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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. “I know very little about personnel,” Blache said. “I 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, I’ll coach ‘em, and whoever’s here, we’re gonna coach ‘em the best we can and roll from there.”

By Cindy Boren  |  December 24, 2008; 2:10 PM ET
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Cindy, As the incoming web director I am giving you 4 hour early dismissal! Merry x-mas!

Posted by: dealer1 | December 24, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Can I have more money, too? :)
Thanks, Dealer! Merry Christmas to you, too. I'm here for another 90 minutes or so. And I'll be here tomorrow, with the Skins practicing.

Posted by: CindyBoren | December 24, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

If Blatche returns it will be good for the Redskins. I would hope extensive film study of the Dolphins 2008 defense is included in his retention. Miami increased sacks and turnovers exponentially and dropped pro bowl players Zack Thomas and Jason Taylor from the team. There must be something useful going on in Miami that is worth film study.

Posted by: realityvision | December 24, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if JLC would like to comment on Blache's quote about working for the 'skins:

"But all in all, the most consistent feeling has been a lot of pride to be associated with some class young men and a class organization. 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."

JLC, what do you think? Here is a man you respect (Blache) talking about the quality and class of an organization (Redskins) that you think is classless and adrift.

Can't wait to hear you ignore this one!

Posted by: hithere1 | December 25, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

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