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Under Fewell, Cofield’s role has expanded. He used to be a first and second-down player who went to the sidelines on third down. He’s part of the pass rush now, one that posted 10 sacks against the Chicago Bears two weeks ago and added another three against Houston.

“The great thing about playing with these guys is how talented and versatile they are, and how much fun we have,” Cofield said. “We feed off each other. We all get along. It’s a very competitive relationship, almost like big brother, little brother. We got vets. We got youth. We have everything you want to cultivate a great defensive line, and I think that is what has happened.”

The Giants held Houston to a franchise-low 24 yards rushing. The Texans came into the game with the league’s top rushing attack.

“I always wanted to be the No. 1 defense, a defense that is feared, that wins 7-3 and 3-0 and those types of games,” Cofield said. “I want to be mentioned in the same breath with the Ravens and Steelers and accomplished defenses like those. We’re playing at a high level now and obviously consistency is the key to being in those rankings.”

Ironically, Cofield knows how close he came to being a Saint in the offseason and admits it’s a little weird when he sees them on television. He doesn’t hesitate to say New Orleans would be better against the run if he was there. However, he is thrilled still being with the Giants.

“The way we are playing, just the fun we are having, the schemes that coach Fewell has, you never know where you will be playing when you walk into that meeting room on Wednesday,” Cofield said. “It’s exciting to hear what he has to say, and it’s been a lot of fun.”