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Fletcher named to all-decade team

Peter King of Sports Illustrated has named his all-decade NFL team and his linebackers are Ray Lewis, Derrick Brooks and ... London Fletcher. Of Fletcher, King writes:

I've got an athlete, Ray Lewis, playing sideline to sideline, and now I'll take a tackling machine to clean up the run game. I gave Fletcher a nickname, the black Seau, he loved back in the Rams' glory days, and he produced like Junior, averaging 140 tackles a year and missing zero games because of injury in the decade. Fletcher edges Zack Thomas, James Farrior and Brian Urlacher not only because of his production but also for his durability and leadership.


By Cindy Boren  |  December 9, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
 
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Most deservedly so. Good job Fletch.

Posted by: outsourced_in_va | December 9, 2009 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Good for LF! Hopefully, this is a sign you're getting the recognition you deserve...PRO BOWL!!!

Posted by: HTTR | December 9, 2009 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Congrats Fletch.... Below for all of you Soups #17 detractors.... Read from Football Outsiders:

The idea that Jason Campbell is a poor NFL quarterback is simply wrong. Campbell has career highs in nearly all stats in 2009 and according to FO advanced stats he has been the 17th most valuable quarterback in the league this year, above David Garrard or Donovan McNabb. He's done that despite playing with a bunch of second-year receivers who have been slow to develop, despite the loss of his second-best receiver (Chris Cooley) for much of the year, despite the fact that the offensive line is a wreck and despite the fact that the Redskins switched play-callers in midseason -- after Campbell already had to learn a new offensive system nearly every single year since high school. His biggest problem is that, as a tall pocket quarterback, he desperately needs protection and a dependable outlet receiver, someone to play the role Ben Coates played for Drew Bledsoe. He doesn't have that without Cooley healthy. If he goes to free agency and signs with a team that already has a good line and a stable coaching situation, he will shock people in 2010." -Aaron Schatz

CLEGG

Posted by: michael_b_clegg | December 9, 2009 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Good for LF.

Posted by: jm220 | December 9, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Read from Football Outsiders:....

His biggest problem is that, as a tall pocket quarterback, he desperately needs protection and a dependable outlet receiver, someone to play the role Ben Coates played for Drew Bledsoe. He doesn't have that without Cooley healthy.....BullSh!t he has Sleepy....

If he goes to free agency and signs with a team that already has a good line and a stable coaching situation, he will shock people in 2010." -Aaron Schatz......

More BS..the only person who'll be shocked is Vinny and he already looks the part..bugged eyed

Posted by: jcnjcnj | December 9, 2009 7:57 AM | Report abuse

"Hopefully, this is a sign you're getting the recognition you deserve...PRO BOWL!"

Redskin Pro Bowlers?

Andre Carter

Brian Orakpo

Hunter Smith

London Fletcher

Rocky McIntosh

pick'em


Moe goes with Fletch and Carter

Orakpo's day is coming.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 9, 2009 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Still disgusted with the FO and owner. Fletcher is a good guy deserving of recognition and its good to see him get some. Keep JC - on a short-term, incentive laden deal. CP costs us either way so no decision until mini-camp or training camp. Given his contract situation, if cut he is incented to sign for a minimal deal (with a team with a great o-line) and have the skins eat the bulk of his salary. Do not believe there is conclusive proof he is washed up. He came into the year with multiple injuries and making sure there are no lasting effects of his concussion is the most important thing at this point. LL has been a disappointment but need would need an experienced FA signee - a solid guy but not a "siperstar" a la Archuleta even if we address via draft. Draft should focus on O-linemen. Given a chance to take a stud LT, the team should not hesitate. And keep boycotting jerseys, home games, trinkets etc. until VC is gone from the team. No coach could win consistently under the circumstances Zorn faces. Believe we are years away form a winner.

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | December 9, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Funny this comes up, NFLN had a stat comparison between Fletcher and Ray Lewis on their Coaches Show, and over the last 10 years their stats are virtually identical. The only difference is that RayRay has been to 9 Pro-Bowls and Fletch hasn't seen one yet. Just goes to show how much the Pro-Bowl is a popularity contest.

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 9, 2009 8:07 AM | Report abuse

"More BS..the only person who'll be shocked (about Jason Campbell)is Vinny and he already looks the part..bugged eyed"


I disagree.

Now that the offense flows through Campbell, it's been more effective.

And folks around the league see that.

The team will franchise tag Campbell.

The team should continue to build around Campbell--this starts by re-affirming before this season's end that Zorn will be the head coach next year.

The team should continue developing the core of Thomas, Campbell, Davis, Kelly, Mitchell to add to the established players Moss and Cooley.

The redskin offense that's been broke for a while is getting fixed.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 9, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

"keep boycotting jerseys"

I love the smell of stupidity in the morning.....

watched some of the Pitt/Oak game last night, and if the Skins don't put some pressure on Gradkowski, he could light it up....Pitt was struggling to get to him sending 5 guys, so pressure needs to be a top priority...

Also watched some of the Wash/NO game, and came away even more impressed with the OL, and with DT...on his first TD, he had a 2nd gear that despite having the angle on him, the defenders couldn't make up ground, I also was impressed with how he's a physical cat, he takes and he gives....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 9, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Now that the offense flows through Campbell, it's been more effective.

And folks around the league see that.

The team will franchise tag Campbell.

The team should continue to build around Campbell--this starts by re-affirming before this season's end that Zorn will be the head coach next year.

The team should continue developing the core of Thomas, Campbell, Davis, Kelly, Mitchell to add to the established players Moss and Cooley.

The redskin offense that's been broke for a while is getting fixed.

Posted by: MistaMoe

I agree with bringing Campbell back next year, and keeping the philosophy on offense in place.

Can't and never will agree on bringing back Jim Zorn. The man is a liability on the sidelines. He can't help himself when it comes to staying out of playcalling.

The progression on offense is in spite of Jim Zorn, not because of him.

The only thing Zorn has proved to be decent at is deriving a gameplan.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 9, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

The team will franchise tag Campbell.


Posted by: MistaMoe | December 9, 2009 8:08 AM


The "Zorn will be back" crap aside, Campbell is only going to be a restricted FA this year so they won't have to franchise him. They need only tender him.

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 9, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

hate to agree with moe but he is right zorn has to stay another year we cant afford to start over with a new system if we keep campbell. our best bet would be to keep everyone here next year as long as the skins keep showing improvement offensively.

p.s. we should still go for a big time tackle in the draft

Posted by: mudman220 | December 9, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Bean, Devin Thomas is going to be from good to very damn good in the league.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 9, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Beepins

Posted by: RedDMV | December 9, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

1 game doesnt make anyone very damn good lets wait and see what he does game in and game out

Posted by: mudman220 | December 9, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I also agree-- No to Zorn, YES to Campbell (too many holes to fill right now and he deserves a chance behind some stability). I remember in 2008 when we started 6-2 and the O-Line hadn't broken down, there were Sportscenter roundtables about "is Campbell finally 'elite'?"

The question is... who do they bring in as head coach next year while not retarding Campbell's growth? I have to think if they're going the "one more year" route, they'll upgrade someone on staff, like Sherm Lewis, and keep everyone else in place before blowing it up.

Put me down as that being my prediction.

Posted by: TDawg1 | December 9, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Zorn is gone, I'm not saying it's the correct move but it's going to happen.

I would go Okung if he's there, if not there are no other OT worth taking that high. Trade back if possible if not take DT, RB, FS.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 9, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

CAMPBELL could settle in to become a solid performer if the o-line allows him to stop with the happy feet syndrome, and if ownership would quit throwing new systems at him practically every year. There is no need to secure a "Quarter-back of the future" at this point, but we all know how DAN SNYDER puts carts before his horses on this team. And of course there's the "bling" factor where SNYDER is concerned. Keeping CAMPBELL doesn't fit the fantasy football mantra DANO usually follows.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 9, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

noone is going to be in place that is here now if we get a high profile coach he is going to want his own people to coach dawg you dont know what you are talking about

Posted by: mudman220 | December 9, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

And I'm still pimping ERIC BERRY with our #5 overall pick. For LANDRY to perform at his best we must have a player who has LaRON's back.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 9, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

We must get our starting LT in FA not the draft. Also in FA, let's get an outstanding OLB on LONDON's left hand and end the BRIAN ORAKPO experiment before he's ruined as a great DE.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 9, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

"If he goes to free agency and signs with a team that already has a good line and a stable coaching situation, he will shock people in 2010."

Yeah right.

He forgot to say: can't throw deep to save his life.

Jason is an average QB, and saying he is 17th in the league is not saying very much. Dude is Charlie Batch part 2.

Too bad London will not be a Redskin next year. They could have wrapped him up for a few more seasons but nooooo. Thanks for everything London, you're a class act!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 9, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Good for LF! Hopefully, this is a sign you're getting the recognition you deserve...PRO BOWL!!!

Posted by: HTTR | December 9, 2009 7:23 AM | Report abuse

I hope that if London Fletcher is voted to the pro bowl, he holds a press conference and announces he will not play in this sham of an all star game. It would get a lot of play nationally, calling attention to the fact that he has never made it--and may be just the kind of thing that he needs to get himself into the HOF.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 9, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

"Hall of Fame"

Posted by: richs91 | December 9, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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