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Kedric Golston stood near his locker and stroked his goatee late Sunday afternoon as he contemplated how to answer the question that has come to define this Washington Redskins season after two straight ugly defensive performances in a pair of losses.
Coach Mike Shanahan likes to preach to his players that injuries shouldn't carry with them any drop-off to the next guy in line. As Chris Wilson and Rob Jackson battled this week for Brian Orakpo's starting spot, both assured there would be no noticeable decline.
NFL defenders tend to lick their chops when a rookie quarterback's on the schedule. The Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III doesn't count the same way.
The visitors' locker room inside the Superdome in New Orleans is divided into two sections. There's a room for offensive players and, if you walk through a short passage, you get to the defense's area. Inside there late Sunday afternoon, there might have been a new noise level record for a unit that just gave up 32 points.
Chris Baker had plenty of incentive.
Continuity has been the theme for the Washington Redskins on defense. Barring injury, they should have the same defensive line and linebackers as they did at the end of last season, and coordinator Jim Haslett's 3-4 scheme remains in tact.
Barry Cofield wasn't satisfied. With coaches around the NFL telling Washington Redskins assistants he could be one of the best nose tackles in the business, Cofield offered a less flattering evaluation.
Chase Minnifield's attempt to make the Washington Redskins' final roster as an undrafted free agent is over before training camp even begins.
Reed Doughty knows a coaching moment when he sees it. It's a bit hard to believe, but this will be the seventh NFL season for the sixth-round pick out of Northern Colorado. That makes him the third-longest-tenured member of the Washington Redskins and, by far, the dean of the Redskins' secondary.