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Mr. Blache goes to Washington

Former Bears defensive coordinator Greg Blache had promised he would "land on my feet," as he departed Halas Hall, and he did.<p>

Greg Blache signed a deal Thursday to coach the Washington Redskins' defensive line under Joe Gibbs for $600,000 a year.

Blache will be joined on the Redskins' defensive staff by former Bears linebackers coach Dale Lindsey, who had served as San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator the last two years.

Blache was reportedly offered a chance by the Bears to be considered for defensive coordinator under new coach Lovie Smith, but general manager Jerry Angelo said he never considered Blache for the head coaching job. Blache and the Bears agreed to part ways, and he was interviewed for the defensive coordinator position in Pittsburgh but did not get the job.

Former Bears coach Dick Jauron, now the defensive coordinator in Detroit, had been influential in getting an offer to Blache to become defensive line coach for that team, but he declined in order to join what will be one of the most experienced coaching staffs in the NFL. Almost all of the Bears' former coaching staff has found work elsewhere in the NFL. Offensive coordinator John Shoop will coach quarterbacks in Tampa Bay, tight ends coach Pat Flaherty and offensive line coach Bob Wylie will assist Dennis Green in Arizona, quarterbacks coach Greg Olson joined Jauron in Detroit, wide receivers coach Todd Haley will coach receivers next year in Dallas and special teams coach Mike Sweatman joined Tom Coughlin's new staff with the New York Giants.

New Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera said defensive backs coach Vance Bedford will remain on board, although coach Lovie Smith said he hasn't yet signed to stay. Bedford also has been considered in Detroit and by several other teams.

Other possibilities to remain are assistant defensive line coach Richard Dent and defensive line coach Larry Brooks.

"We're looking at some of the previous coaches to remain on the staff," Smith said. "Really we're talking to all of them right now."


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