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Cartwright: 'It seems like I'm in the doghouse'

After he was demoted from the first team in favor of Quinton Ganther, running back Rock Cartwright assumed he would reclaim his role as the team's primary kickoff returner. But wide receiver Devin Thomas remained atop the depth chart during the 34-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Week 14.

"It seems like I'm in the doghouse right now around here," Cartwright said. "Like I keep saying, it is what it is. I'm playing for the Lord. That's how I look at it. I'm going to keep coming out and playing as hard as I can."

Last week, Cartwright revealed the change at running back. When asked about the move by a reporter, Coach Jim Zorn seemed irritated that Cartwright had made the team's plans public.

"I have no clue" what's going on, Cartwright said. "I really can't put my finger on one thing. I'm to the point right now we're I'm not going to go to them [the coaching staff] and say anything.

"It's crazy how things happen. But I can't control it so I'm not going to worry about. I'm just going to let it be."

One of six team captains, Cartwright has been among the Redskins' most consistent special-teams performers throughout his eight-year career. He has a base salary of $745,000 and in July received a $200,000 roster bonus. Cartwright is scheduled to have a base salary of $1.5 million next season.

But considering his reduced role down the stretch season and his age (30), it seems the Redskins might move on without Cartwright.

"I know I have a pretty decent salary next year, but I doubt I'll receive that," Cartwright said. "Who knows what's going to happen? Nobody knows what the future holds. All you can do is try to go out and put a good tape and a good résumé out there so other teams can see what I can do."

By Jason Reid  |  December 16, 2009; 2:21 PM ET
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ZERO comments. Well, really, what's to be said.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 16, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

First to say cry about it

Posted by: Burrasta1 | December 16, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

First to say cry about it

Posted by: Burrasta1 | December 16, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Rock is getting the shaft. Zorn is a terrible judge of who should be playing and who should not.

31 did pretty damned good against DEN, but he's not getting carries now. WTF?

Posted by: dpc2003 | December 16, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I have no hard feelings against the man but what ever happend to "just shut up and play"??

Posted by: skinsfanOC | December 16, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

been around CP too long...

Posted by: follybeach | December 16, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

You wonder why you're in the doghouse? It's because you're running to the media b!tching about your playing status. C'mon man..man up. I like Cartwright as a special teams player, but I'll be so glad when he's gone next year so that we don't have to deal with his weekly b.s.

Posted by: TWISI | December 16, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I knew his days were numbered when CP said that he was the heart and soul of the Redskins.

Posted by: dpc2003 | December 16, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

rock, shut the heck up....would you please...your whining just annoying...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 16, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I'll say this: it's amazing that Rock thinks that whining about his role to the media is going to help him any. Maybe he doesn't want to be back...but that doesn't make much sense, either, because no one wanted him during his last FA go-around.

It's pretty simple, Rock. The guys who have replaced you have done a better job, or are inexperienced and the coaches are trying to give them a look to see what they have. They already know what they have with you.

Posted by: mattylight | December 16, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

"All you can do is try to go out and put a good tape and a good résumé out there so other teams can see what I can do."

Not to get all revisionist history on you Rock, but this happened last year, and how did that work out for you.....let me give you a hint...0/31 teams wanted you...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 16, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

He thought this was his shot, and then got caught up in a youth movement.

When you are 4-9 there's no point in putting anyone who is 30 y/o or older on the field.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | December 16, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Jesus Christ, what a bunch of babies on this team.

Rock - how about the fact that you're only gonna be on the team another year or two AT MOST and we want to see what the young, more talented guy can do?

Whens the last time he ran a kickoff past the 25 yard line??

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 16, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Why don't these guys just shut their yaps?

Posted by: League-Source | December 16, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

paskinsfan

"#5 Brandon Spikes-Can play inside or outside. He would be a short term OLB that would be able to take over for London Fletcher when he hangs it up."

Spikes or McClain from 'Bama would satisfy.

But I'm committed to Spiller so much I've painted mrsmoe Clemson orange, and have had a tiger paw tatooed to her hindquarters.

And she likes it.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 16, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"ARE... what a chooch". Not sure who so brilliantly summed up the situation, but Amen brother.

DT: "See the ball, catch the ball, run the right way with the ball". Amen brother. It does get a little tiring hearing all the over analysis of what it takes to have a successful punt return game. See, catch, run.

It will be blatantly obvious on the plays that the blockers fail to do their jobs, just as its blatantly obvious when the CS ARE waves fair catch with a 10 yard cushion, or lets the ball bang off his face mask, or lets the ball drop and roll 20 yards.

If it was me, his azz would be getting splinters while DT, MK, and MM get all his reps at WR. Quit wasting time on ARE.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | December 16, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

So tired of this dude

Posted by: beas13 | December 16, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Rock should cetainly see some time at the RB position, but should not be back returning kicks because he does not have the burst. I would be really surprised if the keep him around next year. I will say that he has more heart than athletic ability, which helped him in his career.

Posted by: joeboggs | December 16, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Can I play too?

Shut up Rock! You’re not paid to play, your paid to………DAMN!

I am NO GOOD at this…….

Posted by: dlhaze1 | December 16, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

"When you are 4-9 there's no point in putting anyone who is 30 y/o or older on the field"

Completely agree. Who here doesn't think that Samuels, Betts, and Thomas would still be playing if not on IR?

While we'r at it, what about Rabach at center?

What about Smoot, and London Fletcher? Yoder, Moss, Levi Jones?, Daniels, Winn?

What about Andre Carter?

Posted by: dpc2003 | December 16, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Mahalo Kaneohe.....

Posted by: ksquare | December 16, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

"Now, we have a young WR who is finally starting to turn the corner -- and Zorn has him spending time returning punts and kickoffs. Devin Thomas needs to put everything into being a WR right now".

F that..he can do both. Jackson and Royal don't seem to have a problem doing both.

I'd rather have younger, faster, and fearless versus aging, slower, and timid anyday of the week.

Posted by: ksquare

I've seen desean jackson. Devin Thomas is not desean jackson. Or JFK.

As for Royal, yes he is returning punts, but he's disappeared as a WR this year. Less receiving yards than Chester Taylor.

Some guys can divide up their time and make it work. I don't think Devin Thomas is one of those guys.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 16, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh I forgot. Griffin, BMW, and Dock, all 30 this year.

Posted by: dpc2003 | December 16, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Rock should have been cut years ago along with Randle El.

Posted by: RG10 | December 16, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

"I will say that he has more heart than athletic ability, which helped him in his career..."

Agreed.

He doesn't get that the sand has run to the bottom of his professional career hourglass.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 16, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Some guys can divide up their time and make it work. I don't think Devin Thomas is one of those guys.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 16, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Time will tell. I mean, he seems to be doing fine splitting his time up right now...

Posted by: mattylight | December 16, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 16, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

You're slowly converting me over to Spiller. If we can get a left tackle and Spiller I'm all for it. We love to bash JC for checking down in shotgun but what if he was checking down to Spiller? Spiller can return punts too. What if we have a set with 2 TEs, Spiller, Moss, and Thomas? Tell me that wouldn't be deadly.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 16, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

ml, yeah, agreed, how about we let him return some punts before declaring that he can't do it....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 16, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

It has nothing to do with Rock being in a dog house or people not liking him.

Thomas and Ganther are getting the job done better than he was. End of Story.


Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | December 16, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"Like I keep saying, it is what it is. I'm playing for the Lord. That's how I look at it. I'm going to keep coming out and playing as hard as I can."

--

Trouble is, the Lord appears to be a Saints fan...

and who in the media does he expect to help him get out of his so-called doghouse?

Posted by: Vic1 | December 16, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

"He didn't go in a corner and pout or suck his thumb when he got benched." - Joe Bugel

Hey Rock, you friggin' pu**y, why don't you just shut your mouth, and go continue to stand in the corner and suck you damn thumb?

Seriously this guys constant pissing is just way past annoying. How about you show some f___ing gratitude for the Redskins signing you when NO ONE ELSE would.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 16, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Rock has played with a lot of heart for a long time. There's nothing wrong with the way he has played. But if the coaches decide that one guy is a little better than another, the better player is going to play. That's not being "in the doghouse." He used to know that. He's just disappointed he's not getting his chance now. I'm sorry for him. But that's professional football. Rock, keep trying your best, and be thankful you're making almost a million dollars this year to do it instead of making your coach's decisions sound like they're personal against you.

Posted by: OintheSierras | December 16, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Last week I called Fred Davis for 80 yds and 2 tds (he got 50 and 2).

This week I'm calling a TD pass from ARE to Ganther. The time is right.

Posted by: REXskins | December 16, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like growing pains out of Ashburn today.

Like everyone doesn't know the only thing that matters is:

"What have you done lately?"

Caution: Objects in mirror may appear smaller than they are.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | December 16, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I think Rock has gotten shafted for most of his career. Ever since he fumbled vs KC back in Gibbs 2.0, he has gotten very little chance to run the ball -- and he had some talent there.

He's now 30, doing good special teams work, and getting paid modestly by NFL standards. Next year, his salary bumps, and its not like he is getting younger. I expect he'll be gone -- unless the next coach loves the guy.

I'm guessing his career isn't done, but he's NFL minimum material from here on out. I'm sure Rock would have loved to have the paycheck in his 2010 contract. By comparison, Rock doesn't have such straight pockets.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 16, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

If Rock is in the doghouse, it's one he built for himself by taking his complaints to the media this year.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | December 16, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm happily riding shotgun on Moe's Spiller bandwagon.

But only if Okung is gone.

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 16, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

At the end of a lost season, they're auditioning some of the younger players to see if they have a core group for the future. Not that difficult to figure out.

I love Rock, but, let's face it, the 'Skins already know what he can do.

Posted by: js_edit | December 16, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again with the Rock sucks, cut him, he’s done shpiel……seems to me that that he has filled in MORE THAN adequately when Portis went down, and even better when Betts went down. Ganther is showing he’s got some grit and Rock is still getting carries, just not starting. Even though Betts ripped his knee up, I would say it’s a pretty good thing that all of the “trade Betts-cut Rock” crowd did not get their wishes last summer. I do agree that Thomas is doing better on the KO returns, but keep Rock around for another year or two for exactly these types of situations. The guy isn’t an all pro, but he isn’t dog meat either.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | December 16, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Some guys can divide up their time and make it work. I don't think Devin Thomas is one of those guys.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 16, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh ye of little faith Z. Why not find out? They have a bit of depth there now, why waste it?

Posted by: ksquare | December 16, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

"I think Rock has gotten shafted for most of his career"

cry me a river, the average length of an NFL Career for a RB is 4 years, he's doubled it, he'll walk away a rich man, still having all his faculties, and when given the chance, 31 NFL teams said thanks but no thanks, to signing him....so save it. If he's such a leader and such a great guy, why doesn't he show up, do his job to the best of his abilities, and shut his mouth.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 16, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Damm, that's a BIG bus that clobbered ARE on this blog. Well, time to fish or cut bait. I disagree with brownwood. I think there are going to be some serious changes in this uncapped year. I think some heavy cap moves are underway in 2010 aimed at a new agreement in 2011. I can see PORTIS, ARE, CARTWRIGHT gone with CAMPBELL, GRIFFIN and SELLERS possible also. I hope we get something back in in the way of picks for these guys. CAMPBELL's is the only expiring contract in the bunch, and he and KEYSER SOZE are the one's I feel most likely to stay of the usual suspects.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 16, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

beepers jeepers

Posted by: TWISI | December 16, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

RE: Rock Cartwright

"The guy isn’t an all pro, but he isn’t dog meat either."

Posted by: dlhaze1

No he isn't dog meat. Dog meat is at least edible. Rock is just dog s*** and piss.

Cut him at the end of the season.

And dl, if he filled in "MORE THAN adequately" then why isn't he still starting? Rock is who he is, and that's simply average. Instead of crying every week to Jason Reid, why doesn't he give thanks to the Lord that he's now playing for.

At least Portis' pissing and moaning has a body of work to back it... Rock, not so much.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 16, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Oh I forgot. IF CAMPBELL goes in a trade, I think COOLEY does also.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 16, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty simple, Rock. The guys who have replaced you have done a better job, or are inexperienced and the coaches are trying to give them a look to see what they have. They already know what they have with you.

Rock is a good player and all but he has been on the team 8 years. They are greasing the skids for his departure.

Posted by: thecomedian1 | December 16, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Like ARE, Rock's best days are behind him and he should have kept his mouth closed. It was telling that he only received one carry the entire game which may be a result of his going public with his complaints about not starting. Unless you are a BMitch, you aren't going to stay on a team for 10 years just by starring on teams as a returner. Rock is 30 and never was a breakaway threat.

Thomas has the POTENTIAL to be an excellent returner and it's time the Redskins gave him a chance to return punts as well. ARE has hurt the team so many times this year that it's crazy that he hasn't been benched. I don't see him on the roster next year as Kelly and Mitchell continue to develop.

Posted by: wizfan89 | December 16, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Dlhaze, I got no beef with Rock's on field exploits... he has maximized his talents and gutted and gritted his way to a pretty long career. If ARE had half Rock's stones and attitude on the field, he would not suck so bad at PR.

Having said that, Rock has got to know that he has topped out and is on the downhill side of his NFL days. The grade is only gonna get steeper now.

If Rock is on the team next year... that is a FAIL on the part of the front office and whatever coaching staff is in place come January. Not a slam on Rock, thank you my man, but we needs to mosey on. Gritty special team guys the other side of 30 are not what this team needs. It needs younger, faster, stronger guys who can threaten to take it to the house.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | December 16, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

go figure, this team throwing a successful RB under the bus for the next flavor... weird.

I wonder if Zoron just has it in for RBs? Did he have a slacker RB on the Flock of Seagulls?

Posted by: DikShuttle | December 16, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love the Jason Reid/Wash Post....even when things are going 'good' for the Redskins, they find something negative/controversial to print about the Redskins on the same day Orakpo gets named NFC Defensive Player of the week.

Bottom line is Quinton Ganther is playing better as RB, and Devin Thomas is doing better on kickoff returns....so this is a not even really a 'story' worth printing. If the Redskins beat the Giants next week, who will even care about this.

Posted by: marcarutledge@yahoo.com | December 16, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I am completely and totally shocked at some of these comments. All Rock has ever done since he has been here is kept his mouth shut and play hard. He has always been at the top of the league in kickoff return yards. He gets a chance to run the ball and does it pretty damn well. Now, he has two guys that have barely been on this team getting more time at RB, and he mysteriously isn't even allowed to return kicks anymore. The guy has earned these opportunities. He is just confused and someone in the media sticks a mic in his face and asks him about it. I am sure he wasn't seeking anyone out to complain. Anyone who is dogging him out doesn't realize that a lack of people/players like him is why the Redskins have been such losers lately. I am sure the Skins will continue their trend of cutting players with solid game and character and overpay guys with bigger names that will underperform. I guess none of you clowns have ever been frustrated and felt underappreciated at your jobs. The guy hasn't said one negative thing in, what, 8 years. You clowns are unbelievable. Any REAL Skins fan appreciates a player like Rock. And, 30 years old is not old!

Posted by: cnoll | December 16, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

The guy hasn't said one negative thing in, what, 8 years.

Posted by: cnoll | December 16, 2009 3:43 PM

You're wrong. He was whining like crazy when he was a free agent about how the 'Skins wouldn't pay him enough, he wasn't appreciated, the 'Skins wouldn't give him a real shot at RB, blah, blah, blah.

He's never at the top as a kick returner. Usually around #10, #12. Above average, for sure, but not near the top. That's why he's held the job as long as he has.

As far as "what he's earned" we're having a competition right now. He's had his shot. Other guys are getting theirs. In the end, the 'Skins will give the ball to the guy who's the best.

Everyone appreciates Rock, but no one can abide a whiner and that's what he's turning into. And, sure, we've all had days like that, and people reacted to us just the way we're reacting to Rock.

Posted by: League-Source | December 16, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: League-Source | December 16, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey rock here a clue,,,
At 4-9 the redskins are auditioning players for next years roster.

They know what you can do. However you are now demonstrating the malcontent side, of your personality, every time you complain.

Portis taught you well, and like Portis you'll be looking for a job next season.

Posted by: dashriprock | December 16, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe how we treat one of our Captains! It makes me sick to see a guy with the most heart on the team treated this way. He is great on special teams and even better in the locker room so I can't understand not playing him! I guess this is just another example of Zorn and the other coaches bad decisions! This is not different then benching Chris Horton, who before getting hurt was having a great year, just one bad play....Look at Landry, he has been smoked week in and week out and still plays, still runs his mouth and still looks like the idiot thug he is....and he doesn't get benched!

Posted by: jcrabbe1 | December 16, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Rock didn't Twitter or post something on his website. He answered a reporter's question.

How is that whining?

As I said in another bog, this is the 'B-Mitch Treatment' plain and simple. Rock isn't some kiss ass owner's pet and speaks his mind when asked a question...all of which is forbidden if you work for the Danny.

Only a moron would think that Rock wouldn't do a better job at fielding punts than ARE has done. ARE is horrible, but he's one of Snyderatto's big signees...he's covered.

Worship at the Snyder altar or perish...

Posted by: kahlua87 | December 16, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

League-source, you're right about him speaking up when he was a free-agent. I actually forgot about that. I guess that could be construed as complaining. But, in retrospect, the guy was just looking for more/better opportunities and seeing what was out there. Something all of do very frequently in our own lives. We shouldn't be coming down on a guy that makes 750K a year; we should be coming down on guys like CP, DeAngelo Hall, etc. Why isn't anyone complaining about Sellers? He is older and recently complained a lot more and a lot longer and got a new contract. Also, if Rock is only 10th in the league, that means out of 32 guys, only 9 are better than he. I just think this rationale of ditching quality dudes and overpaying for free-agents is the problem. And, the fans always blame Vinny and Snyder, but people on this board are doing the same thing. It's like a petulant little child that always wants a new toy.

Posted by: cnoll | December 16, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

If Rock isn't with the team next year, the Skins will be lesser for it. The man is a captain for a reason: because the other guys on the team respect him, because the coaches respect him and, by the way, because he is a productive player. There may not be a better tackler on special teams in the league.

Posted by: SkinsFanNYC | December 16, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but he's just NOT THAT GOOD!

Spirit, heart, whatever you want to call it takes you but so far. DT is obviously a better kick returner it's not even funny.

Rock as an every down back? Get serious!

Be happy that you and ARE have roster spots!

You are not, nor will you ever be B-Mitch!

Posted by: tradervic1313 | December 16, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey Rock, if you just keep producing in the roles that roles that are given to you, and stop whining, I'm pretty sure they would want to keep you around - even at the higher salary. Most coaching staffs don't want a cry baby unless they're forced to keep him. You are a nice backup running back in the NFL, but you're not starter material. You're a great special teams player, but D.T. is definitely more of a threat than you are, and Q.T. appears to be better everydown back thay you are. But, be thankful for what you are and what you have, which is way more than most of the people in this country. Most of us have to work our butts off our whole lives and make a hell of a lot less than you do.

Posted by: clfrdj | December 16, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Q.G., that is. Bottom line: help the team by doing whatever job you're given to the best of your ability, and stip whining.

Posted by: clfrdj | December 16, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I like Rock but he has to face the fact that if Portis wasn't injured, Rock would be returning kicks and picking his nose. He wouldn't even be considered as a running back. Yeah, Rock has shown he can handle some carries, he is NOT the answer to the question in the long term and Quinton just might be a steal. I'd do what Zorn is doing - tryout Quinton to see if he's the real deal and if he isn't - nothing lost.

What does frost me is the yippy mouth of Cartright - a supposed "True Redskin". As far as I'm concerned, Rock has shown me he is nothing more than an ankle-biter like Clinton Portis and has pretty much spoken his way off my team in my hypothetical head coach pondering.

I'm glad we can get the ball in the offensive draft choices of '08 and to get them as much playing time. Perhaps the "duds" are actually just late bloomers and will be integral to our salvation next year!

Posted by: laserwizard | December 16, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

You guys can call it whining all you want, but I don't think Rock has been a problem with this. I believe the problem may stem from him not knowing WHY he's been the third running back and kick returner for many years, only to be benched when it's his turn to start.

I think the truth may hurt Zorn to relate it, too. Zorn may not know why Snyderatto benched Rock. Seems the same guy(s) making the decisions on Randle El, too.

Remember Zorn said El was no going to start at punt returner? The media asked him about it and El had not heard anything about it.

That is POOR communication at best. Then, lo and behold, El is back there again the next Sunday, doing his shadow juking and Fair Catching.

Who the F is in charge over there? Rock isn't whining anyway, he's answering the question:

media: "Rock, why are you not starting at RB OR KR anymore?"

Rock: "I have no idea." "Good Question."

And all the talk about trying out Ganther sounds GREAT. Why not go ahead and tell the guy who has been with your team since Spurrier, one of your Captains, that that's what you plan to do?

Fking Crybaby fans don't deserve a winner. I hope Snyderatto drafts a rookie QB, he holds out for a record contract and Sux. That's what you all deserve. That and another Vinneratto O line made of straw men.

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 16, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Whatever else he might be, Zorn is not a tool. If Rock isn't being coddled and advised of every personel decision, is that surprising? And virtually everyone here has said the same thing: Rock has been an okay to above average kick returner the past two years. He's appreciated. Someone like Portis can hold up is contract and say, "play me or Danny won't like it"; but, otherwise, the coach has to put the best guys out there. It's not a seniority thing, it's a best man for the job thing. You might not WANT to hear that as a player, but in this case is deniable? Furthermore, if your record is 4-9, do you really have any bargaining chips? Zorn is trying to find elements from the unproven that can do the job. NO ONE has a claim to any playing time. That the overpaid do, to some extent, is no endorsement of the current NFL star system.

And why you would make a kick returner one of your co-captains is beyond me.

Posted by: DCUnited2 | December 16, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Rock has a right to complain. He sat and waited his turn to run the ball. He produced when he received an opportunity. Now he gets no play. Meanwhile, consistent non-producers (El, Daniels, McIntosh, etc...) are continually rewarded with playing time. Rock has reason to be fed up. What happened to my team.

Posted by: coparker5 | December 16, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey Thinker_:
You say:
"I believe the problem may stem from him not knowing WHY he's been the third running back and kick returner for many years, only to be benched when it's his turn to start."

Are you serious? Being third string by definition means that you're not as good as first and second stringers according to the coaches. That needs to be explained to Rock? And what's this crud about it being "his turn to start"? The coaches should start whoever they think will be best for the team; there are no turns in the NFL. That's not a team sports concept. And, oh yeah, you can stick it with the tirade against "Crybaby" fans. You don't know enough to tell anybody else what to think, even though you call yourself (laugh) the Thinker_.

Posted by: chris_zz | December 16, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Woah, who switched out the kool-aid for Hateraide? I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that Rock can say whatever the hell he wants. He's been here for decades. He hasn't lost a step because he never had one. He is, statistically, one of the best KO average return men in the league and when you consider that he never, ever takes one to the house, that is impressive. Stop freaking out on the back-up back-up RB and start scanning the 2010 draft boards!

Posted by: chinatown | December 16, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Rock is a good guy he is just letting his frustration with the season show.
Go SKINS

Posted by: bittnera | December 16, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

You people are so funny. You love to tell someone else to just shut up and play. These are grown men and citizens of this country; they are entitled to their opinions just like you are to yours.

Rock does have a right to complain. He did nothing to lose his starting RB position and Thomas's KO return numbers are virtually identical to his. They are phhasing him out because they want to move on. That is their perogative but it doesn't mean Rock is wrong to complain. What Zorn is doing to Rock is just as bad as what Snyder and Cerrato are doing to him.

Posted by: ChairmanD | December 16, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

You people are so funny. You love to tell someone else to just shut up and play. These are grown men and citizens of this country; they are entitled to their opinions just like you are to yours.

Rock does have a right to complain. He did nothing to lose his starting RB position and Thomas's KO return numbers are virtually identical to his. They are phhasing him out because they want to move on. That is their perogative but it doesn't mean Rock is wrong to complain. What Zorn is doing to Rock is just as bad as what Snyder and Cerrato are doing to him.

Posted by: ChairmanD | December 16, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

"Like I keep saying, it is what it is. I'm playing for the Lord. That's how I look at it..."


Yeah, um, the Lord wants to see you in his office. Bring your playbook.

Posted by: nojunk4me | December 16, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Playing for the Lord?? that is rich!! hahaha...give me an f***ing break...don't think the Lord gives a rat's a.. about football..but hate to burst your bubble Rock (and all other Lord fearing christians on this site) but a bit of education might let you know that there is this thing called DARWIN, Natural selection, Origin of Species..umm..EVOLUTION...so sorry, don't want to burst all your bubbles around the holidays!! hahaha...too funny...a basic lack of education but no worries...continue on folks!!hahahahaha

Posted by: kthurley | December 16, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Way to be a team player, Rock.

As someone else pointed out, be thankful you've got a job.

Posted by: fan-o-matic | December 16, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

chris_zz,

I'm not telling anyone what to think. I'm just saying when you treat your core guys like dirt (Jason Campbell, Rock Cartwright, Antonio Pierce, Brad Johnson, Brian Mitchell, Ryan Clark, even Champ Bailey to some extent), don't complain when your team has no identity and loses to the worst teams in the league.

You miss the point: If Rock isn't good enough to start (which didn't seem to be the case when he was ringing the bells of the Cowboy's cornerbacks) why not TELL him?

It's the mysterious back-stabbing that is eroding the TEAM of this team and, yes, that starts with the owner.

So, I'm not telling you what to think, but I am, like Rock, expressing my opinion, just as you are. I doubt anyone thinks yours is more valid... except for maybe you, despite your name being (ho ho ho) chris_zz, you tool.

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 17, 2009 4:20 AM | Report abuse

And FURTHERMORE...

I liked that Rock was lowering his shoulder on the other team's secondary instead of lunging for daylight. It was nice to see somebody make those guys pay for their tackles once in a while.

But, despite my name, I know nothing, as has been pointed out. I'm probably not even posting about the relevant subject here.

In honor of the fans, the Redskins should change their offensive name to The Washington Hypocrites. Be sure to remember that old stand by "I'm lucky to have a job" next time you're being treated like crap after 10 years on your job.

A simple explanation is all this situation calls for. Of course, as is the case with most things Redskins related, that is just too much to expect.

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 17, 2009 4:28 AM | Report abuse

PS - Trade Cooley.

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 17, 2009 4:33 AM | Report abuse

Dan its-all-about-me Snyder is jealous of players who are described as the "heart and soul" of the Redskins. The same exact thing happened to Brian Mitchell. The Skins were never the same after BMitch left.

Posted by: hz9604 | December 17, 2009 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Rock this might be it for you.
I really don't understand why they did not let you run the ball sunday.

Say what you will about Portis the guy could run the ball.

They have a name for MOST Redskins fans FRONTRUNNERS!
EVERYONE WANTS TO WIN EVERYTIME!

If you know anything about football you should have known the season would be like it its.

If you have no offensive line you won't go far. I'm surprise they won as many games as the have.

NEXT YEAR ALL PICKS SHOULD BE OFFENSIVE LINEMEN! REPEAT AFTER ME see above

Posted by: shamken | December 17, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

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