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Blache Takes Cautious Approach to Rams

Defensive coordinator Greg Blache just met with the media and was a little more terse than usual. He made a point of letting everyone know that the Rams are not to be taken lightly -- which has been the coaches' mantra this week as they try to make sure the Redskins "stay medium."

Blache called the Rams "a ticking time bomb" set to explode on some defense soon. He praised their talent and noted that there are a lot of highly motivated people there, like interim Coach Jim Haslett, trying to keep that job, and Pro Bowl QB Marc Bulger, who was benched a few weeks back. "They could still win the division," Blache pointed out, with the Rams still conceivably able to finish as high as 12-4.

He has been pounding this into the heads of his players, daily, hourly, minute-ly (not a word, but you get my drift).

Blache blanched at the idea of any sort of head-to-head matchup against Rams offensive coordinator Al Saunders, who ran Washington's offense from 2006-2007. "I don't play Al. ... It's not about Al," he said. He noted that what the Rams do is very similar to what Saunders did here and praised it as being innovative (I understand why he would say that, but results would not bear it out).

Blache praised the work of Demetric Evans, filling in for injured end Jason Taylor, and said he's "not 100 percent certain" when Taylor could return, though he's hopeful he can do a little bit at practice today. Similarly, Blache said he is unsure if starting tackle Cornelius Griffin can play because of his shoulder injury, and is grooming Anthony Montgomery and Lorenzo Alexander for bigger roles just in case.

In general, he praised Griffin's play, saying he has been sitting out nickel packages to attempt to get the oft-injured veteran through the entire season and have him ready to play even more reps late in the year. They are trying to save his body.

Blache deflected most of the credit for the stellar play of the secondary to secondary coach Jerry Gray, saying he should be a head coach at the pro or college level. Blache pointed to the positive steps made by youngsters under his wing - like Carlos Rogers - and how he is helping them grow as people, not just as players. "He's changing guys' lives," Blache said of Gray.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 9, 2008; 12:50 PM ET
 
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yup...one??

Posted by: cej75024 | October 9, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Um, JaslaC? Minutely is a word..

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 9, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Got beeped! Repost:

With all the jabber of games on TV, I thought I'd throw this out there:

I watched Sunday's Skins/Eagles game on DIRECTV at home here in DC. I could hear our neighbors, who presumably have cable, screaming on several key plays before the ball was even snapped. So DIRECTV has about a 10 second delay from what I could tell.

I was going mad hearing them scream and watching with a delay, like what the hell is happening!?!

Posted by: RambleOn | October 9, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RambleOn | October 9, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

+++Blache pointed out, with the Rams still conceivably able to finish as high as 12-4.

By Jason La Canfora | October 9, 2008; 12:50 PM ET +++


I didn't realize the coaches took an "herb" break during meetings. 12-4 ...really??

Posted by: cej75024 | October 9, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

DirecTV is always behind - processing, I would guess...

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 9, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Ramble On: it's funny you should say that. I too watched the game on DirecTV but my neighbors are Eagles fans. I never heard them make a sound.

Ha!

Posted by: DreamOutLoud | October 9, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

From the Times:

While looking at some Mike Holmgren quotes for the NFL Report page in Friday's paper, I came across a question he was asked about Jim Zorn's 4-1 start with the Redskins. Zorn was the Seahawks' quarterbacks coach before coming to D.C.

Holmgren said: "He's remarkable. One, they had a good team and Jim brings in a nice enthusiasm, maybe a little refreshing something to get them to do what theyre doing. Thats one thingI just chatted with Jim last week. His management there, theyre really supporting him. Theyre helping him. And thats a good thing. His players are responding to him. Hes winning close games. Im very happy for him. Hes a good guy"

Good stuff....just good stuff...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 9, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

After Sunday the Rams will be on their way to 11-5 I guess, and so on.

Who would you rather have? Desean Jackson right now or Malcom Kelly and Devin Thomas right now?

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 9, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Wonder how long Jason waited to use "Blache blanched"

Posted by: LiberalMike | October 9, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

"And with the 32nd pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select Knowshon Moreno, running back, from the University of Georgia. It blows my mind that this great running back somehow dropped so low, but he's somehow slipped to the 32nd spot, and the Redskins have gotten the steal of the draft!"

"Touchdown, Knowshon Moreno!"

"And the 2011 Superbowl MVP, Knowshon Rockwell Moreno of the Washington Redskins, who led the game with 24 rushes for 187 yards and 2 catches for 21 yards and 3 overall touchdowns."

"And in his first year of eligibility, Knowshon Rockwell Moreno is a unanimous selection for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The running back, who spent his entire career with the Washington Redskins, set the record for most total yards in a career. He also led his team to 4 Superbowl appearances and 2 Superbowl wins. He will forever go down as the best running back ever."

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 9, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

LiberalMike.....it's refreshing to see a liberal owning up to your political mindset. Most of your type avoid that description like the plague.

Posted by: SirAnonymoustheGreat | October 9, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Who would you rather have? Desean Jackson right now or Malcom Kelly and Devin Thomas right now?

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 9, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abus


Right now...no question...DeSean Jackson

Posted by: cej75024 | October 9, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I do agree about the "cat in a corner" feeling regarding the Rams. But it can also work the other way. If we get up 20-3 at halftime...even though it is not impossible...when you are on the road and have yet to win, you may pack it in.

Posted by: cej75024 | October 9, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Most of your type avoid that description like the plague.

Posted by: SirAnonymoustheGreat

I don't think you realize it, but when you call a liberal "liberal", you're actually paying him/her a compliment. Trust me, people don't run from that distinction, they embrace it. You just think, for some reason, it's the opposite.

Posted by: psps23 | October 9, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Well, your comment, Sir Anonymous, almost defines irony...

And the reason that many don't "own up" to being a liberal is because some folks in this country have made the term synonmous with communist, terrorist and idiot -

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 9, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I think that when you call someone a liberal or a conservative it is an insult. Anyone who believes in the Red Vs. Blue two party system should rethink their entire life.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 9, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Truth, you have a rich fantasy life

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 9, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Most of your type avoid that description like the plague.

Posted by: SirAnonymoustheGreat

I don't think you realize it, but when you call a liberal "liberal", you're actually paying him/her a compliment. Trust me, people don't run from that distinction, they embrace it. You just think, for some reason, it's the opposite.

Posted by: psps23 | October 9, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I have no problem with that. They should....as I have always been proud to be a conservative. Just seems that people hate to be called that for some reason.

Posted by: SirAnonymoustheGreat | October 9, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

psps23, you are dead wrong. Obama is very liberal but he's not out there touting it. He's trying to come across as moderate or progressive or whatever the catchphrase of the day is. True Conservatives (i.e., NOT McCain) definitely embrace being called conservatives.

still doesn't change the fact that Obama will likely win.

and more importantly, let's get back to the Skins. The Rams defense is awful. We just need to run all over them. Portis and Betts each with 100 yards. do that and i don't care what the Rams do on offense.

Posted by: DreamOutLoud | October 9, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: tafka | October 9, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

How long so you thing Jasno been waiting to write

"Blache blanched at the idea..."

Posted by: kjhealey | October 9, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Hello Redskins Nation.

We are very excited to have the team come home after winning two NFC East road games against the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles. HAIL!

This week we have the St. Louis Rams, and this will not be an easy game, especially if we want to maintain our growth and standing the NFC East, the NFC conference, and the league.

We are the only team in the NFL with a battle cry (Hail to the Redskins!). And now we are the only team in the NFL with a post-game celebrate chant thanks to our new Head Coach Jim Zorn (Hip-Hip Hooray!).

After beating the Dallas Cowboys, the supposedly best team in the NFL, Jim Zorn in the locker led the team in a celebration chat of Hip-Hip Hooray. It would be exciting to have the entire stadium, and the Redskins Nation, join the team in the celebration chant before they head to the locker room.

My brother and I are organizing the first Hip-Hip Hooray celebration chant this Sunday after our team beats the St. Louis Rams at the stadium. If it is clear at the 2:00 minute warning of the 4th quarter that the Washington Redskins will win the game we ask that all Redskins fans in the stadium (we will be at the game in Section 424---Row 12---Seats 7, 8 & 9) to join us in a celebration chant of Hip-Hip Hooray!

If it is not clear by the 2:00 minute warning of the 4th quarter that we will win the game then we will start the chant 30 seconds later at 1:30 minute mark. If not then, then 30 second later at the 1:00 minute mark. If not then, then 30 seconds later at the 30 second mark.

You get the pattern. At some point at the 2:00 minute warning of the 4th quarter or after we want to do the chant if it is clear we will win the game. We do not want to do the chant before the 2:00 minute warning of the 4th quarter!

To make it easy for everyone to participate for the first time we asking that the entire stadium join together in the Hip-Hip Hooray chant in unison. And yes brings to celebrate.

If we are successful in getting fans to join in after the game this week, then we will organize the second chant with sections of the stadium doing the call (Hip-Hip) and the other sections doing the response (Hooray!).

We hope this celebration chant will become a tradition for Redskins fans attending the game after each victory.

Please join us this Sunday for a big Hip-Hip Hooray, after we win the game.

Thanks,

Derek Silver and Marvin Silver
Washington Redskins Fans 4 Life

PS, Check us out on Facebook at Hip-Hip Hooray (Washington Redskin's Coach Jim Zorn's Celebration Cry)

Posted by: silvermarvin | October 9, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

when was the last time the rams had a decent defense? i think it was when george allen was there. even when they had the greatest show on turf they had a sup par defense. they had to score constantly just to win games.

Posted by: rls1041 | October 10, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

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