Blache Hands Media Duties over to Gray
A week after throwing himself "under the bus" for the Redskins' poor performance defensively, defensive coordinator Greg Blache has informed team officials he no longer will speak with the media this season, a team spokesman said today.
Blache did not reveal his decision or take questions during his regularly scheduled session with reporters before practice at Redskins Park. After Blache gave his assessment of the team's performance on defense in the 16-13 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he briefly commented on the offensive strengths of this week's opponent, the Carolina Panthers, and then turned things over to secondary coach Jerry Gray.
Gray will handle Blache's previous media duties, a Redskins spokesman said, but Gray did not confirm that while speaking with reporters. "Ah, who knows?" Gray said. "We'll see."
NFL rules mandate that teams make coordinators available to the media and the Redskins said they received permission from the league to have Gray, who has served as a coordinator in his career, take over for Blache although Gray currently is not a coordinator.
Blache's move occurred a day after Sherman Lewis was introduced as an offensive consultant. Lewis, who has extensive experience as an assistant in West Coast offenses, was hired to help Coach Jim Zorn improve an offense that ranks 27th in the league in scoring with an average of 14 points.