Greg Blache was defensive coordinator of the Redskins in 2008 and 2009 and fielded a top-10 defense both seasons, though his defenses could not sack the quarterback or produce turnovers. Basically, Blache focused on two things -- stopping the run and preventing 50-yard touchdown passes. With some notable exceptions, the defense mostly did those things.
But an image of Blache as a coach unwilling to alter his plans or his defense to suit the talents of his players has been emerging for some time now. The latest ex-Redskin to add to Blache's reputation as a stiff and unyielding authoritarian who wanted his players to behave as automatons on the field is Jason Taylor, a future Hall of Famer who spent a disastrous 2008 with Washington. The Redskins sent second and sixth round draft picks to Miami for the right to rent Taylor for one completely wasted and injury-filled year.