The Washington Times - October 1, 2009, 12:59PM

Just got back from the locker room where it was revealed that Reed Doughty has replaced Chris Horton at strong safety.

Doughty was the starter last year until he missed a game with illness and then got hurt.


“Reed has actually played better the last couple weeks and Chris has struggled a little bit,” defensive coordinator Greg Blache said. “[Horton] had a play with bad eyes and we got a big interference call. We had an instant last week where he wasn’t in a good fit. It’s not that we’re down on him but the fact we have a guy in Reed that is so close to him, it gives us an oppty to give him a chance and it gives Chris a chance to catch his breath and re-focus.”

Blache didn’t disclose any other personnel moves but hinted other changes could be happening.

Blache also said he needs to become more of a “maverick … a riverboat gambler.”

Translation: I think coach Jim Zorn had a chat with Blache this week and told him the defense needs a jolt of aggressiveness.

- Ryan O’Halloran