Defensive Reunion

Lake Forest - Greg Blache said a lot of things in his five years as defensive coordinator of the Bears and he didn't pull any punches when he talked with the Chicago media on Wednesday.

Off the bat, Blache was asked if still believed if sacks don't matter.

"If a sack was really important it would factor into the quarterback's rating," Blache said. "You could have a quarterback get sacked five times and it doesn't affect his rating. Incomplete passes affect his rating; interceptions affect his rating, but not sacks. I think it's a very cosmetic statistic. There's guys that go to the Pro Bowl because they have 10 or 12 sacks and they're not necessarily real always good, complete football players."

The Bears finished last in the league in sacks a year ago with 18, which was also the lowest output in franchise history.

Looking back on his days in Chicago, Blache remembers a lot of good despite only have one winning season.

"I enjoyed my five years in Chicago. I had very few dark days in Chicago. The players, I had the neatest group of players ever. Those guys were like part of my family to me. To watch them come in as rookies and to watch them grow and develop to become the players they've become was very exciting for me and very pleasurable for me. Quite honestly, there were very few days in Chicago that weren't good days for me."

Veteran defensive players will have an opportunity to reminisce with Blache when he comes to town this week as the Washington Redskins' defensive line coach-defensive coordinator.

"I have tons of friends there," Blache said. There's a bunch of players there I'd be more than happy to visit with and I'm certain they'll be excited about visiting with me for a little bit. We've had some very close relationships there."

Cornerback R.W. McQuarters said there are certain things he misses about Blache.

"I always said I wished I would have had a tape recorder sometimes when he talked," McQuarters said of the eminently quotable Blache. "A lot of that stuff is old school. You'd hear about something from his grandfather or his uncle or something he learned from reading. You can take some of the oldest guys off the street, and they can tell you something you've never heard before.

"With Blache, that's what it was, especially with the guys being young and coming from different backgrounds. Some of the stuff he would say, I (had) heard it back home in the 'hood from old school, and I kind of understood where it was coming from. Some of the stuff I had never heard before, but it was (still) good." v Blache's caustic wit was often directed at rookies, most of whom he didn't trust on the field in responsible positions. But second-year defensive end Michael Haynes said last season wasn't that bad.

"He treated me as good as any other rookie," Haynes said. "As a rookie I made a lot of mistakes, but now I'm a year older, a year wiser."

At one point, Blache was asked what he thought of a rookie linebacker from last year. Unaware the query came from Lance Briggs, who walked into the media room during the conference call, Blache replied:

"I'm not a real big guy on rookies, I usually don't like rookies because they're still young and wet behind the ears, but he came in and did a good job for us and when he had the opportunity he stood up. He's become a good football player; I'm very proud of him and very happy for him. But you see, that's one of the guys I alluded to. You watch him coming off of campus wide-eyed and then you watch him go and become a real professional and you take great pride in it."

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