Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield addressed the media after the Redskins third practice of training camp and first with shoulder pads. Cofield was asked how Gruden is controlling the defense being an offensive minded coach? Cofield stated:
“Honestly I think he’s letting us play defense. He’s not being biased. Most offensive coaches are biased, but I don’t think he’s being biased. He’s just letting Has run the deal. And you know we’ve brought in some more assistant coaches and we’ve got some great defensive minds. So I don’t think he needs to micromanage everything. You know I think the great head coaches let there uh, let their assistants, let their coordinators, let their players police themselves. So uh that’s what I’ve seen so far and I’m excited about it. “
Cofield reiterated this point when asked if Gruden would let Haslett do things the way he wants this time:
“You have to ask Has about the past, but as far as now, I definitely see Jay uh giving him the reigns. You know coach Gruden is good at that, you know he’s like one of the guys. You know he’s got extremely high expectations. But when it’s not right, you know you’re going to get in that meeting room and he’s going to show everybody it’s not right. But until then he’s going to let you do you, let you be a professional, and let you have personal accountability. So I think that’s what everybody wants from players all through coaches.”
Jim Haslett has hinted that Mike Shanahan micro managed the Redskins defense, and that he wasn’t able to be as aggressive on defense as he would have liked to be. So it will be interesting to see what Haslett’s version of the Redskins defense looks like now that he’s being given the reigns by Jay Gruden.