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Blache Moves to Top Spot On Defense

Greg Blache will head up the Redskins' defense next season. The team promoted him to the top spot on Saturday.

"Greg Blache is an outstanding coach with deep experience," Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder said. "Players respond to him, and his co-workers respect him. He has our full confidence."

Blache was listed as the Redskins' defensive coordinator-defensive line coach the last four seasons. But he worked under assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams.

Now it's Blache in charge.

Williams was released by the team on Saturday.

"Greg Blache has done a great job for us these past four seasons and is an outstanding coach with the respect of the entire staff and players," former Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs said. "He is certainly a key figure in keeping the continuity of the organization."

Blache, 58, has been in the NFL for 21 seasons as a defensive coach, serving with the Redskins the last four years.

His defensive line showed marked improvement last year, particularly with the growth of young linemen Anthony Montgomery, Kedric Golston and Chris Wilson.

Blache joined the Redskins in 2004 after five seasons as the Chicago Bears' defensive coordinator.

His defenses have earned a reputation--with statistics to back it up--as solid and aggressive.

In Washington, he shares credit for the defensive unit being ranked in the NFL's top 10 for three of his four seasons.

In Chicago, Blache's defenses were also regularly ranked in the league's top 10. During his tenure, the Bears forced 138 turnovers, including 37 in 2001. Chicago's defenses accounted for 13 touchdowns under Blache, including four in 2000 and five in 2001.

The 2001 season was Blache's best in Chicago. He molded the Bears' defense into one of the elite units in the league.

Chicago allowed just 203 points in 16 games, or 12.7 points per game, and his run defense finished second in the NFL and first in the NFC, allowing just 82.1 yards per game. The unit allowed only three rushes of 20 yards or more all season.

Blache broke into the league in 1988. He began his professional career as defensive line coach for the Indianapolis Colts for five seasons, and then he held the same position with the Green Bay Packers for six years.

He began his coaching career as a defensive assistant at his alma mater Notre Dame in 1968 after suffering a leg injury that ended his playing career.

Following his graduation in 1971, he stayed on as a graduate assistant and then as an assistant coach for four seasons.

In 1976, Blache joined Tulane's staff where in various seasons he coached the offensive line, outside linebackers and defensive backs.

He returned to Notre Dame in 1981 to coach the running backs. Later, he coached the defensive line and linebackers.

He was defensive line coach for the USFL's Jacksonville Bulls for 1984-85, before returning to college to coach at Southern University and Kansas for one season each.

A New Orleans native, Blache and his wife Lynn have six children: Greg Jr., Jennifer, Christopher, Sarah, Corrine and Matthew. They live in Leesburg, Va.

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