--Special teams captain Lorenzo Alexander is one of just three Redskins under contract for 2012 -- the others are receiver Santana Moss and safety Reed Doughty -- who played in the December 2007 victory over the eventual 2007 Super Bowl champion New York Giants and both triumphs over the Super Bowl champion Giants this year.
But those kind of victories drive the 28-year-old Alexander nuts because Washington lost to 3-13 Minnesota the next week this past December and to Buffalo at home in 2007 two weeks before beating the Giants. Washington also fell to then-lowly Detroit in 2010 three weeks after beating eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay. In 2009, the Redskins came within a missed chip-shot field goal of upsetting Super Bowl champion New Orleans but lost to those Lions and to hapless Kansas City. In 2008, Washington topped Arizona - which led the Super Bowl with less than a minute to go - but lost to bumbling Cincinnati.
"We beat the Giants twice, but that's not something to be proud of because we went 5-11," Alexander said. "We can't keep playing up and down to the other team's level. We've been doing that as long as I've been here. We're too inconsistent. I'm sick and tired of losing. That's why I can't look back at our season, realize we beat the Giants twice and see that as a bright spot. There's such a thin line between winning and losing in the NFL. Any given Sunday any team can beat any other team. But on the pivotal plays that decide games, teams like the Giants make the play seven times out of 10 and we make the play maybe three times out of 10."
--Alexander and Pro Bowl inside linebacker London Fletcher, who can be a free agent next month, both reacted positively to cornerbacks coach Bob Slowik replacing their 2010-11 position coach, Lou Spanos, who left for UCLA.
"Slo is a good dude," Alexander said. "I'll enjoy him being in the (linebackers') room."
--While Alexander is frustrated after three straight double-digit defeat seasons and four consecutive last-place finishes in the NFC East, he's upbeat about Washington's direction heading into coach Mike Shanahan's third season.
"We have a lot of young guys playing well," said the 28-year-old Alexander, who's heading into his sixth season. "I'm already looking forward to next year, but that has to change for us to get to where we want to be. I think we're a year or two away and I hope I'm still here when we get there."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It didn't make me feel good to see the Giants win the Super Bowl. It made our season more frustrating. To me, it shows how inconsistent we are. We beat the Giants twice, pushed the Patriots and hung in there with the Niners (whom the Giants edged in the NFC Championship Game), but that's meaningless." -- Special teams captain Lorenzo Alexander on his reaction to New York's Super Bowl victory.
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