That's a bit melodramatic, though per the Official Site:
After a stellar 2005 season as an H-back, Cooley went through an adjustment period last year as he transitioned to tight end in Saunders' offense.
"Early last year, it was frustrating because you had to go back and learn a whole new offense, and for me I really did make a transition from what was a traditional H-back [role] into a tight end. I'm really a tight end now, and that's the big difference."
But Hogs Haven does wonder whether the H-Back is truly dead or if there's enough room in our voluminous playbook for both a traditional tight end and the hybrid brain child of Coach Gibbs.
The article also highlights some of the growing pains we suffered last year, which is always a cause for optimism heading into 2007, since the entire team has now had time to mesh under the Al Saunders system:
"I'm really focusing in on techniques and running better routes," Cooley said. "I feel comfortable that I know the offense. I know what's going on, so I'm focusing on getting a little quicker and a little bit better out there."
I doubt that Joe Gibbs is willing to delegate absolute control of his offense to Al Saunders, so it will be interesting to see how the Redskins use Cooley. I'll concede, per his own word, that he's going to be more of a traditional tight end than he was in '04-'05, though I suspect we'll see some interesting looks from this team, especially in the red zone. And by "interesting looks", I'm not talking about this.