To have a top defense in the NFL, a team must have continuity and depth — two things defensive lineman Kedric Golston believes the Redskins have plenty of heading into the 2012 season.
Redskins.com TV caught up with Golston after Thursday’s round of organized team activities.
Golston said he believes Washington’s 3-4 defense has been established long enough now that the Redskins can once again have one of the top defenses in the league, like from 2007-2009, when the Redskins’ defense finished eighth, fourth and tenth, respectively.
The 2011 Redskins finished 13th in total defense. Several team members have said the goal for 2012 is to be, at the least, a top-5 defense.
Golston said continuity has allowed franchises like the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens to have dominating defenses year after year. The offseason re-signing of Redskins’ veteran linebacker London Fletcher — who led the NFL in tackles in 2011 — as well as several other returners on defense also gives Washington that continuity, Golston said.
“The standard has been set,” Golston said. “Getting London Fletcher back was huge, I mean tremendously huge for this team. He is a pillar of this team, a captain of this team — not just the defense. To have that continuity is what we needed.”
Golston — one of the longest tenured Redskins who is entering his seventh season with the team — appeared in nine games as a reserve defensive lineman last season before he was sidelined for the season with a knee ligament injury. He finished the season with 29 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
Golston said he also considers the Redskins’ depth along the defensive line to be a team strength. He is part of a Redskins defensive end rotation that should have quality depth with starters Adam Carriker and Stephen Bowen and second-year lineman Jarvis Jenkins returning from injury. Darrion Scott and Doug Worthington could also see playing time at the position.
“Depth is always a good thing, and you want depth, especially at defensive line, offensive line because it is such a physical position,” Golston said. “Every play, every day you’re getting hit, and so freak accidents happen; bodies in your knees, ankles, elbows and things like that. So to have the depth is good, not only to keep guys fresh as far as the rotation is concerned, but if a guy does go down, a guy can step up and play at a high level.”
Here’s the video of the interview with Golston:
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