The Washington Times - October 8, 2009, 12:58PM

Last week, Greg Blache said the Washington Redskins performance on defense starts with him and how he’s the leader and how he would throw himself under the bus.

Now he’s not talking.


At his regular Thursday group interview, Blache made a short statement and then handed the talking duties to secondary coach Jerry Gray.

No, seriously, he did. Just another day at the circus.

The 72-second statement by Blache, who did not explain why he’s clamming up:

“Feel really good about the win last week. I felt the guys rose up at a critical time, made some plays in a timely fashion because when you get down like that, a team without character is going to lay down and accept it. Teams with character are going to fight back and we had guys step up and make plays in critical situations.

“As we go through the season, it may come back to be that interception in the third quarter b ecomes a defining moment of our season and being the play that turns our season around. We’re very, very poroud of the young men for the way they fought back and won.

“Like I said, there’s no rest for the weary. We have Carolina coming up. They’ve had a week off. They have two excellent running backs. They have two first round tackles that are excellent players. They have one of the best wide receivers in the business. They have a veteran quarterback. The last time we played them, they rushed for over 300 yards against us in the preseason and we showed that to the guys.

“All in all, I think the guys will be ready to compete, they’ll be ready to play and from there, we’ll get ready to go. I’d like to thank you and that’s it. Thank you.”

What a joke.

The NFL requires teams to make their coordinators available on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. I’m told the Redskins cleared this fiasco with the league office

Blache will also stop doing a weekly segment for News 4 and his post-game interview with Comcast. Gray will assume those duties as well.

It makes Blache look bad. The Redskins’ season is going to get worse before it gets better and if the defense doesn’t play well, he’ll get to skirt the media and we’ll be forced to ask position coaches like Gray, John Palermo, Kirk Olivadotti and Steve Jackson about the struggles.

— Ryan O’Halloran