- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 21, 2004

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Greg Blache will interview with the Washington Redskins this week and could become Joe Gibbs’ defensive line coach, NFL sources said last night.

Blache, who rejected the Bears’ overtures last week to remain on their staff as new coach Lovie Smith’s defensive coordinator, could meet with the Redskins as soon as today.

Though he has no direct ties to Washington, Blache, 54, is a hot commodity around the league these days. He interviewed with the Pittsburgh Steelers last week for their vacant defensive coordinator position, and sources said he is also due to interview with the Detroit Lions, who just hired ex-Bears coach Dick Jauron to direct their defense.

Blache’s defense in Chicago ranked 14th in the NFL this season, but he has built a strong reputation as a defensive mind over the years. He was a finalist for the San Francisco 49ers head coaching job a year ago, and had hopes of being considered by the Bears after they fired Jauron.

The Redskins had been actively pursuing Bills defensive line coach Tim Krumrie in recent weeks, but it appears he will remain in Buffalo.

If Gibbs hires Blache, he will have only two positions to fill on his coaching staff: wide receivers and linebackers. NFL sources have said Washington has made inquiries about a pair of college coaches for the wide receivers position: Florida assistant head coach/inside receivers coach Dwayne Dixon and LSU receivers coach Stan Hixon.

Mark Zuckerman and Jody Foldesy

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