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Blache, Zorn Named Redskins Coordinators

The Washington Redskins have named veteran defensive coach Greg Blache to lead the team's defense and Jim Zorn as his counterpart on the offense.

The team also released their predecessors, Gregg Williams and Al Saunders.

"I want to thank Gregg and Al for all they did for the team," Team Owner Daniel M. Snyder said. "In particular, during our most difficult time last year, they both helped hold the team together as we kept moving forward. I am confident they will continue to be successful in the years ahead."

"Greg Blache is an outstanding coach with deep experience. Players respond to him, and his co-workers respect him. He has our full confidence," Snyder said. "We're counting on Jim to continue Jason Campbell's growth, while moving our offense forward."

"The process of selecting a new head coach continues, although no hire is planned until after the Super Bowl so as not to distract from the Championship game as well as to keep open all our options," Snyder added. "We are on track with our interviews, but in the interim we also are filling our coaching positions and re-signing several existing staff members.

"During our interviews with prospective head coaches we heard time and again how highly respected some of our 2007 assistant coaches were and who they would select to fill out their staffs. That intelligence is helping guide our hiring decisions."

Blache has been in the NFL for 21 seasons as a defensive coach, serving as the Redskins' defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for the past four seasons.

Zorn joins the Redskins from the Seattle Seahawks, where for the past seven seasons he served as quarterbacks coach for the team that launched his professional career as a player and as a coach.

Blache joined the Redskins in 2004 after five seasons as Chicago's defensive coordinator. In both cities his units earned a reputation-- with the statistics to back it up--as solid, aggressive forces.

At Washington, he shares credit for the defensive unit being ranked in the league's top 10 for three of his four seasons (8th, 9th, 3rd). The story was similar in Chicago, where Blache's Bears defense was a consistent hard-hitting group, regularly being ranked in the League's top 10.

Zorn joined the Seahawks as quarterbacks coach in 2001, 25 years after he was the team's first starting signal-caller when the franchise was founded in 1976, and was named NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year.

He led the Seahawks for nine seasons and currently is honored in the team's Ring of Honor. He is credited with the development of current Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and the team's regular high ranking in League offensive statistics, as well as Hasselbeck's personal Pro Bowl-level performances.

Zorn joined the Seahawks after holding the same position with the Detroit Lions for three seasons after breaking into the League as an offensive assistant with the Seahawks in 1997.

Prior to becoming a professional coach, Zorn spent eight seasons in the collegiate ranks, two as quarterback coach at the University of Minnesota, three as Utah State's offensive coordinator, and three as an offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach at Boise State.

Blache began his professional career as defensive line coach for the Indianapolis Colts for five seasons, and held the same position with the Green Bay Packers for six years after breaking into the League in 1988.

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 he 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, followed by 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.

Blache and his wife Lynn have six children. Zorn and his wife Joy have four children.

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