ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield called it a normal day. It just so happened to come with a heavy media contingent and multiple news trucks parked outside, thanks to speculation over coach Mike Shanahan's future.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder continues to weigh his options and assess what he wants to do next. Meanwhile, the players and coaches went about their business.
Cofield said coach Mike Shanahan told his players that “he was going to give us his all for the last three games of the season and he expected us to do the same.”
Cofield called the swirl of commotion around the team “unfortunate.”
“Obviously we were optimistic going into the year,” Cofield said. “We feel like we had some talent. It hasn't gone our way and we haven't played well enough to win so everyone's disappointed.”
“The only thing that really matters to a football team, I didn't see any of that,” Cofield said. “If you're talking about off the field stuff that has nothing to do with football I don't think that has anything to do with anything. If there's a guy who didn't have to come to meetings or come to practice or run or lift, that could be a problem. Robert's one of the hardest workers on the team and tireless in the meeting rooms. I don't see any of that having any effect on this team. It hasn't come up and this story caught everyone off guard.”
In Cofield's three seasons in Washington, the Redskins have lost double-digit games two times. When asked if something has to change here, Cofield turned the focus back to the players.
“As a player, I feel we have a long way to go,” he said. “I hesitate to point the finger anywhere else unless as players we're playing flawlessly and we're nowhere close to that.”