London Fletcher named NFC defensive player of the month

AP

The Redskins are riding a seven-game winning streak into Sunday’s game against the Seahawks and one of the biggest reasons for their turnaround after a 3-6 start has been the improved play of the defense.

They forced 15 turnovers and sacked quarterbacks 18 times over the course of the winning streak and one of the key players on the unit has been recognized for his efforts in making that happen. Linebacker London Fletcher is the NFC defensive player of the month for December.

Fletcher had interceptions in three consecutive December games and then capped off the month with two sacks of Tony Romo in last Sunday’s division clinching 28-18 win against the Cowboys. Fletcher also racked up 51 tackles over the course of the month, allowing him to finish the year as Washington’s leading tackler.

That’s no surprise, since Fletcher routinely leads his team in tackles while playing every single game of every single season since he’s entered the NFL. He’s tied with Ronde Barber for the league’s longest active consecutive games played streak at 240, a number that will likely continue to grow in 2013 given how well Fletcher was able to play this season.

19 responses to “London Fletcher named NFC defensive player of the month

  1. He’s totally under rated… very similar stats to Ray Lewis but was always on losing team (Redskins) finally he’s getting his due… HTTR

  2. Although not the player he once was, still a tremendous leader and boy does he still come up with the timely plays here and there while holding the defense together.

    I thought this might be his last season, but he has been gaining steam down the stretch.

  3. He’s totally under rated… very similar stats to Ray Lewis but was always on losing team (Redskins) finally he’s getting his due… HTTR

    London fletcher is awesome and I would love to have had him on the team I root for his whole career no doubt. However in my opinion he is no ray Lewis. Lewis is the most dominant lb we have seen in a very long time

  4. London Fletcher is the most underrated NFL player over the last 15 years. His production doesn’t rise to Ray Lewis’ level, but he is in the same ballpark as Urlacher. His durability is unquestionable.

    The lack of Pro Bowls for this guy is a travesty. I doubt his candidacy for the Hall of Fame will be taken as seriously as it should (not necessarily arguing his case, but his candidacy should be seriously considered. Given there is so much of a push in some quarters for Ray Guy in the Hall of Fame, I would like to hear anyone put forward an argument in favor of Ray Guy over London Fletcher for the Hall.

  5. It continues to boggle my mind that he is not selected for the Pro Bowl every year. He’s always one of the top linebackers in the league, has never missed a game, is the true definition of a leader — yet he gets selected as an alternate (at best). What more does London have to do?

  6. For anyone wondering about the numbers:

    Fletcher: 15 seasons, 88 tackles/year, 23 int, 18 forced fumbles, 12 fumble recoveries

    Ray Lewis: 17 seasons, 92.5 tackles/year, 31 int, 19 forced fumbles, 20 fumble recoveries

  7. Why is a must that skins fans ALWAYS compare Ray Lewis and London Fletcher? Do you here bmore fans comparing? More importantly do you hear anyone else on god’s green earth comparing them? They are both HOF linebackers, get over yourself already.

  8. After Fletcher’s redskins playing days are over he should be hired onto the redskins coaching staff. He’d be a winner as a head coach and a tough as nails d-coordinator.

  9. Meh, if he really was as good as Ray Lewis, he’d be talked about like Ray Lewis. How can you play in the east and not get noticed? If he was on the Cards or Hawks or SD or some other West team I could see the whole no respect thing.

  10. I like Fletcher but he’s old and slow. He outsmarted some offenses but this week will be rough. Head to head with Robinson? A PROBOWL FB who breaks jaws and shoulders.. Then Beast behind him… Mix that with a fast agile QB and offensive scheme… He’ll be worn down fast.

    Pshh I wouldn’t want to sign up for that. I wish him the best, sometimes being smart is better than being good. That’s where he is right now as a seasoned vet. Good luck brother although I won’t be mad if you struggle I’m a Hawks fan..

  11. I like Fletcher but he’s old and slow. He outsmarted some offenses but this week will be rough. Head to head with Robinson? A PROBOWL FB who breaks jaws and shoulders.. Then Beast behind him… Mix that with a fast agile QB and offensive scheme… He’ll be worn down fast.

    Just who’s jaw and shoulder did he break? Did I miss something?

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