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Blache Takes D Out for Another Drive

The performance by the Redskins' defense against the Giants was a big topic of discussion last week (let's face it; everything is a big topic of discussion up here). As talented as Greg Blache's group is, it's still a bit of a work in progress, Barry Svrluga writes in his profile today of Blache and how he builds and runs a defense.

All those offseason workouts, all the training camp practices, the four preseason games -- none of it means anything once the season begins. How the heck does this thing drive?
"You go out and you know it's a nice car, but you don't know exactly how it's going to handle," Blache said. "If I drive my pickup truck, it drives one way. If I get in somebody else's car, it drives a different way. And that's what I had to find out last week -- how those guys were going to drive."

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The rundown, the lineup, the gameplan...whatever you want to call it:

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Paul Tenorio will also be available immediately after the game for a 30-minute chat at the OT.

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Comedian and Redskins fan Danny Rouhier is back with his first video of the season. You can relate.

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By Cindy Boren  |  September 20, 2009; 7:38 AM ET
 
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Comments

Too much reading. How about an Executive Summary?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 20, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Blache is pulling our legs. Just because cars different does not mean you should not kmow how to drive them, unless...they are not performing as they should.

Stop with the excuse making already.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 20, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Comedian and Redskins fan Danny Rouhier is back with his first video of the season. You can relate.

By Cindy Boren | September 20, 2009; 7:38 AM

Dude should ditch the Arrington and Portis jerseys. Arrington is so Marvin Lewis; Portis is so Joe Gibbs.

Replace them with Horton and Davis jerseys. Yeah, baby, pure Jim Zorn.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 20, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Why are we talking about the defense? The defense didn't lose the game last week. The defense is going to keep them in games this year but the offense has to win them. An offense that can't score points and cannot gain a time of possession advantage is going to make any defense look bad eventually.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 20, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he keeps it at a home in a different location than the one's mentioned. Many players have a home near the team and another one that they call "home."

Posted by: scampbell1975

I'm sure you are right Scamp. I mean it can't be another prima donna athlete that decides when to come to practice, and has runmors swirling about wanting a trade, right? You don't believe he think he's above the law do ya?

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | September 20, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

"It's like we took the car into the shop, and the carburetor is broken, buut we put rims on it."

Sounds about right.

Posted by: Daspig | September 20, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Had to stick around the house yesterday so got to watch chunks of seven different college games. Some early conclusions:

1. If there's a better touch passer out there than Jimmy Clausen, I haven't seen him. He had 300 yards and a hundred more in inexplicable drops. He doesn't have a rocket arm but throws a better deep ball than Bradford, McCoy, Matthew Stafford, or Mark Sanchez. And he's a lot easier to evaluate in terms of pro potential than those Big 12 quarterbacks.

2. The Nebraska tackle, Nkamudong (sp?) Suh, looks like a young Warren Sapp.

3. Eric Berry could be the top NFL choice except he's a safety. They hardly ever go in the top three.

4. Arkansas vs Georgia is pretty much what's wrong with college football. Nobody paying any attention to defense.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 20, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah -- Tim Tebow may be a force of nature, but he sure doesn't look like a future NFL starting QB.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 20, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Redskinhead, the reason the defense is being questioned is because they can't get off the field on third down. It was the same as last year, they were among the best in giving minimum yards per play, but if those yards are four or more, the defense is not stopping anyone. When was the last time that we shut any team out? And last year, when we did have the lead, they could stop no one from going down the field to get a score that they needed. Stats are misleading, ranked number 4 on yards per play, but can't stop anyone when it counts - we were not that good last year, and so far, we still are suspect on defense.

Posted by: SPUD2 | September 20, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

1. If there's a better touch passer out there than Jimmy Clausen, I haven't seen him. He had 300 yards and a hundred more in inexplicable drops. He doesn't have a rocket arm but throws a better deep ball than Bradford, McCoy, Matthew Stafford, or Mark Sanchez. And he's a lot easier to evaluate in terms of pro potential than those Big 12 quarterbacks.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 20, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Samson, would you consider Brees a touch passer? How strong is his arm? What other touch passers have been high success stories lately in NFL?

Posted by: frediefritz | September 20, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Redskinhead, the reason the defense is being questioned is because they can't get off the field on third down. It was the same as last year, they were among the best in giving minimum yards per play, but if those yards are four or more, the defense is not stopping anyone. When was the last time that we shut any team out? And last year, when we did have the lead, they could stop no one from going down the field to get a score that they needed. Stats are misleading, ranked number 4 on yards per play, but can't stop anyone when it counts - we were not that good last year, and so far, we still are suspect on defense.

Posted by: SPUD2 | September 20, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Good info, SPUD2. Where did our D rank in points scored? We know they were low in TO's.

Posted by: frediefritz | September 20, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Samson151 | September 20, 2009 9:23 AM

1. If there's a better touch passer out there than Jimmy Clausen, I haven't seen him. He had 300 yards and a hundred more in inexplicable drops. He doesn't have a rocket arm but throws a better deep ball than Bradford, McCoy, Matthew Stafford, or Mark Sanchez. And he's a lot easier to evaluate in terms of pro potential than those Big 12 quarterbacks.

– ( I’ll make a point to watch the Irish next week. Where would you grade him? Every time I’ve seen Clausen play, he’s had a bad interception.)


2. The Nebraska tackle, Nkamudong (sp?) Suh, looks like a young Warren Sapp.

-(Agreed. He should have a great pro career.)

3. Eric Berry could be the top NFL choice except he's a safety. They hardly ever go in the top three.

- (I haven’t seen him, can he play corner?)

4. Arkansas vs Georgia is pretty much what's wrong with college football. Nobody paying any attention to defense.

– (I got nothing)


Posted by: TWISI | September 20, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he keeps it at a home in a different location than the one's mentioned. Many players have a home near the team and another one that they call "home."

Posted by: scampbell1975

I'm sure you are right Scamp. I mean it can't be another prima donna athlete that decides when to come to practice, and has runmors swirling about wanting a trade, right? You don't believe he think he's above the law do ya?

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | September 20, 2009 8:48 AM |

Certainly both are plausible options. I tend to be a glass half full kind of guy but Laron certainly could fit the bill you introduced.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 20, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

All points have merit.

Still, as long as danny hs the team ,Skins will be losers.

In danny's reign the skins have won 9 games or better only 3 times.

Stop giving $$$ to a guy who has ruined our team!


.

Posted by: oldnova | September 20, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure you are right Scamp. I mean it can't be another prima donna athlete that decides when to come to practice, and has runmors swirling about wanting a trade, right? You don't believe he think he's above the law do ya?

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | September 20, 2009 8:48 AM |

Just to follow up though I haven't heard anything about Laron trying to get traded or deciding when to come to practice. I think this is just another one of your BS posts stuffed with bitterness and idiocy. Why don't you ask for a trade? I'll trade you to the 'Ginas for a ham sammich and a kick in the junk.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 20, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Redskinhead, the reason the defense is being questioned is because they can't get off the field on third down. It was the same as last year, they were among the best in giving minimum yards per play, but if those yards are four or more, the defense is not stopping anyone.

Posted by SPUD2

I think it's that always frustrating approach called "Bend but don't break" that is causing the issue here.

But it does two things. It keeps the score down for the other team, so the skins look respectable AND it keeps the ball out of the hands of the Redskin Offense, where the game could clearly be lost.

Posted by: TheCork | September 20, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Ok...

This team can take a big step today if they blow the Rams out. We NEVER blow teams out that we should.

If we do...then we've conquered one goal.

Posted by: rickyroge | September 20, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I like Blache. He's old school. His D will keep the Skins in every game against good teams, and in this stretch of 5 games against teams the Skins should beat, I hope he lets the dogs out...

But more than anything, the Skins need to let Campbell let it fly!!
http://wp.me/p7HjL-hI

Posted by: gatorado | September 20, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Just to follow up though I haven't heard anything about Laron trying to get traded or deciding when to come to practice. I think this is just another one of your BS posts stuffed with bitterness and idiocy. Why don't you ask for a trade? I'll trade you to the 'Ginas for a ham sammich and a kick in the junk.

Posted by: scampbell1975

Here's a refresh for you Scamp. Some of my memory was off, but I did remember something this offseason unlike you. Keep your personal opinion of me to yourself and you kicking me? Feeling froggy boy, jump!

June 2009 WaPo

'Personal Issues' Kept Landry Away
LaRon Landry's absence from organized team activities had drawn speculation that the third-year safety was unhappy in Washington and might be posturing for a trade, but Landry, who participated in the final OTA today at Redskins Park, said that he had been taking care of "personal issues."

"I was doing a couple personal things," said Landry, who was sporting a new piercing on his lower lip. "And through the missed [practices], all that, I still stayed in shape and I came out today and I got a couple things to catch up with in the playbook, but as far as my physical ability and endurance it's all there."

Though organized team activities are not mandatory, Landry was the only Redskins player who had not made at least one appearance at the OTAs. Landry said he had been working out both at his home in New Orleans and in Arizona.

Other players missed days during the workouts, including linebacker London Fletcher, running back Clinton Portis, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and fullback Mike Sellers. But Landry's extended no-show drew more attention when Redskins Coach Jim Zorn said last week that he had been unable to get in touch with Landry and that several phone calls and text messages had gone unreturned.

That prompted rumors that Landry was looking to be traded. But yesterday the former LSU-standout denied he was looking to be shopped to another team.

"Nah, not at all," Landry said. "I love it here. Trade, I don't know where that's coming from."

Landry said he met with Zorn and defensive coordinator Greg Blache on Wednesday. And Zorn said that he was "pleasantly surprised" to see Landry in his office after a staff meeting and that the two discussed the reasons for Landry's absence.

"We talked for about 15 or 20 minutes and I think we're definitely on the same page," Zorn said. "He's been working out, he's gotten himself ready to play, he's just done all the things away from the team. And being with the team and participating in the OTAs, it would be better. But he's working his plan."

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | September 20, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

SICWIDIT'S KEYS TO THE GAME

1. Throw the ball early, often and deep.

2. Turnovers...this is where we learn if this defense is for real. Can they feast on a bad team?

3. Jason Campbell...when will you say "Frankly Jim Zorn...I don't give a damn"...and just play.

Posted by: rickyroge | September 20, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

ummm danny rouhier must be dating a wapo writer.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | September 20, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

ummm danny rouhier must be dating a wapo writer.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | September 20, 2009 10:58 AM

Cindy + Danny sittin' in a tree?

This is my theory about that Steinberg guy: He's Katerine Weymouth's amusement.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 20, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Please can anyone tell me what team has won a superbowl without a GM?

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet
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I don't think there was one, but I believe there's been one or two winners where no one on the team was driving a Peugeot.

Posted by: chasgiffen | September 20, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I agree that JC needs to "let it whip", stop worrying about pleasing Zorn, making mistakes, and just flat out ball.

JZ needs to grow a pair and stop calling games like a wuss, and call the game aggressively to win the dam game.

ALL of our offensive skill players from rookies on up need to see the field today and get their feet wet. One or some of our second year receivers need to score their first NFL touchdown today.

The DBs need to play closer to the WRs, Blache needs to call more blitzes, the D needs more than one sack and we need TO's.

The team needs to come out fired up and play violently for 4 full qtrs, do that and for the first time in in a long time, we dominate, put up a lot of points, and win the dam game handidly without us fans having to sit on the edge of our seats until the final gun.

Posted by: 72Redskins | September 20, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

JC AND zorn are BOTH bad. love the "let it rip" comments...did you see the idiots eyes when he changed to a running play on the line on 3rd and 8? he's not an nfl qb and zorn is not an nfl coach. his own organization, seattle, where he's like a hero or something didn't think he was worth keeping as a QB coach. hassleback coaching is due to holmgren (see bret favreh) not this doofus!

Posted by: dealer1 | September 20, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Just heard that MMason will be actice today. Last year CP had 129 yd against Lambs. I think we are planning to poun the rock all day today.

Posted by: frediefritz | September 20, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad to hear MMason is active and hope he gets on the field and gets some touches.

I want to hear the band play, "Hail to the Redskins", time after time, after time....

Posted by: 72Redskins | September 20, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

mee meeep!!!!

Posted by: michael_b_clegg | September 20, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

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