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Blache: Sunday's Game 'a Matter of Will'

Greg Blache flipped the script on us and did his weekly schlub session Wednesday instead of Thursday, so here are some hiighlights a day early.

Blache is troubled that his team has yielded 200 yards on the ground in the past five quarters, and attributed some of the perimeter run-defense problems at Seattle to lack of gap discipline and poor leverage. Against the Giants, the NFL's top rushing attack, that cannot happen again. Blache talked about his defense having to "blow up and be physical," saying, "it's a matter of will." He realizes how beat up the front seven is, but he isn't worrying about who will be in and who will be out.

He is looking at this as a measuring-stick game.

"This will tell us who we are," he said, later adding, "We've got to learn to defend our home field."

Blache said he is "very comfortable and very confident" that H.B. Blades can play well at middle linebacker should London Fletcher miss the game. He spoke of Blades playing "deaf," meaning he does not listen to all the talk about him being too small or inexperienced, he just makes plays. Blache said he has no idea whether Fletcher will play and doesn't worry about such things because his heartburn, he says, is bad enough on a good day.

Blache blamed himself for some of the run defense problems in the first half of the first meeting with the Giants in the season opener, saying the focus was on taking away wide receiver Plaxico Burresss, and he should have made better calls and adjustments.

While Blache admitted that his linemen and linebackers are more beat up than in that first game, he also noted how much deeper and healthier his secondary is. Shawn Springs missed that game, Chris Horton was just emerging and DeAngelo Hall was not yet here. Eli Manning and Burress basically played pitch-and-catch whenever they wanted in that opening game, and with all his match-up options available Sunday, Blache is looking to negate that.

Blache is also hoping his players draw off the emotion of the pregame ceremony honoring Sean Taylor. He spoke of Taylor "being a little different," when he came here as a rookie in 2004, then evolving and maturing. Whenever Blache brought a kid to Redskins Park for any reason, Taylor was always rushing over to chat and sign autographs, saying "he always made that kid feel very, very special."

He also added that the those of us in the media "never got to know the Sean Taylor that we know."

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Fans are asked to be in their seats by 12:30 for the pregame ceremony, in which Sean Taylor will be inducted into the Ring of Fame.

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 26, 2008; 12:58 PM ET
 
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Comments

Will who?

Posted by: dlhaze1 | November 26, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Will who?

Posted by: dlhaze1 | November 26, 2008 1:22 PM

Ferrell. To maintain the crowd momentum started before the first half with the Sean Taylor tribute, FedEx's half time entertainment will be Will Ferrell coming out as "Elf" (or something hilarious).

OK, I got nothing and we just got dismissed early.

Posted by: dcsween | November 26, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Lions will beat the Titans tomorrow.

Lions: 22
Titans: 17

Posted by: RedDMV | November 26, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Blades is much at the mike where he 'shouldnt' have to shed tackles.

This game is all about if we can get Rabach out on Pierce and if we can keep the mike 'clean'

Posted by: Zeebs | November 26, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Where there's a will, there's a way.

Where there's a will and a dead body, there's also a bunch of greedy relatives.

Posted by: dcsween | November 26, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Sween - the Will Ferrell was dumb, but it made me laugh (although not as hard as CL's comment about his wife's concern that he was going to spike the baby).

Posted by: suzannepdc | November 26, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

z, agreed. I hate pierce, and I'm hoping that Kendall can wear his 'stuff' out all game long on Sunday.

Someone on D needs to step up. Who is it gonna be?

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 26, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

THAt should say shed blockers

Posted by: Zeebs | November 26, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I still do not understand the deal with Erasmus James. I mean what is this guy there for? He may be here and drawing his salary for the whole year and did not do anything.

Does anyone has a clue as to what the deal is there?

Posted by: malta1 | November 26, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Red I think you got the right numbers in the score, but in the wrong order.
Lions 21
Titans 72

Posted by: alex35332 | November 26, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

bEAN;

I say Laron. He is making that move to show he is understanding the deep safety better. I see another knock out blow to Plax...

Posted by: Zeebs | November 26, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Got to love coach Blache

Eli Manning and Burress basically played pitch-and-catch whenever they wanted in that opening game,

I don't remember Burress having a big game.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | November 26, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

JM;

he did in the beginning, but was shutdown for the last 3 quarters.

Posted by: Zeebs | November 26, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I think it might be one of the corners, Hall, Rogers, Smoot, someone has to pick off a pass, and give the team some points.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 26, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Whenever Blache brought a kid to Redskins Park for any reason, Taylor was always rushing over to chat and sign autographs, saying "he always made that kid feel very, very special."

This is one of the things that made the Reaper special

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | November 26, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Where there's a will, there's a way.

Where there's a will and a dead body, there's also a bunch of greedy relatives.

Posted by: dcsween | November 26, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Not sure what that's all about but moving on...

Look, our offense has struggled. Giants D is nasty. No doubt. But OUR DEFENSE is nothing to sneeze at either. Our front seven will suck it up. This is Sean Taylor - maybe our most gifted player of all time, shot dead at 24 - being honored, memorialized, immortalized (inasmuch as one can do so with a mere mortal). They will bring it. This will be a defensive struggle.

I heard someone compare this game to the Bills game last year - I can't think of a worse analogy. That team was emotionally drained. This team tomorrow will be eomotionally OD'ing. If they can balance that fine line and not get too overcharged, we should be in this game to the end.

I say Skins 16-14 on a Suisham FG. Or Horton safety.

HAIL

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | November 26, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I hope that FedEx is absolutely rocking on Sunday...like it was in 2005 when we beat the Cowgirls 35-7...

HAIL!

Posted by: mrizzle | November 26, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Great story. FDAGGARACMJLC !!

Posted by: skinfanwhowantsequalrights | November 26, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

What a great day that was mrizzle...if only Randy Thomas hadn't been in the game in the 4th quarter up 21....

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | November 26, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

"Look, our offense has struggled. Giants D is nasty. No doubt. But OUR DEFENSE is nothing to sneeze at either. Our front seven will suck it up. This is Sean Taylor - maybe our most gifted player of all time, shot dead at 24 - being honored, memorialized, immortalized (inasmuch as one can do so with a mere mortal). They will bring it. This will be a defensive struggle.

I heard someone compare this game to the Bills game last year - I can't think of a worse analogy. That team was emotionally drained. This team tomorrow will be eomotionally OD'ing. If they can balance that fine line and not get too overcharged, we should be in this game to the end.

I say Skins 16-14 on a Suisham FG. Or Horton safety.

HAIL

Posted by: Notorious_LMG"


this is kinda the reason I don't like them doing this before a game, period.

Sean Taylor's death shouldn't be something people use as incentive to play a football game hard. I just don't like it, seems kinda cheesy and cheapened.

Maybe that's just me though.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | November 26, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

beep

Posted by: RedDMV | November 26, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Truth,

not trying to pick a fight but you have read that Portis and Moss go on that field every game and consider it "Honoring ST" and stuff like that haven't you? You don't think thats cheesy do you?

Posted by: alex35332 | November 26, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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