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Lorenzo Alexander At Home On The Field

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 11, 2011 – 11:02 am

Whoever said, “Home is where you make it,” would have loved Lorenzo Alexander.  The man who has been likened to a Swiss Army knife and nicknamed the “One Man Gang,” has played in the league for four years at:

  • Two positions on offense
  • Four positions on defense
  • Is the Redskins special teams ace.

Now the man who has done it all, is doing it again, taking his talents to the inside linebacker position.  It should be no surprise that so far, the transition has been pretty easy for Alexander.

“It’s been going great,” he said with a big smile.  “I mean, it’s easy when you have London Fletcher to learn from.  He really helped me in the offseason and during player OTA’s.”

“Coming in here, I was a step ahead of the game because I understood the concepts.”

Alexander has worked closely with the coaches this year to expand his versatility at the linebacker position.  No matter where the team needs him to line up, he’s ready to take the field.

“I’m gonna continue to do my role, and that’s to to do multiple things,” he said.  “I’ll be at outside, inside, y’know, D-line, and special teams of course.  That’s my niche on this team, that’s the role I serve.”

The move from the outside to the inside comes with changes in responsibility and awareness.  Alexander explained some of the technical transitions he was facing inside:

“Your eyes, I mean, obviously your keys are gonna be a little bit different,” he said.  “Now you’re working with a safety on the rope front.  I could be C-gap or front-side-A, depending on what the run is.”

“You just gotta see a lot more and understand, and I guess concepts.  I think my football IQ was shot way up.”

I think mine did too, ‘Zo.

Tomorrow’s game against the Steelers marks the latest opportunity for Alexander to prove his worth out on the field.  This is a situation that he’s always embraced.

“Every game is a big game in the aspect of trying to learn something, especially when you’re trying a new position,” he explained.  “We ain’t game-planning, we’re just gonna run our stuff, get that football conditioning, and then go out there and make some plays.”

“It’ll be a good time to go hit somebody for a change, instead of tagging up on our own guys.”

Alexander is captain of the special teams and right in the thick of the competition at linebacker.  He’s in a good position to have a solid year for the Redskins.

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7 Responses to “Lorenzo Alexander At Home On The Field”

  1. By Zorn Supremacy on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    I had a dream last night that I was at redskins training camp. It was beautiful. Then I saw Malcolm Kelly participating in 11-on-11 drills… that’s when I realized it was a dream.

    BTW, are they practicing today??

  2. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply


    Sad dream, my friend. No practice today. They went through a final walkthrough about an hour and half ago, but no media are privy to that. Guys seem loose around the facility

  3. By WallyG3 on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    We should try him at QB. He’s excelled everywhere else.

  4. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply


    I was told at the beginning of camp that it was an open competition 🙂

  5. By daryl on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Gotta love guys like him. It’s clear why he’s a fan favorite. Players with work ethic like him earn my respect.


  6. By monkeyhouse on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    There is a reason they call him one man gang!

  7. By Edski on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    When does this guy get a replica jersey with his name on it in the Redskins Store? He’s played so many positions and been so versatile for so many years, it amazes me that he still doesn’t get any billing considering he’s a veteran player on the Skins now.

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