Barry Cofield and the Washington New-skins


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“It was extremely sweet,” he said on Comcast SportsNet.

“I was probably a little bit out of control out there at times,” he told Fox 5. “Couldn’t be more excited.”

But Cofield tried not to talk about himself too much, and in the process, decided he had a fitting name for the 2011 Washington Redskins.

“I just feel great, man, I feel great for the fans,” he told Larry Michael on the Redskins Radio Network’s postgame show. “That’s why I’m trying to coin the phrase the Washington Newskins. We’re a new team, it’s a  new era. It’s not about how many times they beat us in the past and this and that. We’ve got a lot of new faces, we’ve got great coaches, and we’re a team to be reckoned with.”

This was sort of his message of the day.

“I’m just so happy for the team, so happy for the fans,” he told print reporters. “It’s a new era in Redskins football, and this is the way it started.”

Cofield, of course, had some less-than-complimentary things to say about the state of the Redskins after his last regular-season game in FedEx Field in January.

“That shows you the state of their team, that they were cheering about us failing,” he said, when Redskins fans cheered over the Giants missing the playoffs. “When you have no success, those are the kind of things that excite you.”

So Cofield was asked again about Redskins fans on Sunday.

“You know what, it’s a passionate fan base,” he said. “Hopefully we have a product out there that they can really cheer for, that they can get behind and be excited about. Ever since I’ve been here they’ve been great to me. I love it here. I love northern Virginia. I love D.C. I love Maryland. I love this whole area and the fan base, they’re extremely passionate. We’re a new-look team....

“I’m not gonna lie, I looked up at the JumboTron sometimes and I saw their D-line and I was looking for myself,” he later said, of facing his old team. “It gets weird at times. I’m gonna be completely honest with you, it was weird. But making plays and hearing that crowd roar, it reminds you very quickly that you’re a Redskin, and the fans love you, they’re very passionate. And this locker room has a bright future.”

 

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.

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