When Cooley went down with an injury, it crossed my mind: "What happens to Cooley if Fred Davis emerges?"...and here we are.
With the movers already loading up Jim Zorn's belongings, the Redskins need decide what to do with their two stud tight ends. Most coaches don't use two TE sets, and even the ones that do use it limitedly. It doesn't make sense to rotate two pro-bowl caliber tight ends into play drives just to please them both. So, in a team that needs to fill so many holes, you have to trade one. Even though Cooley was optimistic that when he returns they could co-exist, it just doesn't seem likely. Both players are play-makers and with this offense that desperately needs an OL make-over, there is not room for both of them. The Redskins already are missing their 3rd (Jeremy Jarmon) and 6th (Jason Taylor) round picks, and I'd think either TE could net the Skins a 2nd round pick at worst. After all, both are better than Jeremy Shockey and the Saints gave up a 2nd round pick for him. I am honestly happy with either. Here lies the problem:
Fred Davis is younger, cheaper, and is still progressing. Cooley is a reliable veteran and fan favorite. What do you do?
If Cooley is shipped out then we know Bruce Allen is running this team. There's no way Dan Snyder would allow the top jersey seller and fan favorite to get shipped. This really is a tough call, so let's look at the stats:
Fred Davis (I'm throwing out the 3 games from 2008):
Cooley started 7 games this year (before fracturing his ankle), while Fred has played 8 games as the starter. Cooley averages more yards per game and to his defense, that was when Zorn was calling the plays (and putting up single digit scores on the NFL bottom feeders). On the flip side, Davis was going against some of the best defenses in the league and showed promise with solid blocking.
Either way, Bruce is not in a position I’d want to be in right now. Cooley just built that beautiful new home out in Leesburg as well. One thing is for sure,Cooley probably wouldn't want to be traded to Cleveland.
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