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By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Chris Cooley
The Giants may have given the Redskins' remaining opponents the key for stopping their league-leading rushing game.
Mike Shanahan leveled a scathing critique at Albert Haynesworth on Thursday, saying the former Redskins defensive lineman was "lazy" and had a "lack of passion" and "lack of character."
Nearly six years ago, All-Pro safety Sean Taylor was at home nursing an injury instead of taking the field with his Washington Redskins teammates for a road game at Tampa. Unfortunately, a group of young men from southwest Florida apparently didn't know that.
Jury selection is scheduled to start Tuesday for 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr. Rivera faces life in prison instead of the death penalty because he was only 17 at the time.
Cooley has not formally announced his retirement as a player, but he was not expected to return after nine seasons with the Redskins.
Robert Griffin III waved his arms, encouraging Washington Redskins fans to keep up the chant. It wasn't the chorus of "RG3" that filled FedEx Field for most of the regular season, a tribute to the rookie quarterback whose success changed the course of the franchise.
Kory Lichtensteiger played off and on through a sprained left ankle in the Washington Redskins' NFC East-clinching victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, and the left guard hopes to be able to go when the playoffs begin in a week.
The quarterback reclined in a black folding chair and didn't say a word.
Chris Cooley hasn't been a part of much playoff football in Washington. He saw it with the Redskins in 2005 and 2007.
It's a recipe for what DeAngelo Hall called "pandemonium." It's Dallas Cowboys at the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field with the NFC East title on the line, in prime time and on national television.
Kai Forbath keeps making field goals for the Washington Redskins, and Sunday he broke an NFL record.
Everybody fumbles. That's the message from Washington Redskins fullback Darrel Young when he's asked about rookie Alfred Morris putting the ball on the ground.
When Sean Taylor went full-speed in practice, that included hitting his Washington Redskins teammates like he did opponents in games. But not tight end Chris Cooley, his friend with whom he talked to every day.
Early in the season, it looked like the Washington Redskins could be special. They won at New Orleans and might have been 2-0 if not for a Joshua Morgan personal-foul penalty and some other mistakes.
Since the Washington Redskins dropped to 3-6, coach Mike Shanahan's postgame comments about evaluating players and seeing who's going to be on the team "for years to come" have resonated.
"When you do look at him as a runner, he is not an impactful runner in any way shape or form," Cooley said.
"Breaking into someone's home, into their personal safety blanket and shooting them in that environment is the most heinous, unthinkable crime that could have happened to a guy like Sean. It's despicable," Cooley said.