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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.

By Dan Steinberg  | October 23, 2010; 10:47 PM ET
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News flash: Carlos Rogers has been linked to the Boston Strangler case. He was detained as a suspect because of his lengthy record as choker.

Posted by: iubiquity | October 24, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Rogers can relax and focus at practice...but in 5 years he has dropped almost every ball he has gotten his hands on. Actually making the interception gets your tea the ball...and deny`s the opponent a chance to score. We ll know this....and how can you be considered an excellent D back if you continually fail at a key part of your job...every frigging year.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | October 24, 2010 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Makes no difference now...it's all psychological with Carlos at this point...he doesn't BELIEVE he can holdonto the ball and has psyched himself out...

Either live with it or get rid of him at the end of the season...simple as that...

Posted by: pentagon40 | October 24, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

rogers job is to cover his man. not intercept passes. catching bad throws is not a "key part" of his job. just saying.

Posted by: destewar | October 24, 2010 2:15 AM | Report abuse

1. I'm among what must have been many, many people whose first reaction to this headline was along the lines of "well, that's probably a good idea, since he sure as hell can't catch with his hands."

2. Shanahan would be well served not to allow himself to be photographed in front of backdrops that are so close to his strange, strange colo(u)r.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 24, 2010 3:44 AM | Report abuse

Classic! Getting the ball is THE bonus!

Posted by: RedCherokee | October 24, 2010 6:33 AM | Report abuse

shanny looks like he just saw one of two things 1. Linsey just drop her jeans and showed shanny her Kanery yellow g-string she has been wearing since she took that relaxing bubble bath before the show .
2.Linsey just pulled her jeans down and accindentaly drop her note cards and had to bend over to pick them up. In doing so shanny saw her Kanary yellow g string she has been wearing since she took that bubble bath to relax. Shanny just notice the nice smooth closeness of a great razor .
Stay tuned for more of Lindsey and shanny later on the redskins nation hosted by Mike ill kiss your rump dannyboi for this gig

Posted by: terryreece | October 24, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

shanny looks like he just saw one of two things 1. Linsey just drop her jeans and showed shanny her Kanery yellow g-string she has been wearing since she took that relaxing bubble bath before the show .
2.Linsey just pulled her jeans down and accindentaly drop her note cards and had to bend over to pick them up. In doing so shanny saw her Kanary yellow g string she has been wearing since she took that bubble bath to relax. Shanny just notice the nice smooth closeness of a great razor .
Stay tuned for more of Lindsey and shanny later on the redskins nation hosted by Mike ill kiss your rump dannyboi for this gig

Posted by: terryreece | October 24, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

shanny looks like he just saw one of two things 1. Linsey just drop her jeans and showed shanny her Kanery yellow g-string she has been wearing since she took that relaxing bubble bath before the show .
2.Linsey just pulled her jeans down and accindentaly drop her note cards and had to bend over to pick them up. In doing so shanny saw her Kanary yellow g string she has been wearing since she took that bubble bath to relax. Shanny just notice the nice smooth closeness of a great razor .
Stay tuned for more of Lindsey and shanny later on the redskins nation hosted by Mike ill kiss your rump dannyboi for this gig

Posted by: terryreece | October 24, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

As my dad says, Carlos couldn't pick his nose.

Posted by: minorthread | October 24, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Come on, Los caught one last week. Now they need to work on what to do with the ball after you catch it, which, if I understand this post correctly, should have been his strength.

Posted by: WorstSeat | October 24, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Games lost by Los not being able to hold unto a pic... too many to count. One that still eats me till this day was the game in Seattle. If he could catch he will be called Champ Bailey.

Posted by: samiismoni14 | October 24, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Catching the ball for an interception would be icing on the cake, but you don’t need the icing to taste a good cake. Carlos is doing his job by defending the pass.

Posted by: hock1 | October 24, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

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