WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Like many of his teammates, Washington Redskins defensive tackle Barry Cofield is feeling pretty good about things headed into the season.

What’s not to look forward to?

The team has a franchise quarterback in Robert Griffin III. Fan interest is higher than it’s been in many seasons. And the team brought in Raheem Morris to help sure up the weak link on defense — the secondary.

Cofield acknowledged the buzz surrounding RGIII, which he pointed out was not just limited to the fan base. Many within the organization are elated to have the Heisman Trophy winner wearing burgundy and gold this season.

The 28-year-old former New York Giant said it’s the defense’s job to make Griffin’s life as easy as possible.

“He shouldn’t have to carry the burden of the whole franchise by himself,” Cofield told 106.7 The Fan’s LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes on Monday.

Cofield added successful rookie quarterbacks have a solid defense backing them up. As such, Jim Haslett’s squad is aiming to be among to top five of 10 defenses in the NFL this season.

Anything else would be disappointing.

As for opposing defensive lineman? Cofield said they’ll be miserable and tortured trying to chase around RGIII.



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