Chris Cooley full press conference-10/26
Thu, 27 Oct 2011|
CSN Washington dot com. What exactly went into the meeting with Mike and Bruce what was discussed. Determination come in a VIR. -- are right so I travelled down to Pensacola. Met with doctor Andrews again. We did another MRI of -- me. We did more weight bearing X rays of -- mean. And we made a conscious decision that. Four to five weeks wasn't enough time to ensure. It gaining better. We didn't wanna have to further. Going further and do a micro fracture should micro fracture shooters we fought we felt that. Micro fracture would probably. Went my chances of playing at all on next season. And so we made the decision that if I take. Three -- four -- right now without running. Seriously -- having bringing I should I should be fine next year they should have no swelling. And not have to incur more invasive procedure and that was in the best interest of not only myself but of the Washington Redskins and me performing for the team for. The next 45 years. It was unfortunate to mean because I feel like this is a team that has an opportunity to win. And I told -- I wanna be I never forgive myself if we are in the playoffs. And I can't play in any role. Even in the past you know is that. Opportunity to help this team win meant so much to mean. That I. I didn't want to. I didn't wanna spend time out. I wanna help the team I'd I'd. I can't hold them hostage I can going to coach and -- office and say. You're gonna give me seven weeks. And you're gonna you're gonna hold a roster spot for me. Well like hopefully get better. That's not fair to anybody. And I'm completely comfortable with the decision that was made. For me to go on IR. I'm completely comfortable with spending in the the time with our organization with Larry hats and failure German and fully -- having many. In. Looking forward to because being. An only that in in this league which I know I am. When I'm healthy. You it's proceeded -- we went down to Pensacola. We talked about some stuff I'm not too comfortable talking about exactly what. Went on so. Was there through the micro fracture and He -- back -- that. He -- something like. -- for fractures a long recovery time and it's not a 100%. Doctor and he's not a micro fracture would be 5050 at best 7% that I would play again. We felt that. Based on where in the medial side in my knee and based on previous cases that a lot of players play with what I have. My problem wasn't just my -- cartilage it was. And the entire -- -- inflamed because I couldn't keep swelling out of it so I was also -- quite a bit tendinitis. I had a lot of lateral pin which is very strange. To be honest with you it yet for two run ten yards. I could minutes myself and into our coaches I wouldn't say anybody else but at the point I hit ten yards and I wasn't fast. I wasn't quick out of cuts. That being said the role I was in -- and fullback blocking a line of scrimmage I was helping the team. That's as that pick ours to question is it would've helped us I don't know. Regardless of the thing of my finger being broken I was I was gonna need some time off anyways. And I think everyone felt the best for me and again the team yeah. Through your mind you but you know that your -- No. Oh pretty stubborn person and. I can. So for whatever reason -- have a high pain tolerance is not affecting them tough to just naturally have a higher intolerant. We talk about training mania couple weeks -- -- people said oh we had a setback for the during his -- at 800 CC's out of my -- fifteen times this season. So. Just that's what I was going -- and we were hoping continue to maintain it and -- in the early in the week in. We were -- pure. And I was hoping continuing that pace but when we step back and analyze to Begin with me having time off we just said this is not right. It's not normal for him to do this and it's gonna get worse. Did you ever feel very important and felt terrible got back from training camp which I was really disappointed in I feel like that's. That's let down to the team the organization. To the fans to show up after six weeks six months off. And -- be better. Felt almost embarrassed that. It was a better from my injury. So I wanted to do everything I could to. Play right break and it wasn't that I didn't do anything I mean network started just I probably. Should've taken more time rehabbing initially. That's against -- of me thinking I'm going to be okay. And I'm gonna just work through pain and it's how have gotten through my entire careers working through pain and it's always worked and it didn't work just. -- can't help but notice that cheers to you are carrying crutches around them it's fair -- stated something here and I'm not there was no procedure -- when He there's no surgery done nominee among crutches because we want to use in the next two weeks. Keeping all the way off my mean they don't mean walk round middle. If I walk out of this room I I'm not only a tournament and feeling soreness which won the inflammation in my joint. Diminish. -- directors think that by coach tease her mini camps that and He will be a 100%. I gathered that absolute hope and again like I said from a lot of players playing with. The same type of means that I have the same temple where that I'll be a 100%. A good friend of mine Todd Yoder. Is a good example. He has more cartilage loss and I have. And He didn't have the anywhere near the swelling there or that the pain that night and I just don't ever let it come down enough after surgery. Coach had said you know it's maybe because you guys were able to get treatment during the lockout. That that had contributed to it would do you still feel the same way or do you feel it and so it. I feel a 100%. And I'm not blaming anybody until 100% I mean casualty. For the season -- block. I. I think it was a shame of it and let players who had surgery spent time with. Doctors and trainers that they trust on a daily basis I wish I -- I think that we could -- went through. What I went through in July I think it -- went through march. But I'm a felt OK in March when I was cleared. I started doing things and and it slowly -- swelled up and I wasn't here. I can nice and home I can do things at home it. It's a shame it is the way it is and then there's no one to blame I guess the person to truly blame wood just to say I should've. Thought more about guys just something I've never went through when I was on my own. It's unfortunate. -- so much to the fans here and in the organization even for a long time. Some people worry that you might not play again than what would you say then that would would make them believe that you will. -- Every part of me absolutely believes that not only will -- continue to play for the Washington Redskins put off continued to. Be an outstanding player at the position I play I have. So much confidence in my ability. To play tight end and my ability to play tight end at a very high level especially if I'm healthy. It's amazing what I've been here long enough and it's amazing. What this. Franchise means to me and well our fans mean to me. And how supportive everyone's in the mean of course you can talk about. Not playing again or or. Whatever and my training getting cut and I'm part of this team and our general manager in our head coach believed in me and I believe myself and I have no doubt that I'll play. Very well for us in the future and and not next year but. For a continued number of years I have no desire to play for anyone else have no desire to be. -- part of it any other. Organization and I have no desire to to retire I absolutely love this game I love coming to work. And those only thing on -- achieve is is winning the Super Bowl and got to put it into. You've played with guys those who you know and Jon Jansen and guys that. We get to a point did it ever cross your mind I wonder what did you do always have a 1% confidence back to. -- you've seen other guys who have it. I know it's -- perfect -- -- question I'm not the point where I wonder if I if I'm going to be back. Again I've spent. Playing time talking people no matter in this organization and I know. How people here feel about me. And again I know I know talk to myself and know what it takes two to continue to play for us. In the -- even more as walker this year is probably because of the limitations you get more appreciation. The things you're able to do considering that you're in a lot of pain and how much you groups -- in that specific area as you or. Thanks Chris. I've always considered myself but a pretty good blocker. That being said. For the six games and 70% of the games I've played it was most consistent that I had that I blocked was most consistent that I played obviously wants a game. And know that I wasn't affecting the game drastically. By making receptions. But it was a it was I felt like it was in the accomplish room for me I was very proud of the way I played I was proud of what I had to go through to put myself on the field. For the six weeks or seven weeks that I've played and I felt that I blocked well going forward. And really going into the last season with with coach Shanahan and going forward. The most important thing about. My game will be consistent level of play. Being able to watch the game tape and say. I don't want any plays back I don't want six -- back -- have blocked well. -- routes well I did I can help this team and go forward consistency will be the big thing from. Super Bowl. Individually. You know leader and and receptions all the tight ends they've -- is that the sole motivation you'll be using this offseason to get back is is just that opportunity. Good things there. Okay. I've accomplished beyond my wildest dreams. Individually. What I could ever hope for as a player. -- have over -- catches for this organization to make two Robles. I'm amazed you know I I remember being wide -- first I'm thinking. -- an -- fingered player in this league yet you know a kid from Wyoming. I'm sitting here and why the Pro Bowl extra load looking around -- Manning's singing next man I mean that's amazing to me. That being said. That's all fun and that's a great part this game. But. The thing that I remember the most is going super ball watching the Saints. Running out of time. A Lexus guys and the tunnel. Nothing whatever compared. Nothing would be the feeling. Running -- -- field to play the Super Bowl and being part of a team that won the Super Bowl. But I've been here so long. In. This has been such important part of my life. Washington DC in overtime wouldn't he's very. I don't want to run through the tunnel in another uniform I don't want to. Finish my career looking at a team that can win the super won't say I wanted to go anywhere just doing Super Bowl. I'll be. This will be the only team I care about. The rest in my life and I wanna do with this team and a they always cliche as that may sound that's that's true. I'm a fan of the Washington Redskins. I'm a fan of the guys that played before me. And I love I love being a part of it so yeah in the suitable for this team is is really why I'll continue to play this. -- much tougher resistant cake compared to the broken foot. When the franchises in utter chaos at that point. You guys go get a kick out this but I told Mike if if we get through NFC championship and we get the super born and come into his office and show him one on stand them on the sideline that. And obviously I'm kidding but. It's tough to take it's -- it's hard for me to. This early in the year when I still believe were very good football team to say. I'm sitting watching games I hate it. But as it is and then there's nothing do. About that now. And there's nothing they can do besides try to help. Our players Fred Davis. John Beck our coaching staff. And do everything I can to to help this team does -- and I mean I was a cameo film so. Just ticketed for what it is in and but the most of. Can play doubles in the pre hi this community and you become a -- they're not practical what does that mean it happened yet. Here cell lines. You know -- -- it felt so lucky. Really I just a lucky that. I've played for an organization and fan base that I can be myself. I think. Every owner in here has been around enough to know that I am myself and people embrace that and there's nothing more -- it -- for. To be somewhere that people care enough about you that they want to be yourself and you can enjoy your life doing. -- to play there. So earlier meeting this regular road trip I don't go on. Because I'm supposed to be on crutches all the time so I don't -- around front of the whole time and they will only be on the -- -- coaches. So other than that yes Michael we -- He had every game. Well and played doubles have it just for saying because I've heard. That argument about the block out costing me costing injuries and if you practice squad guy doesn't mean that you've got all the money you'll ever need personally. Why not hire that we have person to get you through your injury in the offseason. You know. Until June I didn't know it was a problem. And then I did do that. So I -- it was stiff I didn't know I hadn't had that so I think that's a question wouldn't go until in the June. I thought I was still recovering from surgery and working hard but. Yes I think that's -- something I think about all the time as wide and I go to physical therapy place in March but ultimately the people that you trust in the people -- your round. -- the -- for Washington Redskins and this is where I wanted to be. CSN Washington dot com.