When a season that begins with high expectations ends with failure to make the playoffs, blame tends to be passed around. That's what happened Friday when former Redskins tight end and current radio commentator Chris Cooley made waves by saying that there was an eight-week-long rift within the organization because Josh Norman was given the number 24, which already belonged to safety Duke Ihenacho at the time when Norman was signed.
Cooley did say that he didn't know this information to be 100 percent factual, but it was his understanding that a rift over their jersey numbers is what led to the chemistry between the defensive backs crumbling by the end of the season.
A little bit after Cooley shared his thought's, Ihenacho went on a Twitter rant to defend himself and debunk the idea that something as petty as a jersey number could get in the way of his team's play.
Alright y'all, I wasn't going to give this Cooley story attention, but it seems to be gaining steam and people are actually believing it.— Duke (@NachoLyfe) January 6, 2017
Anyway, it's completely inaccurate.— Duke (@NachoLyfe) January 6, 2017
I know Cooley has a job to do as a Skins radio guy and part of that involves speculation...and finding reasoning for whatever is going on..— Duke (@NachoLyfe) January 6, 2017
But no there was no issue over a jersey number. Especially 8 weeks into to the season (as what was reported)...lol that's crazy.— Duke (@NachoLyfe) January 6, 2017
We took care of that back in April before OTAs, and I haven't thought about that number since.— Duke (@NachoLyfe) January 6, 2017
In Cooley's defense though, he did say it's not fact, and he has no real source...it's just what he believes. He's entitled to that.— Duke (@NachoLyfe) January 6, 2017
What was a lil disappointing, was his comment about my unwillingness to act professional...when that's all I've ever been my whole career.— Duke (@NachoLyfe) January 6, 2017
And if you ask most coaches or teammates or workers within the organization, I think they'll agree.— Duke (@NachoLyfe) January 6, 2017
But I'm done y'all lol...y'all have a great day! #PositiveLiving— Duke (@NachoLyfe) January 6, 2017
It was a rough season for the Redskins in 2016, and so far the offseason is off to a rocky start as well.