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Fletch Gets a Hug

If anybody in the NFL deserves a shot at playing in the Pro Bowl, it”s him. Even if it is because Matthews is heading to the Super Bowl, his hard play shows he is still worth of the distinction and probably not ready to retire just yet.

Last year Fletcher led the Redskins in tackles, with 188 (135 solo) and 2.5 sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and a career-high three fumble recoveries. He is also tied with Ronde Barber and Peyton Manning for the longest consecutive games played streak at (208) and the longest consecutive starts streak among active linebackers by 71 games over Dallas’s Bradie James (96).

He”s the hardest working linebacker in football business and will be 36 in May. He led his team in tackles for a 12th straight season and ranked seventh in the league, reports Jason Reid, of The Washington Post. “I can still play at a high level. I have not lost my desire to compete, and that”s one of the things I pride myself in,” Fletcher said. “As far as the organization goes, we”ll cross that bridge when it comes.”

The organization is not ready for any type of distinctive accolades just yet. I”m frustrated for great Redskins players who leave their hearts out there on the field every week and have to come off the field to battle a dysfunctional front desk. I”m also tired of looking backwards, but Shanahan”s presence so far hasn”t amounted to much but to turn this organization from a laughing stock into a soap opera full of uncertain leading men like Haynesworth and McNabb, plus a supporting cast of countless others.

So who do we believe? The Inside Slant on Fox News talk about the numbers: “Were the Redskins better under ballyhooed coach Mike Shanahan in 2010 than they had been under derided predecessor Jim Zorn in 2009? Not by the numbers. Shanahan”s team finished 18th on offense, 31st on casino spiele defense, 25th in scoring and tied for 21st in scoring defense. Zorn”s team was 22nd on offense and 10th on defense, 26th in scoring and 17th in scoring defense.

True, Shanahan”s team won two more games than Zorn”s — six to four — but if not for a holding call on Dallas” Alex Barron that wiped out a last-minute Cowboys touchdown in Week 1 and Green Bay”s Mason Crosby — 9-for-10 otherwise from 40-49 yards — missing a 48-yard field-goal attempt, Washington would have repeated its awful 4-12 record of 2009.”

I don”t like comparing the two and I”m not saying we should have given Zorn another shot. Maybe Shanahan is the answer, but I do think the real problem is at the ownership and sometimes we just have to face the fact — just because you have money, doesn”t mean you have the Midas Touch.

Anyway, there”s no way the Redskins locker room can be full of this much drama two years in a row and this should open up a couple of spaces for people who really want to step in and play hard…at least I hope so for Fletcher”s sake. Let”s hug it out.


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2 Responses to “Fletch Gets a Hug”

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  2. jojoe , va beach says:

    Hez due WAY MORE , hiz stats prove that , and shanny betr draft a Qb , EVERY TEAM needs a Qb , then work ur way down , and get sumone with sum wheels on’em , a mobile Qb is so hard to defend.

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