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Question of the Day
Even though he was in his 18th year of coaching football, Greg Blache felt like a rookie in 1988 when he began his NFL career as the Green Bay Packers’ defensive line coach.
After presenting his part of the game plan early that season, he was peppered with questions about the opponent’s protection and blitz pickup schemes by defensive backs Dave Brown and Mark Murphy.
“I thought they were making fun of me because I was the rookie,” Blache said last week.
Blache quickly discovered the difference between the NFL and his stops at Notre Dame, Tulane, Southern and Kansas: The study habits are much different.
“That was my first exposure to real pros,” he said.
Two decades later, Blache sees the same kind of self-study habits in the Washington Redskins’ locker room, a work ethic led by veterans Cornelius Griffin, Santana Moss, London Fletcher and the entire offensive line.
“By far the most studious and most professional group I’ve been around,” Blache said.
Said coach Jim Zorn: “That’s how they work. They see that it’s work that pays off. They just don’t show up and play.”
For most of the players, work begins Tuesday, the only day off of the week. Although the players don’t meet with the coaching staff, a steady stream arrives at Redskin Park - first for treatment, then to pick up a DVD of the next opponent (either the full game or the “cut-ups” divided by down-and-distance or formation) to watch at home or in a separate meeting room.
When the players arrive Wednesday morning to receive the game-plan binder and a briefing from the coaching staff, the veterans are ready to discuss concepts.
“I have a staff that gives them phenomenal information,” Blache said of his four assistants. “I have excellent teachers, and the players recognize that. If you give them a piece of information, they take it, and [if] it helps them be successful, they’re going [to] stick their hand back in there another time. Guys are willing to listen more and more.”
A veteran sets the example in each position group. Blache said Shawn Springs has counseled Fred Smoot and Carlos Rogers, Fletcher was a leader from the day he signed as a free agent in 2007 and the young defensive linemen have great respect for Griffin. On offense, Moss is mentoring the young receivers, and each starting offensive linemen is a veteran.
“The locker room generates an atmosphere and a culture,” Blache said. “Our locker room, we have that on both sides of the ball.”
Asked what it would be like if players did the bare minimum and didn’t serve as influences to younger players, Blache interrupted.
“Seen it. … Seen it,” he said.
By John McAfee
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