Trevor Matich Reflects on Greg Blache Incident
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No, this story won't mean much of anything in mid-September, but since people were still talking about it Monday, let's have one more go at it.
Both Trevor Matich and Greg Blache referenced their somewhat heated postgame interview in separate conversations Monday. One guy continued to take the high road. And one seems awfully ready for the regular season to begin.
Matich was on 106.7's The LaVar Arrington (and Chad Dukes) Show on Monday, and Dukes asked him pretty directly why he thought Blache had reacted with such passion to his question about the pass rush.
"Well, you know, I don't know," Matich said. "And I've always had a good experience in asking Coach Blache questions. I think probably people should just, if they're curious about it, just Google it and see what they think. I think people can decide for themselves whether or not the question was relevant to the moment, and they can decide for themselves how each of us comported themselves. Let people decide for themselves. I don't want to speak for Coach Blache. I want the team to be successful this year, and that's really...It's hard for me to speak about it, because there's really no way for anybody to look good."
Which is true, and which is why it probably won't be much discussed after this week.
"It was relevant," Arrington said, to close the segment. "I'll say it for you. It was a relevant question. It was relevant."
As for Blache, he addressed the media on Monday, and at least what was shown on Redskins.com contained no overt references to the Matich incident. But the first question concerned the lack of an intense pass rush against the Patriots, and there seemed to be some sly references to certain critics in Blache's response.
"It's a combination of things," Blache said. "I think some of it was what [the Patriots] were doing. They did a lot more max protection, they did some quick throws, they did quick throws on first down, a lot of play action. I think when they had to go to a passing game and went to a lot of passing game, I think guys did [pressure the QB]. Brady didn't hurt himself out there. He didn't trip over grass. So somebody hit him then, and he had another sack the play before.
"You know, I think people make a big deal out of one play or two plays, but I don't care who you are, how great you are at--as they claim--rushing the passer. You look at tape and there's gonna be a down or two where there's not gonna be the pressure that you want, the ultimate pressure that you want all the time, and guys are gonna have time. The third and one, [Brady] had time. He actually had a quarterback sneak called to start with, checked out of the sneak,went into the gun and threw it, and we had guys on the back of it that didn't react, that didn't help the guys up front, but we had taken all the rushers out and had big people in for third and one.
"So, you know, everybody's gonna have an opinion on things all the time. The thing we have to do is look at it and know what we've got to accomplish, know who we are and go with it. And, like we always say, do it deftly."
Earlier in his 106.7 appearance, Matich had been asked why he was so concerned about this so-called "rushing the passer" issue, and he gave a fairly measured response.
"I think fans are talking about the very same things," he said. "The question that I asked Greg Blache, the defensive coordinator, after the game against the Patriots was not what was wrong with the lack of sacks. I asked the question, how would you evaluate the pass rush today. The reason is that we had a point of emphasis in the offseason. The Redskins brought in a hundred-million dollar free agent and a first-round draft choice there, and I just wanted to know how he felt it went that day, so the fans would know where he thought things were....I think people can just judge for themselves what kind of a question that was. It's not 60 Minutes. This isn't after a loss that cost the playoffs. It's the preseason."
Indeed, it is. Which is why I'm still writing about this, instead of more important issues, like the origins of Colt Brennan's visor. We'll get to that later, I guess.
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