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 season...you 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.
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