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Barry Cofield sees Sunday’s matchup between the Giants and Redskins as “a battle of two teams facing the same thing.“
Cofield looks at his old team, the Giants, and sees a squad that everyone has predestined for mediocrity. He feels the same is true of his current team, the Redskins.
Cofield just hopes on Sunday that the Redskins can start to break that perception. And the Giants reinforce it.
That’s not to say he has anything against his old team. He’s actually paid close attention to the Giants since leaving the team -- and leaving a gaping hole in the defensive line -- in the offseason.
He’s kept in close contact with plenty of his old teammates and said it hurt him to see all of the injuries to the Giants' defense during the preseason.
“I definitely feel for them on a different level,” said Cofield, who bounced back from a potentially career-threatening knee injury to have a stellar season with the Giants in 2010.
He expects his injured ex-teammates to do the same.
“I expect them to bounce back better than ever,” Cofield said.
As for the Redskins, the way Cofield sees it, the team will be much different in Year 2 of the Mike Shanahan Era than it was in Year 1, which was filled with locker room discord and daily drama.
“He has us all focused,” Cofield said of Shanahan, whom he said has a “very different“ personality than Tom Coughlin, without elaborating. “I know there was a lot of issues in the past but that’s just not here anymore.”
Cofield, who will occasionally line up at nose tackle this season, said Sunday’s game will be emotional for a number of reasons: he’s making his Redskins debut, playing against his former team and taking the field on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
“There are a lot of different things going into this game,” Cofield said. “…. It’s going to be very emotional, very intense.”