In his first five seasons in the league, Barry Cofield has had at least one sack, and 10.5 and in his career. In 2010 he had a career high four sacks, which gave him for opportunities to pop up and deliver his patented “Taser Sack Dance.”
This was him last year against the Bears:
That is awesome.
Barry explained its derivation after practice today. ”Y’know, it came from the political episode down in Florida, the Youtube video, ‘Don’t Taze Me Bro.’”
As an aside, that video has gone on to inspire a buffet of rap songs, rap remixes, spoofs and parodies. As Cofield explains, his dance was only the beginning.
“Now it’s just taken on this life of it’s own and people love it,” he said. ”The fans love it, the team loves it, it energizes everyone, so I’m gonna keep doing it.”
So how often does he expect to be able to show off his moves this year? He laughed and responded, “Enough, enough.”
In New York, he was part of the 4-3 scheme where the line was expected to blitz and pick up sacks. In Washington, Cofield understands that he will tying up blockers and allowing his linebackers to make plays on the ball-carrier.
“It’s gotta change your mentality, it’s gotta change your expectations,” he explained. ”Honestly, you might have mental statistics and goals that you’ve set in your mind going into the season, that realistically you can’t reach.”
This is the exact mentality that the Redskins are looking for from their defensive linemen, a sentiment that’s refreshing in Washington this year.
“I’m gonna have to live through London Fletcher,” he said. ”If London Fletcher goes to the Pro Bowl and has 200 tackles, that’s gonna make me happy. So it can’t be much about individual goals, it’s gotta be about team goals.”
Speaking of team goals, Cofield feels like the Redskins are going to see huge strides made on defense this year.
“With the coaching change that they had last year, I think that they had the scheme that they wanted but not the right pieces,” he explained. ”Through the draft and free agency, I think it’s just a better looking team this year.”
“I would say that I’m biased, but I think we’ve got a lot of pieces, especially on defense,” he said with a smile. ”We’ve got a lot of talent, and I think the sky’s the limit for this team.”
So does all of this selfless, team-first-mentality mean that we won’t see a Burgundy and Gold Taser Sack Dance?
“Y’know, if we’re playing well and we have leads, then I’ll be out there playing some nickel and stuff like that,” he reassured me. ”I will be pass rushing and hopefully I can make a bunch of big plays.”
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