Wednesday, January 19, 2010 6:15 PM
REDSKINS PAGE REDSKINS VIDEO
By Rich Tandler
Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo, who recently found out that he will be playing in this years Pro Bowl, told Ivan Carter on Washington Post Live on Comcast SportsNet that while he was excited about playing in Hawaii, he would rather not play in the game next year. Orakpo will be named to participate in his second Pro Bowl in two years in the league next Monday because one of two outside linebackers on the NFC squad, Clay Matthews of the Packers or Lance Briggs of the Bears, will be playing in the Super Bowl. Since the players who are participating in the Super Bowl will not play in the Pro Bowl, as first alternate Orakpo will get either Matthews or Briggs spot on the roster. It was exciting news, Orakpo said. Im two for two right now. He played last year when the game was in Miami. This year, the all-star game returns to its traditional location in Hawaii, a place where Orakpo has never been. A lot of players and coaches told me that Hawaii is the real deal, he said. Miami, it was good. But you can get a plane ticket and be in Miami in three hours. But Orakpo would rather be where the Briggs and Matthews are, battling it out at Soldier Field in cold and windy Chicago for the right to play for all the marbles in Dallas on Feb. 6, than playing in sunny Hawaii on Jan. 30. Weve got to get this thing rolling, he said. The Redskins have made just three playoff appearances since 1993 and they have not advanced to the conference title game since 1991. Im loving what Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen are doing to change the aura around this team, Orakpo said. But weve just got to put it together. Weve had so many down years recently, Im tired of it. Weve got to start winning some ball games, winning the games were supposed to win, being more consistent, playing better at home, doing all of the things you see other teams doing. That will come. I feel that we have good players and we have good coaches and well turn this thing around. The Redskins beat both the Packers and the Bears this year, besting Green Bay 16-13 in overtime at FedEx Field and coming out of Chicago with a 17-14 win. Its funny because the two teams in the NFC, we beat them both, Orakpo said. We beat the Bears away and we beat the Packers at home and were sitting at home. Thats something weve got to fix. Orakpo likes Green Bay in Sundays NFC title game. Im going to ride with the Packers, he said. I like what they did against Atlanta last week.Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been doing his thing all year except when he played us. Rodgers had a 75.7 quarterback rating in the game against the Redskins, his second-lowest in a game all year. In overtime, LaRon Landry picked off one of Rodgers passes to set up the game-winning field goal.