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London who? [updated]

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With three Super Bowl titles to two for his 31 counterparts, New England’s Bill Belichick is the acknowledged top active NFL coach. But even the Patriots’ hooded genius makes mistakes.

Belichick, when reviewing the Redskins for his local media, confused weak side starter Rocky McIntosh with 12th-year man London Fletcher, whom his perennial AFC East contenders faced twice a year from 2002-06 when the middle linebacker was with Buffalo.

“[Rocky] McIntosh [is an] outstanding player, leading tackler in the last decade or whatever,” Belichick said. “He’s just a tackling machine.”

— David Elfin

Editor’s update:

Turns out “London who?” is London Fletcher … while the transcripts out there from Belichick’s riveting press conference indeed remove the name “Fletcher,” if you actually watch the video (which you can do by clicking here), Belichick says “Fletcher,” about as clearly as he says, well, anything:

” … McIntosh, outstanding player; Fletcher, leading tackler in the last decade or whatever, he’s just a tackling machine. …”

For what it’s worth, he does refer to Brian Orakpo as “Orapko.”

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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