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Washington Redskins middle linebacker London Fletcher is playing the best football of his career, according to defensive coordinator Greg Blache. This is noteworthy for two reasons: Fletcher is a 12-year veteran and Blache doesn’t speak with the media anymore. In addition to his current defensive coordinator, Fletcher also received support from Matt Bowen, a former teammate.
For a person who doesn’t speak with the media, Blache is actually in the news a bunch this week. He also took time to show some love to Redskins rookie Brian Orakpo. “I was not as big an Orakpo fan as Vinny [Cerrato] and our scouting department initially. Once we got him, though, I fell in love with him because of his maturity, because of his work ethic.” Also, after last week’s beatdown, Oakland Raiders fans can’t help but wonder what could have been if Orakpo ended up with the silver and black.
A few injured Redskins are also in the news this week. For starters, the ‘Skins were cleared of tampering charges in regards to defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. Not sure if the folks in Tennessee are bitter about this news or what, but add another writer to the list of folks who are convinced Haynesworth has been a disappointment for the Redskins this season.
Running back Clinton Portis has been shelved for the year as he recovers from a concussion, and apparently, he’s missed the spotlight. Making up for lost time over the last month, Portis has been seemingly everywhere this week – handing out toys to needy children, adding his two cents on the Tiger Woods scandal and even contemplating whether or not he’s going to be back in D.C. next season.