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Redskins' Record Impacted Pro Bowl Voting

Posted Dec 28, 2011

London Fletcher leads the NFL in tackles but it's apparently not enough to warrant a Pro Bowl nod. The Redskins' 5-10 record likely forced Pro Bowl voters to look elsewhere, Fletcher acknowledged.

London Fletcher is leading the NFL in tackles through Week 16 this season, but it's apparently not enough to earn him a Pro Bowl berth.

In fact, the Redskins were shut out of the Pro Bowl this year.

The Redskins' only chance to get a representative to the all-star game is if a starter or reserve from another team backs out of the game.

If that doesn't happen, then it would be the first time since 1993 that the Redskins did not have a Pro Bowl representative.

Fletcher is a first alternate, head coach Mike Shanahan confirmed on Wednesday.

San Francisco's Patrick Willis and Chicago's Brian Urlacher were named to the Pro Bowl squad ahead of Fletcher. If either of them have to back out or can't play due to injury, then Fletcher would take their spot.

Fletcher has posted 163 tackles this season to lead the league. He also has 1.5 sacks, 14 quarterback pressures, two interceptions and three forced fumbles.

He acknowledged that the Redskins' disappointing 5-10 record may have had an impact on the Pro Bowl voting.

"It's not surprising," Fletcher said. "We need a better record than 5-10. The teams that win typically get more players in the Pro Bowl."

Shanahan admitted he was surprised that Fletcher didn't get voted into the Pro Bowl.

"Through the years, it has a lot to do with the won-loss record," Shanahan said. "But you've just got to look at film and you know London played at a Pro Bowl level all year. He is sure deserving of being a Pro Bowl player."

"He is a first alternate. That gives you an idea, when you win five games, that a lot of people are voting for you. But there's no question in my mind that he should have been a first-teamer."

Shanahan also said he thought Lorenzo Alexander deserved to make the Pro Bowl for his special teams play.

"I've been watching Lorenzo since I've been here and I haven't been around a guy who has dominated more on special teams," Shanahan said. "He's just relentless."

Alexander leads the Redskins with 20 special teams tackles this season.

Fletcher earned Pro Bowl nods each of the last two years but only after other players backed out of the game.

He said he hoped to get voted into the squad this year.

"I was probably disappointed for maybe an hour or two when the results came out, but after that I was just thankful that I can still play at a high level," Fletcher said. "People still consider me worthy of the Pro Bowl. I've done what I can do and I can control what I can control.

"I try to play the game the right way and play with passion. I go hard each and every play. I prepare every week the same. It comes down to, we just need to win more games. That's the bottom line."

The Redskins take on the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday in the season finale for both squads. The Eagles, 7-8 heading into the regular season finale, had three Pro Bowlers in defensive end Jason Babin, left tackle Jason Peters and running back LeSean McCoy.



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