Redskins Nation Up In Arms: Cooley: A Marlboro Man? , DeAngelo Hall A No Show, and the “10 for 80″ rule
When you tune into Ball Hogs Radio tonight (and every Tuesday from 7-10 (shameless plug)) there will be three Redskins topics will certainly dominate the conversation.
1) Cooley: A Marlboro Man? Cooley CigGATE is in full effect on the twitter machine. SB Nation posted the picture below a day or two ago of Chris Cooley smoking a cig at an outdoor concert. Big Deal? For some Redskin fans this is the last straw? How can Cooley claim to be in the best shape of his life if he’s crushing Marlboro’s (or whatever his Cig of choice is). For others it’s not a big deal as Chris Cooley can do no wrong? Where do you stand?
(via SB Nation; and http://misterirrelevant.com/)
2) DeAngelo Hall A No Show: Well the Redskins voluntary OTA yesterday had a great turnout. Everyone showed up. Well almost everyone. It appears as DeAngelo Hall had other plans. The veteran corner was the only player who was not there for the workouts. Why Hall missed the OTA has yet to be discovered. None the less many Redskins fans have had enough with DeAngelo and are ready to move on. What do you think about D. Hall missing the first OTA?
3) “The 10 for 80″ rule: The Redskins are having the fans vote on the 80 Greatest Redskins of All-Time (just like they did 10 years AGO for the 70th anniversary). Seems harmless. The rules on the site state:
The following criteria were used in the selection process in 2002 and will also apply in 2012:
Players and Head Coaches are eligible
On-field performance is only criteria
Players or Head Coaches must have played or coached a minimum of three seasons with the Washington Redskins
Active NFL Players are eligible, but any current team member must have spent at last 10 years with the team to be eligible
New criteria for the 2012 vote for the “10 for 80” include:
Assistant Coaches are eligible for consideration
Team Administrators are eligible for consideration
Well it seems as many Redskins fans have an issue with the rule that states: Active NFL Players are eligible, but any current team member must have spent at last 10 years with the team to be eligible. This rule would keep players such as Chris Cooley, Santana Moss, and London Fletcher from being eligible for the 80 greatest. All three would stand a good chance of being voted in by the fans. Our buddy Fat Pickle (follow on twitter: @fatpickled) wrote a solid piece about it. Prolly the most important thing he points out:
39 of the original 70 Greatest Redskins played less than 10 seasons for the Skins. Obviously, the 10 season barrier means nothing.
Couple questions here: Are the Redskins trying to prevent backlash from the fans in case Moss or Cooley get released? Is it a negotiation tactic? See in my eyes it’s tough to release a player the fans just voted as one of the greatest Redskins ever. Also could the Redskins have a fair contract negotation (if they even wanted to) with a guy like Cooley if he was voted in? Tough to say, but should make for a lively debate on twitter and especially on Ball Hogs Radio tonight (7-10pm)