Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith has overseen Lorenzo Alexander’s career since 2007. Alexander frequently credits Smith’s coaching for his success on the field. Alexander’s Pro Bowl nomination Wednesday was a reward for their work.
“I’m so excited for him, for Lorenzo,” Smith said in a statement released by the team. Redskins assistant coaches are prohibited from speaking to reporters unless coach Mike Shanahan approves an interview request.
“I mean, there’s no guy more deserving,” Smith said. “All people have to do is watch the film. It’s really a credit to the fans. It’s a credit to the coaches who he plays against. It’s a credit to his peers who have a vote. When those three groups of people vote and vote a guy like that in there, it’s such an honor.
“When you look at him, he makes plays every week. He gets double- and triple-teamed at times. He has more big, solid hits than anybody. It’s really quite deserving and it’s something that he’s worked his butt off to achieve. It’s something that he takes very personal, very prideful. And he plays with a passion. You root for guys like that. You support people like that. They’re easy to coach. They’re fun to coach. They’re fun to be around.
“They excite a football team, and I think he has excited this football team with his play and the way it has carried on to other people in other phases. It’s just great for this organization and for him as a person to achieve that goal of having that label which no one can ever take away of being the best at his position and being a Pro Bowler.”