Barry Cofield says the Redskins remain confident despite a 1-3 start to the season (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

The confidence of the Washington Redskins has not been shaken by their 1-3 start to the season, defensive tackle Barry Cofield says.

“This team is confident,” Cofield said Wednesday. “Despite the way we started, we have a lot of confidence in general. People trust the plan that we have. I think that’s the biggest thing. We have a lot of faith in our coaches. We have a lot of faith in our front office. We love our locker room and we feel like we have a lot of high-character guys that we can rely on. So whenever you have that type of mind-set, that type of trust and faith, you’re very reluctant to crumble and you’re very reluctant to lose confidence.”

The Redskins, even with their early-season struggles, are only a half-game out of first place in the pitiable-so-far NFC East. Cofield said he still expects the NFC East to produce a worthy division champion this season. The Redskins rallied from a 3-6 start last season to win seven straight games and capture the division crown with a 10-6 record.

“It’s always a tough division but there’s always a lot of parity,” Cofield said. “I feel like there’s a different team winning the division almost every year. So it doesn’t really surprise me. You never feel like you have an easy week out in this division. It’s early. Nine-and-seven and 10-6 teams winning the Super Bowl is really not uncommon. So it’s not really about how you start. It’s about how you finish. And I think we’re ready to get rolling.”

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