OK, I just got finished reading Redskins Insider, and was reminded again why I hate when some out of town ninny gets the enviable task of procuring and providing the "Inside Scoop" on all things Redskins. I don't know what's worse, getting tainted info from these outsiders, or getting the sugarcoated stuff from Snyder Media.
You've all probably read by now what Blache said about Haynesworth, and his effect on the rest ofthe defense. London "running backs are going down, going down, going down" Fletcher in particular. To paraphrase, Blache basically said that LFB gets his tackles no matter what, and that Haynesworth had no effect on the total. I say B.S......I mean, don't get me wrong. We all know Fletch would be a league leader in tackles no matter who's in front of him. But you can't tell me having the BEST D-tackle in the league doesn't help. I know it, you know it, Blache knows it, and Stephen Jackson will know it on Sunday. So why is Blache spinning it this way? Well, if you listen to J. Reid of RI infamy, you'd think it was because Blatche is tiring of answering questions on Big Al and his impact on the defense. In fact, reading between the lines, I got the impression that Reid believes Blache almost resents Haynesworths presence.
Well, it's a good thing I'm around to debunk that theory. Here's my take on what Blache is thinking, and why he's saying what he's saying. First, Blache loves his veterans, as we all know. And while his gruff demeanor almost requires him to deny personal accolades to himself and his guys, we all know he'd like to see as many guys as possible get recognition, if they earn it. And who deserves recognition more than long overlooked London Fletcher? I say no on, and I bet Blache would say the same.
Now, what bugs me the MOST with the RI "take" is the fact that those dummies either A) - can't remember heavily cycled soundbites from a training camp that was NOT that long ago, B) - are too dimwitted to put 2 and 2 together. Or C) - in the spirit of the original Skins smear-snake Jason La Can't-Scor-a, are more interested in stirring controversy than reporting the facts.
"One of the things I know in the back of our mind as a staff we want to try and help him achieve this, because he's deserving of it, because he does so much for us and he is such an unsung hero," defensive coordinator Greg Blache said. "So what we're going to try and do is try and put him in situations where he can kind of showcase his abilities and stuff. And I can do a better job of when I'm talking to the media and stuff, the production crews, talking about what he does and what he's capable of doing. A lot of it's salesmanship, and I can do a better job of selling him." - Greg Blache via the, ahem, WASHINGTON POST
Now, YOU TELL ME why Blache is saying what he's saying now?