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Pickled Hogs Radio Talks with Chris Cooley

In the second episode of what is becoming decreasingly craptastic, Pickled Hogs Radio (Doug Ramey, Kevin Ewoldt and Ken Meringolo) hosted Chris Cooley on Wednesday night. In fact, one could argue that having Chris Cooley join us added just the legitimacy we were lacking--no matter what Kevin thinks, just because you are on radio does not make it okay to go pantless.

Below you can find the audio link to the show, but first a couple highlights:

Safety -- Player's health was an issue that was discussed throughout. Chris responded to comments made by DeMaurice Smith regarding the 18 game season and the impact the extra games could have on the players.Most people forget that as a rookie, Chris spent a healthy amount of time on the wedge. This special teams tactic/formation was effectively legislated out of the game, but not in time to spare Cooley from the dreaded duty.

Clinton Portis -- We talked about the end of the Portis era and what CP meant to both Cooley and the team. You get the sense from hearing Cooley talk about Clinton that the team really lost a lot when Portis was released.

Offseason activities -- Between his pottery gallery (that's right), his blog and trying to remain ready for the upcoming season, Cooley has plenty to keep him busy.

It also sounds like we'll be making a trip out to Casa de Cooley to help keep #47 tuned up for the 2011 season. Check out the full interview and get the lowdown on our March Madness Redskins Cheerleader Showdown:

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Cooley's response on Cerrato's latest comment that the media pressure angled Joe Gibbs into giving up the play-calling:

Cooley: "Joe is a perfectionist and he truly cared what Redskins fans thought and what people expected of him. Saying that explicitly it was the media that made him give up the play-calling is a bit far fetched. But I did feel like he felt a lot of pressure from every area in terms of his capabilites to call plays. We were extremely simple under Joe. A lot of guys liked it because they knew how and where they fit. We were a playoff team. We weren't an exceptional offense. We weren't what Joe was in the 80s as an offense and I know that was hard for him. I compared us to a Pittsburgh that had a good defense and scored enough points to win."