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:
* Using naughty language, a well-known Steelers fan makes fun of Washingtonians and their Caps bandwagon. (KSK)
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."
* SI.com 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 ESPN.com contest concerning the lamest sports banners on the planet. Thanks, Patrick Hruby, for honoring us so.
March 2, 2010; 11:59 PM ET
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