Coordinator declares he'll be a 'maverick'
ASHBURN, Va. — Four days after losing to the Lions, defensive coordinator Greg Blache offered a mea culpa that included a vow to no longer be "handcuffed" in his calls.
"I've got to just be a little bit more of a maverick," he said Thursday. "Not necessarily a McCain-Palin maverick, but a Bret or Bart kind of Maverick and be a little bit more of a riverboat gambler."
Whether Blache was signaling substantive change or shielding his players from criticism wasn't clear. Later, coach Jim Zorn made light of the comment.
"He's not going to dress up, is he?" he said, chuckling.
Zorn said wholesale changes aren't necessary even after the Lions loss, which came a week after a 9-7 win over the Rams.
"We're making fine-tune adjustments," he said. "We're not going to reinvent the wheel."
New starter: Reed Doughty will replace Chris Horton at strong safety. The Redskins have allowed opponents to convert 51 percent of third downs, most in the league. Horton's pass interference Sunday in the fourth allowed Detroit to get the ball at the 1. It scored two plays later for a 19-7 lead.