Carlos Rogers vs. Neil Rackers
As FanHouse pointed out, Neil Rackers had previously tangled with the Redskins, but I particularly enjoyed yesterday's Carlos Rogers vs. Rackers face-off at the end of the first half. Rogers seemed unconcerned after the game. (See video of the fight here, via Mister Irrelevant.)
"I thought we were gonna scoop it and score on the block, and I was getting ready to block him," Rogers explained. "Really, I just pushed him a little bit. Could have killed him, a kicker, and I guess he got mad and tried to retaliate and grab my facemask. So of course I'm gonna have to sling him to the ground."
Uh, I'm not sure if Rogers slung Rackers to the ground, or if Rackers dragged Carlos to the ground. Tale of the tape for next week: Rogers is 6-0, 194, and Pats kicker Stephen Gostkowski is 6-1, 210. Could be trouble. I asked Rogers whether he had ever fought a kicker before.
"No man, a kicker is nobody I even pay attention to on the field," he said. "Waste of my time."
I still thought he might have been covering for the fact that he had, in fact, gotten into a fight with a kicker, so I asked teammates what they thought of the skirmish.
"Carlos is kind of feisty," Fred Smoot said. "He's having one of those years. And you know hey, I can say this about the Arizona Cardinals, they're not the Arizona Cardinals of old. Ain't no die in their team, and there's a lot of fight in them. You can tell, because he got into a fight with Carlos, a kicker."
"Rackers, he's a feisty dude," Brandon Lloyd told the Junkies this AM. "You know, he went to Illinois with me. He's a feisty guy, and I don't think Carlos was expecting that. That's why I felt like they should have ejected the kicker for that one."
"I mean, this is a game of passion, it's hard to keep it bridled sometimes," Reed Doughty said, when I asked about the ethics of fighting a kicker. "It don't matter, if he's got pads on...."
"I didn't get to see it," Rocky McIntosh said. "All I know is I seen a big crowd of guys and I just went the opposite way, I didn't want to get in trouble."
I asked Rocky whether he had ever fought a kicker.
"I don't know, our kickers are pretty tough, I wouldn't want to fight one of them," McIntosh said. "I taped 'em up in college. One of the guys we had, Francesco Whatever-He-Is, the kicker that's down in Miami right now, I taped him up a lot of times. He was a freshman guy, kind of bait out there."
But could a kicker ever get the better of a defensive player?
"Hey, there's a lot of kickers in the league that are bigger than those DB's, better be careful," cautioned Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham. "I don't want to comment on what [Rackers was] thinking, but that's a thing where he's probably frustrated because the extra point got blocked and he reacted just like any other player might. But it definitely does catch your attention when a kicker's involved in a scuffle. But no, I've never been involved in one, and I don't plan on it."
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