In case you haven't noticed, Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Blache petitioned the league to waive his responsibility to speak to the media this season for undisclosed reasons. Blache had only broken his silence once this season and that was to defend owner Dan Snyder after former running back John Riggins blasted him on a television show.
But on Monday, Blache agreed to visit with The Washington Post about his players' Pro Bowl chances. The voting for fans will end following Monday's Giants-Redskins game. Early results show the Redskins' defenders trailing in the polls -- and Blache had some thoughts on the matter. Here's what he said about linebacker London Fletcher not making the Pro Bowl during his 12-year career:
"The thing that hurts London is that he doesn't act like an idiot every time he makes a tackle," Blache said. "He doesn't bring that attention to himself. He's a football player, not a showman. He takes great pride in his football, and he has great respect for the game. He acts the way a professional is supposed to act, and consequently, it's cost him."
So using that theory, Fletcher hurt himself by never performing dances after tackles. That would've gotten old since Fletcher's the most prolific tackler of this decade in the NFL. As you know, I've taken up the Fletcher cause in the past. He's been remarkably steady with the Rams and Redskins, but he hasn't made the eye-popping plays that we've seen from players such as Carolina's Jon Beason and San Francisco's Patrick Willis this season.
"He is our coach on the field, as far as getting guys aligned, making checks, recognition, calling out offensive sets," Blache said of Fletcher. "The guy is smarter than a lot of assistant coaches that I've worked with."
Blache also took up the cause of defensive end Andre Carter, who is tied for fourth in the league with 11 sacks. Carter and Brian Orakpo have been excellent this season, and Orakpo has earned consideration for the defensive rookie of the year award. But at the end of the day, it's difficult for a 4-9 team to land players in the Pro Bowl. And there's also the perception that Carter's numbers are only up because of the arrival of Albert Haynesworth.
Speaking of Big Al, it's interesting that his name didn't come up in the Post story.