his scouts have started distancing themselves in fear for their jobs. Also, Bruce is notorious for “leaking” stories to the media to help his cause in a power struggle, so this isn’t really a surprise. That place is full of dysfunction & Gruden is the one that keeps things from going off the rails, including the draft after Scot gets loaded on shots from his “bag.” Jay doesn’t get enough credit for what he’s done there, on and off the field.

  24. whatevnfl says: Feb 15, 2017 9:16 PM

    Not cool.

  25. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 15, 2017 9:53 PM

    The question remains-
    Why on Earth is the President saying the GM isn’t allowed to talk to the media? Who ever heard of something like this? It’s certainly unusual…..can’t help but wonder what is going on

  26. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Feb 15, 2017 10:22 PM

    What’s next?? Cooley going to blame the Russians??…

  27. tonebones says: Feb 15, 2017 11:24 PM

    For Cooley to come out and say something like that, my first thought was maybe Cooley had been drinking.

  28. theproductdoctor says: Feb 16, 2017 3:52 AM

    Who is the Patriots GM? I don’t know either, because you never hear from him in the media.

    The skins are trying to build success. It starts with being tight lipped and controlling the information that leaves the building. If McLoughlan needed to be reminded, no big deal.

    IMO the skins management have done a fantastic job of being tight lipped. We are so used to the circus fans are confusing media speculation (Cooley, Sheehan, Adam Schefter) for actual news and released statements from the team.

  29. bigmikeskinsfan says: Feb 16, 2017 8:25 AM

    Anyone else find it funny the guy who has multiple pics of him drunk with his drinks spilled down the front of him is questioning someone else?

    Cooley is a puppet now. He is like LaVar was when he was all bitter for being cut.

  30. RuddyJamesDIO says: Feb 16, 2017 8:29 AM

    Hey Chris….shut up!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. TheDPR says: Feb 16, 2017 8:50 AM

    Anyone who has ever had an alcoholic in their family knows that this is a valid question. Relapse is the first thing you think of when an alcoholic is acting abnormally because it happens so often.

  32. RegisHawk says: Feb 16, 2017 2:25 PM

    I wonder if Chris Cooley is drinking.

  33. monsterscream says: Feb 16, 2017 3:11 PM

    McCloughan is a drunk. constantly red faced and volatile at games.

  34. mimotowatashi says: Feb 17, 2017 9:08 AM

    Chris Cooley proves once again, he’s a blowhard half-wit. He played well in his career but thinks too highly of himself.

  35. ideabook2014 says: Feb 17, 2017 11:03 AM

    As addicted people know, if you’re an addict and still drinking you’re still an addict. You give it up 100%. The whole issue is lack of control, which is addiction. The GM, had he taken his sobriety serious, might have picked a better place to work than the Peyton Place of pro sports; the Skins. Allen is the reason for this ‘outing’ of the GM vis-à-vis the messenger boy Cooley. (this is a great example of why the NFL should apply the FCC rule about teams owning media that report on them-they turn our public airwaves into propaganda outlets). I feel bad for the GM, who is one of the top talent guys around, being in this situation. I’ve never heard him say anything in public that would warrant his being silenced like this. After the Skins last game their coach made a comment saying that he was doing the best he could with the ‘draft picks he had gotten’ which was a direct swipe at the GM.

  36. rroland77 says: Feb 19, 2017 10:44 AM

    From his behavior and on air comments since he retired from the NFL, I wonder if Cooley is drinking or on drugs!

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