When the Redskins acquired defensive lineman Barry Cofield early Wednesday morning, many wondered where he would play. He was the Giants’ starting tackle for His listed weight is 306 pounds, at least 30 pound lighter than the standard weight for an NFL nose tackle. However, it appears that Cofield was signed to play nose tackle.
Although Cofield said yesterday that defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said that he would play some end, all indications are that he was signed to be the starting nose tackle.
When asked about playing in the middle of the line at that weight, Cofield said that his listed weight is somewhat dated.
“I’m a little bigger than a lot of people think I am,” he said. Just because I was 306 at the combine five years ago doesn’t mean that I’m 306 five years later.”
How much bigger?
“A gentleman never reveals that,” he said to laughter.
He said that he will play the position using leverage, technique, and mental toughness.
“A lot of this is mindset, mentality,” he said. “If don’t want to go in there and play nose tackle and handle that physicality and do that grunt work it’s going to be hard for you no matter how big you are.”
He believes he can overcome his lack of ideal size by staying low. “A lot of times it’s about leverage and the low man will win,” he said.
If Cofield does have success at nose tackle, expect to see him break out his taser celebration. The dance defies description; take a look at the video:
Cofield said that the celebration would come with him. “There’s been a great demand for it, people love it,” he said. “It’s very special and I can’t wait to share it with the fans of the Redskins.”