Shanahan: Carlos Rogers needs to catch with his eyes
I think it's fairly well-established that I was deeply captivated by the Faces of Zorn. Mike Shanahan has proven considerably less animated, facially-speaking. At least, I assume so. Usually I'm fast asleep by about the 1:41 mark of his press conferences.
But you have to be ever-vigilant with such things, and thus, I present Mike Shanahan's facial advice to Carlos Rogers on how not to catch interceptions, delivered via "The Mike Shanahan Coach's Show" on NBC Washington.
"This week, he was 3-for-3 [in practice], had three opportunities to catch the ball, made all three," Shanahan told Lindsay Czarniak and Larry Michael, in one of the team's 703 weekly shows. "You know, you've got to catch the ball with your eyes, you've really got to focus, you've got to look it all the way in. I think sometimes you get in the game situation, you're thinking about not just catching the ball, but running with it after you catch it. [Cue the above face.] As we emphasized to him, don't worry about running with the ball. Catch with your eyes, look it in, and everything else is a bonus from there."
Throughout repeated questions about the waffle irons attached to Rogers's wrist, Shanahan steadfastly defended his cornerback, and was even glowing at times. I mean, verbally, not in skin tone.
"I mean, he's an excellent defensive back, and he's got a chance to be a great defensive back," Shanahan said. "He can cover people one-on-one, he loves to play the game, he's a great worker. He's gonna have a great future here in Washington, I can guarantee you that, and those picks will come."
Yes, picks. Plural. Multiple interceptions from Carlos Rogers. Bet on it.
"When I first got here in the OTAs, you could tell that he struggled catching the ball," Shanahan allowed. "But he's worked extremely hard over the last six months catching the ball, and he's done it consistently in practice. And when you do it in practice, it's gonna come in the games. Right now i think he gets a little bit uptight when the ball does come there, but he's gonna relax more as time goes on, and I think he'll get a number of interceptions."
Does zero count as "a number?" Just asking.
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