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Barry Cofield excited about more aggressive defensive approach for Redskins


On Monday, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III retweeted a couple of PFT headlines with positive notes about it being a new year with supportive coaches and players on the roster.

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 “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.

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6 Responses to “Barry Cofield excited about more aggressive defensive approach for Redskins”
  1. thefootballgodssay says: Apr 8, 2014 11:39 AM

    barry cofield has a super bowl ring with the NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS

  2. rebelsrevelations says: Apr 8, 2014 12:05 PM

    I think it’s about time this team got a refreshing shot of youth, from the front office, down to the staff, HC, OC, DC, and right on down to our 7th round pick. Joe Gibbs first go round with the Redskins introduced a young HC, and the front office had a younger GM, with experience at OC, DC, and several young players in the core group! It seems like an “A-ha” moment to me, that this season could easily be a return of that core group of men, that turns into the “Return to Glory!”

  3. ceetown22 says: Apr 8, 2014 12:20 PM


  4. knowledgeaboveall says: Apr 8, 2014 12:49 PM

    Desean Jackson is going to play CB this year too

  5. ariani1985 says: Apr 8, 2014 12:55 PM

    Barry, you play for the deadskins, not much to be excited about

  6. bigblackanvil says: Apr 9, 2014 10:17 AM

    @ariana1985….I think you play for team McDonalds. HTTR

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