Shanahan: 'I trust Chris'
Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan called Chris Cooley as soon as the team's plane touched down following Sunday’s loss to the Giants.
With Fred Davis lost for the season, Shanahan needed a replacement he trusted. And quick.
“I asked him what type of shape he was in,” Shanahan said. “He said, ‘Pretty good shape.’ So I asked him if he wanted to come back and he said he did. So we’re excited to have him. I trust Chris. If he says he’s in good shape, he’s in good shape. So I hope he can help us this week.”
Cooley passed a physical exam Monday morning and signed his contract shortly thereafter.
“We expect him to come in and play at level he’s played at in the past,” Shanahan said of Cooley, who, if he suits up in Pittsburgh, will be playing in an NFL game for the first time in 53 weeks.
Shanahan expressed confidence that Cooley, a ninth year pro, will be able to get up to speed quickly and help fill the gaping void left by Davis’ absence.
“The No. 1 concern is, ‘Has he been working out?’ Chris has,” Shanahan said. “When a guy has been running and lifting, that gives him a chance to get back a lot quicker. He says he’s ready to go. So I expect him to come in and contribute.”