Lorenzo Alexander is a positive person, and so he can chuckle a bit when he recalls the night Michael Vick lit him and the rest of the Redskins' defense up. In fact, looking ahead to the next time they'll face Vick, the Redskins linebacker can view that game as a learning experience.
"I think it'll help," Alexander said. "Because that was the first time I'd played against him, so I didn't understand how fast he really is and how deceptive his speed is. When he gets up on you, he eats your angle up. He's very much like DeSean Jackson. They've both got that kind of sneaky speed, and it's just scary. So I understand what type of angles I need to take, how to corral him a lot better this next time coming around."
So there's that, and if something positive comes out of that night for Alexander and the Redskins' defense, that would be very nice. Because while it was happening …
"There was really nothing we could do," Alexander said. "He was hitting D-Jack, Maclin, I mean they were just hitting on all cylinders. When Vick is playing out of his mind like that, there's really nothing you can do to stop him. He has to make mistakes."
Vick did not, of course, and he has since said that, looking back at the tape, he believes he either could or should have completed every pass. The Redskins don't have much they can say in return. It sounds as if Alexander has blocked out a lot of the gory details.
"It's just a blur, because it happened so fast and they were up on us, I don't know, three touchdowns or something, fairly quickly," Alexander said. "We were just trying to tell guys to step it up, really just trying to create some type of energy. We just felt like we were dead all night, nobody stepping up to make big plays, and you see what happened."
The trick, Alexander said, is to make sure it doesn't happen again. When he and the Redskins remember that game, they do so with a hope and a belief that they can do better the next time they face Vick.
"Anytime you get dominated like that on national television, it's definitely a strike to your ego, your pride as an NFL player, and you've got to bounce back and go back to work and try to correct mistakes," Alexander said. "When we play them this year, we definitely want to come out and give them payback, step it up and go out and get after them and hit them in the mouth first."
-- Dan Graziano, ESPN.com
Michael Vick, Jason Peters, Nick Cole, Todd Herremans, Andy Reid
DeAngelo Hall, Andre Carter, Lorenzo Alexander, Rocky McIntosh
Vick, shown scoring a second-quarter TD,
said it was a "perfect game," the best of his career.
Photo: AP Photo/Nick Wass