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Redskins have no comment on Blache report

Just got off the phone with Zack Bolno, whom I called to ask about a ProFootballTalk.com report that defensive coordinator Greg Blache already has interviewed for the head coaching position still occupied by Jim Zorn. The Redskins have no comment, Bolno said.

Citing a league source, the website reported the interview occurred, but it was not sure when Blache spoke with team officials. Blache is African American, so Washington would have complied with the Rooney Rule - which states minority candidates must be considered for coaching vacancies and other positions - if it had interviewed Blache.

Although Bruce Allen, the team's new top football man, says he plans to evaluate Zorn and the assistant coaches over the season's final three weeks before making any decisions, Zorn and most of the assistants have realized for at least two months they would not return in 2010, team sources said. The Redskins are reportedly in negotiations to hire former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan as their next head coach.

And it would not be surprising if Blache has interviewed for Zorn's job. After the 2007 season, Blache, formerly the team's defensive line coach, met with owner Daniel Snyder and accepted the defensive coordinator position before Snyder fired Gregg Williams, who had worked closely with Blache for four seasons.

Snyder gave Blache a $200,000 raise in an effort to persuade him not to retire and remain with the Redskins, a team source said, and Blache often has spoken of his strong friendship with "Mr. Snyder." In an unusual move for NFL coordinators, Blache in early October informed team officials he would no longer speak with the media this season. Blache did not reveal his decision or give a reason for the change. Secondary coach Jerry Gray assumed the role of the team's defensive spokesman.

NFL rules mandate that teams make coordinators available to the media at least once a week. The Redskins received permission from the league to have Gray, who has served as a coordinator in his career, take over for Blache - who has declined to grant interviews in the past seasons - although Gray currently is not a coordinator.

Prompted by John Riggins's ongoing criticism of Snyder, Blache in early November broke his month-long media silence to defend Snyder. He did not take questions after rambling for around four minutes about "one of the most generous, kind individuals you'll ever meet."

In his first actual exchange with a reporter in months, Blache this week praised middle linebacker London Fletcher, defensive end Andre Carter and rookie defensive end/strong-side linebacker Brian Orakpo in an interview with The Post's Rick Maese.

In addition to being stripped of play-calling duties, Zorn has been treated poorly in other ways behind the scenes, many in the organization said, but he has remained professional and focused during the most trying time of his professional career. Mike Holmgren, whom Zorn worked under with the Seattle Seahawks, and Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent, Zorn's former teammate and best friend, have publicly criticized the Redskins for their treatment of Zorn, who was a respected quarterbacks coach before he arrived in Ashburn.

Practice was canceled today because of the snowstorm, so Zorn did not have to field questions about a member of his staff reportedly having interviewed for his job. There is no media availability Sunday. Undoubtedly, Zorn will face questions Monday about Blache during postgame interviews. Those sessions figure to provide more difficult moments for Zorn in a Redskins experience that will end soon.

By Jason Reid  |  December 19, 2009; 1:37 PM ET
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Comments

So the Skins are preparing for Mon. by playing xbox and shopping online?

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | December 19, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Shanny will be coach 5 minutes after the Chargers game is over.

Posted by: ridgely1 | December 19, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Practice was cancelled due to the weather:

This is another reason why the skins need an indoor practice facility. I may be wrong but I believe the G-men have an indoor facility along with alot of other teams.

Posted by: kingpenn1 | December 19, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Shanny will be coach 5 minutes after the Chargers game is over.

Posted by: ridgely1 | December 19, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse


That would be great!

I hope that Bruce Allen is interviewing the living tar out of dozens of candidates and is eye-deep in negotiations with the right ones.

All this talk about "disrespecting" Zorn at this point is a piled-high baloney sandwich.

Zorn was a failure as a head coach here, and does not deserve to hang onto this job. He shuold be grateful for the opportunity and the paycheck that he got for his services.

Disrespect?

That 4-9 record is disrespectful, and if he didn't like the way he was treated, he's free to resign.

Posted by: p1funk | December 19, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Can you say token minority interview? I'm sure Snyder asked Blatche to interview for the job to comply with the Rooney rules and already has negotiations under way with Shanahan. If this was a 'real' interview process, why wouldn't the Redskins have interviewed Ron Meeks of the Colts who was a finalist last time? The dye is cast and the decision was made as soon as Allen signed on to be the GM.

Posted by: wizfan89 | December 19, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: League-Source | December 19, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Post disappeared. Said that Gano is listed as questionable Monday night. Hurt his tootsie.

Posted by: League-Source | December 19, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

This is another reason why the skins need an indoor practice facility. I may be wrong but I believe the G-men have an indoor facility along with alot of other teams.

Posted by: kingpenn1 | December 19, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I posted a stat line about this before the season, I believe it was somewhere between 19-21 teams have a indoor practice facility option, two or three more were building one and that 10 of the 12 playoff teams had one.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 19, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

skinsfaninkehone

"...it's 68 here on Oahu, too. We're all wearing long pants and hoodies, it's fricking cold. And to top it all off, the North wind is ruining the surf. It's terrible."

I feel your pain.

It's 68 degrees here, too.

I just closed the windows and turned on the heat because mrsmoe said the cold ruined her condom stash.

"A girl's gotta make sure her tools are ready to go when it's time to work," she said.

"Turn on the heat."

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 19, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Shannahan is not the answer; a really bold move would be sticking with Zorn for his 3rd year, showing some faith in what he's done under such dysfunction. Keeping this team as it is and adding some players through the draft/F.A. THE RIGHT WAY, this team could be 9-7 or 11-5 next year. Blowing it up AGAIN and at best it's 6-10. What qb are they going to get next year that would be better than JC?
Snyder goes out and gets 'his boy' Shannahan, I WANT the team to stink next year, so as to further prove how inept an owner is Snyder.

Posted by: pdfordiii | December 19, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

This is very interesting. On the one hand it appears to be a token interview. Yet when you realize Blache's history with Danny, it's not as far-fetched as it might seem. He might even be the favorite in the owner's suite. Sticking with Zorn won't work..too much damage and a loss of credibility with everyone. He does deserve better though. Shanny would bring cred and some respect from the media heads and take the heat of The Dan for now.

Posted by: bundy44 | December 19, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Well then congratulations, pdfordiii, you are an idiot.

Posted by: jaycane40oz | December 19, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Shannahan is not the answer; a really bold move would be sticking with Zorn for his 3rd year, showing some faith in what he's done under such dysfunction. Keeping this team as it is and adding some players through the draft/F.A. THE RIGHT WAY, this team could be 9-7 or 11-5 next year. Blowing it up AGAIN and at best it's 6-10. What qb are they going to get next year that would be better than JC?
Snyder goes out and gets 'his boy' Shannahan, I WANT the team to stink next year, so as to further prove how inept an owner is Snyder.

Posted by: pdfordiii
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Zorn may well be a heck of a head coach (maybe) but he stinks as a play caller. Until he either comes to that understanding or gets better at playcalling he'll be in the unemployment line.

Bring Shanny in but keep the whole defensive staff in-tact. That's the ticket. Shanny's defense in Denver was always suspect.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | December 19, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

zorn is NOT a good coach but I don't like shanahan he is an afc coach and like others have said want's a smaller quicker o-line that the eagles, giants and cowboys would destroy. that is NOT the mentality you need in the nfc east. get big and hopefully mobile o-lineman that can drive and zone block. as long as zorn is calling NO plays and continue to allow sherm lewis to call them with campbell allowed to audible even in the red zone keep zorn for another year let him have someone to help him with clock management, trade down in the draft get another D-tackle and RB etc. the offensive is starting to click washington does not need wholesale changes(they need alot)if they do that it will be another 2-3yrs of LOSING. stay out of the way snyder and just sign the checks.

Posted by: wathu19 | December 19, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

According to Jason's posts most of the staff will likely be gone by next year.

I would not mind too much either if Zorn could remain, pdfordiii, but Snyder does not operate that way. If he does not get success almost instantly, then he will move on to next person or persons that will fail for him.

The way Zorn has been treated is not right. Snyder will pay for this if hasn't already.

Even though we don't have Cerrato to kick around anymore we still have Danny. Don't expect Allen and the next Head Coach to do alot better. Snyder doesn't deserve it anyway. It's still a Snyder football operation.

Posted by: cannontl | December 19, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

" a really bold move would be sticking with Zorn for his 3rd year, showing some faith in what he's done"

Posted by: pdfordiii | December 19, 2009 2:22 PM

Gotta be a typo, you meant "stupid move," right? And, oh yeah, what exactly has he done to garner faith in him?? That we're destined for last place in the NFC East again? Just about anything or anybody couldn't be worse than what's going on now.


Posted by: bones21 | December 19, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Uh! Shannafanny is such a dumb answer. He is NOT a redskin coach. The change needed was the GM one. Zorn had to work with a non-existant start from scratch O-line. The draft picks Vinny got werent producing/ececuting until recently so u get good DEF and no points. O-line gels and Davis/Thomas start movin chains and posting points and now the answer is blow it up again? You have GOT to be kidding me, talk childish and imature, call me and fellow thinkers names but th truth is the truth, and that would be dumb! If Zorn does go, I know SHan and Grudy arent the answers-they suck and thats why there available. Noone wants them coaching their NFL football teams.....oh wait, dun dunt duhhhhh..........enter Dan Snyder? Hope not.

Posted by: ebbline | December 19, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Uh! Shannafanny is such a dumb answer. He is NOT a redskin coach. The change needed was the GM one. Zorn had to work with a non-existant start from scratch O-line. The draft picks Vinny got werent producing/ececuting until recently so u get good DEF and no points. O-line gels and Davis/Thomas start movin chains and posting points and now the answer is blow it up again? You have GOT to be kidding me, talk childish and imature, call me and fellow thinkers names but th truth is the truth, and that would be dumb! If Zorn does go, I know SHan and Grudy arent the answers-they suck and thats why there available. Noone wants them coaching their NFL football teams.....oh wait, dun dunt duhhhhh..........enter Dan Snyder? Hope not.

Posted by: ebbline | December 19, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Best hire would be Dick LeBeau, Steelers defensive Wiz. Guy is a defensive genius. Without Elway, Shanahan did nothing.
Get a real freakin coach. Not some old timer retread. Same old stuff. man.
DICK LEBEAU!!!!!

Posted by: dovelevine | December 19, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

DICK LEBEAU is 72 years old.

Posted by: chris_zz | December 19, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

You know the REPORTERS need to do us another big favor and do what they did to Cerato this year. They made that happen for us.

BLAST Snyder with tons of reports BEFORE he lets Zorn go. Make fun of him and the franchise for even considering letting him go. And bask in the power you have :)

We finally have an offense that isn't terrible. Give Zorn some players he needs and lets get this thing going.

How do we get that to happen?

Posted by: jspin77 | December 19, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

>>DICK LEBEAU is 72 years old. Posted by: chris

Yea and whats the Steelers defense ranked?

Posted by: dovelevine | December 19, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand something. If the Skins have been negotiating with Shanahan for some time, does that mean he's Snyder's choice for coach, not Bruce's? Isn't the GM supposed to pick the coach after evaluating the team and its situation? Is this whole Shanahan thing telling us that, though Vinny's gone, it's business-as-usual: the idiot owner is calling the shots?

Posted by: chris_zz | December 19, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Let's pretend Blache isn't a token Rooney...

Is he going to bide a year's time until Chucky shows up?

Posted by: WorstSeat | December 19, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

What a great organization. Nothing but Drama. anyone who is thinking about taking Dan Snyder's money better ask themself, Do I want to end up like Jim zorn? Jim zorn is a nice guy and is doing his best. Time for little Danny to grow up and stop all of the drama. DAN SNYDER IS A JERK.

Posted by: HelloNewman1 | December 19, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Hard to see Blache as a 'member of [Zorn's] staff when Zorn had no say in hiring him.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 19, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Difficult to imagine Bruce Allen picking anybody over Gruden. They're best friends. Of course the contract with MNF may be an issue, but when did Snyder ever let that stop him?

Posted by: Samson151 | December 19, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand something. If the Skins have been negotiating with Shanahan for some time, does that mean he's Snyder's choice for coach, not Bruce's? Isn't the GM supposed to pick the coach after evaluating the team and its situation? Is this whole Shanahan thing telling us that, though Vinny's gone, it's business-as-usual: the idiot owner is calling the shots?

Posted by: chris_zz | December 19, 2009 4:10 PM

I am not a fan of Dan Snyder, but your protrayal above is likely incorrect. During the press conference for Allen, it was mentioned that he and Snyder had been talking for a while on alot of matters. I would say Allen already knew about Shanahan and agreed to it beforehand.

If this is true, this means the organization (and Allen) is not being totally truthful about really evaluating Zorn as if he has a chance to continue being head coach.

Posted by: cannontl | December 19, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

i agree with you, wizfan. the whole concept of "tokenism" pisses me off. if a coaching candidate is already in mind, interviewing a minority is merely a formality which to me is more of an insult. it's a shame snyder has a tarnished reputation as an owner because he could've easily had cowher ready to coach us. as for blache, i'm not too keen on his bend but don't break philosophy so i'm hoping we'll have a no nonsense d coordinator come in and straighten up our defensive backfield.

Posted by: charronegro1971 | December 19, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

They just oughtta blow this whole thing up and start over. A "great" win over the Raiders doesn't cut it my friends. The Raiders played w/out a decent starting QB most of the game and the Saints played without 3/4 of their starting secondary the previous game.

Need a new QB, a new OL and a new philosophy on offense.

Posted by: jsmith33351 | December 19, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Mr.Snyder, now that you have let the door hit Vinny I forgive you for all! I hope the new guy will build the o-line to the way it used to be in the day of the Hogs!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | December 19, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

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