It wasn’t hard to catch the implication that Griffin believes things will be more pleasant now that former head coach Mike Shanahan is out of the picture. The Redskins did not part ways with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett when they fired Shanahan, but defensive tackle Barry Cofield discussed some new approaches on defense that suggest that the change at the top affected things on that side of the ball as well.
“I can only hope so,” Cofield said, via John Keim of ESPN.com. “I feel that’s where we’re starting now. You can go into it with the best intentions, but if you don’t get it done and you’re hurting the team, you have to make changes to generate pressure. It will come down to execution. But I can genuinely say that’s the plan. We’ll do different things up front, not just the line, it’s linebackers included, that should allow us to play in the backfield more and make big, disruptive plays.”
Cofield said he didn’t know whether the new wrinkles came from Haslett being free of Shanahan’s oversight or if head coach Jay Gruden is behind the changes, but he’s excited about them and excited about the prospect of better days in the 2014 season. That seems to be par for the course in Washington right now, which is certainly a step in the right direction after the dismal end of last season.