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Blache: Team 'Couldn't Sack Groceries'

Defensive coordinator Greg Blache delivered a few verbal beauties during his press conference (he's the best quote in the building), and continually talked up the importance of Monday's game, and how huge it would be to enter the bye at 7-2.

"This is the biggest game we've played since I've been here," Blache said, which may seem like hyperbole, but the man was intense when he said it.

He said the team is beat up and tired and looked "like the Confederate army going home" on Sunday night leaving Detroit. So the coaches are trying to keep them as fresh as possible, practicing out of pads, and Blache knows his defense must be sharper, more intense and more focused that it was against the Lions, or the Steelers will make them pay.

"I get disappointed when we don't work up to our standard," Blache said.

Blache said the Skins have to be hard-working if nothing else, likening them to an, um, unattractive woman looking for a date. "We've got to wash our face, put on our makeup and comb our hair, or nobody's going to ask us out," he said.

Blache was livid after that game and said the players knew they were not up to par as the game was going on, but likened it to a golfer trying to correct his swing mid-round. Now he is urging the players to play all out Monday and the other seven games of the season, telling them that their goals are in range and they could be do something great this season if they pull together every week.

He's also asking his defense to "be the big brother" this week and help out the offense, knowing the Skins are facing the league's top-ranked defense. The defense needs to take some pressure off the offense by "trying to create short field." The Steelers have allowed 23 sacks, but Blache remarked that his defense isn't showing the ability to get to the passer much this season.

"We applied for a job at Giant and couldn't get it because we couldn't sack groceries," Blache said.

He praised Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's toughness and willingness to absorb punishment to make plays, playing through a shoulder injury this season and making big plays. "You hit him as hard as you can, and he's going to help you up and say, 'Bring it again.' " Blache also expects the Steelers to have feature back Willie Parker back Monday from a long absence.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 30, 2008; 12:57 PM ET
 
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I LOVE THIS GUY !!

Posted by: franky4fingers | October 30, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Guys I was being very sarcastic, I think Jason does a great job. He gets us good info faster then any other media outlet around, even faster than the skins themselves. Sure he leans towards the critical sometimes, but he should, this team has been run like a joke for years, until it earns the benefit of the doubt almost everything they do should be looked at skeptically. If you want to have anger towards somebody have it at the owner that gouges his fan base more than any other in the league and produces very little winning for it as well as consistently mismanages his personnel and staff as well as tries to eliminate any media outlet that dares be critical of him, then way down the line have some anger for the beat writer doing his job.

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 30, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

dang, by the time this posts, will it get beeped again? ***

Big Ben is very good even after a defender gets a hand on him. But you know else is? Our own Jason Campbell.

That said, the Steelers weakest link is also our weakest link. Poor pass protection vs poor pass rush. Big Ben with time to throw is not going to be good.

The one upside, the Skins DL doesn't get fooled and the QBs don't get a lot of freelance stuff. Haven't seen many opposing QBs buy time vs our pass rush.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 30, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

feed him to the snakes!

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 30, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Most QBs have what Madden calls a 'clock' in their head. A time by which they need to let the ball go. What happens after that? The QB will move or throw check down (which was called a safety valve when I was younger, but hey, that was then).

Many QBs are good at buying time after the initial play breaks down. However, this is where the Skins DL is good. They may not reach the QB quickly, but they don't let QBs escape and buy that extra time.

As long as the Skins guys can cover -- which they have so far this year, Big Ben won't have it easy, even if we don't get lots of sacks

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 30, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

DC United won the US Open Cup this season.

Pitt D is 3rd in pts. allowed (15.7), DC is 8th (18.1). Pitt O is 14th in pts. scored (22.1), DC is 23rd (20.6). Winnable, but DC has to bring it the entire game.

Posted by: Realness1 | October 30, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

As a bagger of consumable goods at said local supermarket....I am offended by the comments of the good Mr. Blache.

Posted by: cej75024 | October 30, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Jack, I knew you were being sarcastic, but I was commenting on the sudden influx of jonthefisherman types who seem to think denigrating the beat reporter's weight will add some oomph to their criticism of his sports reporting and commentary.

The criticism of his work is usually justified (and sometimes completely off the mark, as when it's claimed he makes up sources or tells lies). But the ad hominem attacks on JLaC are just dopey. They add nothing to the discussion up here. Just pathetic.

tubby dork = "Sourceror" = LaCantWrite and etc.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 30, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, the Skins will steal from the Eagles/Steelers defensive playbook and blitz Big Ben early and often. Tight Carlos Rogers man coverage on the Steelers' mediocre receivers with blitz pressure should result in interceptions and batted balls: the other way you create short field when the sack men can't bag groceries. It looks like Grilliams time this Monday night! Dial up the fire-blitz packages and knock Ben down or into bad throws.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 30, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I got a fever, and the only prescription is more Blachisms.

Posted by: LittleSoren | October 30, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Most QBs have what Madden calls a 'clock' in their head. A time by which they need to let the ball go. What happens after that? The QB will move or throw check down (which was called a safety valve when I was younger, but hey, that was then).

Many QBs are good at buying time after the initial play breaks down. However, this is where the Skins DL is good. They may not reach the QB quickly, but they don't let QBs escape and buy that extra time.

As long as the Skins guys can cover -- which they have so far this year, Big Ben won't have it easy, even if we don't get lots of sacks

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 30, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

DC United won the US Open Cup this season.

Pitt D is 3rd in pts. allowed (15.7), DC is 8th (18.1). Pitt O is 14th in pts. scored (22.1), DC is 23rd (20.6). Winnable, but DC has to bring it the entire game.

Posted by: Realness1 | October 30, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Jack, I knew you were being sarcastic, but I was commenting on the sudden influx of jonthefisherman types who seem to think denigrating the beat reporter's weight will add some oomph to their criticism of his sports reporting and commentary.

The criticism of his work is usually justified (and sometimes completely off the mark, as when it's claimed he makes up sources or tells lies). But the ad hominem attacks on JLaC are just dopey. They add nothing to the discussion up here. Just pathetic.

tubby dork = "Sourceror" = LaCantWrite and etc.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 30, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

DC United won the US Open Cup this season.

Pitt D is 3rd in pts. allowed (15.7), DC is 8th (18.1). Pitt O is 14th in pts. scored (22.1), DC is 23rd (20.6). Winnable, but DC has to bring it the entire game.

Posted by: Realness1 | October 30, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone besides myself see the haltime show monday being funny.


Berman: here with the fastest 3 minutes in politics.

Mcain Video plays
Obama vidio plans

Berman:Well there you have it, last play of the game.

Berman: John AmeriMcain throws a hailmary

Berman: wait its intercepted by Barack " Insane in the membrane"Obama.

Berman: He's running it back and he's got a blocker, it Joey "the shark" Biden

Berman: Woop, Joe Biden just took out Sarah " Pitbull" Palin, so much for protecting women hey Joey

Berman: Wait out of nowhere here comes Bush and Cheney, Whoop, Whoop, Obama jukes them looking like there are looking for WMD's Woop

Berman: 30 ,25, 20 , only John AmeriMcain to beat,Will He score

Berman: Find out Nov 4th, Back to Mike, Tony,and Jaws

Posted by: GreatOne1 | October 30, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone besides myself see the haltime show monday being funny.


Berman: here with the fastest 3 minutes in politics.

Mcain Video plays
Obama vidio plans

Berman:Well there you have it, last play of the game.

Berman: John AmeriMcain throws a hailmary

Berman: wait its intercepted by Barack " Insane in the membrane"Obama.

Berman: He's running it back and he's got a blocker, it Joey "the shark" Biden

Berman: Woop, Joe Biden just took out Sarah " Pitbull" Palin, so much for protecting women hey Joey

Berman: Wait out of nowhere here comes Bush and Cheney, Whoop, Whoop, Obama jukes them looking like there are looking for WMD's Woop

Berman: 30 ,25, 20 , only John AmeriMcain to beat,Will He score

Berman: Find out Nov 4th, Back to Mike, Tony,and Jaws

Posted by: GreatOne1 | October 30, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Quotron 2000 is at it again.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 30, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I got a fever, and the only prescription is more Blachisms.

Posted by: LittleSoren | October 30, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

SINGLETARY SHOWS HIS ASS, LITERALLY
Posted by Mike Florio on October 30, 2008, 12:36 p.m.
There is plenty of skepticism in league circles regarding the potential effectiveness of 49ers coach Mike Singletary’s decision to use his first postgame press conference to berate unnamed members of his team.

As one league insider observed, “I just don’t think coming out that strong was the right approach. Especially with a team as untalented as the Niners are. The minute he says the wrong thing or does the wrong thing, he’s lost the locker room.”

Based on reports that surfaced recently in Arizona, there’s another “thing” Singletary supposedly did on Sunday that some players might deem to be just plain “wrong.”

Per Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic and Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910, Singletary’s halftime speech to the team included the fledgling head coach dropping his pants, showing the players his bare ass, and pointing to it, apparently as a visual aid to display Singletary’s belief that the team was getting its ass kicked. (Hey, it beats the hell out of studying film.)

According to the reports, Singletary then addressed the team for three or four minutes with his pants around his ankles.

Frankly, we’re not quite sure what to make of it. The locker room is a universe unto itself. It’s a place where motivation might flow from a tree stump and a sharp ax. Or a dead turkey in a locker. Or a banana in the tailpipe.

Still, if Singetary is doing this kind of stuff during the first game of his career, he’ll soon be pulling a Bob Knight with a fistful of two-ply Charmin. And then it’s only a matter of time before Singletary is crapping in a grocery bag.

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 30, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Most QBs have what Madden calls a 'clock' in their head. A time by which they need to let the ball go. What happens after that? The QB will move or throw check down (which was called a safety valve when I was younger, but hey, that was then).

Many QBs are good at buying time after the initial play breaks down. However, this is where the Skins DL is good. They may not reach the QB quickly, but they don't let QBs escape and buy that extra time.

As long as the Skins guys can cover -- which they have so far this year, Big Ben won't have it easy, even if we don't get lots of sacks

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 30, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

At the end of the year, Jasno has to post a list of Blache-isms from the year. This is priceless stuff in an era where coaches are too concerned with their media image to be, well, ornery football coaches.

Posted by: PDiddy | October 30, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Is there anyone in the world who more consistently gives a good quote than Greg Blache?

Posted by: manalive | October 30, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Is there anyone in the world who more consistently gives a good quote than Greg Blache?

Posted by: manalive | October 30, 2008 3:42 PM


No, most people's quotes are like the southern end of a northbound skunk...

Posted by: dave64 | October 30, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Is there anyone in the world who more consistently gives a good quote than Greg Blache?

Posted by: manalive | October 30, 2008 3:42 PM


No, most people's quotes are like the southern end of a northbound skunk...

Posted by: dave64 | October 30, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

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