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Redskins new defensive lineman Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton joined The SiriusXM Blitz this afternoon and discussed the defensive direction the team has taken this offseason, including their additions to the secondary and defensive line.
"Well I've just seen the things that they were trying to do with their defense -- their front, they told me their plan. They'd bring in in guys like [Chris] Culliver, you know, [Stephen] Paea. They had guys here – [Jason] Hatcher and Chris Baker, Ricky Jean Francois and, they have really good linebackers, and I just liked the direction that the defense is going. And it doesn't hurt to be on the East Coast, being an East Coast guy."
Knighton was asked about his thought process this offseason in determining which team to join. He thought the Raiders might convince him to come to Oakland -- to follow his former coach Jack Del Rio --but he was glad the Redskins reached out to him.
"There [were] a lot of teams interested. Oakland, surprisingly -- it surprised me, too -- they didn't make much of a push for me. They obviously had different priorities, different guys they wanted to go after. You know, I had obviously seen a lot of articles, a lot of people kept asking me [if] I'm following Coach Del Rio, but I guess they had other plans. I guess I didn't fit into their plans, but I'm happy to be where I am and I'm just looking forward."
Knighton, who spent the last two seasons with the Broncos, also described the expectations they had in Denver last year and the necessary steps it takes from a team to reach the Super Bowl.
"It was a tough year. We obviously had Super Bowl expectations, to get back there with the additions that we had on defense, and, you know, actually win it this time. But in the NFL, the thing about it, any given Sunday you could lose, so, rightfully so, the Patriots went out and did what they had to do to win the Super Bowl, and they deserved it. Obviously they put the work in, and they beat the team that won it the previous year. So it just goes to show that it's not about the guys you have; it's about the work that you put in and who shows up on that Sunday."
The disappointment from that season stayed with Knighton until he signed with the Redskins. Now, he's ready to take his experience and motivation into 2015 with the burgundy and gold.
"I had a bad taste in my mouth until I signed with the Redskins. You know, obviously I wanted to be back in Denver -- any guy wants to stick to one team and to not keep bouncing around -- but once I knew that I was going to be going in a different direction and that the Broncos were going to be going in a different direction, I immediately focused on what's it going to take to make the Redskins successful. Once I became a Redskin, all of the other stuff in the past went [by the wayside]."