Kedric Golston flashed back to 2010 during the Redskins’ victory over New Orleans on Sunday. For the first time since his first year in the 3-4 scheme, the seven-year veteran and reserve defensive lineman played some nose tackle.
“It was the first time I had played all three [defensive line] positions in the same game,” Golston said. “It’s different, but it’s something I take a lot of pride in and just understanding they’ve got the confidence in me to put me out there in that position.”
Golston is smaller than a prototypical nose tackle, which is a major reason why his primary position is end. Still, he effectively anchored at the point of attack on the two running plays on which he played nose tackle against the Saints.
“You don’t want to be soft,” he said. “You want to define everything so the linebackers can see it.”
Playing inside can be more difficult, Golston said, because the nose tackle is face-to-face with the center. Usually a guard and tackle are backed off the line of scrimmage a bit. A tackle sometimes can line up five feet back from the line.
“The point of attack is every play, whereas when you’re on the end, sometimes you have plays going away,” Golston said. “Most linemen get off the ball a little bit, so it’s a little bit more time to react [on the end].