When Barry Cofield signed with the Washington Redskins in July 2011, he brought with him a special sack dance called the “Taser” that he had used as a member of the New York Giants.
“Absolutely, [the taser dance is] gonna come with me,” Cofield told the Washington Examiner’s John Keim after joining the Redskins. “There’s been a great demand for it. People love it. It’s got its own persona almost, like its own entity. It’s very special and I can’t wait to share it with the fans of the Redskins.”
Though Cofield badly wanted to unleash the Taser, he didn’t get the perfect opportunity to do it until yesterday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons at FedExField (see above, courtesy of Hogs Haven).
The Redskins had just taken the lead at 17-14 on a 77-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Kirk Cousins to Santana Moss when the high-powered Falcons offense, led by quarterback Matt Ryan, took the field with 12:24 left in the fourth quarter.
Eight plays later, the driving Falcons faced a 2nd and 7 from the Washington 28-yard line when Ryan dropped back to pass and was sacked by Cofield. The play was, at the time, a huge momentum killer for the Falcons and set up a 3rd and 14 pass attempt that was knocked down by — you guessed it — Cofield. The Falcons were then forced to kick a game-tying, 53-yard field goal instead of possibly taking the lead.
After the sack — his first of the season — Cofield knew the time was right. So he unleashed the Taser.
Cofield talked about the play after the game.
“That was just good to get the D-line off the snide,” he said. “We were hoping it would open the floodgates for us.”
Unfortunately for Cofield and the Redskins’ defense, the Falcons pulled away for the victory about five minutes later when running back Michael Turner scored on a 13-yard run.
But Cofield said his defense is learning exactly what it’s going to take to win similar games moving forward.
“There were just a lot of plays here and there, and when you’re a solid team — a competitive team — like I think we are, you’re going to be in every game,” he said. “But, there’s a huge difference between winning and losing, and today we lost.”
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