Biggs: Blache retires in D.C.

The Washington Redskins conducted a richly deserved retirement ceremony today for offensive line coach Joe Bugel, considered one of the original members of the Hogs, and a 32-year coaching veteran.

With no fanfare, another member of the staff made retirement official as defensive coordinator Greg Blache told the National Football Post he is walking away from the NFL after 22 seasons. He declined further comment. The Redskins hired Jim Haslett as their next defensive coordinator on Tuesday and are expected to transition to a 3-4 scheme this next season.

The Redskins had one of the league’s best scoring defenses the past two seasons under Blache, who served as the club’s defensive line coach prior to that.

Blache was lured out of retirement once by the Redskins after Joe Gibbs’ retirement following the 2007 season. The team sent owner Daniel Snyder’s private jet to Wisconsin to retrieve him for a second stint after Gregg Williams departed.

Blache stopped talking to the media back in October, and had a late-season clash with defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

He previously served as the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears for five seasons and had stints as a line coach in Indianapolis and Green Bay.

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