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Blache Raves about Rogers

I've got a webchat at 1 p.m., but wanted to give an update on Greg Blache's weekly meeting with us first.

The highlights from the defensive coordinator:

Blache threw out for him what is lavish praise regarding corner Carlos Rogers. Blache isn't one to gush, but Rogers has been playing really well and his coaches believe he has become the player they hoped to get when drafting him ninth overall in 2005.

Rogers hasn't always been a film junkie in the past, relying on his natural ability rather than not studying tendencies enough. He has tried to jump routes, getting caught with the double move and dropping INTS. Blache believes Rogers has changed for good, adjusting his off-field work habits and playing most every play at a Pro Bowl level. And then there's ridiculously fast recovery from season-ending knee surgery last year.

"Carlos has grown more in the last three weeks than he did in his first three years," Blache said. Blache went on to say that the corners have "been the strength of the defense," and that after bucking the advances of veteran corners Shawn Springs and Fred Smoot in the past, Rogers is welcoming their hints and information. He has matched his football intellect with his athletic prowess, Blache said.

"I think you'll see a different Carlos Rogers from here on out," Blache sauid.

Blache said he is certain Eagles RB Brian Westbrook will play, noting how he took warm-ups Sunday night before Philly played at Chicago. "There's no way Westbrook's not going to play in the football game," Blache said. "Let's not kid each other." (Spoke to a scout who was at that Eagles/Chicago game and watched Westbrook closely in warm-ups. He said Westbrook could not cut at all and looked rather hobbled, but the dude did have a limited practice yesterday so we'll see come Sunday).

Blache said the Eagles' attack is fearsome, with rookie WR DeSean Jackson trying to get behind the safeties consistently, getting corners and safeties to fall for stop-and-go routes.

"Those folks are terrorists with the double move," Blache said. "I don't think they can go to the bathroom straight. Everything is a double move."

Blache cautioned against going for the jam at the line all the time on their shorter and quicker receivers, because when they get behind you, they're gone.

"We want to be aggressive and we want to be physical," Blache said. "But we've got to be careful."

My interpretation: Lock Springs on Reggie Brown in man if he plays, and play zone on Jackson's side of the field, with Rogers playing 5-8 yards off the line and LaRon Landry over the top. If Westbrook doesn't play, then you can get really creative with how you use your safeties.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 2, 2008; 1:00 PM ET
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Our FIRST draft pick four years ago finally living up to his expectations.

Posted by: RambleOn | October 2, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JesusFreakKaren | October 2, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

well....better late than never....we need all pieces clicking at the same time...NOW...if he is playing good now..that's all that matters to me.

Posted by: hardhitter | October 2, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Chris Horton may be NFL's defensive rookie of the month

You really look smart now JLC about how much of a bust our draft is. I still stay once Kelly gets healthy he is going to be a beast.


Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 2, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Love the sound bites from the Coaches. First Buges, of course Zorn has plenty, now this from Blache:

Blache said. "I don't think they can go to the bathroom straight. Everything is a double move."

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 2, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I am glad Blache knows that Westbrook will be playing, he may not be 100% but he will be on the field.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 2, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

jm, agreed, on both the premature classification of the draft picks, as well as once Kelly gets healthy.

I still believe that the second half of the year, this team is going to start to ROLL offensively.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 2, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

yeah this coaching staff is a walking quote. totally different team all around.

i like my new skins.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 2, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

BG I am just trying to grill medium my friend. Trying not to fall in love with a stripper. LMAO! Zorn and Greg have some crazy quotes.


Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 2, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse


I agreee I hope kelly will be on the field for this game, we need to start getting Thomas and Kelly involved a little more even if they are only out there as decoys.

We have nothing to lose in this game, we can play loose and relaxed and just make plays.

Philly is the team that has to press and try to beat us, that can lead to mistakes we will see.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 2, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

You can also tell that there is no overlooking the iggles from the coaches. Planning on BW playing, and what they have with the iggles WR. I also believe that Zorn and the offensive coaches are breaking down the iggles defense. (also captain obvious!)

Still think we will win this game!!

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 2, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

ditto red.

i can't stop saying medium. i usually get my steak rare, but now, it's always medium.

Posted by: braker19cleartheline | October 2, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

In fairness to JLC, which is hard for me to allow, nobody really knows a thing about how this draft class will turn out. Kelly and Thomas are still huge question marks. Fred Davis has the right attitude but hasn't done a lot yet. Rhinehart may pan out, but who knows? Justin Tryon may not be activated again this season.

Horton is the only draft pick who's made and immediate impact. The lesson of Rogers and JC is that sometimes picks take a while to develop.

That said, JLC's obviously still grinding an axe with Vinny, but cut him some salck for giving credit when it's due.

Posted by: LarryBud | October 2, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh and jury's still out on punter-boy.

Posted by: LarryBud | October 2, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

the media loves philly, how did he beat out "he's gone" Jackson?
Posted by: Pleepleus | October 2, 2008 11:50 AM |

Because Jackson doesn’t play defense, and honor was for “defensive” rookie of the month.

That said, love to see Horton deliver a few lovely hits til Jackson's clock is thoroughly cleaned.

Posted by: Corkczar | October 2, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Is this credit where credit is due??

Will any of the rookie pass catchers make an impact this year? Will Snyder and Cerrato ever draft a defensive lineman?

Jason La Canfora: Hard to see either of them breaking through regularly in 2008, but I still think Kelly has a shot of being decent in third-down, red zone packages and making an impact there.

So based on 4 games, he can't see them making an impact for the next 12??

Grind away...grind away....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 2, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

No doubt about it that CP is the premier blocking back in the league.
Posted by: gregegeg | October 2, 2008 12:14 PM

Actually, i have no doubt Portis is not even the best blocking back in his own backfield. Those honors go to Sellers, who not only pass blocks but leads Portis on almost every carry. If Selles isn't All Pro this year, the vote is fixed.

Posted by: Corkczar | October 2, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

The only thing more ridiculous than claiming "first" at the beginning of a post is to erroniously claim "first" at the beginning of a post.

Posted by: SirAnonymoustheGreat | October 2, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Maybe if JLC would actually say Vinny did a pretty good job so far, Vinny might even give him some access in the park

Never know

Posted by: GreatOne1 | October 2, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Beantown Greg: I recently moved to Boston from Stumptown (aka Portland) where I would watch the games with Nateinthepdx, Stumped, Willie, et al.

So, if you're up for it we should get together one Sunday to watch the game. I live in Jamaica Plain and we have this great bar: Costello's, that shows all the games, has decent food and beer.

Hit me up sometime: stumptownchris at gmail

Posted by: StumptownChris | October 2, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Polian she give up his show:

From PFT

Posted by Mike Florio on October 2, 2008, 12:29 p.m. EDT
We’ve had a chance to take a closer look at the Bill Polian interview containing some candid remarks about Titans quarterback Vince Young. And we’ve concluded that we need to start reading each week’s version of “The Polian Corner,” since the Colts G.M. will drop from time to time some noteworthy nuggets.

For example, a reader pointed out that Polian has attempted to deflect blame from the team for the fact that run defense is suffering due to the absence of two starting tackles.

“Our problem this year is we do not have two Pro Bowl caliber defensive tackles playing for us,” Polian said. “That’s through no fault of our own. We had two, Quinn Pitcock and Ed Johnson – Quinn, a third-round draft choice, and Ed a collegiate free agent – who played very well for us last year and of course, we were ranked second in the league in defense last year. We don’t have either of those men there now through no fault of our own.”

Through no fault of our own? Seriously?

Johnson was an undrafted free agent because of off-field concerns that prompted no team to use a draft pick on him. The Colts opted to add him to the team and to put him on a short leash. They knew going in that he might get in trouble, and their efforts to keep him from getting in trouble failed. So how do they have no blame that they made the guy a starter at a time when they knew there was a chance he’d do something that would get him fired?

As for Pitcock, we realize that the draft process is inexact, but we’d like to think that due diligence might have yielded at least a clue that Pitcock didn’t have a true passion to play pro football. As we hear it, he nearly quit as a rookie. So when the Colts went through the 2008 offseason knowing that Johnson was a bag of weed away from getting cut and that Pitcock might decide to pursue another line of work, the Colts should have had a better backup plan in place.

Polian also danced on the line of drawing a fine (in our opinion) when talking about game officials and the team’s communications with the league office regarding disputed calls, and about his views generally on officiating.

“We did call the league office,” Polian said regarding the pass interference call that eventually delivered a late win by Jacksonville over Indianapolis. “We both called and sent our officiating critique in. We got the results back. I think it’s fair to say the only people less popular than Wall Street executives in this building are NFL officials. That tells you where we were, but bottom line: there isn’t a darned thing you can do about it. You have to adjust to how the officials call the game. Some crews call it differently than others. . . .

“In short, people are committing as many fouls. There just aren’t as many being called and that tilts the field in the wrong way in my opinion. That’s not a criticism of officials. It’s a disagreement with an officiating philosophy that has been espoused publicly by many people and privately by others. . . .

“I can assure you there was no apology made. That’s probably all I should day, because the Commissioner sent a memo out Monday reminding everyone of the integrity of those telephone calls and communications that take place. My focus right now is not on that game, but on the philosophy of officiating. There is a philosophy basically that says, ‘Call Nothing,’ or, ‘Call Only That Which is Blatantly Obvious.’ I think in the end what that does is hurt the game in the long run. It tilts the playing field far too much in favor of those that break the rules and use illegal tactics and at the same time causes players to engage in tactics in retribution for fouls that they would otherwise not do. That brings the level of play and the level of discipline down.”

Finally, Polian’s assessment of the Titans could be interpreted by some as an attempt at making an excuse based on injuries. “They are the best team in this division right now,” Polian said of the Titans, “because they are healthier by a lot than we are.”

But injuries should never be an excuse. Especially not from the team’s G.M. Because when injuries are regarded as an excuse by the organization, the players will rely on the excuse as well.

Every team suffers injuries. Part of the challenge of the sport is to have the depth to overcome the absence of guys who otherwise would be starting.

The Titans are thriving despite the fact that Pacman Jones and Vince Young aren’t doing anything to help the team.

Through no fault of their own.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 2, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Flounder, agree with you on the play loose, etc, but have to disagree with you on the nothing to lose piece. Not singling you out, as others up here have expressed that sentiment as well (I think the term "house money" is being used)......this is a division game; they have a division game to lose. We cannot assume that the Skins are going to get three home W's against NY, PHI, and Dallas. You need to play every division game like it's a playoff game, especially in the NFC beast. Just because we won last week in Dallas doesn't mean a loss in Philly is like "oh well, at least we're 1 and 2 in division games, and we get 3 more W's at home just because they are home games". These are the games that determine division winners, first round bye's, and home field advantage. I guess what I am trying to say is this is not a light game just because we won 3 in a row. I am nervous as heel about this game, but have faith that the coaching staff is pumping the guys up just like they did the past few weeks. I think they can win, but I will be pretty PO'ed if they lose. I for one will not be satisfied with 3 and 2, with 1 and 2 in the division. Rant off....

Posted by: dlhaze1 | October 2, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I have to say Brooks seems to be coming in his own


Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 2, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I was actually thinking of this from the "When will JC get paid" post, but both him AND Carlos Rogers need to be re-upped now rather than later. Both positions require MONSTER contracts for elite players, and while I'm not ready call either of them truly elite just yet, the longer we wait, the higher the price is going to rise. Hopefully we are able to keep Rogers to a Springs-type deal, instead of waiting and having to shell out the real big cash to keep him.

Posted by: psps23 | October 2, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Flounder if we get Kelly and Thomas on the field I think in this game Moss and El are the decoys. If we can use some 5 receiver sets (or 4 WR 1 TE) and spread their D out more it will help us against the blitz.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 2, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

It's probably a contract year for him. It's not surprising his level of play has all a sudden picked up. His first three years I would call below average for a 1st round pick.

Posted by: isonic1 | October 2, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Carlos got kindof a bad rap though. Since he has been here his first couple years our DB's have been constantly rotated or injured. I think we tried to thro him to the fire to quick which made him fall back on his natural ability. With a healthy smoot and springs this guy now has a chance to be real good.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 2, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Not that anyone cares but Peter King is picking Philly 26 - 14 over the Skins!!

Posted by: wstclair | October 2, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

We have nothing to lose in this game, we can play loose and relaxed and just make plays.

Flounder, are you high? I really like your posts most of the time but you are crazy. This is a divisional game of which there are 6. We have lost one. If we lose this we are 1-2 on the road divisionally. Let's say we go 2-1 at home in the division. That's an extremely mediocre 3-3 with realy very little chance of winning the division. We have EVERYTHING to lose in every game within the division this year. Everyone is too good.

Posted by: 44riggosranger44 | October 2, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Peter King? Nobody cares about Peter King. His wife doesn't even care about him...

Posted by: rich20ssu | October 2, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Carlos is a beast. The Boo-Birds are going down.

Posted by: marleyb313 | October 2, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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