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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/21/2011

Mike Shanahan: Lorenzo Alexander belongs in Pro Bowl

Fan voting for the Pro Bowl has come to a close, and the coaches and player votes will be cast this week. Each of the three tallies count as one third of the final outcome, and the Pro Bowl rosters will be announced next Tuesday.

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan on Tuesday said that although he may not have led the fan votes, special teams captain Lorenzo Alexander deserves a spot on the NFC roster.

Alexander last season made the move from defensive lineman to outside linebacker, and this past offseason spent his time working to increase his speed and explosiveness. It appears to have paid off in the form of increased production on special teams where he leads the team with 18 tackles — 15 of them solo.


Dallas Cowboys punt returner Dwayne Harris (17) is tackled by Washington Redskins linebackers Lorenzo Alexander (97) and Perry Riley. (Toni L. Sandys - WASHINGTON POST)
Alexander — leader of a unit that ranks first in the NFC and second in the NFL in kickoff coverage — tweeted last week that he was in fourth place, but Shanahan believes that the league’s coaches are likely to show the fifth-year pro more respect.

“To be honest with you, I don’t know how he’s fourth because, anybody that really studies special teams, I don’t know how you don’t vote for him to be No. 1,” Shanahan said. “I think if coaches voted, just coaches because they study the tapes, he’d be No. 1. That’s how dominating a player he is. I haven’t seen a guy consistently get double-teamed and go there and make tackles. That just doesn’t happen at this level. People aren’t that physical and he makes those plays every year, at least the last two years that I’ve been around him. It’s really a credit to his preparation and how hard he works and what type of football player he is.”

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