Carlos Rogers got his eyes checked?
Last week, Carlos Rogers was bombarded with questions about dropped interceptions. Some of it was awkward.
On Sunday, though, the Redskins won, the defense shined, DeAngelo Hall had 17 interceptions, and everyone was feeling good. So the Rogers inquisition went from awkward to humorous, and it was finally the appropriate time for the eye-exam question.
Now, fans have been speculating for months if not years that Rogers needs to see an eye doctor. I regularly get impassioned messages about this. Even Mike Shanahan said Rogers needs to start catching with his eyes. At long last, Brian Mitchell decided to ask Rogers about his vision.
"I made a comment a few weeks ago about you might need to get your eyes checked, and people think I was joking," Mitchell told Rogers during Comcast SportsNet's post-game show. "I said that because there was a guy when I played football in college, he never caught the ball, but when he got his eyes checked he begin to catch everything....Do you ever think about something like that?"
"Oh, I have," Rogers said. "There's no problem with those."
Ok, fanatical e-mailers. Next theory. Anti-pigskin finger poison, perhaps?
"Sometimes I'm in a position where this year especially, that nickel, once I get myself in position, that ball comes on me quick," Rogers continued. "Some people can catch that flash and some people can't. With me, I'm just gonna continue to play, continue to work, and hopefully they'll come around."
The hijinks weren't over, though, as Trevor Matich then held up two fingers and asked Rogers to identify the number, as seen above. Rogers laughed. These are things you can't do after a loss. Matich then asked Rogers how to improve his hands, since the eye exam obviously is out.
"Just continue to catch passes," Rogers said. "I did the Jugs machine, and I'm really not a Jugs machine guy, because the ball, it comes in one position. And you can continue to catch all day Jugs machine, Jugs machine. I do drills that continue to get me moving, when I'm in my backpedal, breaking right, left, whether I got my back turned and I've got a cornerback telling me when to turn around and I'm just catching that flash, working with Donovan, working with Beck. I'll continue to work, just stuff that people don't see."
Anyhow, the point is, Carlos Rogers is a great cover corner. He will never be a DeAngelo Hall, and he knows this.
"I've been hearing the talk about my hands since, what, '05, '06?" he told CSN. "It don't bother me. That's for other people. Like I tell people, when you continue to say that, it's kind of wasting your time talking to me, 'cause my whole thing is to make sure I'm locking that man down, not getting passes on me. But D. Hall, he's a playmaker. Once that ball get around him, he's gonna make plays."
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