2014 Redskins offseason Punch list - Defensive Line

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3.  Improve against the run - The Redskins ranked 17th in the league last season against the run.  Not a horrible number, but a number that you would like to see a lot higher.  Nose tackle Barry Cofield was the Redskins best run defender on the defensive line, but he was not particularly dominant.


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He led the defensive linemen with 32 tackles on the season.  And while you don’t really need to have your linemen amongst the team leaders in tackles in a 3-4 defense, you do need them to show the ability to tie up offensive linemen and to help free up your linebackers to be able to make plays.

Clogging up holes in the middle will be essential to improvement for the Redskins defense, and if they can get better against the run, then that might translate to better pas defense as well.

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