Biggs: Blache breaks silence, defends Snyder vs. Riggins
Greg Blache has not spoken to the Washington Redskins media for about a month as the club received permission from the NFL for the defensive coordinator not to have to face the press.
But Blache couldn’t hold back Thursday morning when he saw the comments made by Redskins Hall of Fame running back John Riggins on Wednesday night on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.” Riggins raised the ante on the YouTube missiles he had been firing at Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, personnel executive Vinny Cerrato and coach Jim Zorn when he made the attack on Snyder personal with the larger platform.
Riggins repeatedly called Snyder a bad person and said “this person’s heart is dark.’’
“It really bothered me the more I sat there at my desk because there has been a lot of criticism about him over the last few weeks,’’ Blache said. “This is a man I’ve known for six years, since I’ve been here. And in the six years, I’ve never seen John Riggins here. I met him once at the Beach Blitz down in Virginia Beach, never seen him in the building. So, to hear such a vicious criticism of somebody I consider not just my employer, but a good friend, bothered me.
“As much as I hadn’t been talking to the media, I felt like this was something I needed to do. Somebody needed to stand up and set this record straight. The comment that was made was ‘a dark heart,’ that’s totally, totally untrue. The problem is the fans don’t get to know Mr. Snyder like we do. They get an impression from things that are written and from things that people say. Let me just tell you something, for a person that’s been here for six years, that’s gone to him for things that I needed in my family, there’s times he’s come to me when he’s heard about issues in my family and offered his assistance, is unsurpassed. He’s one of the most generous, kind individuals you’ll ever meet.
“My wife and I are involved in Hospice and there’ve been countless times he’s come and helped us with issues and stuff with Hospice. To see that and get the feeling that that’s what everyone on the outside is hearing about this person, I decided it was time to come and set the record straight. It’s enough. It really is. We’ve had criticisms from people outside the building saying who Dan Snyder is and who is isn’t. They don’t know Dan Snyder and that’s the problem. Trust me because he and I, we work together. I’m not going to tell you that this is a utopia. There are no utopias in football, and there are no utopias in life. At the same time, enough is enough. Every story, there is one person’s side, another person’s side, and then behind it all there is a third side and it’s the truth.
“I just felt like it was time for somebody to come and throw a little truth out there. We keep hearing these other sides, these other factions, and to be quite candid, the third side, the truth, is that this person, all he wants to do is win. That’s all he wants to do. He will spend his money, he will spend his time, he wants to win, he is here for the people, for the fans, for the Washington Redskins. Nobody pains more when we are unsuccessful than Dan Snyder. There is nobody that cares more about the fans than Dan Snyder. There is nobody that wants to win here, more than Dan Snyder. I just think that its time to put out there, for you guys to understand, that everything that is wrong with this organization is not Dan Snyder.
“It’s so easy for people that have access to the microphone everyday to point fingers and shuffle it on somewhere else. At the same time, I’m in on a ton of those meetings when decisions are made. A lot of the things that are right here, you can’t go back and say its so-and-so’s fault. Just to set the record straight, I just think it was wrong. I wish the best for Mr. Riggins in all his endeavors and whatever that he does. For me, that was enough. For me to wash my face in the morning and to feel like a man, or to talk to my kids about doing the right thing, I needed to come here and make this comment today. I got no other interests in it. I have a contract for next year so it’s not like I’m trying to dig something up and if they send me home, the way coaches’ contracts are written, they have to pay me anyways. Quite honestly, this is unsolicited, but from the heart and something that I thought I needed to do.”
Blache’s comments are not going to make fans feel any better about the 2-5 rut that the Redskins find themselves in right now. It’s simply not going to make following the team any easier for them. However, Riggins’ remarks crossed the line. He went from criticizing Snyder as an owner—an arena where there is endless material these days—to making it personal. Stay tuned to see if Blache has anything more to say about the football team this season.
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