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Need to Know: The Redskins five top linebackers of the past 20 years

May 26, 2014, 5:59 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Monday, May 26, one day before the start of OTAs.

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(I’m on vacation this week so we’re going to rerun some of your favorite lists from earlier this year.)

Here are the Redskins’ five best linebackers of the past 20 years as determined by their Approximate Value.

1. London Fletcher (2007-2013), AV of 73—This comes as no surprise as Fletcher led the team in tackles almost every year he was in Washington and he landed four Pro Bowl spots.

2. LaVar Arrington (2000-2005), 49—Few in team history have been such shooting stars. After three straight Pro Bowl appearances, from 2001-2003 he started just 10 more games in part due to injury and in part due to reasons nobody is quite sure of.

3. Ken Harvey (1994-1998), 46—Proof that the Redskins can sign a free agent and see him play as well as he did with his previous team. Harvey signed with Washington after six years with the Cardinals and made four straight Pro Bowls and racked up 41.5 sacks.

4. Marcus Washington (2004-2008), 42—Another free agent who worked out, Washington was the heart and soul of Gregg Williams’ tough defensive units during the Gibbs 2.0 era.

5. Rocky McIntosh (2006-2011), 37—Yeah, I was kind of surprised by this, too. But things did not end well for him here in a year and a half playing out of position at the Jack inside linebacker spot. In three seasons at a starter at outside linebacker he was quite competent as he averaged 64 tackles a season and recorded five sacks and three interceptions.

Next five: Brian Orakpo, Marvcus Patton, Derek Smith, Lemar Marshall, Ryan Kerrigan.

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—It’s been 148 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 104 days until the play the Texans in their season opener.

Days until: OTAs start 1; Training camp 58; Redskins @ Eagles 118

  1. tyrone henderson - May 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Levar arrington was overrated. He was a big hitter and that got him on sportscenter all the time! He was a freelancer who was out of position a lot! When joe gibbs came back and the defensive scheme changed and he had to be disciplined he couldn’t/didn’t want to do it or he had problems learning the scheme. A coach actually made a comment about it back then. Well it was more of a joke he made about it saying arrington wasn’t bright enough to pick up the defense. Even before this went down myself and a good friend of mine were saying it! And I’m a die hard redskins fan I just call it how I see it!

  2. rebelsrevelations - May 26, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Glad you only went back 20 years! In past years we had tons of great LBs! Hanburger, and Coleman just to name a couple! Chicago had a linebacker factory going as well, but my beloved Redskins were no slouches either!
    Good analysis as usual, Mr. Tandler!

  3. Jonathan Holland - May 26, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Lamar Marshall was terrible.

    • jmac5581 - May 26, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      Do you mean Wilbur Marshall?

      • bowlregard - May 28, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        Wilber Marshall played for the Skins from 1988-1992.

  4. mrhart76 - May 26, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Rocky McIntosh…over Marvkus Patten?? That guy was a tackling machine. That needs to be corrected buddy. Even Orakpo should be over Rocky.

  5. mrhart76 - May 26, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Rich make sure you do a DT ranking of the last 20 years buddy. Would love to see how rank them . Darryl Gardner! Sean Gilbert! Its been a rough 20 years. Archives

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