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Jim Haslett: Barry Cofield is the best nose tackle in the NFL

Barry Cofield, Matt Flynn AP

Washington’s defense hasn’t done much to celebrate this season, but coordinator Jim Haslett is celebrating the play of Barry Cofield.

In fact, Haslett says Cofield is the best player in the NFL at his position.

“I think Barry is the best nose tackle in the league because he can do a little bit of everything,” Haslett said, via the Washington Post. “He’s good on the run, he’s powerful, he’s strong, he’s a good pass-rusher. He’s relentless. I think that combination makes him the best. He’s not, maybe 350 pounds. He’s 315, 316-17 pounds, but I think he’s ideal for what we’re doing with him.”

Cofield didn’t look like the best nose tackle in the NFL in the first couple games of the season, when he was playing with a broken hand, but on Sunday he had an excellent game, sacking Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn twice.

“If a nose tackle gets two sacks in this league? That’s outstanding,” Haslett said. “Most noses don’t play on third down. Barry plays on third down. His first game, with the cast on, he didn’t play as well. But after that, he’s been outstanding. He was exceptional last week.”

Considering how bad the NFC East is, it’s not unreasonable to think that if the defense turns things around, Washington could still win the division, despite starting 0-3. If that happens, Cofield will be a big part of it.

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52 Responses to “Jim Haslett: Barry Cofield is the best nose tackle in the NFL”
  1. toonloonboon says: Oct 4, 2013 7:47 AM

    Barry Cofield: Jim Haslett is the worst Defensive Coordinator in the NFL

  2. sethb222 says: Oct 4, 2013 7:49 AM

    He should be fired for that statement alone!

  3. The Shoeman says: Oct 4, 2013 8:03 AM

    Jim Haslett makes any Offensive Coordinator look good.

  4. overweightman says: Oct 4, 2013 8:04 AM

    Glenn Dorsey has two sack this season, and he’s the 49ers 2nd string NT.

  5. dankinator says: Oct 4, 2013 8:06 AM

    When you’re playing against that Raiders o-line with a QB who has bust written all over him, you’re kinda inflating the ego of a guy on your defense that is mediocre at best.

  6. jbaxt says: Oct 4, 2013 8:09 AM

    How’s their defense? What’s their record? He’s the best, on one of the worst, maybe.

  7. saintsfan1111 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:10 AM

    A sack of potatoes could sack Matt Flynn. They guy is like a statue in the pocket waiting to be mauled. He’s loaded though.

  8. bcgreg says: Oct 4, 2013 8:12 AM

    Now that Vince Wilfork is out for the year, MAYBE!

  9. wferg1121 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:15 AM

    I am not sure he is the best, but I do know he is pretty damn good. Always a fan of his in NY, and really the run defense with the Giants has still not recovered. The Giants have been signing and drafting DT’s every year… I thought at that time letting Cofield go was one of the biggest mistakes by Jerry Reese, Cofield was a young guy that was and is still productive. Now in defense of Jerry Reese, they had no cap room.. The Giants still were able to win a Superbowl; aided with 9 or 10 4QTR comebacks and a 26th ranked defense…

  10. hotfire6388 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:16 AM

    Who?

  11. lingsun54 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:18 AM

    How about Geno Atkins, Haloti Ngata, or Ndamukong Suh?

  12. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Oct 4, 2013 8:18 AM

    And Jim Hasslett is the best coach in the NFL! Oh wait, no he isn’t.

  13. suhisbetterthanu says: Oct 4, 2013 8:18 AM

    If he’s “good” at a lot of things, he’s probably not great at anything.

  14. bart3976 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:19 AM

    Football beer goggles….

  15. clevelandschronic2 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:20 AM

    Phil Taylor is definitely one of the best NT if not the Best. Last night was some proof for those that dont watch browns games. Dude is a Monster

  16. magicman407 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:20 AM

    He has certainly been impressive, even with the cast on.. Cofield has improved greatly every year after joining the Redskins a few free agency’s ago after departing from the Giants. A leader, defensive captain, very talented, smart, powerful tackle who is one of the better defensive tackles in the league.. He is great against the run and decent against the pass, if he’s not making a play on the qb, he gets his arms up to bat the ball down. The best NT in the league tho?? Not sure he’s ready to be called and considered the “best”.. Not quite.

  17. cmgww says: Oct 4, 2013 8:22 AM

    Josh Chapman of the Colts may disagree..dude is a beast in the middle, and a big reason the Colts went from dismal in run D to top 10 this year, so far.

  18. 87hollywoodhorn says: Oct 4, 2013 8:23 AM

    Jim Haslett brought home the NFC west championship and took our Saints to the playoffs where the defeated the world champion Rams. La’Roi Glover racked up 17 sacks and was indeed the best d tackle in football.

  19. cash804 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:26 AM

    Queue the haters…

    Hail to the return of Jenkins and Jackson!!!

    Hail to no Cap Penalties in 2014!!!

    Hail to the REDSKINS!!!

  20. pftbillsfan says: Oct 4, 2013 8:30 AM

    To which he replies,” wait who, Haslet… Oh he’s a… A coordinator…. defensive…. We have one of those?”

  21. joetoronto says: Oct 4, 2013 8:31 AM

    “If a nose tackle gets two sacks in this league? That’s outstanding,” Haslett said.

    That’s true nowadays, I remember the Raiders Bill Pickell, back in the day, notching 10+ sacks per year.

    The other two Howie Long and Greg Townsend, and all 3 were getting double digit sacks.

    What a bonus it is when 3 guys can deliver that kind of pressure.

  22. faulkn22 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:32 AM

    Logicalvoicesays agrees with that statement and doubles down that every other position on the Redskins is equally dominant.

  23. hendawg21 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:34 AM

    Being limited the first few games with that club he had to wear does make a difference, as noticed since it’s been removed, and if what he showed during pre-season before he broke it and that last game against Oakland are any sign…I’d say he’s going to be a headache for a lot of centers and guards especially with Orakpo and Kerrigan applying pressure from the outside…who do you double and or triple team and how many guys do you keep in for protection???

  24. wryly1 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:39 AM

    Cofield and I went to the same HS (at different times). He’s pretty good. I’d put him in the top 10, but no better than that.

  25. gibson34 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:53 AM

    hilarious…….raiders blow and Flynn held the ball way too long. haslett the worst d coordinator to counter that statement and what a horrible comment to make considering their D is last in the NFL. It slights all the other studs out there that are far and above better than this chump.

    4-12 is my prediction with that horrid defense. Wait until they play all the studs teams…cowboys, broncos, 49ers etc….they don’t have a chance……lmao

    FTTR…….

  26. theandy59 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:55 AM

    Tough to compare players at a position such as NT, where what the defense is looking for from the position can be so different from player to player. For what the Patriots want out of a true NT, 2 gap responsibility, compress the pocket yet contain, etc., there’s none better than Big Vince. Put Wilfork on a defense that allows the interior D-line to attack, and he’d have 8 to 10 sacks per year.

  27. vegasgreek says: Oct 4, 2013 8:58 AM

    BJ RAJI IS WAY BETTER THAN COFIELD .

  28. bostonian13 says: Oct 4, 2013 9:20 AM

    Smart to say that after Wilfork goes down. Overrated team.

  29. baddegg says: Oct 4, 2013 9:23 AM

    I don’t know if he’s the best, but I can tell you he is darn good. It’s too bad he broke his hand in pre-season because based on his pre-season performance, he was really set to have one of his best years ever I think.

    The Redskins defense has struggled, but with Cofield shedding the cast, and Jenkins and Jackson returning from suspension, they will definitely be improved on the other side of the bye.

    But speaking of NT, here is a sobbering thought. Think about what the Redskins signed Cofield for, what they signed Haynesworth for, and who has been more effective in the middle of the line?

  30. annes22 says: Oct 4, 2013 9:40 AM

    What a stupid statement to make.

  31. bertyboz says: Oct 4, 2013 9:59 AM

    lingsun54 says:
    Oct 4, 2013 8:18 AM
    How about Geno Atkins, Haloti Ngata, or Ndamukong Suh?

    ===========================

    Atkins and Suh are not nose tackles, they are defensive tackles playing in 4-3 defenses. Ngata is a nose tackle and Cofield maybe isn’t at his level yet but he is definitely up there in the top 3 NOSE TACKLES

  32. lengai says: Oct 4, 2013 10:01 AM

    John Jenkins is making his mark very quickly and he is a true NT.

  33. shayeezy says: Oct 4, 2013 10:02 AM

    dontari poe will be the best in the league by this time next season

  34. kaeprulestheworld says: Oct 4, 2013 10:14 AM

    What????

  35. mdd913 says: Oct 4, 2013 10:18 AM

    Substitute the words “Aaron Brooks” for Cofield and “quarterback” for nose tackle and you have Jim Haslett circa 2004.

    He’s a “heckuva” coach, except for when he sucks.

  36. skins1970 says: Oct 4, 2013 10:26 AM

    Barry Cofield has been very good for the Skins since he arrived a couple of years ago but I wouldn’t call him the best NT in the NFL. The Skins Dline isn’t the problem they have played well the secondary is the problem we are very young there and playing guys like Baccari Rambo who aren’t very to play.

  37. skins1970 says: Oct 4, 2013 10:31 AM

    I meant ready to play

  38. steelerben says: Oct 4, 2013 10:34 AM

    Wilfork. Ngata. Poe.

    Cofield had a good game against against the Raiders. Let’s not get carried away.

    @Lingsun54: Atkins and Suh play defensive tackle in a 43 defense, not nose tackle in a 34.

  39. bigbluenationdb says: Oct 4, 2013 10:40 AM

    Another stupid move by Jerry Reese (GM of the Giants). He should have never let Cofield walk. He was a huge factor in NY. Our dline has gotten worse every year since his departure.

  40. gbatap says: Oct 4, 2013 10:59 AM

    Dontari Poe and Vince Wilfork say “Hi”.

  41. doctormantistoboggan says: Oct 4, 2013 11:27 AM

    Champ, why don’t you stop talking for awhile…..

  42. 5ohhh says: Oct 4, 2013 11:28 AM

    Maybe not the best, but very under rated for sure. Guy get’s no help from Bowen and Gohlston/Jenkins on the D line and is double teamed almost every play.

    And besides…who can argue with the “Don’t tase me bro” sack dance?

  43. skinsfanwill says: Oct 4, 2013 11:31 AM

    Its a shame how politics spills over into sports. There absolutely no way Haslett should have been hired as a defensive coordinator in Washington to begin with. He has to be a buddy of Shanny. And absolutely no reason to extend him. He sucks as a defensive coordinator. I can’t remember the last time Washington’s defense was this bad and they are getting worse by the game. This is one time I would like to see Dan Snyder step in and sign a coordinator like Lovey Smith and pay him big money.

    signed
    Skins fan sick of Jim Haslett

  44. skins1970 says: Oct 4, 2013 12:08 PM

    @5ohhh
    Jarvis Jenkins hasn’t played yet this season because he was suspended for the 1st 4 games he will be back for the Dallas game.

  45. mikejsmith32 says: Oct 4, 2013 12:13 PM

    Jim Haslett: I’ve just channeled my inner Jerrah Jones.

  46. skins1970 says: Oct 4, 2013 12:14 PM

    @Gibson 34 I guess you haven’t seen the Giants. Jags or Eagles defense play they are historically bad, they are giving up over 30 points a games, the Skins defense is awful but we are actually getting better and we are also getting Jarvis Jenkins and Rob Jackson which will help.

  47. hbdbrowns33 says: Oct 4, 2013 12:50 PM

    Vince Wilfork and Phil Taylor.

  48. obmig says: Oct 4, 2013 2:55 PM

    I thought he was second best last year but this year he hasn’t been close. Maybe once he’s fully healed we will see what Haslet thinks he sees right now.

  49. thirdistheworrd says: Oct 4, 2013 11:38 PM

    This is an undeniable fact. According to ProFootballFocus, when you add up sacks, FFs, hurries, and hits, Cofield led all 3-4 NTs last year with 31– Dontari Poe came in second with 11. Cofield is the opposite of a household name, but there is no question he is the most dominating NT in the NFL right now. Also keep in mind that he has been playing with a broken hand since week three of the preseason.

    You can thumbs-down me all you want, you can hate the Redskins all you want, but facts are facts. Look it up.

  50. thirdistheworrd says: Oct 5, 2013 1:01 PM

    bcgreg says: Oct 4, 2013 8:12 AM

    Now that Vince Wilfork is out for the year, MAYBE!
    ___________
    Different positions. Different jobs. Moreover, Cofield had more hits, tackles, and hurries than Wilfork did in the first three games of the season (ie. before Wlfork’s injury)
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    overweightman says: Oct 4, 2013 8:04 AM

    Glenn Dorsey has two sack this season, and he’s the 49ers 2nd string NT.
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    This is mostly true, however Dorsey is the Niners first string and only NT, and especially considering the disparity in the strengths of the defensive units, it’s not quite as impressive. That said, Dorsey is playing the best football of his career in SF, and regardless, Cofield and Dorsey are tied for 2nd in sacks among NT’s, behind Dontari Poe with 3.5.

  51. thirdistheworrd says: Oct 5, 2013 1:41 PM

    joetoronto says: Oct 4, 2013 8:31 AM

    “If a nose tackle gets two sacks in this league? That’s outstanding,” Haslett said.

    That’s true nowadays, I remember the Raiders Bill Pickell, back in the day, notching 10+ sacks per year.

    The other two Howie Long and Greg Townsend, and all 3 were getting double digit sacks.

    What a bonus it is when 3 guys can deliver that kind of pressure.
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    lingsun54 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:18 AM

    How about Geno Atkins, Haloti Ngata, or Ndamukong Suh?
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    I’m not going to bother mentioning that the 80′s Raiders, Atkins, and Suh all play in a 4-3 defense, as there are countless similar posts above. But for those who don’t really grasp the difference, I do want to provide the most illustrative example of what a nose tackle is supposed to be: Casey Hampton.

    The Big Snack was widely considered the most dominant NT of the last decade, and was an integral part of the Steelers’ dominating defense for all three of their SB appearances and two wins between 2004 and 2010– a five time Pro-Bowler a member of the Steelers All-Time Team, and a HoF candidate, Hampton logged nine sacks, four FF’s, and 3 PBU’s in his 12 year career at NT.

    I won’t try to make the case that Cofield is better than Hampton, because the point is that a great NT paves the way for the rest of the defense to succeed around him, and the rest of the defense certainly hasn’t been succeeding (though there’s no question that Pittsburgh’s personnel during those years was infinitely superior). That said, it’s inarguable that Cofield, with 7.5 sacks and 14 PBU in his first three years as a true NT, is dangerous, versatile, and a true superstar at the NT position.

  52. thirdistheworrd says: Oct 5, 2013 2:22 PM

    skinsfanwill says: Oct 4, 2013 11:31 AM

    Its a shame how politics spills over into sports. There absolutely no way Haslett should have been hired as a defensive coordinator in Washington to begin with. He has to be a buddy of Shanny. And absolutely no reason to extend him. He sucks as a defensive coordinator…
    ________________
    Rule #76- No excuses, play like a champion. There is no excuse for the garbage defense Washington has fielded this year, but a lot of the blame lies in some just Babytown Frolics tackling, rather than the defensve scheme. The Lion’s share however, lies with Angelo Hall (cuz he don’t play no D), who has managed to take his game up to a whole new level of god-awfulness.

    That doesn’t mean Haslett shouldn’t be on a very warm seat for the rest of the season, but it is worth noting that the last time the Redskins had a full-budget, the defense improved from 31st to 13th in one year with solid additions like Cofield and Stephen Bowen, and the slightly less solid, but adequate Josh Wilson. Glover Quin has 15 solo tackles, 4 PBU and 2 picks for the Lions this year. With full cap room, he would have been a Washington Redskin. Shoddy tackling aside, this is defense you get when you lose 36 mil in cap room.

    With plenty of developing talent and the cap room to sign impact players, I think Washington’s defense owes Haslett at least one more year. Additionally, Haslett was not signed because of a personal relatonship with Shanahan, he was signed because he’s a capable 3-4 coach. The NFL is moving in a 3-4 direction, and hirng an old-school 4-3 guy like Lovie Smith would be a huge mistake.

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