Lorenzo Alexander Finds Mike Shanahan’s Pro Bowl Comments ‘Humbling’
ASHBURN – Washington Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said he was humbled by the comments head coach Mike Shanahan made Tuesday regarding the linebacker’s value as a contributor on special teams.
“It’s great that your head coach thinks of you like that,” Alexander said. “Hopefully everybody else around the league respects me as a cover guy and how I play the game. Coaches and players will vote accordingly depending on who they respect around the league, and I think I’ve put some good tape out there to show guys I’m a dominant special teams player.”
The Pro Bowl, for which rosters will be announced Tuesday, grants a roster spot to a player whose contributions have come primarily on special teams. All of Alexander’s 15 tackles have come on the coverage teams. The game, which takes place annually in Honolulu, will be held Jan. 29.
“I think if the coaches voted [for the Pro Bowl] – just coaches, because they study the tapes – he’d be No. 1,” Shanahan said Tuesday. “That’s how dominating a player he is. I haven’t seen a guy get consistently double-teamed, triple-teamed and go down there and make tackles. That just doesn’t happen at this level. People aren’t that physical, and he makes those plays every year, or at least the last two years that I’ve been around him. It’s truly a credit to his preparation and how hard he works and the type of football player he is.”
The 6-foot-1, 275-pound Alexander, in his sixth season out of California, started 12 games for the Redskins a year ago but was replaced at outside linebacker by rookie Ryan Kerrigan, a first-round pick in April.
“He’s a heck of an athlete,” defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. “He’s a guy that can play almost any position. … We’re going to continue to find ways to get him on the field and help us in situations. But I think he took [the demotion] as a pro. He’s a guy that started almost the whole season and then to be moved back to really the No. 3, [No.] 4 position, and just the plays – he’s always positive. He’s always upbeat. He’s a great guy, a heck of a football player, great special teams player and a guy that can help you on defense.”