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Posted at 1:12 PM ET, 12/30/2010

Lorenzo Alexander wins Walter Payton Award

By Jason Reid

Lorenzo Alexander has had many roles during his time with the Washington Redskins. On Thursday, the versatile player welcomed another: Redskins 2010 Walter Payton Man of the Year.

Alexander received the award, presented to one player from each NFL team, that recognizes community service as well as standout play. Inside linebacker London Fletcher was the Redskins' 2009 recipient.

General Manager Bruce Allen presented the award before practice at Redskins Park. Alexander said he was humbled by the honor because it signifies that he has helped others.

"Well, this is my first time up here [at the lectern], so it's pretty cool to be up here getting this award," Alexander said. "Following London Fletcher, who got it last year, I'm just very humbled and excited to receive this.

"God has blessed me way beyond what I deserve, and just to be able to give back to my community, the fans of Washington, D.C., and in Oakland, is just a blessing. I'm just glad to do it and continue to do it even after I'm done playing."

Alexander will receive a $1,000 donation for his A.C.E.S. foundation. Three finalists will receive an additional $5,000 and be invited to the Super Bowl in Dallas, where the league-wide winner will be announced on the field before kickoff at Cowboys Stadium. That player will receive a $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice.

In his fourth season with the Redskins, Alexander, who began his career as a defensive lineman, has played a variety of positions, including guard, tight end, fullback, defensive tackle, end and outside linebacker. In anticipation of the shift to a 3-4 base defense, the coaching staff moved Alexander to outside linebacker during the offseason.

After beginning the season as a backup at left outside linebacker, Alexander supplanted former starter Andre Carter in Week 4. In 15 games, including 11 starts, Alexander has been credited with 53 tackles, 29 of them unassisted. He also has 1 ½ sacks, two forced fumbles and two passes defended.

Despite his increased workload on defense, Alexander, a reserve his first three seasons, has continued to set the tone on special teams. Washington's special teams captain has been a force on kickoff coverage, producing many highlight-tape tackles.

Although the Redskins have struggled in their transition to the 3-4 and rank last in the NFL in total defense, Alexander believes they are on the right track under Coach Mike Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.

"I've been around here for a while now and only been in the playoffs once, and I think the chemistry is starting to change," he said. "Talking to guys, as far as playing the defense, I think it's moving in the right direction, figuring out how to play the 3-4.

"I think they're getting the right guys in here in the right mind-set so we can move forward and win. That's all we really want to do, is just win. And I think we're on the right track to do that."

By Jason Reid  | December 30, 2010; 1:12 PM ET
Categories:  Lorenzo Alexander  
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Lorenzo is a "core" Redskin!


Clegg

Posted by: michael_b_clegg | December 30, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

From Zeke's Perspective:

Still, this team is crumbling away. Why Moss, Rocky or Rogers would stick around is beyond me. (as long as we compensatory picks, that's fine with me - let the rebuild begin!)

Among the guys who have had quality careers that won’t be here much longer: Portis, Fletcher, McNabb, Sellers, Buchanan, Daniels and I’m sure I’m forgetting someone. (again, addition by subtraction - thanks for all you did, but it's time to get younger and free up cap space in the process)

Even newcomers like Jammal Brown and whoever our backup QB is these days aren’t locked in. (Grossman will be back for a reasonable deal, and Beck as well, if they decide they want to keep him - those guys aren't going to be enteraining lots of offers from elsewhere. I have't studied J. Brown enough to know if we want him back, but if he can be signed to an cap-friendly extension, and I think he could be, then it probalby makes sense to do so).

Posted by: PDXskin | December 30, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

God has blessed me way beyond what I deserve, and just to be able to give back to my community, the fans of Washington, D.C., and in Oakland, is just a blessing. I'm just glad to do it and continue to do it even after I'm done playing."


Awesome attitude. Just awesome.

I'm rooting for you, big guy!

Posted by: Alan4 | December 30, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"Alexander received the award, presented to one player from each NFL team, that recognizes community service as well as standout play. Inside linebacker London Fletcher was the Redskins' 2009 recipient."

Congrats and well deserved..

Love LoA, BUT he's not a OLB. This latest slip up by Jason Reid is probably the next experiment...Move him to ILB (Levon Kirkland) where he won't be exposed as much in space. Sadly his best position to date is Special teamer and coming off the bench.

Aubrayo Franklin is a FA. He signed his tender in August, not an extension.

And for the love of the 8lb baby jesus...4thFloor stop with the Cooley is worth a 2nd and 5th and Cam Newton nonsense. Thanks in advance.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 30, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Barnes seems kinda micro for a FS, but we all know he can hit..Here's hopin' he can cover..

"That didn't happen, and whether you say it's due to lack of leadership, poor accuracy/decisions, or failure to grasp of the system, all those eventually fall back on McNabb's doorstep."

Didn't have anything to do with the new zone-blocking scheme (which got Lichtenstein inserted) and generally poor play from the o-line, particularly against NFC East staple strong pass-rush?? Selfish Post muckrakers bedamned, McNabb didn't get a fair shake this year..

Posted by: frak | December 30, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Love Lo Alexander...any recognition he gets is well deserved.

And thanks for all the well-wishes, RI...everything's good on this end so here's to a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

(...and that the prosperity trickles down to our Redskins as well...)

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 30, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Didn't have anything to do with the new zone-blocking scheme (which got Lichtenstein inserted) and generally poor play from the o-line, particularly against NFC East staple strong pass-rush?? Selfish Post muckrakers bedamned, McNabb didn't get a fair shake this year..

Posted by: frak | December 30, 2010 1:40 PM

Hey Frak, in the first part of my post, I acknowedged that the O-line was bad, receivers were bad, etc. I personally thought it was a mistake to trade for him when the team was in rebuilding mode, but they rolled the dice to see if McNabb was a good fit for their system and the situation.

If they've decided it isn't a good marriage after all, then it's time to move on (for both parties). If we can trade him, at least we would recoup some of our draft pick investment.

Posted by: PDXskin | December 30, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the latest release from Wikileaks explains a lot:


***** TOP-SECRET *****


June 23, 2010

Redskins Park
Ashburn, VA

Eyes only: Belt-buckle (aka you, big guy, Danny Boy, the DS'ter, the little giant [sorry--I know that riles you up, grin grin])

From: VC (who loves ya, babe--gone but not forgotten)

Since you asked, here's the plan, my man Dan. Right now I'm toast in DC. I can't come back no matter how much you miss me. The riggo-head flippin' fan base blames me for everything. Stupid ingrates.

But here's how we turn this pile of horse doo-doo into an action-jackson plan that'll have me back and you hoisting, the Lombardi before you can say Six Flags.

1. You promise Mr. orangeskin (what a blowhard control-freak--doesn't he make you angry, boss?) $25 mill on the downlow to tank this year. Do it double-deep, with a long-term promise to take care of his son.

2. Offer his son $10 mill to tank the offense, pick a fight with DM-5, get arrested for DUI, whatever.

3. Offer Donovan $20 mill to do his own part. He's gonna hate playing to lose, but make it worth his while. Promise him a coaching position, a mentor relationship--hell, tell him you'll get a DC high school named after him.

4. Make sure we lose to Dallas the second go-round. If you gotta pay the holder to drop the critical point after, hey, that's a cheap hundred grand as the going rate, I hear.

All of this sets up he-who-must-not-be-named (initials BA, hee hee) as the fall guy. And when he falls, guess who rises up?

Yep, me, boss and dearest of friends! I'll come back and I'll make sure you get all the credit when we put the pieces back together the next year.

So, anyway, here's nod and a wink that it all comes out like we plan it too, boss. Happy 2010 season!

Posted by: farstriker | December 30, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Who do the Skins players think should be drafted with the high picks?

Fred Smoot, last year:

"Fat boys wins my game. I know football, and in December, in the playoffs, fat boys win. Whoever's got the best fat boys is gonna win, so I'm gonna collect fat boys. I can find Fred Smoots -- not a dime a dozen, but I can find cornerbacks that can make plays. I can find that. I can't find a big boy that can push this line for four quarters."

McNabb this year:

"To be in their shoes, I'm sure, is probably tougher than to be in my shoes," McNabb said. "And I'm only going by what I've seen and what I've been a part of. You have to start up front, on the defensive line and offensive line. That's where you have to start....You know, you fill in guys outside: the receivers, the linebackers, the safeties, whatever it might be. You fill in [with] the later picks."

Posted by: Alan4 | December 30, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Alan4 | December 30, 2010 1:56 PM
=======
true..
to run the shanny zone blocking schemes.. you need the need those fast little fat boys on the line.. the schlerths, bostics and runyan molds..
However, has Shanny ever beaten an NFC Line with lightweight zone blocking personnel with any QB other than Elway?

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | December 30, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Barnes made a few nice plays last week. But maybe he's not ready to take over that starting FS spot just yet.

http://www.twitvid.com/HLFJH

Posted by: MrChip1 | December 30, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the latest release from Wikileaks explains a lot:

Posted by: farstriker | December 30, 2010 1:55 PM |

farstriker = vic1

Posted by: beep-beep | December 30, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to a good guy.

Posted by: wireman65 | December 30, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

If they've decided it isn't a good marriage after all, then it's time to move on (for both parties). If we can trade him, at least we would recoup some of our draft pick investment.

Posted by: PDXskin


Let's see Rex (or ANY other QB for that matter) perform well after being hit as many times as McNabb did this year..McNabb was far and away the most hit QB in the league when he was asked to step down..I don't think the Shanny's had any idea of the impact switching to a more "zone-blocking" scheme would have on pass protection, particularly in the NFC East..He is INJURED because of the transition, and they mercifully spared his life by benching him..Hopefully we keep him for next year (Now DIG at that wounded tooth, Post, dig and dig at it, TILL IT POPS OUT, muckraking d*cks..)

Posted by: frak | December 30, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Barnes made a few nice plays last week. But maybe he's not ready to take over that starting FS spot just yet.

http://www.twitvid.com/HLFJH

Posted by: MrChip1 | December 30, 2010 2:09 PM
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To Barnes defense, in that video, he looked like he froze because of all the recent ambiguous protect-the-QB penalities.. But, nonetheless, I'll see you that non-tackle and raise it with another worst Skins non-tackle because it directly cost us a win.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE7ZBTvrtIA

Posted by: reader51 | December 30, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

farstriker = vic1

Posted by: beep-beep | December 30, 2010 2:13 PM

Hey Beeps

Nope. Note me. Farstriker has his own style and handle. And props to the Dude for his own brand of originality.

Not that I don't have a few conspiracy theories of my own involving the Midget Megalomaniac and Vinny Bugeyes... but they generally play to the tune of some dusty saxaphone -- and look a lot like a grainy reprint of some seedy porno flick from the early 70s.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 30, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Lorenzo! a hardworking player indeed.

if Haslett is going to keep the 3-4 defense they should move him to ILB with Fletcher and either put Rob Jackson, Perry Riley, Robert Henson (if healthy) or draft a young player in the later rounds to compliment Orakpo at OLB. Keep Carriker at DE, Bryant on NT and another good DE. The defense needs to get younger and faster as well as the offense

Here's to another crappy season under that midget Snyder!

Posted by: datruth21 | December 30, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I also think Alexander would be a better fit at ILB. We may get to see him play there if the Skins do not resign McIntosh.

Posted by: siris | December 30, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MrChip1 | December 30, 2010 2:09 PM
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wow...what a whiff...he didn't get chipped or nothing...

Posted by: BootneyFarnsworth | December 30, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that figurehead GM presented the award. But I guess he has to do something now, don’t he?

And here we thought Little Dandy was the team's head philanthropist and lead proponent for community service.

So does this award would cost Dandy some bonus bucks, or what?

Frankly, a $1,000 award isn’t that much now, is it? Especially in view of all Alexander does both on and off the field.

And we won’t even mention that Dandy usually wouldn't even give a second thought to burning a K-note to light Clinton’s cigar.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 30, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I'll see you that non-tackle and raise it with another worst Skins non-tackle because it directly cost us a win.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE7ZBTvrtIA

Posted by: reader51 | December 30, 2010 2:30 PM |

I was as steamed that D. Hall missed that tackle too, but that did not "directly cost us a win". The Skins were down 3 with 1:55 on the clock. It enabled Carolina to kill the clock w/o having to punt to us, but supposing the Redskins were going to tie or win is a stretch.

Posted by: MColeman51 | December 30, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 30, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

...and Donovan wins the Humiliation Award!

Posted by: JohnWWW | December 30, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

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