Chris Cooley participated in the "Pack & Ship with the Pros" promotion at FedEx Office Tuesday in Washington, helping out customers Kendal Bemer (center) and Katherine Reinckens. Photo courtesy of Weber Shandwick.

GuysNation sat down with Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley Tuesday at FedEx Office in Washington, where the former Pro Bowl tight end was participating in “Pack and Ship with the Pros,” a promotional event in which fans had a chance to win season tickets to Redskins games.  The former Pro Bowl tight end has 62 catches for 686 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Cooley talked about the Redskins’ disappointing season, Mike Shanahan, and the outlook for the future.  He said Shanahan has set a tone of more discipline than in previous seasons, and Cooley likes the Skins’ prospects for next season.  Cooley said the team is pumped to play at Dallas Sunday.

Cooley also responded to criticism former Redskin Brian Mitchell made about him last weekend on Sportsradio 106.7 the Fan. After Cooley said the Redskins could use more leadership, Mitchell said that Cooley himself should be more of a vocal leader.

“Brian Mitchell is a radio personality and he can say whatever he wants to say,” said Cooley, when asked about Mitchell’s remarks.  “I’ve never been a vocal leader.  I’ve always played for this team and I’ve always done as much as I can on the field and on the practice field, and I’m not ashamed of any way that I have a role on our team.”

On Shanahan, Cooley said, “There was a precedent set by Shanahan from the day he’s been here.  He’s going to find the type of guys that he wants and the type of guys that can win for this football team.  I’ve been so impressed by him and our whole staff.  I feel like we’ve been close all year and we’ll keep coming around.  I think what he has instilled has been good. It’s a step in the right direction.”

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