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First-Half Defensive MVP? It's Rogers

Corner Carlos Rogers knows he dropped another easy interception Sunday, and he continues to focus on the issue. Rogers is shutting down star receivers every week and playing at a Pro Bowl level. His lack of interceptions may work against him in that popularity contest, however, and Rogers knows that as long as he shadows the other teams' best receivers - often in press-man coverage with just a single high safety - the ball is going to be thrown his way.

He aspires to make big plays on the ball in the air, and I think that what the kid has already done is pretty special. Considering his injury, how important pass coverage is to this defense (with no pass rush and facing so many top passing teams), and how important defense is to this team with the offense adjusting to a new system and not scoring, I'm giving Carlos the nod as defensive MVP of the first half of the season

London Fletcher is right there, too, and his leadership and the way he sets an emotional tone for the team is huge, but with this defense so predicated on eliminating the big play, and Rogers at the core of that movement, I'm going with him.

Now, there's still room for improvement, obviously. If he can couple his technique with soft hands, and make better adjustments on errant passes, Rogers will get himself in the conversation as one of the better corners in this league.

Of his drop Sunday, Rogers said he surprised himself with how fast he got out of his break on the ball, then "I kind of stumbled a bit," he said, and put his hands up a little late, failing to come away with the ball. The glut of turnovers has not gone unnoticed by the players.

"We've got guys around the ball, it's just when the opportunity comes we've got to take advantage of that," Rogers said. "And not only that, it's sacks too ... We're going to have to get that done. There's going to be a week when we're going to need turnovers."

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 28, 2008; 9:40 AM ET
 
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Posted by: Skins63 | October 28, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Just man up and ask Cyn to be reassign. I hope we continue to win because it really eats at you and it shows in your lame ass posts. 6-2 and ranked 6th is all I got to say. They must be doing something right.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 28, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Worst hands in all of football. If you look back at the pick Rogers had vs AZ. He caught it with his arms, not with his hands. But he is playing great. He'll get his picks one way or another.

Posted by: goskinsgo | October 28, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Carlos Rogers can catch like Stanley Richards could hit

Posted by: brianlee720 | October 28, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

well said cork, but I sense beantown lurking to tell you your an idiot because we don't need them right now, and even though they can't beat out Yoder and Thrash, they're really good they just haven't gotten opportunities like the rookie receivers who beat out journeyman players on other teams, and how you can't expect anything or judge a draft in the first 37 years of their careers and how a handful or great wideouts didn't produce right away so that obviously means that Kelly and Thomas will be great despite showing no signs of greatness what-so-ever so far or that for all the players that it took time to develop there are plenty who are great right away, and how even though our expectations aren't even greatness just some production to help the team a little, like maybe even being able to get on the field is way too much to ask from 2nd rounders as everyone knows Vinny drafted these guys for 3 or 4 years from now not with the expectation that they would help this year.......

And if you believe all that, I got some oceanfront property in Utah for ya.....

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 28, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I see you came off that lame draft class post real quick. Just grasping at straws today, huh?

Posted by: Predator48 | October 28, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Catching the ball seems to be a mental thing with Rogers. Maybe he should try not wearing gloves just to changed it up a little.

Posted by: executivesource | October 28, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Look - Jasno likes BALTIMORE... he's a RAVEN. His coverage of us should be unbiased or even a little slanted against. He's not a REDSKIN... he's not a ThREAdskin.

Maybe he doesn't "tow the party LINE", maybe he's not "everyone's ALL AMERICAN", maybe he does hold "EYE CONTACT" a little too "LONG" while discussing sports, so he doesn't "BATHE REGULARLY"...

wait a minute, how did Chris Farley get in here...??

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 28, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I know I am attacked as the convo police, but lets keep it friendly up here, and agree that differences make the world go round!

How about this moral quandry....from a redskins playoof scenario view point, who do we "root" for this week Giants or Cowboys.

Case for Pukes: The Giants are threatening to run away with the division. So do we hang losses on them any way we can get?

Case for Giants: The Cowboys are wavering on complete crater. Maybe they can not even be in the playoff picture by the season's final quarter, and another L and more turmoil is needed now to drive the stake in....


My vote: Root for Giants to grease the Pukes skid and concentrate on beating Giants ourselves and letting their schedule catch up with them later.

You?

Posted by: chrislarry | October 28, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

It's funny, because if you look at it, none of the "big" receivers drafted this year are doing squat. But to reiterate my point, resigning Caldwell and another veteran WR would of been the smartest move instead of investing 3 2nd rounders for WR's. The Davis pick still irks me to no end though, because that was more of a want pick than need pick. And with Santanta being injury prone, why not have a proven veteran that could step in instead of a rookie who is still all sorts of confused?

Posted by: ga8085 | October 28, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

CL, completely agreed, I'd rather the cowgirls lose and give us some margin for error in the wildcard race and then just worry about the Giants straight up then have everybody jumbled together where one loss could mean you miss the playoffs....plus I can't ever ever bring myself to root for a cowboys win.

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 28, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the info on getting to the stadium guys.

I'll just state these facts:

6 out of the 10 recievers listed in that post had less than 10 catches. Must all be busts...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 28, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

"The glut of turnovers has not gone unnoticed by the players."

Actually glut means an excessive supply, so I you must mean dearth of turnovers.

Posted by: RambleOn | October 28, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Rogers was the same guy you were cursing before, like the way you curse the young receivers. On Most of the plays Devin Thomas in the third/fourth read, with the way Santana is playing it is hard to give the moss. Instead of reporting on how hard he plays on special teams and how hard he blocks, you just report the negative.....

Posted by: dnaik | October 28, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Hmm - not sure I'm with ya there, cL.

Personal reasons aside (not finding arsenic in my coffee..), I would rather the Gints be closer within reach as the rest of the league doesn't seem to figure them out...

The bitter taste would still be there though... can't they both lose?

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 28, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Great point dnaik. Don't forget he blast the team for moving up to get JC as well.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 28, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Rogers....is always around the ball.....he needs to catch more INTs....then he'd be ridiculous.

Posted by: goosedude | October 28, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

on most of the plays I've seen (which is every one this year) Devin is the 3rd or 4th read on the sidelines.

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 28, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Gotta say I agree with you on this cL. F the girls and I hope that they implode and are in bad shape when the come to FedEx field.

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 28, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

"It's funny, because if you look at it, none of the "big" receivers drafted this year are doing squat. But to reiterate my point, resigning Caldwell and another veteran WR would of been the smartest move instead of investing 3 2nd rounders for WR's."
Posted by: ga8085 | October 28, 2008 10:04 AM

Yeah because everybody knows Caldwell is burning up the league right now....Wait a minute...is he even in the league?

Much rather have Thomas then Caldwell for now AND for the future. My only beef with the draft is that we didn't take a linebacker at the Davis spot. Maybe there a 'backer who rated that high at that position. At least Davis gets in the game with 'some' regularoty.

Posted by: Predator48 | October 28, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Even though I would really like for Rogers to pick a few, I always remember something told to me a long time ago: "If the cornerback had good hands he would be a wide receiver".

Keep playing the way you are Carlos. Shutting down the best receiver on the other team goes a long way to a title.

Posted by: SoMD1 | October 28, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Most of us have been spoiled over the years. Growing up in the Darrell Green era makes us biased. We beat up on Rogers because he can't catch the ball. Let's face it, if he could catch well he would be a wide receiver and not a cornerback. Not everyone can be a Darrell Green or a Deon Sanders. There is a reason they are in the Hall of Fame.

Posted by: jmanarnhart | October 28, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Pretty obvious that JLA hates Fletcher with this post.

Posted by: Gweez | October 28, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Rogers was the same guy you were cursing before, like the way you curse the young receivers. On Most of the plays Devin Thomas in the third/fourth read, with the way Santana is playing it is hard to give the moss. Instead of reporting on how hard he plays on special teams and how hard he blocks, you just report the negative.....

Posted by: dnaik | October 28, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Praise them when they play well curse them when they don't. Makes sense to me.

What's the problem?

Posted by: Gweez | October 28, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Also, to suggest that JLa has skewed his reporting of JC negatively is just flat out untrue. Even his "sources" have praised JC. They may have questioned his handling by the FO or Coaching staff but not JC himself. It's disingenuous to say othewise.

Posted by: Gweez | October 28, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

JLC, let the homers write some posts. The first one would be "Larry Michael for President, London Fletcher for best defender of all time, CP for MVP, Vinny Cerrato for GM, i mean President of Football Ops, I mean loser of the year."

Get off JLC and let him do his job, get a life, and stop expecting him to talk about how wonderful this team is, when they beat a HORRENDOUS Lions team by a touchdown.

Posted by: rc2223 | October 28, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Note to LaCanfora (he hasn't EARNED a nickname, for heaven's sake!): "The glut of turnovers has not gone unnoticed by the players."

A glut is when you have too much of something, not a lack of them. I think you were looking for a "dearth" of turnovers.

Just another example of the decline in quality at the Washington Post.

Posted by: outsider6 | October 28, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

You have to root for the Pokes this week against the Giants.

Simple: Giants are ahead of Skins in the standings. Giants are ahead in the tiebreakers, their loss was against an AFC opponent. AND, a loss to the downtrodden boys would create just the sort of negative media feeding frenzy in NY that certain posters (Aloha!!, LOL) like to rail against up here. Imagine Eli having to face the maelstrom day after day.

And from the other end of the logic candle: Pokes are flawed and other teams will pin more losses on them. The Giants are the biggest threat to Skins winning division....not the girls. I would root for the girls against any 2 loss NFC team not named Redskins at this juncture.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 28, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Who cares if Carlos can catch the ball, he's shutting down the best the other teams have.

Keep it up dude. Defensive MVP thus far.

Posted by: scottdd1 | October 28, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

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