Carlos Rogers critiques Redskins' draft strategy
Carlos Rogers' frustration with his employers has been well-documented this week, from telling Jason Reid he wants "a fresh start" to telling Chris Russell that several guys on the defense played out of position last season.
With Rogers already miffed about his recent tendering, you knew his Thursday appearance with LaVar and Dukes would likely not be 15 minutes of hope, good cheer and optimism. So let's bear all that in mind before jumping into his quotes. The hosts--exactly as they should have--attempted to get Rogers to unleash his frustrations, and he largely complied, although he also said he will attempt to make things work here in Washington and has heard nothing but good things about Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen.
To me, his most interesting comments actually didn't touch on free agency, but rather on the draft, and how Washington will approach its needs. He was asked by LaVar whether he believes the new regime has changed the franchise's approach, and he said it was too soon to say.
"I guess we have to wait and see," Rogers said. "The draft's coming up. We know our needs of the team. We know it starts with the O-line and D-line. Is that our priority to go get, since I know we haven't [drafted linemen] since I've been there. We've got the same O-line, we brought in different guys on the D-line, but it starts in the trenches, and I haven't seen where we improved from that. And we know that's been our problem every year, so I guess we'll see.
"If we go out and we take a quarterback, okay, what's our O-line? That next quarterback's still gonna get hit. He's still gonna get beat up. Is there an improvement? I don't know, I can't say right now. I guess we'll see coming up in the draft, we'll see the changes we've made."
Rogers said he believes certain players get preferential treatment from the front office, but he seemed most upset about the team pursuing unrestricted free agents without rewarding its restricted veterans. From a business standpoint, virtually anyone would side with the team on this one, except if and when morale becomes a serious issue.
"Hearing that they're not spending no money on us, they're just going with all the unrestricted [free agents], it's like out of all the money that you put here, that's what you get?" Rogers asked. "You don't get nothing? Not even saying nothing negative about all our players, but we spend $100 million there, we spend $50 [million] there. They're going out in free agency, trying to get some more players, spending all this money there, but what about the players that have been busting their butts since day one?
"Coming off injury, when you think I'm not gonna be in there, and I go out the first game and I'm your starter....I'm on y'all number one receivers, shutting them down. So it's like, through all the stuff that you do, how you all show that y'all appreciate them? By tendering them? That's your way? There's so much negative stuff you think, but at the end of the day I guess you can't control it."
One final question concerned Albert Haynesworth, his ginormous contract, and whether all the dollar bills floating around there cause resentment. Rogers seemed to say both yes and no; that no one represented or disliked Haynesworth in particular, but that players who don't feel properly rewarded can't help but notice.
"It's frustrating, because it's like what do y'all do to take care of the guys that's here, that has been doing this for you?" Rogers asked. "If you don't want them here, let 'em go. That's how I feel about it. Now what about these guys that y'all bring in that played in another system, they might not fit in our system? You look at high-profile guys, you look at a corner that's playing in Chicago or the Colts. We know they only play Cover-2, so you put 'em in a system where you're playing man-to-man and they don't excel, you're wasting money.
"So I think going after high-profile guys is good, but when you've got a chemistry there and you've got something going and you break it up when it's not really a need, that's really not helping us. And I think that's what we do, we always went outside of what we've got, not staying and protecting the guys we've got, we brought in somebody new.
"With Haynesworth, shoot, if they gave me $100 million I wouldn't complain either. I can't hate on none of that. You got it, congratulations, is the next man gonna get it too? I don't got no problem with what he do....I just want two of 'em, just give me two of 'em, just say you want me there for another year or something. But to reward him, no. Any other guy, they need to go get it. Go get your money while you can. If they gave me $100 million, shoot, I'm gonna take it."
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