Washington Redskins: 2 Players, 2 Different Emotions on Their Radio Shows

Josh McCainSenior Writer IDecember 14, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins looks to throw a pass against the New York Giants on December 5, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Redskins 31-7.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Quarterback Donovan McNabb and tight end Chris Cooley both have weekly radio shows in the Washington D.C. area on competing stations.

McNabb's show aptly named The Donovan McNabb Show airs Tuesdays at noon on ESPN980, and The Chris Cooley Show airs Mondays at 5:30PM on 106.7 The Fan.

In Cooley's appearance last night with hosts LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes, Chris sounded just as dejected and frustrated as most of the fans.

Contrastingly, McNabb on his show today sounded upbeat and confident for the franchise's future.

Cooley's focus wasn't on the future though, as he mostly spoke about the frustrations of losing and his lack of opportunities in Sunday's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

This shouldn't be confused with the rants and raves of a certain diva receiver that used to catch passes from McNabb.

No, Cooley merely expressed that with the adjustment of the new coaching staff and new quarterback that they don't fully realize the weapon he is.

Donovan, on the other hand, was pleased with the offense. 

And honestly he should be.  Though it didn't show on the scoreboard the Redskins offense has not run that smoothly all season.  And honestly, if it weren't for the numerous special team gaffes, the score would have been much different.

In Cooley's defense, he was only 24 hours removed from the devastating loss that officially eliminated the Redskins from playoff contention, whereas McNabb's interview was 48 hours removed and he had more time to let go of the emotions of the loss.

Also the two interviews focused on different things.  Cooley, as his show usually does, focused on the game, where McNabb focused on the future of the franchise.

McNabb feels confident that general manager Bruce Allen and head coach Mike Shanahan will make smart choices in free agency and the 2011 NFL Draft.

McNabb also expressed a lot of confidence in some of the young core players already on the roster.  He has high hopes for offensive weapons like Ryan Torain, Brandon Banks and Anthony Armstrong, and feels tackle Trent Williams is one of the best in the league.

Of course McNabb is more or less the unofficial spokesman for the franchise.  The guy is a communications major and is almost always going to say the "right" thing.

However, I don't feel he's blowing smoke up the fanbase's ass. 

Is this team a couple of players away from winning it all?

No, they are a lot of players away from being a contender, however this team has found some young players on its roster that are going to be nice to build around.

In spite of his dejected tone, Chris Cooley did express hope for the offensive scheme of the Redskins and feels they're getting better each week.

Also when a caller asked him about a possible trade to send him to a better team, Cooley responded by saying that he couldn't imagine himself being anything but a Redskin.

Even though he was down and the team has lost more than it's won in his time here, he still wants to stay in DC.

Like McNabb's leadership, this team also needs stars like Cooley, who want to stay no matter how grim the season looks.

The question remains though, which player had the right attitude?

For me the answer is both.

Like Cooley I was frustrated and dejected with the Redskins on Monday, however being 48 hours removed from a game that in all reality was meaningless I was a little more hopeful for the Redskins' future.

I know it's hard to be hopeful right now, and yes, the team does need work, but honestly can we compare this team to mistakes of the past?

This team is indeed a result of mismanaging of free agency and the draft, but it's not the Vinny and Danny show anymore.

Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen are now calling the shots, and no, their first season wasn't a home run, but you have to give a new regime at least two seasons, if not three, to truly judge them.