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Alexander sees special-teams openings vs. Denver

The Redskins have struggled on offense all season and the Denver Broncos suddenly have big problems on that side of the ball as well. Although field position is a key factor in most games, that battle could be even more important Sunday at FedEx Field because of each team's lack of offensive punch.

In last week's 31-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the Redskins did some good things on kickoff coverage in the second half to help spark a rally. They need to keep it going against Denver, Lorenzo Alexander said in this week's installment of "Special Teams Saturday with Lorenzo Alexander."

"We've got to do just like we did last week," he said. "We came out in the second half and really got some things going with some big hits and tackles inside the 20 that helped get us back on track.

"Just looking at them [the Broncos] on film, we have a good chance to do that this week. We match up very well against them. We have a chance to win some one-on-one matchups against them and get some tackles inside the 20."

After a 6-0 start, the Broncos (6-2) have scored a total of 17 points while dropping two in a row. The Redskins (2-6) must make things as difficult as possible on the Broncos' offense, and special teams could help on that front.

"We've been missing some of those tackles the last few weeks to really pin teams," Alexander said. "That's what we have to do: Pin teams back and really make them have to drive a long way on our defense."

As always, the Redskins hope to get their kickoff and punt-return games rolling. "There always returns that could be out there as long as guys ... just trying to hold a block for so long is hard sometimes," Alexander said. "If you can get guys to stay on their blocks just a second longer. That's what makes the difference."

By Jason Reid  |  November 14, 2009; 12:46 PM ET
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Comments

Chicken butt.

Posted by: freakzilla | November 14, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

zo ax says this crap every week, time to walk the walk special teams

Campbell is 7th in comp % just ahead of Brady, and Warner

elite b itches

e l i t e

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 14, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Fire Lorenzo Alexander. If he is in charge of special Teams and has not seen the need to put speed in as your kick and punt returner and he is talking about hold your block for an extra second.

Please, no amount of blocking is going to get Randle El anywhere. And Cartwright isn't fast enough either but he isn't a flatout sucking dud like Randle El.

LarryInClintonMD.

Why does Zorn have to be the one who makes the call on who starts on special Teams.

Boy! Talking about a sorry micromanaging head coach. Whew!

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 14, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Campbell is 7th in comp % just ahead of Brady, and Warner

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 14, 2009 1:23 PM

Campbell is 19th in league with TDs, right behind the two Matts: Hallelbeck and Cassell. 18th in league for number of completions. But, he's 10th in league for number of interceptions.

Posted by: League-Source | November 14, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Why does Zorn have to be the one who makes the call on who starts on special Teams.

Boy! Talking about a sorry micromanaging head coach. Whew!

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | November 14, 2009 1:32 PM |

Huh? Who else should decide this? Not the special teams coach, for sure, because he'd grab a lot of guys like Moss that you don't want to risk getting injured on special teams.

Micromanaging would be if Cerrato or Snyder made this decision.

Posted by: League-Source | November 14, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

who is more likely to make a play on special teams - Rock & El or
Eddie Royal. Advantage Broncos.

Posted by: coparker5 | November 14, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I see an opening to fail in ways heretofore unimagined.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | November 14, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: League-Source
Micromanaging would be if Cerrato or Snyder made this decision.

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They made this decision and all the other dreadful one's to date.

Posted by: hessone | November 14, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

ALEXANDER is one of the bright spots on this team. With his versatility, lets try dropping him of the line and see if he blocks any better than MIKE "WHIFF" SELLERS at fullback.

Posted by: glawrence007 | November 14, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

God, I feel so redundant sometimes.

Posted by: League-Source | November 13, 2009 8:27 PM

What, again?

Posted by: TheCork | November 14, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Campbell is 7th in comp % just ahead of Brady, and Warner

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 14, 2009 1:23 PM

Campbell is 19th in league with TDs, right behind the two Matts: Hallelbeck and Cassell. 18th in league for number of completions. But, he's 10th in league for number of interceptions.

Posted by: League-Source


It' statistical nonsense like this that keep me from geting involved in Fantasy Football. Or rooting for an actual professional NFL team.

Posted by: TheCork | November 14, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness for the Reskins on the Bronco schedule !!!

Now they get to vent all the anger from 2 losses and open a can of WhoppAss on the skinless skins....

Denver 48
Skinless 12

Posted by: truthwilltell | November 14, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Anyone think that Nolan will show a 'vanilla' defense tomorrow?

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 14, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

u know u r in trouble if u r talking about special teams to win you a football game.

Washington used to be a good football team... what happened ?

Portis is not missed in Denver, he had never practiced hard and always has some issue..... Thanks for CHAMP. CHUMPS

Posted by: truthwilltell | November 14, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Portis is not missed in Denver, he had never practiced hard and always has some issue..... Thanks for CHAMP. CHUMPS

Posted by: truthwilltell | November 14, 2009 3:11 PM

Ah, Denver. No oxygen, so their brains work backwards: they judge a Pro Bowl running back by how he practices.

Posted by: League-Source | November 14, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Anyone think that Nolan will show a 'vanilla' defense tomorrow?

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 14, 2009 3:10 PM |

More like a banana split. Dude's gonna have more flavors than Baskin Robbins. At least we got our secret weapon -- Nolan will not only know what play we're calling, he won't even know who's calling it.

Posted by: League-Source | November 14, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Pro Bowl running back is not in the line up is he ?

Portus is a Poser ! a wanna be.

The team of Me

Posted by: truthwilltell | November 14, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Beep Beep!

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 14, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

You think Champ Bailey will be playing? What's he play now, about half the Broncos games? And when was the last time he had an INT? What's he had? Five in the last three years?

Posted by: League-Source | November 14, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you need to pay attention....

So now, Champ can't play? get a clue..

He plays every week, and he plays well.

Posted by: truthwilltell | November 14, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

What I find very interesting is how the line opens at Den - 4.5 and goes to -3.5. Are you kidding me. Why is money going on the Skins. There's something fishy here. I wouldn't bet a whole bunch on Denver here. Just move on to something else, buy a CD.

Posted by: outsourced_in_va | November 14, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Denver will lose:

Broncos 20
Redskins 24

They will need to acclimate to our low altitude.

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 15, 2009 6:58 AM | Report abuse

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