Golston Staying Focused After Breakthrough Game

By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 24, 2008

Defensive tackle Kedric Golston is coming off his best game of the season in Sunday's 14-11 victory over the Cleveland Browns, but the young lineman is far from satisfied.

"I took some steps in the right direction," said Golston, who finished with a season-high six tackles, five unassisted, and generated penetration through the Browns' offensive line in key moments, such as consecutive goal-line series in the fourth quarter.

Golston could take on an even bigger role Sunday. Coach Jim Zorn said fellow starting defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin would not play in Detroit because of an ailing shoulder. Anthony Montgomery could start next to Golston in Griffin's place.

Golston, an overachiever since being drafted in the sixth round out of Georgia in 2006, deflected much of the credit for his performance against the Browns to Griffin and Montgomery.

"It was the defense they put me in that allowed me to really attack up-field, and if it wasn't for Monty and Griff doing what they did -- winning their battles -- that freed it up for me inside."

Golston has always responded well to the authoritarian tones of defensive coordinator Greg Blache -- the defensive line coach before replacing Gregg Williams as head of the defense -- and harps on himself for the same fundamentals that Blache holds so dear. Footwork and hand placement are his primary concerns.

"For me it's consistency, getting better shoring up some things in my game," Golston said. "Defensive tackle is not a real complicated position, but it is very physical and fundamentals are very, very important and I'm really concerned with my fundamentals and not being concerned about what they're doing across from me."

Blache said that Golston had an outstanding game against the Browns and was particularly stellar on the goal-line sequences.

"Usually people aren't that persistent continually going after him like they did," Blache said. "Kedric's done that before. It wasn't the first time we've seen it. Kedric knows he's capable of doing it. His technique was good. His intensity was good. And it all just came to fruition. It all just kind of fit at the right time on Sunday."

Team Will Wait on Kelly

Zorn said the Redskins will rest rookie wide receiver Malcolm Kelly through the bye week and then decide whether to put him on the injured reserve list after that.

"We'll see if his knee holds up," Zorn said. "We're hoping that his knee responds to the rest."

Zorn said the coaching staff will push Kelly hard in practice when he comes back to the field and that the team is hoping for the best, but admitted, "it's heading towards ending his season."

Zorn added that Kelly will almost certainly require some exploratory procedure on his knee after the season.

Short Cuts

Safety Reed Doughty, who was placed on injured reserve Oct. 14, visited another back specialist yesterday and said he has not yet made a decision on whether to have surgery for a nerve problem. . . .

Defensive end Jason Taylor (calf), running back Clinton Portis (hip), and cornerbacks Fred Smoot (groin) and Carlos Rogers (calf) did not take part in much of practice, but Zorn said all will play Sunday. Zorn said cornerback Shawn Springs is virtually certain not to play because of a calf injury.

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