Category Archives: London Fletcher

DMV: We’re Gonna Miss You, LFB

London Fletcher “99 percent sure” he’ll retire. He did good. [Insider]

Fletcher also says Mike Shanahan should be back in 2014. [Insider]

Skins sign RGIII’s ex-Baylor teammate/third-round C. [John Keim]

Keim film reviews Cousins. He is a gift. (Keim, not Cousins.) [Keim]

Looking forward to reading Chris Brown’s RGIII piece. [Grantland]

Learn more about new O’s closer Grant Balfour. [Camden Chat]

O’s trade Valencia for David Lough, who replaces McLouth. [CC]

B-Rob didn’t give O’s chance to match Yanks’ offer. Huh. [BSR]

Wizards beat Brooklyn thanks to Nene and Beal. [Bullets Forever]

Maryland students set the Testudo statue on fire. WHAT [Testudo]

Fired JMU coach Mickey Matthews says goodbye via ad. [JMUSB]

2013 listicle du jour: the best D.C. sports GIFs of the year. [Bog]

DMV: London Got His ‘Bell Rung’

A long look at London’s undisclosed concussion from 2012. [The Insider]

Fletcher’s concussion revelation perfectly tees this column up. [Mike Wise]

Report: The NFL pressured ESPN out of doing a film on concussions. [NYT]

RGIII fined $10k for that silly “Operation Patience” shirt. [The Insider]

Chick Hernandez calling tomorrow’s Skins game for CSN and NFLN. [Bog]

Nats win in 13 at Wrigley after Strasburg lost it in the ninth. [WaPo]

The Nats are trading backup C Kurt Suzuki back to Oakland. [Nats Insider]

These 2013 Nats may not pass the 2011 Nats’ win total. Woof. [Nats Baseball]

“Roger Bernadina in a Phillies uniform is just weird.” [Nats Enquirer]

New Nat David DeJesus could be headed to Tampa Bay. [Nats Journal]

Werth explains his awesome reaction to eephus pitch. [Nats Journal]

Cal Ripken Jr. is interested in managing … the Nats? [CSN Washington]

Caps signed talented Russian F Mikhail Grabovski for a year. [RMNB]

Taking a look at the 2014 free agent class for the Wiz. [Bullets Forever]

Maryland secures 7-1, four-star C Trayvon Reed for ’14 class. [Testudo]

Two eight-foot bullsharks were caught in the Potomac. Whut. [DCist]

Bruce Allen Says London Fletcher Can Play Into His Forties

Bruce Allen met with the media yesterday and some headlines came out of it, namely that the Redskins aren’t changing their name or playing surface. Those are probably the appropriate headlines, but Allen also said this:

London Fletcher has 3 or 4 good years left in him.

I have no idea if Fletcher actually has that much gas left in the tank, but all that matters is that the Redskins do, and that 59 actually wants to play that long. He does turn 38 in May, you know.

If he were to play three or four more years, he’d be retiring at 40 or 41. Forty would tie Clay Matthews as the oldest linebacker in NFL history, 41 would set the record and 42 would tie him with Redskins legend Darrell Green as the oldest defensive player ever.

I think we’d all love to see it happen, so long as he can still play.

London Fletcher vs. Ray Lewis

With Ray Lewis’ announcement that he’s retiring after this postseason, the natural thing to do is assess his standing among all-time great linebackers. He may actually be most comparable to a current great LB, though:

That chart is from the Redskins-Browns games a few weeks back, so it doesn’t include the three games, 30 tackles and two sacks Fletcher has recorded since then. Nor does it account for Lewis’ advantages in Pro Bowls and Defensive Player of the Year Awards. But still.

DMV: London Fletcher Is Falling

Advanced stats say London Fletcher isn’t good anymore. [Burgundy Blog]

A defiant D. Hall says the ref was “equally at fault.” PSGO. [The Insider]

Love the fact-checking of Mike Shanahan that occurs here. [Real Redskins]

Reminder: Skins are wearing these leatherheaded throwbacks Sunday. [TI]

Wiz lose opener at Cleveland. No one scored more than 11. [Bullets Forever]

The highlight was probably this Jan Vesely sequence. [DC Sports Nexus]

Adam LaRoche wins first Gold Glove, Ian Desmond doesn’t. [Nats Journal]

Matt Wieters, Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy win Gold Gloves. [Camden Chat]

A good first-hand account of Ovechkin’s popularity in Russia. [Y! Sports]

Nick Backstrom’s new Dynamo Moscow jersey number is 69. [RMNB]

Five ways to increase student interest in JMU football. [JMU Sports Blog]

DMV: London Fletcher Is The NFL’s Best Tackler For Real

London Fletcher not only leads the NFL in tackles but leads in an advanced stat called Tackle Factor too. He’s also good at tackling. [The Insider]

Advocating for the Redskins to bring Fletcher back. [Jason Reid]

Roy Helu has more rushing yards than any active rookie. [The Insider]

Boz builds a case that Shanahan is all about the draft. [Thomas Boswell]

The Caps have a pretty bad goalie problem right now. [Tarik El-Bashir]

Jordan Crawford recounts his recent dust-up with KG. [Wiz Insider]

The Wizards hard hat is a thing you can buy. [We’re Off to See the Willards]

The biggest contracts in Nats history aren’t very big. [Nats Insider]

Gary Crowton is out, Mike Locksley in as Terps OC. [Testudo Times]

Yet another Terps football player is transferring. [Testudo Times]

Maryland barely beat Florida International at home. [Testudo Times]

Hey, check out the CAA Bloggers Poll. [JMU Sports Blog]

Skins-Cowboys Winners & Losers


London Fletcher — Forced a fumble, picked up a big sack and made like one million tackles.

Rex Grossman — Was pretty awesome (65.8% completion percentage, 7.6 yards/attempt, three total touchdowns), despite a very Rex Grossman fourth-quarter INT.

Jabar Gaffney — Seven catches for 115 yards. Averaging something like 70 yards and 0.5 TD/game started by Grossman.

Donte Stallworth — Came out of nowhere to catch four passes late, including the game-tying TD.

Brandon Banks — Posted 190 return yards, including 97 on three punts.

Roy Helu — Made good on limited time, gaining 35 yards on eight carries.

Chris Nield — Bull-rush sack! Chris Nield sighting!

Sav Rocca — Averaged 49 yards on five punts. I love Sav Rocca.

David Anderson — Made a diving 23-yard catch, capped it off with an odd celebration, which is something he’s known for.

Kyle Shanahan — Went from scoring one touchdown in 37 possessions to scoring three touchdowns in one game.

Miami — They beat Buffalo! Hooray, draft position!

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