Barry Cofield played against the Washington Redskins 10 times as a member of the New York Giants. After all but one of those games he retreated to a victorious locker room. Dominance in this division rivalry is all he knows.
When the Washington Redskins took Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan in the first round of the draft, it wasn't a given that he would start. After all, he was being moved to outside linebacker and had less time to adjust because of the lockout, and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett cautioned training camp that Kerrigan could be eased in.
To say 2010 was a lost season for the Washington Redskins' defensive line would be a huge understatement. Albert Haynesworth again was supposed to be the big man in the middle, but myriad problems limited him to eight games as his team limped to a 6-10 finish.
Heading into the opener Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons are drawing plenty of attention for that high-powered offense.
When Mike Shanahan was building winning football teams with the Denver Broncos, it wasn't hard to identify the face of the franchise — first John Elway and later on players such as Terrell Davis and Shannon Sharpe. The Washington Redskins don't have an Elway or a Davis, but on defense they do have an emerging star.
Even when asked about downplaying preseason success — two victories and some impressive statistics and performances — Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan insists that no matter what time of year, he wants his team to do well.
My observations, analysis and conclusions about the Redskins' defense after rewatching the TV broadcast of Washington's 16-7 preseason victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Here are five questions for which I'll be looking for answers in the Washington Redskins' preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday night.
And so it began, another set of voluntary workouts for Washington Redskins players who were inclined to show up. Roughly 30 did so Tuesday morning, dressed in assorted T-shirts and shorts as they straggled onto a field in Northern Virginia. Inside linebacker London Fletcher was a conspicuous latecomer, arriving after the players had gone through warm-ups and split into their position groups.