A day after being named a team captain for the first time in his NFL career, Barry Cofield expressed confidence in the struggling Redskins as they prepare for the stretch run.
“We have to look at it like it’s a different season,” Cofield said, referring to last week's bye. “If we win out and fulfill all of our goals, no one will remember the beginning of the season.”
While “winning out,” as Cofield put it, might seem unlikely, the veteran nose tackle said that's got to be the Redskins’ mindset entering the season's final seven games.
The Redskins enter Sunday’s meeting with the Eagles in last place in the NFC East with a record of 3-6 overall and 0-1 in the division. The first-place Giants, however, are within striking distance at 6-3 and 2-2.
Cofield pointed to last year’s Super Bowl participants -- and their lackluster defenses -- as one reason his teammates should remain optimistic.
“The Giants and the Patriots were both low-ranked defenses that got hot at the right time and played well enough to make that run,” Cofield said, referring to the 2011 New York and New England units that ranked 27th and 31st, respectively. The Redskins currently rank 27th.
“We really feel like if we can put it together, with the way our offense is playing, we can win out,” Cofield added. “We really feel that we can and anything short of that will be disappointing.”
Cofield's confident comments came a day after he was elected a captain by his teammtes. The seven-year professional, who last served as a captain during his senior season at Northwestern, described his leadership style as lead-by-example.
“It means a lot, especially in the face of adversity,” he said. “We haven’t been our best on defense, but for people to see through that, see guys that are playing well and carrying themselves the right way, carrying themselves like leaders/captains, it’s a great feeling.”
“That ‘C’ on your jersey,” he continued, “That’s always something I’ve been envious of.”