The Washington Redskins will look to take down the Philadelphia Eagles in their Week 1 matchup for the start of the 2013 NFL regular season. Redskins starting nose tackle Barry Cofield looks on the highly-anticipated division rivalry with anticipation and high regards.
In his seven years in the NFL, five with the New York Giants and two with the Redskins, Cofield has started in all but two games. He has registered 271 tackles, 184 solo tackles, 16 sacks, 25 pass deflections, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. His stats are not amazing beyond belief, but Cofield is as consistent and talented as they come. He is a proven veteran and his comments should not be ignored.
With the Eagles’ head coach Chip Kelly playing a fast-paced style of offense where defenses have little time to adjust to play formations, the Redskins defense will have to play it smart and safe to stop the Eagles. Cofield is also aware of Eagles star quarterback Michael Vick. He knows that the offensive line will not only have to stop the run, but bat down passes and give defensive pressure in hopes of causing turnovers.
The Redskins are also prepared for star running back LeSeasn McCoy, who led the league in touchdown in 2011 with 17 on 1,309 yards rushing. He would have had a similar season in 2012, but a concussion sidelined him for the rest of the season.
Cofield, after a minor injury scare in the preseason, is healthy and ready to play in Week 1. He, along with the rest of the Redskins defense, knows what to expect from the Eagles. Look for a great showing on Monday Night Football.