Q & A With Greg Blache

The D-Line is the most injury-ravaged unit on the team, but Greg Blache isn't asking for any pity.

The Redskins defensive line coach met with reporters after practice.

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On all the injuries:

They're part of the job. I don't worry about them I don't fret them. We'll have some guys show up and play, if we're lucky it won't have to be me! We'll have some guys lined up and we'll get after it. We'll make it, trust me.

How about the three starters that didn't practice today?

I don't know, I don't worry about it. I coached the guys that were here today, I'll coach the guys that are here tomorrow, and the guys that show up on Sunday are going to play. Whoever it is, I expect them to go fight, they're going to have to fight somebody. If they don't fight those guys they're going to have to fight me. They're better off fighting the other guys because they just have to fight them for three hours, they'll have to fight me the rest of the year. I'd go fight (the Eagles) if I were them.

Do some of the problems on the long runs have to do with shifting the personnel on the line?

No. (The problem) will catch up with you if you let it. If you keep running fast, even the devil can't catch you.

On the big plays the defense has given up:

That's all in the past. We're not going to worry about that. We game up some long runs over the last few weeks, but that's in our past. If I keep looking behind myself, I'm going to stumble over things in the future. I'm looking at Sunday, I'm looking at Philadelphia, I'm looking to improve on things and play better. We're trying to get into the playoffs, if we spend all of our time looking in the past we're never going to accomplish what we're looking to in the future.

On getting back to fundamentals:

You ask me about the past, I'm not going to get into that. In the future, we're just going to try to get better at everything, at each and every aspect of the football game.

On the focus for the D-line in practice:

What you're trying to do is keep points off the board. That's the main thing; you want to end the game having more points than they do. If they're running the football you have to stop the run, if they're passing the football, you have to stop the pass. If you focus too much on one area, you become slack in a second. We've just got to focus on stopping the things that they do, getting after the quarterback when they're throwing it, tackling the runner when he's got it and hopefully end up with more points on Sunday night.

How do you balance the desire of a guy like Joe Salave'a who wants to play hurt with what may be the long-term good of the team?

I don't make those decisions, those are medical decisions. I didn't study that hard in school. If I had, I wouldn't be standing here talking to you guys. I don't do medical. I coach the guys they give me. If they give me a guy, I coach him. If they don't give me the guy, I can't coach him. I don't go in the training room and coach; if he's on the field I coach him. If a guy's there, we're going to work with him as best we can. If he's not there, we can't worry about it. We'll let you guys worry about it and write about it.

How much admiration do you have for a guy like Salave'a?

I admire my guys all the time. I just told them that on Monday. I'm not proud of my guys just when we win, I'm proud of them for who they are, for the character they have, for their work ethic, for their respect for each other, for their respect for the Redskins. I'm blessed to have a great group of guys to work with every day of the week. I don't take them for granted, but I kind of expect them to have a passion for getting out on the field, to want to help their teammates out. Those are the guys I have in my room and that's why I enjoy going there every day of the week. We always want to win—losing hurts, losing sucks. But, you know what, I can still go in my room and be proud of the people in my room even after a disaster like Sunday because of the people that they are and the way they approach the game. They're special people on and off the football field.

On Philadelphia's running game:

When they run it, they've got a great running back. Westbrook is explosive, he's hard to tackle, he's very elusive. They've had one of the league's most potent offenses year in and year out and they're still in the top seven or eight in the league right now. They're moving the football, they're putting points on the board, and they're what we have to deal with.

Is the preparation different when a team passes about 80% of the time?

Sure, it's different. But at the same time you have to make sure you don't get lulled to sleep running up the field and give up the big runs going the other way. We've got to be cautious, being where we're supposed to be, doing what we're supposed to be doing and getting things accounted for.

Do you expect them to show more balance or continue their current pattern?

I don't know. It's still football. They could do whatever they want to do; they may run it 50 times, they may pass it every down. We can't control that. What we can control is when we line up that we're doing what we're supposed to do. Then we've got a chance, if not, woe is us.

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