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Lorenzo Alexander wants to draft a lineman

A lot of Redskins players will be asked how their team should use its No. 4 draft pick between now and draft day. Not a lot of Redskins players will react with the sort of honesty Lorenzo Alexander did during a recent appearance with Chris Russell and Rich Campbell on 106.7 The Fan.

"I just know our O-line needs to be solidified," Alexander said, via Campbell's blog. "And getting a tackle with that high of a pick, like a Chris Samuels-type of player...a guy that could be his future replacement would be awesome. Guys like that are critical to protect your backside. I mean, if they draft a young [quarterback] and our O-line is not protecting him, he's going to get back to being just like Jason [Campbell]. You might ruin his career. I mean, I definitely would start with the O-line. D-line and O-line know that games are definitely won in the trenches, so you've got to start to build your team inward [to] out."

If Alexander's trying to increase his local approval rating, that was a pretty good start. Other things that happened:

* Sidney Crosby makes the cover of Sports Illustrated. Is that statement enough to attract Penguins fans in the comments? (Via @NHL)

* Using naughty language, a well-known Steelers fan makes fun of Washingtonians and their Caps bandwagon. (KSK)

* John Feinstein responds to Michael Wilbon's profane anti-Feinstein bravado by really removing his gloves:

When Abe Pollin fired Jordan several years ago Wilbon was one of many in Washington who ranted against him for doing it. Pollin's decision was proven correct when Ernie Grunfeld came in, hired Eddie Jordan as coach and rebuilt the Wizards into a playoff team--four straight years--before Gilbert Arenas's injuries and stupidity brought the team down again. When Pollin died, instead of simply writing the words, 'I was wrong,' about Pollin's decision (hell, we all get it wrong sometimes; I thought Tiger would be playing golf this month) he went off on some tangent about how it was a shame Abe never forged a better relationship with Jordan. Come on Mike, you're better than that.

Can't wait for the next installment.

* A pictorial representation of Alex Ovechkin's camera incident, from Alex Ovejtkin.

* Bruce Boudreau is "a man's man," and also the most popular coach in Hershey hockey history. (CSN Washington)

* DCist reports that Matt Bradley's nickname is now "Mr. Offense."

* Eric Fehr has a blog for CSN Washington. It's called "Fehr Factor." Have I always pronounced his last name incorrectly? I would have called it "All's Fehr..." or maybe "Fehr Card," or maybe "Fehr and Foul," or maybe "State Fehr," or maybe "My Fehr Lady," or maybe "Fehr Thee Well," or maybe "Fehr Market Value." I wouldn't have thought of "Fehr Factor." Either way, glad to see him blogging.

* And Nats pitcher Craig Stammen is on Twitter, @cstammen35.

* Big League Stew produces a massive amount of Nats coverage: arguing that Jim Riggleman is possibly the buffest MLB manager, that Collin Balester wins the offseason facial hair contest, and that Adam Dunn looks awesome tossing a medicine ball.

* Quoth Deadspin, "Free Strasburg."

* says Jason Marquis will be worth "3-plus wins" this season.

* John Hollinger and Chad Ford write that the Wizards have the second-gloomiest future in the NBA, and that "bumbling GM Ernie Grunfeld....must be wondering what he has to do to get himself fired." Thanks to Wizards Extreme, and wow.

* Photos of Nick Young, JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche at The Park on Fourteenth from the weekend, via D.C. Fab. Needless to say, if Blatche produces like this, he could be Seven-Night Dray and no one would mind.

* Darrell Green on the dynasty years, via the Orlando Sentinel:

"Everybody was on the team together for years. We didn't trade people and we watched more babies born, more weddings in 11 years. I was with Joe Gibbs for 11 of I think his 13 at the beginning. So we were a strong team. We weren't a bunch of superstar prima donnas, just a bunch of hard-working, blue collar guys. All the wins were special for all of us and nobody outshined anybody else."

* Darrell Green on his recent 40-time, via the Skins Blog:

"I did it because I was free to do it. I live in America and I can do what I want to do, and I woke up that morning and wanted to do something fun and special -- not necessarily for the fans, but for me. It was just something I wanted to do, and I did it. It was pretty fascinating; we put it on Twitter, and people kinda went wacko and bonkers over it."

* I keep forgetting to mention this, but my friend and former neighbor Dave McKenna has guaranteed that the Redskins won't draft Sam Bradford, because that would lead to too many questions about the team's nickname to a guy who's extremely popular with some Native Americans. That was something of a topic at the Combine, where one writer called the Bradford/Skins question the dumbest of the Combine. Rad more from Sports By Brooks.

* The Mystics' Attendance Championship banners inspire an contest concerning the lamest sports banners on the planet. Thanks, Patrick Hruby, for honoring us so.

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 2, 2010; 11:59 PM ET
Categories:  Caps , College Basketball , Media , Mystics , Nats , Redskins , Wizards  
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Lorenzo Alexander knows what he's talking about. I hope the Redskins draft an offensive tackle @ #4.

Posted by: RedCherokee | March 3, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

If you're talking about a "future replacement" for Chris Samuels, the future is now.

Do it, Redskins. Draft the best O lineman in this class. Do it.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 3, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

i hope the redskins draft tim tebow and the franchise dies a slow painful death

Posted by: formerlylove1 | March 3, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

I had a dream last night that I was at the WAPO cafeteria. Mike and Tony were both cleaning up people's trays as apparent punishment for their recent columns / words. Tony seemed very much the class clown who wasn't suprised at what he was doing. Wilbon acted a lot like a jock that felt like he was above doing kitchen work (although he was about 20 lbs slimmer).

So congratulations Dan, (and maybe mister irrelevant?) for invading my subconscious.

Posted by: trousers | March 3, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I love how the picture of Cindy is of the breakaway he choked on in the 3rd period. Words cannot describe the hatred I have for that man.

Posted by: nford2 | March 3, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

John Feinstein can't deal with anyone who might have a different opinion. When Feinstein can't convince someone who differs with him that he is right, he ridicules them personally. Then when he called out on what he said, he says he was just joking. Feinstein has had some problems with alot of famous people. Is he jealous or does he have an inferiority complex? John Thompson, Mike Wilbon, Tiger Woods....Hmmmmm, just joking John!

Posted by: JAMNEW | March 3, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

My Fehr Lady! That's gold, Dan, pure gold. (I LOLed. Or at least snickered... )

Posted by: duffin_j | March 3, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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