Blache Enthused about Returning
Dan Steinberg reports:
Eleven months after he was talked out of retirement by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, defensive coordinator Greg Blache spoke enthusiastically today about returning for another year with his fourth-ranked defensive unit.
"And honestly, to be quite candid, this time of year is never a good time of year to make a decision, when you're tired," Blache said. "And that's what I did last year, I made a decision when I was tired. It's better for me to wait until I'm not, but right now, yeah, I'm up for it. I mean, it's been fun. Quite candidly, it's been fun. If I have this same quality of people to work with, it's easy to come to work every day."
Blache's defense is ranked near the top of the NFL in a host of categories, although it has struggled to create turnovers and pressure opposing quarterbacks. The former defensive line coach described the past season as the easiest he remembers in his career, and repeatedly praised his players and assistant coaches.
"There's no utopias in our business, but the position that I'm in with the staff that I have to work with, the ownership, the leadership, I can't envision having a better job than what I have right now," he said. "And in this day and age, where it becomes a me, me game, 'look at me, look at me!' kind of deal, to have a group of guys that are unselfish and that can compete and look out for each other, it's refreshing for me. If I had a bunch of 'look-at-me' guys, I'd head for the hills in a heartbeat, because I'm too old for that. I'm a dinosaur. I'm from a different age. A lot of the stuff that happens in this game right now is not to my liking, but if I have a group like I do, it makes it so easy and so much more fun to come to work every day."
He declined to address many of the personnel issues the team will have to deal with on defense in the upcoming offseason, repeatedly saying that he would leave those decisions to others. â€œI know very little about personnel,â€ Blache said. â€œI know nothing about moneyâ€"lack of experience, the little bit that I get, it goes out before I get my hands on it. Honestly, like I said, Iâ€™ll coach â€˜em, and whoeverâ€™s here, weâ€™re gonna coach â€˜em the best we can and roll from there.â€
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