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Lorenzo Alexander will start at LB and play on special teams

The play that established the Redskins' intensity in Sunday's 17-12 victory over Philadelphia came from a likely source: Lorenzo Alexander, who laid out Eagles' returner Jorrick Calvin on a kickoff return.

"As far as the sidelines and everything, I understand what it does," Alexander said. "That's why I try to do what I do on special teams each week, try to make a big play some way, somehow. Get a tackle inside the 20, set our defense up to make something go."

Alexander, though, is now part of that defense. The fifth-year pro started for just the second time in his career against Philadelphia, this one at outside linebacker, where he now plays in Washington's 3-4 scheme. The promotion - which came at the expense of veteran Andre Carter, who nevertheless played regularly on Sunday - is something Alexander has pursued all off-season. The problem, though, is that it could limit his effectiveness on special teams, which is how he forged a place for himself in the NFL. So as Alexander goes forward, there's a bit of a balance he and the coaching staff must seek.

"It's hard to take one of your better players on special teams off because he's starting" on defense, Alexander said. "I still want to be a part of that, and that's why I conditioned in the off-season. I've done that to get myself ready to take on this load, because I came into the season thinking I was going to start and play special teams."

For now, special teams coach Danny Smith has taken Alexander off punt returns, but he remains an essential part of the kickoff, kickoff return and punt coverage teams. Alexander said there is no chance he'll beg for more time off special teams so that he can concentrate on defense.

"No, no, no, no, no," he said. "I've been cut and all that, so I'll never think that I'm above anything to do on the field. You just got to stay humble, because when you think you're better than doing something, then what happens when you're not good at defense? What happens when you're not starting? Then they say, 'Well you can't play special teams no more either.' So you always got to keep your options open."

Through four games, Alexander has been in on 10 tackles. His career high on defense is 23, set last year. He believes that the move to a 3-4 - and away from his old spot as an under-sized 4-3 tackle - has helped him.

"Everything is going my way," Alexander said. "It's been a long time. I just got to keep working hard, because nothing's promised tomorrow. ... But what I've done is open up options, so if a team wants me to play defensive end, I know I can put on some weight and do that.If a team wants me to play linebacker, they know I can do that. I think it just broadens my leverage."

By Barry Svrluga  | October 7, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
Categories:  3-4 defense  
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I know it has been said before, but what a classy guy. This is the type of "anything for the team" mentality that we need on our roster.

Posted by: HokiesSkins | October 7, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Love Lo's attitude. If only AH would look over at this dude to see what a real football player is. Wish we had more players like him!

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 7, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Not sure I like the last paragraph...the term "if A team..." sounds like he's treating it as an audition to play somewhere else. Change that to THE team.

Hope that was not the intent, we need you here for the long haul, Lo!

Posted by: stevek20147 | October 7, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Shanny seems to lyk these 6 ft+ running backs. The Quinn Porter guy may be a diamond in the ruff, b/c the Packers actually lyked him. But placed him on IR. I took a glance at his scouting report and he is listed around the 4.4's in the 40. So he adds some burst.

Posted by: roccoskins | October 7, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

darn, and exactly what order does "Power Rankings" figure into the playoff position tiebreakers?

Posted by: ThinkingMan | October 7, 2010 1:31 PM

It's right after the coin toss tiebreaker.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 7, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey Play, what's your prediction gonna be for tomorrow? Only a NERD would say 24-20.

Posted by: monk811 | October 7, 2010 1:26 PM

I'm still crunching some numbers, reviewing game film, talking to players, etc. I will post my much anticipated prediction by 10am Friday morning.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 7, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Wow, keeping those long hours you just might burn out like Gibbs did. You'd better scale it back some, I'd hate to see you retire from posting 24-20 every game while you are so young.

Posted by: monk811 | October 7, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

.the term "if A team..." sounds like he's treating it as an audition to play somewhere else. Change that to THE team.

Hope that was not the intent, we need you here for the long haul, Lo!

Posted by: stevek20147 | October 7, 2010 1:44 PM
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Maybe he is talking about the A-Team. He could be a huge fan of Face or B.A. Baracus.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 7, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Former Stillman College running back Quinn Porter was recently featured on the front page of the Green Bay Packers website for his compelling journey from a partial qualifier to Stillman cheerleader to all-SIAC first team football selection to training camp with one of the NFL’s most prestigious organizations. From Packers.com:

Dad might have objected more strenuously had he known the moniker his son’s Stillman teammates would stick him with upon joining the team after that redshirt year. On the cheerleading squad, Porter was known as “QP,” but when he migrated to the football team the following year, he became “Pom-Poms.”

If it started as a joke, it quickly became a motivational tool. Not for Porter, but for the first-string defenders he started schooling in practice. Beginning his college career as “a sixth-string wide receiver wearing No. 80,” Porter would hear the defensive guys get on each other every time he caught a pass on the scout team – “Don’t let Pom-Poms do that to you … Can’t have Pom-Poms do that again … Oooh, Pom-Poms has got some game.”

Uh did we really just pick up a former Cheerleader??? not that theres anything wrong with that, does this apply...

Posted by: Stu27 | October 7, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow, keeping those long hours you just might burn out like Gibbs did. You'd better scale it back some, I'd hate to see you retire from posting 24-20 every game while you are so young.

Posted by: monk811 | October 7, 2010 1:49 PM

You're right...this is an easy one...and so you don't lose any sleep tonight waiting on my lock tight prediction...I will give you a sneak peak at half of it...

Redskins 24, Packers ??

Posted by: PlayAction | October 7, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, all Stompy probably sees is some schmo who works too hard for a living.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 7, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Shanny seems to lyk these 6 ft+ running backs. The Quinn Porter guy may be a diamond in the ruff, b/c the Packers actually lyked him. But placed him on IR. I took a glance at his scouting report and he is listed around the 4.4's in the 40. So he adds some burst.

Posted by: roccoskins | October 7, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

40 was 4.58 not 4.4. Just not sure why all this hope for an undrafted RB that had MCL surgery.. Really.. is our team that bad we are making these far out reaches hoping this guy is a "diamond in the rough"?? jesus...

Posted by: ash10 | October 7, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Uh did we really just pick up a former Cheerleader??? not that theres anything wrong with that, does this apply...

Posted by: Stu27 | October 7, 2010 1:53 PM

We can't have this...cut'em.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 7, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Counting cards isn't illegal.. It's frowned upon like masturbating on an airplane.

Posted by: ash10 | October 7, 2010 1:45 PM |
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Yeah, maybe after 9/11, where everybody got so sensitive. Thanks a lot, bin Laden.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 7, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Lorenzo Alexander is soul brother number one of pro football. Man, was that dude a find.

He'll just keep getting better and better, I just wonder how much of our D is going to be 4-3 for the rest of the season? We should stick him in as an LB in nickel packages if he isn't there already.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | October 7, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Dear Diary

I am so excited. Mummy just called downstairs to say (Old) Coach Shanny phoned... he wants me out at Redskins Park... and like now, already, this very afternoon -- if not sooner.

It seems they're auditioning halfbacks... and while I've never played the position myself, he was apparently so impressed with my efforts at playing nose tackle during the pre-season that he says he wants to bring in someone to be a "big, bruising halfback" who can protect Mr. Donovan's blind side and run block for Torain and Sellers.

Coach says they want to get back to playing Redskins football -- by restoring the power to its power running game -- and he thinks I just might be the guy to make it go.

He also says he's fed up to the back teeth with these prissy little, injury-prone prima donnas and is looking for someone who can "put the jock back in the jock strap" (whatever that means) and go out and play some smash-mouth football.

I can hardly wait to show my stuff. Will catch up with you later!

Your BFF

Posted by: Vic1 | October 7, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Uh did we really just pick up a former Cheerleader??? not that theres anything wrong with that, does this apply...

Posted by: Stu27 | October 7, 2010 1:53 PM

We can't have this...cut'em.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 7, 2010 1:58 PM
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Not so fast. Let's see what the kid has to offer in end zone dances before we lower the boom.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 7, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Finally Shanahan made the move to start Alexander and use Carter as pass rushing specialist. This move puts both players on the field at the right time and hides Cater's flaws. Next I would like to see Chris Wilson get more playing time and Devin Thomas just get on the field. Come on Shanahan, Thomas can't be worse than Galloway, Williams and the over praised Armstrong. If Armstrong and Fred Davis had completed the pass plays thrown to them against the Eagles, that game wouldn't have come down to the last second near winning touchdown.

Posted by: JAMNEW | October 7, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Really.. is our team that bad we are making these far out reaches hoping this guy is a "diamond in the rough"?? jesus...

Posted by: ash10 | October 7, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, we are that bad. We trade away all of our mid round picks for old guys so we have no depth. Everytime someone gets injured we have to backfill the roster spot with some 5-6 rounder or some undrafted guy.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 7, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

consider the source, ash, consider the source...

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 7, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm gonna go lower the boom in the bathroom right now.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 7, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"It had nothing to do with money,..."


This line is usually spoken by:

a. crooked, well-know gay preachers on the gag order used to enforce the financial settlement that keeps their lovers from talking to the media

b. athletes leaving one team for the next

c. actors explaining why they chose to perfrom in the summer blockbuster and not the Fall Oscar film

d. the smart college kid who choose medicine over education (our journalism) as a major

e. the arrested john to the undercover cop during the prostitution sting

f. 29 year old babes who marry 66 year old Wall Street bankers

g. high school girlfriends who breakup with their carless, cashless boyfriends

h. wealthy grooms explaining how a pre nup works to their used to be impovished brides

i. Drew Rosenhous to an undrafted athlete he no longer wants to represent

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 7, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

OKAY i got the story, when he was a redshirt freshman he joind the Cheerleader squad to make trips with the team... Still kinda funny.

He had great numbers runing, catching and returining both punts and kicks, but it was all at a DII. So really i guess its just show me what you can do.

It is no lie that the Packers where high on him. He was set to be the #3 behind B Jackson before the injury. The HC was very high on him.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 7, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Finally Shanahan made the move to start Alexander and use Carter as pass rushing specialist. This move puts both players on the field at the right time and hides Cater's flaws. Next I would like to see Chris Wilson get more playing time and Devin Thomas just get on the field. Come on Shanahan, Thomas can't be worse than Galloway, Williams and the over praised Armstrong. If Armstrong and Fred Davis had completed the pass plays thrown to them against the Eagles, that game wouldn't have come down to the last second near winning touchdown.

Posted by: JAMNEW | October 7, 2010 2:06 PM
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Agree with what most of what you are saying. Chris Wilson did get more playing time against Philly. I am not sure of the number of plays but he was in there a lot. I don't think Armstrong is overpraised. He caught one deep and would have had another one if McNabb hadn't let him outside too far. Receivers drop passes. This guy is young and needs the reps. He's got the right attitude. The game's not bigger than him. He just needs the playing time.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 7, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Counting cards isn't illegal.. It's frowned upon like masturbating on an airplane.

Posted by: ash10 | October 7, 2010 1:45 PM |
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Yeah, maybe after 9/11, where everybody got so sensitive. Thanks a lot, bin Laden.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 7, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse


none of us could remember anything from last night. Remember?

Posted by: ash10 | October 7, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

The only WR on that list who i would want is VJAX. And yeah i get what the anti VJax mafia is saying... SD overvalues him (except when AJ Smith has to pay him anywhere near his value), but the guy is big. We need big, not another 5'10" guy.

Carolina Steve is aging quickly (this is the perfect time for Panthers to ship him) and as of today, he has a high ankle that he got in the Superdome last Sunday. Lee Evans is 5'10"... and for the asking price it would take to get him, no thanks, better to roll with what we got for now. Deion Branch?? Ditto. An upgrade, but not worth the price.

BTW, i'm loving SM89 taking it for the team. Opposition is paying all their attention to him.

On AA13 long catch and stumble, SM89 ran a deep in from the right slot that drew the Safety into the middle to cover. AA ran an up and gone and only the lone blade of grass kept him from the endzone. AA= Jacoby Jones.

Now, all we need is SOMEBODY to step the F up and relieve Grampa Galloway of his Kevin Walters' duties. Any chance DT can be hypnotized into not being a complete dumbazz?

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 7, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Anthony Armstrong = Ricky Sanders?

Posted by: PlayAction | October 7, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

none of us could remember anything from last night. Remember?

Posted by: ash10 | October 7, 2010 2:14 PM
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Okay, well maybe we should tell that to Rain Man, because he practically bankrupted a casino, and he was a ri-tard.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 7, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me Haslett has let the AC99 at backer experiment run its inevitable course.

Rak, London, Rocky Mac, Lo Alex and Chris Wilson are the guys at LB.

I'm telling you, the GB line is ripe for an '09 Dline revival meeting in the back field centered on Rodgers.

AH92 collapsing the middle with Rak and AC99 unleashing the speed against the GB tackles.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 7, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

none of us could remember anything from last night. Remember?

Posted by: ash10 | October 7, 2010 2:14 PM
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Okay, well maybe we should tell that to Rain Man, because he practically bankrupted a casino, and he was a ri-tard.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 7, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

It would be so cool if I could breast-feed.

Posted by: ash10 | October 7, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

It would be so cool if I could breast-feed.

Posted by: ash10 | October 7, 2010 2:24 PM
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I didn't know they gave out rings at the Holocaust.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 7, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Breast milk makes the best poop, right Poopy?

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 7, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Now, all we need is SOMEBODY to step the F up and relieve Grampa Galloway of his Kevin Walters' duties. Any chance DT can be hypnotized into not being a complete dumbazz?

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 7, 2010 2:14 PM
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He's got stupid that bleach won't take out.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 7, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Breast milk makes the best poop, right Poopy?

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 7, 2010 2:28 PM
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Well, Cambodian breast milk does. I know that much.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 7, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

It would be so cool if I could breast-feed.

Posted by: ash10 | October 7, 2010 2:24 PM
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I didn't know they gave out rings at the Holocaust.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 7, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse


Hey, you guys ready to let the dogs out?

Posted by: ash10 | October 7, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm so confused.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 7, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey, you guys ready to let the dogs out?

Posted by: ash10 | October 7, 2010 2:32 PM
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We uh, stole it from these dumbass cops.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 7, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

tigers love pepper... they hate cinnamon.

Posted by: ash10 | October 7, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

He's got stupid that bleach won't take out.

Posted by: RedSkinHead


DT's wonderlic was -3; he was drafted so Zorn would have someone to talk to.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | October 7, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I didn't realize people were quoting that flick. I left off at Anchorman or maybe Step-Bros.

..It's the SJKing catalina wine mixer!

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 7, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Male Cheerleader = NERD!

Posted by: monk811 | October 7, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

They've done studies, you know. 60% of the time it works, every time.

Posted by: ash10 | October 7, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Male Cheerleader = Smart NERD!

Posted by: monk811 | October 7, 2010 2:51 PM

Fixed that one for ya monkster.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 7, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

BAXTER!!! Bark twice if you're in Milwaukee.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 7, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

BAXTER!!! Bark twice if you're in Milwaukee.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 7, 2010 2:56 PM

What? You pooped in the refrigerator?

Posted by: PlayAction | October 7, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it San Diego, which of course in German means a whale's vagina.

Posted by: ash10 | October 7, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

BAXTER!!! Bark twice if you're in Milwaukee.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 7, 2010 2:56 PM |

Not that it matters, because it doesn't...but I went to college with the chubby dude in those cat food commercials. Dude was a funny guy.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | October 7, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

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