By Ryan O'Halloran
Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield already has set a career-high with five pass break-ups, even if one of them went off his helmet (resulting in an Oshiomogho Atogwe interception) than his hands.
Cofield’s ability to have a nose for the football impresses defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.
“It’s kind of a knack,” Haslett said. “He’s one of those guys who is always in front of the quarterback. He always has his hands up and leaving his feet. It’s a great quality to have because from the nose [position], you’re never going to get a great sack total, but if you can stay in front of the quarterback and be in his face, that’s something we didn’t have last year.”
Cofield did pick up a sack last week, cleaning up on Michael Vick after Brian Orakpo flushed Vick from the pocket.