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Barry Cofield: ‘It Could Get Historically Ugly’

By ZAC BOYER | zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – A five-game losing streak, Barry Cofield admitted, has left him at a loss for words. Pondering what lies over the final seven games of the season doesn’t.

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With the Washington Redskins falling again on Sunday, this time to a Miami team that entered the game with one win on the season, Cofield knows what the future lies ahead. It may not be pretty.

“There’s no guarantee that we can win another game,” Cofield said Monday. “We just don’t have a team on our schedule that’s gonna lay down and let us beat them. If we don’t play better, there’s no reason to expect we’re going to win any games. The ball’s not just going to bounce our way.

“It could get very ugly. It could get historically ugly. Hopefully guys are fearful of that, and hopefully guys are going to focus in and do whatever it takes to come in and get a win. If we don’t, it’s going to be a very, very long winter.”

Cofield said a lot of the Redskins’ effort has to do with personal accountability – a sentiment that has been echoed more and more over the past few weeks. Though he’s in his first year with the Redskins and admittedly doesn’t know many of his teammates’ attitudes and characteristics, he does believe that a good number of them are trying to do what they can to help the team win.

“I see a lot of guys [trying], but I haven’t really been here long enough to know everyone’s ins and outs,” Cofield said. “I feel like, in general, a lot of guys are very prideful. Come in and study. Work hard in practice. We’re outside. It’s cold. It’s raining and guys are showing up and still fighting through it. I’ve been impressed with a lot of those things, but obviously, it hasn’t translated to [winning].”

The 20-9 loss on Sunday leads into a difficult closing stretch for the Redskins, who are 3-6 after winning three of their first four games. After hosing Dallas this Sunday at FedEx Field, they’ll head on the road to Seattle before home games against the New York Jets and New England, a trip to face the New York Giants, the home finale against Minnesota and the season-ender at Philadelphia.

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