According to the Denver Post, the University of Colorado has offered its vacant head coaching position to Washington Redskins tight ends coach Jon Embree.
Embree is in his first season with the Redskins and his fourth in the NFL. He coached at Colorado for 10 years from 1993 through 2001.
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Had lots of fun doing the live blog from FedEx Field last week. Thanks to the large and ever-growing crowd that dropped by.
We have the usual drill this Sunday in the office in front of the Vizio. We'll get going at about 12:45 with kickoff at 1 PM.
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I don't know whether or not Jim Zorn will be back to coach the Washington Redskins in 2010 (and, yes, I know that I'm in a distinct minority in that belief).
I am nearly certain that if Zorn does return he will need to find a new defensive coordinator. The chances of Greg Blache filling that position next year were slim and none and slim left Redskins Park this afternoon.
It was announced today that Blache would no longer answer questions from the media. NFL rules require that coordinators speak with the press at least once a week. The Redskins got permission to skirt that rule by having Blache make an opening statement and then having secondary coach Jerry Gray answer the questions. That arrangement will continue throughout the rest of the season.
The league issued a statement saying, "Coach Zorn explained the situation and we granted approval. Jerry Gray will speak to the media about the defense."
According to Zorn, the arrangement was made for "personal reasons" and that Blache "needed a break" from dealing with the media.
I'm not quite sure what he needs a break from. It's 10 or 15 minutes once a week. The Redskins press corps is fairly tough but far from unreasonable. It's not like he's getting grilled week after week. Other coaches face far worse questioning.
If he needs a break from the weekly "15 minutes of hell" that tells me that he's done. Burned out. Stick a fork in him. It's apparent that he can't take the heat so he's going to get out of the kitchen.
Remember that Blache was going to retire after Joe Gibbs left. Dan Snyder persuaded him to stick around and replace Gregg Williams as the defensive coordinator. Once you make a decision like that at his age (60) you might decide to go back on it for a year or two but it's not a long-term deal.
One might have seen this coming during the preseason when Blache picked a fight with Trevor Matich on Comcast Sports Net. Matich's query about the pass rush was quite rational and there was no reason for Blache to get defensive. At the time it seemed odd to me and looking back at it now it seems to be foreshadowing.
It seems that the only question left to answer is whether Zorn, or whoever the new coach is, will be able to pick his own defensive coordinator.
Update: At 5:21, Ryan O'Halloran reported that he had just seen Blache getting into his car and leaving the facility. Barring some sort of illness or a personal emergency--certainly possibilities--working Spurrier-like hours is not a good sign.
Join us today at high noon for our lunchtime Town Hall Chat. I'll be joined by Harry Covert. He's a writer of some renown:
Harry Covert is a veteran writer and columnist in Alexandria. He’s covered college and pro sports and politics for many years. His articles appear regularly in northern Virginia newspapers and on his website, www.thecovertletter.com. He is currently writing a biography of Alexandria’s basketball legend, Skeeter Swift, former NBA star with the San Antonio Spurs and East Tennessee State University.
Assuming that the Washington Redskins have a need to activate punter Glenn Pakulak by Sunday to give Hunter Smith a chance to rest his groin injury, someone will have to be removed from the active roster.
I think that the move will be to place Anthony Montgomery on injured reserve.
I say this because he again is not practicing due to an injured knee. I can look back on the injury reports but I'm guessing that he has practiced only three, maybe five times since the beginning of the season. Obviously this injury of the lingering variety. It could get better in a few weeks, it could still be an issue in November and December.
On top of that, Montgomery is expendable. The Redskins are well stocked at defensive tackle. Behind starters Albert Haynesworth and Cornelius Griffin there are Kedric Golston and Lorenzo Alexander. In addition, Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn both can slide inside if necessary.
This is not based on any inside information but on a hunch. Should that hunch not come through, the second most likely move is to put Wynn on waivers. He's a veteran so he could not be claimed off of waivers. The Redskins would tell him to stick around town and that the chances are that they will pick him up as soon as Smith's leg heals.