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Grey Goose, Attitudinal Viagra and Club Blache

In a season of tremendous quotes, defensive coordinator Greg Blache delivered a top-three line tonight, when discussing the highlight video he showed to his unit on Saturday night.

"Like I told them, I thought they needed some emotional and attitudinal Viagra," Blache said during his post-game Comcast SportsNet interview. "We needed to get a little spike out of them today."

As I told several players, it kind of gives a whole new meaning to "getting up for the game." None of them seemed to be with me on that one. But in fact, Blache used the same Viagra terminology in front of his players, when showing the five-minute video on Saturday, and they apparently sort of stared at him.

"That's exactly what he said last night," London Fletcher said. "I mean, that's G.B. You had to think about it, like 'attitudinal and emotional VIAGRA?' It was a great quote, a great one-liner. People was thinking, 'Wow....' "

The video of defensive highlights was set to "Pick Up the Pieces," from Average White Band, which isn't necessarily the first thing you think of when you think "2008 Redskins defense." Blache picked it himself.

"I was in my truck and I heard it and I was like, 'This is it.' " Blache said. "I wanted them to pick up the pieces of a season that had fractured, and at the same time I wanted them to have Philadelphia pick up the pieces after we got finished with them today."

"Rock n' Roll music," LaRon Landry described. "Great, man. I jam to anything."

"I would have went with a different choice of music, but I liked it," Marcus Washington said. "You know what, I didn't hate it, but I would have probably went with a T.I., Young Jeezy, something in this millennium."

Blache said you had to experience it in context. Anyhow, the video and its message apparently served as motivation for several players.

"We're ranked number five for a reason," Andre Carter said. "He was basically just showing: this is who we are, this is our identity, and we took that and we ran with it."

"During the really don't get to savor in the moment of what you've accomplished," Fletcher said. "And that's what his whole goal was, showing that video: despite everything that we've gone through, despite everything that's written and said about us, we are the number-five ranked defense and we're some bad mutha----. You know? And here's a video to show it, some bad mutha----."

Fletcher doesn't curse, so the "----" means silence. But still.

"Our guys needed something; I mean, they did," Blache said. "These guys were in the top 10 in so many categories in the NFL and in the top 5 in the supposedly most important one, which is yards per game. And they're walking around like a bunch of losers, because everyone's been beating on them. I wanted them to realize, you guys are pretty darn good. If we're bad, God help the rest of the people in the league, because we're pretty darn good."

As for his post-game mindset, here's what Blache said about his troops.

"They're a great group to work with when we win or when we lose," he said. "But particularly when we win, I feel so good for them. And I feel happy, because they can go out to their little clubs and do whatever and kind of feel good and proud about themselves without having to feel like people are all over their case."

And does he go to the clubs?

"I don't do clubs," Blache said. "I'm too old for clubs. I do Club Blache's house. It's a good one though, boy. The drinks are good, they're cheap."

"No, we don't call it Club Blache," said his wife, Lynn, with a laugh. "He comes up with amazing things."

I asked Blache to describe his evening plans.

"I'm gonna go home and congratulate my wife on her great decision of who she married," he said, "and have a cocktail, and get a couple hours before I have to get up and get on the 49ers in the morning."

The cocktail? Grey Goose. But he was wearing a truly awesome Jack Daniels jacket at the time.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 21, 2008; 10:15 PM ET
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I do hope Blache comes back next year and we give him a couple of more playmakers to make this "D" No. 1. Merry Christmas all!!!

Posted by: wmbdac | December 22, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

What a great piece. I love this blog, I mean bog.

Posted by: dabnjab | December 22, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Why wouldn't this video make its way onto the Skins site? Is that just too obvious?

Posted by: ckstevenson | December 22, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

BEFORE enumerating my moves as acting GM for WASHINGTON, I want to pause a moment and remember SAMMY BAUGH. His last game as a participant was my first as an attending fan. He's the inspiration I used to play high-school ball, and continue as a REDSKINS fan as everyone else rooted for the BALTIMORE COLTS, and eventually the johnny-come-lately DALLAS COWBOYS.


Dear SANTA: Please deliver a pushback, runner-eating defensive tackle to compliment Cornelius GRIFFIN. Too often he is the only inside defensive player manning up the opposing O-line. Anthony MONTGOMERY could be the man, but in the past two seasons he just hasn't delivered the goods. Also, wrap up a big, strong,fleet linebacker to replace Marcus WASHINGTON who has the desire, but not the ups to play hurt anymore. H.B. BLADES must get better to fill that role, and I don't believe he can. If anything he's better suited to replace London FLETCHER at MLB. Khary CAMPBELL - no. The cupboard's bare there and a present under the tree would be most appreciated.

Offense is easy, three dominating tackles/guards/center. This years draft is heavy with outstanding O-linemen especially tackles. Cut WADE, and FABINI. Move JANSEN to back-up and start Stephon HEYER. Begin playing Chad RINEHART opposite SAMUELS at left guard as back-up behind KENDELL.

That's five players, all of whom will not be available in this draft. It will be necessary to sign one FA Offensive line-man and One FA Defensive player to successfully fill those five slots. So much for playing GM of the REDSKINS.

Thank you SANTA. Milk and cookies are compliments of Uncle DAN and Cousin VINNIE. MERRY CHRISTMAS to all who celebrate the holiday.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 22, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I love Blache...oldschool MFers!! Hail!

Posted by: Smiley2 | December 22, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

the skins have too many holes to fill. they have so many holes its hard to truely evaluate whats good and what needs to go. both lines need lots of help, linebackes and wr needs to be addressed. i wonder what dbs will be back. JT finally showed yesterday, he OWES us another year. if felt ok beating philly, too bad the win left the door open for the cowchumps to possibly make the playoff. pretty ironic.. go SKINS..

Posted by: cboyhater | December 22, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

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