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Blache Says Springs, Hall Will Start

Defensive coordinator Greg Blache is eager to have close to a full compliment of players for the first time in a long time. Blache also said that he intends to keep Shawn Springs and DeAngelo Hall as the starting corners ahead of Carlos Rogers, but grew testy about questions on that topic.

Getting linebacker Marcus Washington back after a month's absence from an ankle injury should help the team in terms of those fourth-quarter drives. "It will be good to have that big, physical force on the edge," Blache said.

Blache was asked about Rocky McIntosh sitting out most of Sunday's game after struggling with his knee condition. Blache said that he was impressed with how backup Alfred Fincher performed and that he was trying to spare McIntosh's body. "His body was being worn down," Blache said. However, McIntosh could end up playing more this week if he is feeling well and looks sharp.

As for the situation at cornerback, with four veterans and only two who can start, Blache said, "I'm not going to keep everyone happy; that's not my job."

Blache praised the performance of rookie safety Kareem Moore Sunday. He covered some ground at free safety and delivered a few big hits, including one on Chad Johnson. He expects to play him more down the stretch to get valuable experience and is hopeful that the fifth-round pick, now over his knee problems, can be a bigger part of next season.

I brought up the lack of quarterback pressure, which was a contributing factor in another devastating loss, this time to a team that gives up sacks at basically the highest rate in the NFL. Blache essentially said that asking for more sacks was tantamount to asking him to make apple juice out of lemons, given the lack of individual talent he has on the edges in terms of guys who are young and dynamic and can rush the passer.

I was asking about personnel, looking for an explanation and not offering a critique; he pointed out that this is still the NFL's fifth-ranked defense.

"I'm sorry that we don't please you with the stats that you like, but we'll take the ones that we do have over those," Blache said. "You can continue to beat that dead horse, and we can turn you into to PETA. ... Leave that horse alone and just focus on the positive side."

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 18, 2008; 3:00 PM ET
 
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Tut, tut, it looks like another Post.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | December 18, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Nice youtube on Sammy Baugh:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdL6hY-9_e4

Posted by: Markin21132 | December 18, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Love The Blache, esp. ratting out Jasno to PETA.

Also, in all the moaning and groaning about last week, I agree that Kareem Moore's hit on Chad Johnson was a LTF thing of beauty ... and Ocho Cinco was NONE too happy about it. Moore knocked the Stinko out of Johnson.

Posted by: dcsween | December 18, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Testify Blache. This is one guy I want to keep around.

If he can make a 5th ranked defense with the lack of talent we have, thats pretty good.

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 18, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

As teams pound the ball in the 4th quarter and we can't get a turnover or sack the QB on a key 3rd down, Blache will continue to cry "we are 5th in defense." Imagine if we had a pass rush, maybe we could be #1.

Posted by: nicefellow31 | December 18, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

This season's failures appear to be on Vinnie, and Snidely Owl. the fact they are seven-seven seemingly should be attributed to Zorn sticking with a lot of what already existed and attempting to enhance it.

Posted by: periculum | December 18, 2008 2:55 PM

He seems to have dehanced what we had last year. The offense scored better last year and JC17 wasn't throwing passes 25+ times a game....

Posted by: DaReal4th | December 18, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

The D.C. Police are cracking down on speeders heading into Washington .....
For the first offense, they give you two Skins tickets...
If you get stopped a second time, they make you use them.

What do you call 47 millionaires sitting around a TV watching the Super Bowl?
The Washington Redskins.

What do the Washington Redskins and Billy Graham have in common?
They both can make 70,000 people stand up and yell 'Jesus Christ'.

How do you keep a Redskin out of your yard?
Put up a goal post.

Where do you go in Washington in case of a tornado?
To Fedex Field - they never have a touchdown there!

What do you call a Redskin with a Super Bowl ring?
A thief.

What's the difference between the Washington Redskins and a dollar bill?
You can still get four quarters out of a dollar bill.

What do the Washington Redskins and opossums have in common?
Both play dead at home and get killed on the road.

Posted by: dcg4 | December 18, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

J-LA, you make some fair points sometimes, but on Jason Taylor, YOU'RE A JOKE. Stop whining about the picks we gave up, I'd like to have them back too, had I known he wouldn't have played, but you're a HYPOCRITE on this one. Let's play a game...guess who wrote this???
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Man, my head is still spinning. What a crazy day.
Anyway, to me, this is a move the Skins had to make. You're talking about picking up dudes who can, most likely, barely play in the NFL, if at all, versus getting a future Hall of Famer and the premier sack guy in the league over the last 10 years. (Okay, maybe it's Strahan, but he's retired now.)
And Vinny Cerrato was ever-so-confident Taylor is more than a one-year rental, so that's huge, too. It was going to take a second-round pick to get him under these circumstances - the league knew the Skins were desperate as heck now, losing two DEs for the season right off the bat, including a starter.
Taylor will certainly have some entertainment-type stuff he wants to do in the offseason, but with his pedigree, he's earned that right. He's been remarkably healthy his entire career - hasn't missed a start this decade - and is still a beast at 33. You have to try to make this move; there's no one else out there and it was already a very thin spot of the roster even with a healthy Daniels.
The Skins had to act decisively and they did, but I'm not buying that they pulled this off in 45-60 minutes, as Cerrato tried to say, but in the end that doesn't matter. (For what it's worth, the Dolphins still will not confirm this deal as of 7:30).
Good for the Skins. Guys like Chris Wilson should learn a lot from Taylor, and it was a huge gamble banking on Daniels staying healthy all year as the starter in the first place, given his age and injury history.
7/20/08 7:25pm ET

-Jason "Jasno" LaCanfora

BE A MAN AND JUST SAY, VINNY GOT THIS ONE WRONG BUT NO ONE COULD HAVE SEEN THIS DROPOFF COMING, with the way you're going about it, you lose credibility on your other points, especially how you and Steinberg love to go back and forensic fact check anything in the organization says.

Posted by: Do_Itch_Big | December 18, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I love Blache, a true leader even when the ship be sinking. Wish we could get some playmakers to join his well coached lunch pail crue and really FSU!

Oh well....

Posted by: chrislarry | December 18, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I really want to come here one day and read Greg Blache just kicked my ass. Jasno the annoying little dbag reporter. Let me get Blache to say some bad things about the personnel so I can write another post about how much Vinny sucks and how none of these guys would be starting on any other teams in the league.

Posted by: JasonLaTempleton | December 18, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Source Meter...

Posted by: jmicrodoc | December 18, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

On the subject of Skins q-backs:

Will we get too see Todd "the Clipboard" Collins this weekend if the Iggles put up 30 in the Skins D?

I mean, we're carrying three q-b's, LOSING, and only one plays?

That's a roster spot being wasted. Three quarterbacks for a team needing depth is dumb.

It seems like next year Colt should be backing up Campbell.

Let's see if Collins can run Zorn's stuff. If he's good at it (quicker release/accuracy that Campbell doesn't have) the position should be up for grabs.

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Seriously, stop it with the Todd Collins stuff...there's a reason that he's been a backup for 12 years, and a reason no one else wanted him this offseason.

Posted by: mrizzle | December 18, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"[Blache] expects to play [Moore] more down the stretch to get valuable experience and is hopeful that the fifth-round [sic] pick, now over his knee problems, can be a bigger part of next season."

But not so much with Malcolm Kelly? What's up with that, JimZorn?

Posted by: 4-12 | December 18, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

LOL...I'll give you big points JLC for posting that Coach B basically b**ch slapped you for harping on the lack of sacks....


Posted by: shaunsherman12 | December 18, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"BE A MAN AND JUST SAY, VINNY GOT THIS ONE WRONG BUT NO ONE COULD HAVE SEEN THIS DROPOFF COMING"

Except Bill Parcells, who saw it from a mile away. The difference between a good FO and a bad one.

Posted by: psps23 | December 18, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I would think it doesn't send the best message in the world to bench Rogers, who though he can't catch a cold, has had a pretty good season, and start Springs, who has missed 9 games and can't play through a rugburn...

Thoughts?

Posted by: mrizzle | December 18, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with keeping Rogers out of the starting line up. Hell Springs hasn't played most of the year and Rogers have played good.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | December 18, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

4-12, I believe it all has to do with playing special teams, and Kelly not playing them.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 18, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

No, I doubt Parcells would have said Taylor gets 1.5 sacks this year either. He just said, I'd rather a 2 and a 6 than a guy who only has a couple years left when I'm in rebuilding mode. The Redskins looked like they were one impact end away from having a much more dangerous defense, especially based on Carter's performance last year. I'm not defending Vinny on everything else he's done, but just calling attention to the fact that JLC acts like he was against this deal from day 1, which is obviously not the case.

Posted by: Do_Itch_Big | December 18, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"Blache essentially said that asking for more sacks was tantamount to asking him to make apple juice out of lemons, given the lack of individual talent he has on the edges in terms of guys who are young and dynamic and can rush the passer."

If Blache "essentially said" this, than I'd say he b!tch slapped Andre Carter and Jason Taylor much more than he did JlaC.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 18, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I am not giving Parcells credit for trading away a guy with whom he was unhappy because he chose to dance on TV in the offseason. There was contentious situation there and Bill moved him.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | December 18, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it......when/where does JLC keep saying that he was against it from day1? Far as I can tell he's just being critical of how it turned out.....

Posted by: dlhaze1 | December 18, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

JT55 WILL come back next year and make up for his sh!ttyness next year. No dancing with the stars. No living in MIA for the spring.

You coming in for every OTA out there and will learn the defense.....

I also see a contract extension that will include a $6 - 10 Million signing bonus. But, he will be cut after we go into the uncapped year....

Posted by: DaReal4th | December 18, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I think this could be the end for Carlos "Stone Fingers" Rogers.

Posted by: Masonman | December 18, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"I am not giving Parcells credit for trading away a guy with whom he was unhappy because he chose to dance on TV in the offseason. There was contentious situation there and Bill moved him.

Posted by: learnedhand1"

You're not giving Bill Parcells credit for seeing that a guy isn't focused, doesn't have his heart in it, is most likely ready to move on, and as a result probably wouldn't be as productive as he normally is?

Is this how a quality GM like Cerrato justifies it to himself?

Posted by: psps23 | December 18, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Aye Beantown, that's a shame if it's the case. Would much rather see him get 50 or so snaps the next couple weeks...live game action or some such as...give the kid a taste so he comes to OTAs hungry.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 18, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

4-12, makes ZERO sense to me. ZERO.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 18, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I consider: "The second-round pick is gone in the Jason Taylor trade (11/2 sacks for a 34-year-old with a $16.5 million contract)" as criticism. The parentheses part at least.

So you're saying it's fine to applaud the decision at first and then criticize the outcome, despite agreeing with the original decision? Sorry, but to me that's just dumb.

Posted by: Do_Itch_Big | December 18, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

BEEP

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 18, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Did you say it was bad deal when it was consumated? The guy got seriously hurt (a freak injury at that) for the first time in his career. Hindsight is 20/20 vision.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | December 18, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

thank you, learnedhand.... even if he just sucked without being hurt, you wouldn't have expected it based on his production before he showed up in ashburn. not every decision will work out, but jason taylor's signing, at the time, looked like a good idea to most people, including J-LA.

Posted by: Do_Itch_Big | December 18, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Bill Parcells declared Jon Jansen had lost a step 2 years before we figured it out ourselves.

The dude knows what he's doing, and he shafted us with JT.

I liked the move when it happened, but I'm a fan. It seemed popular at the time.

However, its not the FO's job to make moves to please the fans, or even make popoular moves. The FO has to make choices thar improve the team now and for the future.

Therefore, a smarter FO would have not done the move, which was probably why no one had jumped at trading for JT earlier.

Posted by: Predator48 | December 18, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I think this could be the end for Carlos "Stone Fingers" Rogers.

Posted by: Masonman | December 18, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I agree and wonder about this. Can you afford to pay both Hall and Rogers at this point with so many holes on your team?

Posted by: Gweez | December 18, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Well, all my point was is JLC is not a fan, so be honest. Predator, you're entitled to your opinion. Parcells wasn't the only one to say Jansen lost a step. Parcells also drafted Bobby Carpenter, you can nitpick if you want. I'm not saying Vinny shouldn't be fired, but JT55 is the least of his blunders.

"I'm a fan. It seemed popular at the time." ....just like it's popular right now to rip Zorn, Vinny, Campbell, Portis and anyone else wearing burgundy and gold. I'm a fan, and I just want to be fair to these guys and see them do well. If we don't draft on the lines and LB and/or sign some key free agents at reasonable places in those spots, I'll be the first one screaming. Until then, get some perspective.

Posted by: Do_Itch_Big | December 18, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Kareem Moore was a 6th round pick not a 5th rounder.

Posted by: kreitmaster | December 18, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Springs and Hall are both better than Rodgers. He needs to improve his man-to-man coverage and catching skills. Rodgers can play the nickle and Smoot the dime. Smoot may not make the squad next year, if they retain Hall -- and they certainly should!

The coaches plan to play Moore and Fincher in the last two games to evaluate how they play against NFL offenses and determine if they are worth keeping around next year...

Posted by: siris | December 18, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

what about Rob Jackson and Chris Wilson...start those guys and see what happens and play Monte, Golston, Evans, Alexander, and Carter...JT belongs on the BENCH!!!!!

Posted by: Ilikecougars | December 18, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse


NO, it was actually pretty pathetic, miserable until JC was injured and MS degree Todd Collins took over. Having had 10+ years to learn Al Saunders gigantic tome of a playbook he looked sharp and on top until they reached Seattle. When even he started to throw picks.

This year JC has markedly improved under Zorn's tutelage. Its better to have QB who doesn't lose games as he was last year.

Next Year hopefully he will learn to be a big-play factor in winning them.


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He seems to have dehanced what we had last year. The offense scored better last year and JC17 wasn't throwing passes 25+ times a game....

Posted by: DaReal4th | December 18, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: periculum | December 18, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Ahmm I think given Springs injury issues what we have is Carlos backing him up. Its not about starting. They need 3 cover corners back there particularly given the dearth of a pass rush and an anemic offense. Smoot got torched so I think in the end this may be the end of Smooty if they sign hall and not Carlos Rogers.

Posted by: periculum | December 18, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

JT IS ON THE bench. He has become a backup pass rushing specialist from the LB position.

Posted by: periculum | December 18, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, I wonder if the front office told Hall that if he signed with them he'd start?

Is this a decision by Blache or the FO? The source of his testiness?

Granted, they need to get some turnovers and Rogers simply drops too many interceptions.

Looks pretty clear that they'll let Rogers go over Hall.

Posted by: SteveMG | December 18, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

JT55 WILL come back next year and make up for his sh!ttyness next year. No dancing with the stars. No living in MIA for the spring.

You coming in for every OTA out there and will learn the defense.....

I also see a contract extension that will include a $6 - 10 Million signing bonus. But, he will be cut after we go into the uncapped year....

Posted by: DaReal4th | December 18, 2008 3:33 PM


actually, JT55 was in Miami on the players' day off and told reporters down there that his home is there in Miami, his family is there and that's where he will be in the off-season when he's not stealing the Redskins blind for 16 weeks of the year.

Posted by: TS_Alfabet | December 19, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else watching the Bungles game get the feeling that the Defense basically gave up in the 4th quarter?

Posted by: TS_Alfabet | December 19, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Jasno, the chip on your shoulder is clearly showing and coach B just took a swipe at it.

Posted by: jahs4fun | December 19, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

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