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Blache Gives an 'E' for Extra Effort

Defensive coordinator Greg Blache gave a lot of credit for the play of his defense to the work his players do off the field. He repeatedly praised their film study and willingness to do homework.

He called this, "by far the most studious, most prepared," defense he has been a part of. He pointed to guys like Shawn Springs and London Fletcher for being ultra-prepared and also gave accolades to tackle Cornelius Griffin, a quiet man by nature, for taking on the role of vocal leader for the defensive line in the absence of veteran Phillip Daniels, who was lost for the season on the first day of training camp.

There is a now a culture on his defense that if you don't take care of your business in the film room and do extra study at home, you can be ostracized. Putting in overtime is expected, and Blache believes it's making his job much, much easier because he has coached in places where this wasn't the norm, and it can wreck a coaching career.

"I've been there, seen that," he said. "You have to get out, because it's going to devour you, too."

Griffin, saddled by injuries, had rededicated himself to technique and all the little things that go into the game," Blache said, which has him playing "his best football in years." Griffin could very well be rested for this game because of his shoulder injury, Blache said, but keeping him playing at this high level in the second half will be important for the Redskins.

Blache said that the presence of a healthy Marcus Washington - who was deployed more as a pass rusher last week than we've seen in quite some time - is improving some of the team's third-down packages. "It's better now, because Marcus is Marcus," he said. He also expressed his opinion that tackle Kedric Golston may have had his best game as a pro - we touched on this earlier in the week and I'll post on this later - and believes Golston is capable of generating that thrust more regularly.

Blache is again pounding the importance of this game to his players, reiterating how frequently upsets occur in this league, and how even the winless Lions are dangerous. "We have to be ready to play our best football," he said.

Other than that, Blache spoke of the toughness of young Detroit QB Dan Orlovsky and the problems presented by massive wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

I'll be back with an injury update from practice after my chat.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 23, 2008; 1:01 PM ET
 
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I expect soon the sports media will once again trot out the stat that since 1936, when the Redskins win their last home game before the election, the incumbent party wins the White House.

Maybe this will be the year that streak ends. Maybe not. I just hope we beat Pittsburgh at home on November 3rd.

7-2 going into the bye would be sweet.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | October 23, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I was discussing that with someone theother day. I didn't have time to research it, but I think it ended in '04.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | October 23, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

The streak ended 4 years ago...dead issue.

Posted by: chrislarry | October 23, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

"Georgia looses this weekend to
EL S U

Posted by: GreatOne1 "

You've been a wannabe Truth ever since I got here

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 23, 2008 1:31 PM

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 23, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I love me some Blache. I prefer him over Grilliams...hands down.

VinDannity gets credit for bribing this cat from retirement.

Posted by: chrislarry | October 23, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

It did end in 2004 - the redskins lost to the packers on Halloween. I was at the game.

Posted by: rjclarke | October 23, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I expect soon the sports media will once again trot out the stat that since 1936, when the Redskins win their last home game before the election, the incumbent party wins the White House.

Maybe this will be the year that streak ends. Maybe not. I just hope we beat Pittsburgh at home on November 3rd.

7-2 going into the bye would be sweet.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | October 23, 2008 1:29 PM

Dude, that record was broke 4 years ago!

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 23, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh, you're right (CL and Cindy). I believe we lost to the Packers.

I remember that game now. I think we had a lead in the 4th quarter and blew it.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | October 23, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Bean -- That's what I've been trying to say but nobody seemed to want to recognize it. I'm glad I'm not entirely alone on that too.

Davis may well take over for Yoder next year completely(if not by the end of this season) as the number 2 and then what will defenses do with our two tight end set?

Stand there and shake their heads? Linebackers won't be able to cover either one of those guys, but the Zorn could still play "smashmouth", what to do? what to do?

Posted by: craig2 | October 23, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: craig2 | October 23, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Dang. I'm worried about these frequent "Senior Moments" I've been having....lol

OK, so now the pressure's off. We can beat Pittsburgh, and it doesn't matter since the streak is dead.

:)

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | October 23, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

also, since Fred Davis came back up for the thousandth time, I'll just say that this guy looked like the one of the most NFL-ready offensive players in the draft.

If he had been drafted to a team that DIDN'T have two talented guys in front of him, he'd be having a very, very good year right now statistically. He'd start over Boss at the Giants easily and he'd be darn good there.

Honestly in three years this will be working out very, very well. This guy is gonna be hovering right below Pro-Bowl level in 2 years, and you mix that with Cooley and we're SET for the TE position even when Yoder is gone.

And if both of our rookie WR's end up coming around...and for the record, if I had to bet, I'd probably bet that only one of them will. I hope both do and could see both of 'em coming around and being very good players, but I just know the history of drafting WR's. And no, I don't have a problem with either of the picks, I liked 'em both. But anyway, if just one of these guys comes around, with Cooley and Davis, we'll be in pretty good shape.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 23, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Amazing how so many people thought Grilliams was the guy this team needed. I didn't see it then, and sure as hE!! don't see it now.

I always thought Williams had too much ego to be a good leader, and the Jags have taken a step back defensively on top of that.

Good job Snyder/Vinny!

Posted by: craig2 | October 23, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Last week, Portis RANDLE EL out of the ball.


Hey, this is fun.

Posted by: Good2bOK | October 23, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

My girlfriend picked the Lions to win this week. I TOLER she was crazy.


I'm here all week.

Posted by: Good2bOK | October 23, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I hope everyone really understands how much of an advantage and how important it is that these guys are doing so much work during practice and off the field.

That says a lot about the character/quality of these guys and gives them a big boost compared to where they would be with regular effort.

Keep up the good work Skins!

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 23, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Where did CP get a neck like that???

Posted by: charlie62 | October 23, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Every win is important from here on in...beating Pittsburgh would be particularly sweet, not to mention our division rivals.

The trouble (if there is one) is that the Skins are not really dominant in any single aspect of the game. Our defense is rock solid, but not impenetrable. Our offense has a productive running game, but eventually some team will take that away. Our passing game, shows flashes of coming together, but we can't rely on it (well, maybe against Detroit, at least I hope so), but still isn't scary. And our special teams play has been erratic.

There are two reasons the Skins have been successful so far: 1) Teamwork and you can't underestimate its importance, just think about how the offensive line has been on run blocking, 2) Fewer mistakes, the defense hasn't given up a lot of big plays and Soup hasn't thrown an interception.

Is this what medium means?

Posted by: _Stumped_1 | October 23, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

beep beep practice beginning.

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 23, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

TheTruth11 -- I agree completely, I actually believe that both the WRs will come around, Thomas will be contributing THIS SEASON, along with Davis.

Zorn offered some small hints that he was pretty excited about the long term ramifications of having two tight ends of this quality and how much fun he would have with it.

We may be seeing a bit of that this year too!

Posted by: craig2 | October 23, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

True. I haven't seen a neck like CP's since Wilbur Marshall played here.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | October 23, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Nice job p1funk!

By highlighting the "So Far" part, you justified your statement. Of course, the fact that more than 50% of this years draft also haven't contributed to their team, doesn't detract from your opinion either. Right?

As I have said, it is simply too early to label, any one that does is just looking for something to B!CH about. That's all I have been trying to point out.

So 1 out of the 3 is likely done for the season, with the other 2 obviously making progress, to the point where they seem likely to contribute in the second half of the season.

Sounds like a good draft to me!

Posted by: craig2 | October 23, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Yes, well I've been highlighting the "so far" part from the very beginning. That's why I had mentioned that you should read my post.

I also never said that I think the whole draft is bad, so I don't know where that is coming from.

50% of the draft may not be contributing right now; but they not gone on IR as a result of being out of shape and failing to take their camp conditioning seriously.

Nothing would make me happier than to see Malcolm Kelly turn into the second coming of Plaxico Burress (attitude issues not included). But given the evidence up until now, the burden is heavily on his shoulders to prove to us that he can get in shape, stay healthy, learn the offense and produce numbers worthy of a 2nd rounder.

At that point, I'm comfortable saying it was a "good" pick.

Posted by: p1funk | October 23, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I hear y'all with the Fred Davis talk. But Given that we had Cooley who's been durable during his career--hasn't missed a game at all, did we really have to draft Fred Davis or the TE position that early, period.

At what expense does drafting what some called "the best tight end in the draft" cost you when you have other holes or needs on your team? (D-line, OLB, O-line) If drafting a TE was a priority, why couldn't it have waited until the later rounds?

There is the confusion when it comes to drafting Fred Davis. No one thinks that we didn't necessarily need a TE, but some are wondering why use a draft pick on that position that early.

Anyway...

Some of you are always talking about 'skins t-shirts (although I'll be rockin the long sleeves from now until March). when it was being discussed I was frantically searching for a picture of Zorn to go along with the phrase "stay medium". Well it appears the blog formally known as Crowd Noise had one, and it's perfect.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/crowdnoise/2008/04/and_the_winner_is_1.html

This picture was used as one of those photos that you attach a caption with... when the contest was held "stay medium" wasn't out there yet.

Who makes shirts?

Posted by: RedDMV | October 23, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone else impressed with the level of sheer retardation propagated by the McCain campaign?

Heyzeus Christo!

Posted by: TDawg1 | October 23, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

LAST!!!

Posted by: cp4mvp | October 23, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Not so fast, young man.

Posted by: daggar | October 23, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

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