With such a long list of obvious story-lines going into this weekend’s opener against the Giants, it’s hard to believe that anyone can focus strictly on football.
Not a problem for the Redskins, says defensive end Barry Cofield.
“With game-week officially starting, I’m focused, the whole team is focused,” he said. ”We’re ready to start a new era in Redskins football.”
That’s a bold statement for any player to make, but Cofield plays at the nose tackle position. In other words, there isn’t anyone on the field who has more of a team-first perspective.
His plan for this Sunday is pretty simple:
“Just go out there and do what I do, which is play hard and be a good teammate,” he said. ”That’s all I’m gonna do. I’m not gonna do anything to jeopardize our team. I’m not gonna let any personal battles, or anything like that, come in between us or get in the way.”
Coming to a division rival usually entails spilling the beans on all former teammates and playbooks.
Cofield a proud non-exception to that rule.
“Absolutely,” he said with a big smile. ”Every weakness that I think they’ve got will be shared with my new teammates. There’s a lot of little things I know about each guy from facing linemen every day in practice, and stuff like that, and relating those things to my teammates. I’m sure they know a lot about me.”
Cofield admitted that it’s weird to prepare against his old teammates, but don’t expect him to let up during the game.
After the game is another matter.
“Y’know, I don’t expect much interaction before the game, but after the game it’s hugs for everybody,” he said. ”Everybody on the roster gets a hug, but leading up to the game and during the 60 minutes of the game, it’s gonna be a battle.”
“I’m happy to be here and I’m excited to be playing those guys. Hoping to beat those guys.”
For full video and his appropriate use of the word “prognosticators,” check out the video below:
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