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New Kickoff Rules Hurting Redskins Special Teams Ace

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 21, 2011 – 1:48 pm

Lorenzo Alexander had a pretty good game on Friday night, finishing with a big sack of Colts quarterback Curtis Painter, for a six-yard loss.  However, he was more fixated on his special teams play, and vented his frustrations on Twitter after the game:

Alexander has a right to be upset, after leading the team in 2010 with 20 special teams tackles, complete with a forced and recovered fumble.  So far in the 2011 preseason, he’s been shut out.

“That’s one of the things that I do best around here, especially kickoff coverage,” he explained in the locker room.  “I really hate the rule right now, and we got a great kicker in Graham [Gano].”

So far in two preseason games, the Redskins have kicked off nine times, and have only one return against them.  Gano has consistently put the ball deep, if not out of the returner’s endzone.

“He can put it out of the back of the endzone any time he wants to,” Alexander said with a smile.  “I think I’m gonna have to start paying him to bloop some kicks for me.”

Good to hear that the One Man Gang is focused on all facets of his game, and here’s hoping he gets a chance to deliver hits like this again:

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4 Responses to “New Kickoff Rules Hurting Redskins Special Teams Ace”

  1. By Patrick on Aug 21, 2011 | Reply

    I read somewhere that 90% of luckless this preseason week went into the endzone. Up from 70% last week. Not all of those were touchbacks, but still. This has to affect Banks too. I understand player safety, but try might as well put the ball on the 20 and eliminate KO all together. 1 maybe 2 returns a game seems hardly worth the effort.

  2. By Patrick on Aug 22, 2011 | Reply

    *kickoffs. Not luckless. Stupid autocorrect

  3. By Trent on Aug 22, 2011 | Reply

    If our defense does it’s job, Banks will get plenty of opportunities on punts.

  4. By Justin on Aug 22, 2011 | Reply

    Might as well make them play flag football. They get paid millions to play a game. A game they know could injury them. =\

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