Carlos Rogers's Hands
Q: Why should you invite Carlos Rogers into your fantasy football league?
A: Because he'd immediately drop all his players!
The wags quickly got to wagging on Thursday that you could tell Carlos Rogers was all the way back by the comfortable manner in which he bobbled those would-be interceptions. Carlos, of course, heard that chatter about his drops, as did his coach, Jim Zorn, and his fellow starting cornerback, Fred Smoot. Here are their thoughts on the hands that launched a thousand footballs into the ground.
Smoot: "You know what, like Marcus said, either you can catch or you can't. Either they soft or they not. I'm gonna give him till the end of this year to show me what his hands are really about. But I think he can catch the ball. I think he lose concentration sometimes."
Rogers: "We just got to concentrate, man, I think that's what it is, we just got to concentrate."
Zorn: "Well, part of it's just him working extra. And I think he's probably done that over his career, too, because people have noticed it, he's noticed it. I don't think the ball machine's necessarily the answer....For him, he hasn't connected the idea of making the play and getting great position with just putting his hands up. Some guys can do it more naturally, he seems to be a guy that has to concentrate, and so he has to become comfortable with that."
Smoot: "I've got better hands. My hands actually didn't get suspect until about the last two years. I used to have great hands. And I'm working on them getting back to great right now, but no, you can never compare my hands to Carlos's. His hands are terrible."
Rogers: "It's not [about] our hands. I'm going to my man. So by the time I get there in order to get my man under control, I look back, 'Oh, the ball here.' It ain't like I'm running [and] looking at the quarterback, it's not like that. If I'm doing that, I should catch all of them."
Smoot: "I had got to the point where I used to just really concentrate on just catching the ball instead of running. But now, I got a little bit of success running the ball; now, I want to return every one I touch to the house, and I leave the ball behind sometimes. So now it got back to the point, just catch the damn ball, and worry about the other [stuff] later."
Zorn: "And I think QB's throwing [Rogers] the ball with the kind of velocity they throw it will help, because that's the real issue right there is the ball's coming in fast. Even if a ball machine is throwing it, it's always one speed, it's always in the same spot, and that never happens in the game. So that's really what I'm looking for, is other guys throwing him the ball."
Rogers: "I don't miss too many in practice, but at the same time, in games, they're trying to double move me. If I went looking at the quarterback thinking, 'I'm gonna pick,' he'll be up the sidelines. So it ain't just as simple as people look at it--'Oh, Carlos just missed that.' No, it's like by the time I look at it that ball's in my face, I'm trying to put my hands up quick."
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