The Redskins’ defense will have plenty of motivation Sunday against the Buccaneers. The biggest, of course, is reproving itself after consecutive subpar performances in losses to the Rams and Bengals.
But they’ll draw from another source at Raymond James Stadium, as well. Nose tackle Barry Cofield said the unit also wants to get a win for secondary coach Raheem Morris.
Morris was fired in January after three seasons in Tampa, where he went 17-31. He led the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record in 2010, but that season was bookended by two woeful ones, including 4-12 mark last season.
Morris was hired less than two weeks later by the Redskins and, in just nine months, he’s become one of the most popular coaches in Ashburn.
“That’s definitely part if it; I was able to get two last year and I know how that felt,” nose tackle Barry Cofield said of the Redskins’ two wins over the Giants, Cofield’s former team. “It felt great. I was so happy about the way my guys showed up.”
“We’re definitely going to try do the same thing for Raheem,” Cofield continued. “We have a ton of things to play for. For our personal pride, do better for our offense, get a win for Raheem, [our] statistics. We got everything to play for this week. So if our defense does show up flying around and playing our butts off, ewe got something wrong.”