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Blache Says Hall, Taylor Are Ready

Defensive coordinator Greg Blache had his weekly meeting with the media, and touched on many topics. He said he had no trepidation about making a move for corner DeAngelo Hall, a player he wanted this offseason when he was on the trade market, and figures Hall may come in as a third corner Sunday as he gets more comfortable with the Skins' game.

Blache praised Hall's cover skills, instincts, football I.Q. and willingness to gamble to make a play. "He knows our verbiage," Blache said. "We're very comfortable with him coming in and being the third corner" Sunday.

Blache believes that oft-injured end Jason Taylor is ready to make an impact now that he is finally healthy. Blache said that before Taylor was "a guy trying to play on one leg" - which brings me back to my queston early on as to why even dress him? - and that he's "excited to see him" back on the field.

I asked Blache about DE Erasmus James, who would have been atop my list of guys to let go when Hall was added (rather than Leigh Torrence), and whether he would be a bigger part of the plans over the last seven games. Blache pulled no punches, saying, "not necessarily." He said that unless injuries occurred, he did not foresee James playing much, and "I'd be pulling your leg," to say anything other than that.

Blache is not banking on having LB Marcus Washington or DT Anthony Montgomery for this game, and could end up playing a lot of nickel defense.

He's also expecting to see a much different game plan from Dallas this time. Without coming right out and saying it, you got the sense that Blache was stunned the Cowboys when abandoned the run in that earlier game, and took so few deep shots. As I've noted before, Jason Garrett doesn't look like such a swashbuckler this season (even before Tony Romo got hurt), but Blache is bracing for more deep stuff and a heavier dose of RB Marion Barber.

He spoke of Dallas wanting to "get the fear back" in what they make defenses feel. Again, this could be a huge subplot, with how aggressive Garrett gets coming out of a bye with so much time to prepare. Blache, meantime, is hoping Taylor emerges to help give his team more of a pass rush.

Also, Dallas now has WR Roy Williams, who was still with the Lions when these teams first met. "The last time we tried to double [Jason] Witten and T.O. [Terrell Owens]," Blache said, noting that you can't double team all these guys now.

"We've got our hands full," Blache said. "They're just getting their people back."

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 13, 2008; 2:26 PM ET
 
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Roy Williams will rue the day he FIRST participated in this rivalry...

Posted by: Zeebs | November 13, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Dallas D - 23rd PTS/G, 24.3

Skins D - 8th, 18.7

Dallas O - 11th PTS/G, 24

Skins O - 26th, 19. Is it just me or has Zorn been too conservative the past few weeks?

DC kicking - Shaun Suisham 78.3%

Dallas kicking - Nick Folk 81.8%

Dallas punting - Mat McBriar 49 avg., 40.5 net

Sam Paulescu 41.8, 33.8 net

DC punting - Ryan Plackemeier 40.1 avg., 32.7 net (.6 higher than Brooks)

Posted by: Realness1 | November 13, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I keep saying - this is going to be a very interesting game

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 13, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I think the defense will keep us in the game (when hasnt it?).

I hope zorn takes some deep shots early, not only for the the obvious benefits but to also open up some holes for alexander/betts if CP cant go.

should be electric sunday night

Posted by: rambo2000 | November 13, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Shameless repost

If I were Coach (thank God I'm not), I would:

1) Start Heyer. He is far better at pass bloacking and the future. JC is gonna have to make plays and needs some time. Get him in there.

2) Have Hall return punts. It's a gamble sure but we probably can't afford to put 89 back there this week since he's not likely to be 100%. I know he doesn't have a ton of experience back there, but Hall is a playmaker. And can't be worse than ARE

3) Make Romo beat us. If we keep shutting Barber down and make them one-dimensional, he'll get loose and throw some pickles. Havig not played in almost a month and wearing a splint, I like our chances.

We need to win the turnover battle and keep JC mostly upright and he and the D will find a way to win.

HAIL HAIL

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | November 13, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | November 13, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Blanch says what he thinks I dig it. Sadly I don't think he will be our DC forever I thing Gray will somday be in that spot for us.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 13, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I have a feeling DHall will become my new favorite Redskin. I like his swag......

He was at the Wiz game last night and was sounding very confident.

Also, JeVale McGee IS A BEAST. Rookie of the Year potential......

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 13, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I hope zorn takes some deep shots early, not only for the the obvious benefits but to also open up some holes for alexander/betts if CP cant go.

Posted by: rambo2000 | November 13, 2008 2:54 PM

And also, early will be when Moss's hammy isn't sore yet.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 13, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

If we win this game, I think it'll be 6 of the last 8, would effectively end their realistic playoff hopes, and almost surely lead to a full scale TO meltdown.......it just seems like too much to ask for!

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | November 13, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I asked Blache about DE Erasmus James, who would have been atop my list of guys to let go when Hall was added (rather than Leigh Torrence)

Let me explain the difference. James is coming off an injury, and is a former top 20 draft pick. Torrence, is an undrafted free agent, whose spot was taken on the roster by D. Hall, a SUPERIOR player.

Not sure why that is so hard to fathom.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 13, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Zorn has had two weeks to plan for this game, and has known what CP's status will probably be for just as long - soooo..expect several forms of trickeration - including option passes (ARE) - QB Draw (basic, but we haven't done it this year) and designed plays for JC to run on. - and different formations that we haven't used all year.

The question will be; how ready is our offense to run such things?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 13, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

(rather than Leigh Torrence)

Let it go man!

Also, Dallas now has WR Roy Williams

Yeah been putting up some monster numbers in Dallas

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | November 13, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

TO gets mad, puntches a bunch of random people and then gets a 5 game suspension.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 13, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

repost from previous thread

DC punting - Ryan Plackemeier 40.1 avg., 32.7 net (.6 higher than Brooks)

Posted by: Realness1 | November 13, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse
Remember, his average and net probably* include a blocked punt that went backwards, a negative yardage punt.

* Does anyone know if that blocked punt is included or excluded? If so, what would his numbers be without it?

Posted by: frediefritz | November 13, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: frediefritz | November 13, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

McGee will be the only bright spot for the 'zards this season.

I'll be surprised if they win 30 games.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 13, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

WR Keary Colbert highlights:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qheuLA1rbg8

Posted by: Realness1 | November 13, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Blache is not banking on having LB Marcus Washington or DT Anthony Montgomery for this game, and could end up playing a lot of nickel defense.

This makes a lot of sense to me. We have arguably the best and deepest secondary in the league(oddly enough our 2 safties have a combined 2 seasons at this level) but anyways we should put as many of them back there as possible. Especially when you look at who some of them are SS, rogers, and Hall would all be on a short list of most physical corners in the league and all are very adept at stopping the run from the secondary.

Posted by: Stu27 | November 13, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Is Springs going to play?

Posted by: Skins28 | November 13, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Notorious ... great comment. I'd commented earlier on Heyer since we'll pass more this week. I totally agree on shutting down the run and making them 1-D. And Hall should return punts because there's no need to risk ARE who's not doing a good job on returns anyway.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 13, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Hope our D gets to Romo's pinky early.

Posted by: freakzilla | November 13, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

te, astute is my middle name. i hear you but humans are a funny thing. rember the cheap and available gators? and don't forget he (my boy) was 3-1 at one point too. rember danny woeful over patrick ramsey? how soon we forget...

sometimes comfort level takes precedence over skill level and that seems to be the case here. zorny is more comfortable with sa than he is with rock.

Posted by: dealer1 | November 13, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Folks, as much as we enjoy kicking Dallas when they're down, this is the NFC East and any team can beat the other. Anyone recall JJ's first season with TA? Remember the one win they got that year? Yep, in RFK with JJ yelling 'how bout them cowboys'.

Skins better come in playing better than they have the last few weeks and they better be prepared to fight a rabid dog. Dallas has been getting killed by the national and local Dallas press so I expect them to want to prove everyone wrong.

Don't get me wrong, I hate them with a passion (my blood boils everytime I see a star on a hat or jacket or jersey!) and I'd love nothing better than riding home at midnight knowing that Dallas is done but anything can happen.

BTW, aren't the Skins about 2 weeks late with the Rally Rags? Seems pointless now and a shameless rip off of the Steelers.

Posted by: redpitbull98 | November 13, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

TO gets mad, puntches a bunch of random people and then gets a 5 game suspension.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 13, 2008 3:01 PM

And spits in Hall's face again for an additional two-game suspension.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 13, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

my guess is yes

Posted by: alex35332 | November 13, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

McGee will be the only bright spot for the 'zards this season.

I'll be surprised if they win 30 games.

Posted by: RedDMV

*Wizards post*

McGee has the potential to be better than Haywood....this season. The more he polishes up, the quicker the Wizards instantly become a playoff contender.

And don't forget Nick Young. As long as Eddie Jordan refrains from playing Etan Thomas more than 15 minutes a game, Antonio Daniels 15 minutes a game, DeShawn Stevenson 20 minutes a game, and Darius Songaila at all, the Wizards will be fine. Butler is still Butler, Jamison is still Jamison, and Nick Young and McGee are upgrades over starters from last year. They just need to settle in.

*End Wizards post*

Posted by: psps23 | November 13, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

also not to mention that CP never once mentioned SA when axed about CP's health. he said rock can do a good job. and may have mentioned betts but never did he mention SA.

Posted by: dealer1 | November 13, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

To quote one of my favorite football movies " the Program". this is how we should approach the game sunday


" Let's put the Women and children to bed and go looking for dinner"

Posted by: GreatOne1 | November 13, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

BTW, aren't the Skins about 2 weeks late with the Rally Rags? Seems pointless now and a shameless rip off of the Steelers.

Posted by: redpitbull98
You are correct, I think we should make it free-real tomahawk night. No way that could go badly.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 13, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

you guys watch nba in november? wow...

Posted by: dealer1 | November 13, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Can't understand the love for Leigh?

Cartwright = Torrence

Where's your bleeding heart for Leigh, Truth?

And I truly mean that equation. I don't undersatnd the love or reservation for two underachieving, expendable, but likable special team stalwarts.

Liking someone because they work hard or appear to be a good character, but lack intangiables or overall talent, isn't a reason to keep guys around.

Very rarely is the SB MVP the Man of the Year in the NFL--just sayin'.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 13, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Jasno, feel free to pick up my ideas ... anytime bro.


Two areas for the Skins offense.
1. Throw to the RBs

2. Roll the pocket for Campbell on occasion.
Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 10, 2008 12:50 PM

*******

Also, with Jason Campbell coming off a game in which he was under such duress and facing an opponent that can rush the passer, it would not be a surprise if the Skins were to roll him out more this week. Move the pocket around a little more; let him try to hit Cooley and some running backs on the run.
By Jason La Canfora |  November 13, 2008; 10:45 AM ET

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 13, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

te, astute is my middle name.

Posted by: dealer1 | November 13, 2008 3:09 PM |

So, your full name is Dealer Astute 1 ? I like it! Has a nice ring to it.

Look, none of the coaches has been very comfortable with Rock as an RB -- that's why he's had so few carries and why no one other than the 'Skins went after him in free agency last year.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 13, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Let me explain the difference. James is coming off an injury, and is a former top 20 draft pick. Torrence, is an undrafted free agent, whose spot was taken on the roster by D. Hall, a SUPERIOR player.

Not sure why that is so hard to fathom.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 13, 2008 3:01 PM |

I believe Erasmus James will be a BEAST for us next season when he is fully healthy. He was still injured on only able to get on the field for the last preseason game. Patience is needed for him.

And here is JLaC trying to interject his beliefs again. The coaches probably have over a combinbed 100 years of coaching experince over JLaC who is all over the place with unknown (to me) bands from the 80s, RedSux, and Hockey........

Bumpin in my IPod:

Hook Me Upaaa - Backyard Band

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 13, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Right alex...can't see any bloodshed happening from that!

Funny how Cowgirl fans get more grief than the fans of the team the Skins are playing. A Cowgirls fans almost got jumped but the Browns fans weren't bothered at all. So yeah, real tomahawks might not be the best idea for this game.

Posted by: redpitbull98 | November 13, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

McGee will be the only bright spot for the 'zards this season.

I'll be surprised if they win 30 games.

Posted by: RedDMV

*Wizards post*

McGee has the potential to be better than Haywood....this season. The more he polishes up, the quicker the Wizards instantly become a playoff contender.

And don't forget Nick Young. As long as Eddie Jordan refrains from playing Etan Thomas more than 15 minutes a game, Antonio Daniels 15 minutes a game, DeShawn Stevenson 20 minutes a game, and Darius Songaila at all, the Wizards will be fine. Butler is still Butler, Jamison is still Jamison, and Nick Young and McGee are upgrades over starters from last year. They just need to settle in.

*End Wizards post*

Posted by: psps23 | November 13, 2008 3:10 PM

Agreed. Remember Juan Dixon in the mix though.

Posted by: Realness1 | November 13, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Did Dealer just say 'axed' instead of 'asked'? Is that a tomahawk reference?

Posted by: redpitbull98 | November 13, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: CindyBoren | November 13, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

See I just figured they were not PC and people would cry about that

Posted by: alex35332 | November 13, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

te, coaches do funny things. as jasno asks in this post why play a dude with one leg in jason taylor? why would you do that if winning was the #1 thing? why would any coach do that? i don't know. i really don't know. as far as sa is concerned i think zorny just feels comfortable with him.

well...now that i've gotten my SA out of my system...let's move on...

i should be worried about roy williams but i'm not cuz of d. hall. but since the start of the season the question mark has always been the offense. and still is.

Posted by: dealer1 | November 13, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

How come no one is jumping on Ryan Plackemeier for how poorly he is punting? Brooks got blasted in the media but Plackemeier isn't. They have almost identical numbers when it comes to avgerage and net average. Brooks has a better inside the 20% too. Despite Brooks giving up 2 returns for TDs the Skins still went on to win those games. Also, the against Philly shouldn't have even counted because the ref F'ed it up. Plackemeier's blocked punt gave all the momentum to the Steelers which eventually led to the Skins demise.

Posted by: CaronFaithful | November 13, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

OMH YOGOD NO SUM1 TALKING ABOUT NON-SKINS


PESPEE AND RED THIS IZ REDZKINZ BLOG INSIDERS

IF YOU don't WANNA TALK REDSKINS GO SOMEWHERE ELSE JEEZE

Posted by: TheTruth11 | November 13, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Add Taylor and Springs (if healthy) but we lose M. Washington and Montgomery. I think that helps us against the pass but makes us softer against the run. It means that Griffin and Golston won't be able to rotate with Monty. Drop off from Washington to Blades is huge in pass coverage on Witten.

I hope Blatche is going to bring the house on obvious pass downs to get some hits on Romo early. If he gets comfortable, it won't matter whether Springs, Rogers, Hall, and Smoot are all on the field at the same time. Taylor needs to step up now that he's rested and healthy.

Posted by: wizfan89 | November 13, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

"oft-injured end Jason Taylor "

He has not missed a game until this season and he only missed what 2. So since when does one injury make you oft-injured, JaLaCanJACKASS?

"who would have been atop my list of guys to let go when Hall was added"

I forget, how many years does JaLaCanJACKASS have under his belt as an NFL scout or GM?

Posted by: rickmort | November 13, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

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