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Rogers Getting Stronger -- and Better

From Jason Reid:

Cornerback Carlos Rogers has performed at the highest level of his career while playing a major part in the Washington Redskins' 5-2 start.

The fourth-year player was outstanding in coverage again during Sunday's 14-11 victory over the Cleveland Browns at FedEx Field, continuing one of the best three-week stretches of any NFL cornerback, Redskins coaches and player said. Rogers has been an anchor in pass defense at a time when cornerbacks Shawn Springs and Fred Smoot have been slowed by injuries, and he has proven he can handle a lead role.

"Each week, he's getting stronger and stronger," defensive tackle Lorenzo Alexander said. "Each week, he's making more plays and big hits. It's really amazing when you think about everything that happened to him last year, how far he's come and where he's at right now."

Rogers tore his right anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in a 52-7 loss to the New England Patriots on Oct. 28. Many in the organization thought Rogers would not be ready to start the season, but he worked hard in offseason rehab, played in the exhibition season and has been especially sharp recently.

"To have surgery and then sit out like he did, and to come back so soon and make the plays he's making, it's incredible," Alexander said. "He's covering top receivers each week and doing a great job for us. For a lot of guys, who have had the injury he had, it's really a mental thing.

"Most guys think, 'Am I ready for this? Can I do it?' But he's proven to himself each week, 'Okay. I'm good. I'm good. It's getting better.' He's confident in his mind, not worried about his knee and just making plays. We're all really impressed and happy for Carlos because of all the work he put in to get here."

By Cindy Boren  |  October 21, 2008; 12:03 PM ET
 
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Posted by: Curzon417 | October 21, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Good stuff about Rogers, he deserves kudo's for putting in the work to get himself back on the field so quickly, as does Rocky.

Maybe I'm just different, but I couldn't care less about someone's power rankings. I also couldn't care less about who on the team makes the pro-bowl, which as evidenced by Marion making is last year, is a joke. POY, ROY, all that stuff amounts to a hill of shti in my eye's. Win. Defeat the Lions this week. Then defeat who-ever is on the schedule the next week. Lather, Rinse, and Repeat until there are no more games to be played.

This power ranking stuff....who cares....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 21, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, could it be that we actually pickd the best cb in the 2005 draft. Another feather in the cap of Vinny Cerrato

Posted by: Predator48 | October 21, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

3rd . . .

Posted by: Skins63 | October 21, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, isn't Carlos coming up on the end of his contract soon? (Maybe after next season?) Could there be a bit of a contract drive behind this? Or has he truly turned the corner on the professionalism? I certainly hope the latter.

Posted by: grounder | October 21, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

From the last post, just in the sake of argument, given his pedigree (Raiders and Bucs), I'd like to suggest that Jon Gruden does not curse like a sailor, but more specifically, like a pirate

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 21, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Maybe someone can tear the ACL and MCL in justin tryon and maybe he will play like rogers next year

Just a thought

Posted by: GreatOne1 | October 21, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Thats a funny thought....

Posted by: wiz-skins07 | October 21, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

A little bit of both i am sure. Coming off that injury he may have thought his career could be in jeopardy. Its truly amazing, after the injury, that he is at full speed. But, i think the biggest difference is the apparent change in overall work ethic..more film study listening to the vets..ect

Posted by: WVskinzfan | October 21, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Correct me if I'm wrong, as I like to recall things from memory not google, but aren't we on a 20 game winning streak against the Lions? we must dismantle this team this week in order to get some momentum rolling. After detroit we face Blitzburgh and then our bye. It is crucial to head into the bye feeling good about ourselves, of course while staying medium.

Posted by: Hail2theChief | October 21, 2008 12:19 PM

You're wrong. And I'm correcting you.

The streak is 20 or 21 in a row AT HOME. They lost to the Lions in Detroit a couple times in a row earlier in the decade (around the Spurrier days, I believe), so being in Detroit holds no guarantees. But you're right; there's no reason why the Skins can't come in and dominate these guys, especially after blowing it against the Rams.

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 21, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I know you are kidding Great One, but i do like the theory. Hopefully, the kid can learn by watching others.

Posted by: WVskinzfan | October 21, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

If any of you happen to be in the vicinity of The Post on Thursday night (1150 15th St. NW), there's a Chalk Talk from 6-8 on all matters football. It'll feature JReid, Maske, Carpenter, Emilio and George Solomon (our former sports editor). Oh, and me.
There'll be free food, there's no charge for admission. An RSVP is not mandatory, but would help in ordering food: washingtonpost.com/2008 events. I think that if you RSVP, you'll be entered in a chance to win one of two $250 gift cards.
It would be great to see you there and I swear I won't mention this again.

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 21, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The DB situation is really concerning to me. Particularly the way they all seem to tackle with the shoulder pads only ... that's a missed tackle or injury waiting to happen, neither of which is a good thing.

That said, Rogers is clearly the best corner we have. If we can get to the bye week at 6-3 or 7-2, that may give our guys a chance to rest/heal/improve for the stretch run. Springs and Smoot will have to be at or near 100% to face the Girls, Gints and Iggles.

Posted by: KALeeForniaSkins | October 21, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I also couldn't care less about who on the team makes the pro-bowl, which as evidenced by Marion making is last year, is a joke. POY,----GREG

Normally im not to big on the pro bowl, its cool when its a skin they get recognition a check, vaca, whatevs. But this year I really feel that we should help out and get Fletcher there. This guy wants to go and want it because its a sign of resect from the fans and more imoprtantly his peers. I have heard him talk about how much he wants to make the pro bowl, i hope it comes true for him and i have and will continue to vote for him, as well as some others, im thinkin Sellers...

Posted by: Stu27 | October 21, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Hail2theChief,

For the record, I was aiming for sarcastic humor in my response to your post. I just re-read it and I could see that coming through as me being an @sshole. Not my intent.

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 21, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Well, isn't Carlos coming up on the end of his contract soon? (Maybe after next season?) Could there be a bit of a contract drive behind this? Or has he truly turned the corner on the professionalism? I certainly hope the latter.

Posted by: grounder | October 21, 2008 12:19 PM

Either way, at least he has quit getting beat and/or celebrating plays where he got beat, but the receiver didn't catch it. He isn't getting beat as easily and he's stopped being cocky for no reason. He's got some reason to be cocky now.

Posted by: moo21 | October 21, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

F power rankings....pointless....

F the pro bowl, but I am pro London getting in

Posted by: chrislarry | October 21, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Well, isn't Carlos coming up on the end of his contract soon? (Maybe after next season?) Could there be a bit of a contract drive behind this? Or has he truly turned the corner on the professionalism? I certainly hope the latter.

Posted by: grounder | October 21, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Rodney Harrison is out for the season with a torn quad...hurts just to think about that....

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 21, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

How do we RSVP?

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 21, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"If any of you happen to be in the vicinity of The Post on Thursday night (1150 15th St. NW), there's a Chalk Talk from 6-8 on all matters football."

As Noah said to God, "Riiiiiiiiight."

Posted by: WorstSeat | October 21, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

1,000 percent agreed cl...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 21, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

If any of you happen to be in the vicinity of The Post on Thursday night (1150 15th St. NW), there's a Chalk Talk from 6-8 on all matters football. It'll feature JReid, Maske, Carpenter, Emilio and George Solomon (our former sports editor). Oh, and me.

so i guess jasno wasn't invited since it'll be on football. you betcha! ;) i kid. i kid. i'll try to be there...though wish it was on a friday or tomorrow...

Posted by: dealer1 | October 21, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

It would be great to see you guys there. You can RSVP here, even tho the bleeps don't mention me:

https://wa.washpost.com/postcontests/contest.jsp?id=1434

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 21, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

You can RSVP here:

https://wa.washpost.com/postcontests/contest.jsp?id=1434

Hope you guys can make it.

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 21, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Good stuff about Rogers, he deserves kudo's for putting in the work to get himself back on the field so quickly, as does Rocky.

Maybe I'm just different, but I couldn't care less about someone's power rankings. I also couldn't care less about who on the team makes the pro-bowl, which as evidenced by Marion making is last year, is a joke. POY, ROY, all that stuff amounts to a hill of shti in my eye's. Win. Defeat the Lions this week. Then defeat who-ever is on the schedule the next week. Lather, Rinse, and Repeat until there are no more games to be played.

This power ranking stuff....who cares....


Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 21, 2008 12:13 PM


I'll drink to that.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 21, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The days of Double Move are a fading, distant memory.

Posted by: Zornado | October 21, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

This power ranking stuff....who cares....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 21, 2008 12:13 PM

Greg- Right there with you. I don't understand the fascination with it, or the hurt feelings when the 'Skins aren't "ranked" high. It's the NFL, not college football. Win...get to the playoffs...then win the Super Bowl. Then you're #1. Pretty simple.

Posted by: 4-12 | October 21, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

***They have registered just one interception and rank last in the NFL in yards allowed, pulling off the rare feat of ranking 31st against the run and 30th against the pass.

For good measure, they rank dead last in first downs allowed per game and points allowed per game.***

Unleash the hounds, I smell blood!

Its time the Redskins offense finally put it all together and play 60 minutes of mistake free dominant football. Don't get me wrong, i am very very pleased with our results so far, but like most if not all of you, i recognize that they are leaving points on the field and not maximizing scoring opportunities. I figure there are three ways it can go when a team racks up lopsided yards gain stats: 1) lose a close one due to suicidal mistakes 2) win a close one by doing enough to win as a team while overcoming the suicidal mistake tendencies 3) totally kick the snot out of the opponent and win going away. Redskins have managed to check off 1 and 2 over the last 2 weeks. To their credit, they are winning lopsided stats victories. Its time for the stats to show up in the ultimate stat...the scoreboard. Get some.

Hail.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 21, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

***They have registered just one interception and rank last in the NFL in yards allowed, pulling off the rare feat of ranking 31st against the run and 30th against the pass.

For good measure, they rank dead last in first downs allowed per game and points allowed per game.***

Unleash the hounds, I smell blood!

Its time the Redskins offense finally put it all together and play 60 minutes of mistake free dominant football. Don't get me wrong, i am very very pleased with our results so far, but like most if not all of you, i recognize that they are leaving points on the field and not maximizing scoring opportunities. I figure there are three ways it can go when a team racks up lopsided yards gain stats: 1) lose a close one due to suicidal mistakes 2) win a close one by doing enough to win as a team while overcoming the suicidal mistake tendencies 3) totally kick the snot out of the opponent and win going away. Redskins have managed to check off 1 and 2 over the last 2 weeks. To their credit, they are winning lopsided stats victories. Its time for the stats to show up in the ultimate stat...the scoreboard. Get some.

Hail.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 21, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

***They have registered just one interception and rank last in the NFL in yards allowed, pulling off the rare feat of ranking 31st against the run and 30th against the pass.

For good measure, they rank dead last in first downs allowed per game and points allowed per game.***

Unleash the hounds, I smell blood!

Its time the Redskins offense finally put it all together and play 60 minutes of mistake free dominant football. Don't get me wrong, i am very very pleased with our results so far, but like most if not all of you, i recognize that they are leaving points on the field and not maximizing scoring opportunities. I figure there are three ways it can go when a team racks up lopsided yards gain stats: 1) lose a close one due to suicidal mistakes 2) win a close one by doing enough to win as a team while overcoming the suicidal mistake tendencies 3) totally kick the snot out of the opponent and win going away. Redskins have managed to check off 1 and 2 over the last 2 weeks. To their credit, they are winning lopsided stats victories. Its time for the stats to show up in the ultimate stat...the scoreboard. Get some.

Hail.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 21, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

sorry for the double move... oceanic time warner cable SUCKS!!!

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 21, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

JLaC and RI gets a little love from Matt Mosley, talking about the Skins goal line defense.

Also Fletcher get a bit of love for pro bowl from MM.

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/nfceast/0-4-144/More-on-the-Redskins--goal-line-D.html

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 21, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Alright we get it!

Posted by: Stu27 | October 21, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Of course, since Detroit has only one interception this year, and JC has thrown no picks, guess what's going to happen ...

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 21, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Props to Rogers for his strong comeback and excellent play.

Skins have had about 5-6 TDs this year that went against them due to the refs. I think that explains to some degree why we haven't blown people out. That is a lot of points we've had to give back.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 21, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

zce, yeah...can you believe what happened to cutler? i thought he was going to end up costing me a game. i think i have a pretty good team to make a strong push for the playoffs and go deep once in it.

bye week this is a bye week pad your stats rest your starters week...

i say the skins beat the steelers too...they will shut down willie or whomever and the secondary, safeties will do the rest.

btw...did you guys see that whiff by horton the other day on anderson when he was coming on a blitz. he HAD him!!! he needed to slow down just 1/2 a step before he got to anderson and it woulda been a huge sack/turnover...

Posted by: dealer1 | October 21, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Remember the annoying hand on the Redskins' telecast Sunday?
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2008/10/redskins_offered_obstructed_vi.html#more

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 21, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

okay...i was a bit preoccupied but i don't rember the obstructions (with hands)...wow can't believe i missed it...

Posted by: dealer1 | October 21, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I hope to see him in the Pro Bowl this season along with Fletcher, Portis, and Horton, Moss...there will be plenty of room thanks to the poor Cowboys

Posted by: HelzYea2DaSkinz | October 21, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

College talent evaluators: Who are the top three CB coming out next spring?

IMO, Redskins should draft, CB, OL, DL, LB in that order.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 21, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Cindy,

It would be nice if Steinberg asked CBS "Why did that happen?" There is nothing in his piece we don't already know. I'm still trying to figure out how he adds value and why we keep getting these links to his ramblings.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 21, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Who are the top 3 CB coming out next spring? IMO, Redskins should draft CB, OL, DL, LB in that order.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 21, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

In one interview, Rogers said the knee injury allowed him to concentrate on the mental aspects of the game. He's now combining physical talent with film study and technique.

Seems like the typical learning curve for a 3-4 year veteran. It usually takes a couple years of experience to fully comprehend that reliance on ability alone is not enough to succeed in the NFL.

Posted by: siris | October 21, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: fanzak | October 21, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I know some here don't like list, but for those who do, Pro Football Weekly has a nice article, MVP Meter touting Portis through week 7.

http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/Features/MVP+Meter/2008/mvp07.htm

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 21, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Top corner coming out of college. Same as Springs on everything (alma mater, height, weight, speed, ball hawking) except injuries.

http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=87746&SPID=10408&DB_OEM_ID=17300&ATCLID=1059260&Q_SEASON=2007

Posted by: dcsween | October 21, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Sween

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 21, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Who are the top 3 CB coming out next spring? IMO, Redskins should draft CB, OL, DL, LB in that order.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 21, 2008 1:43 PM

Dude, way too early to think about the draft. Besides we won't need a CB. Tryon's coming along, just like Rogers only faster, and will be a shutdown corner.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 21, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Never to early to watch college football though (unless you live with someone who prohibits football on television until Sundays). The attached list gives you a sense about WHO you could watch for in those five minutes you are allowed to watch college ball (between two shows on HGTV).

http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/2009/top-nfl-prospects-for-2009.cfm?pos=ALL

Positionally, it doesn't look like any particular position is going to have more top prospects than any other, except maybe LB. [The year Rocky was drafted, it was a huge year for OLBs ... he was something like the 8th or 9th OLB picked ... and he was one of the first guys picked in the second round.]

Laurinaitis (MLB from OSU) also will be stud ... and Marcus Washington will be 31 years old next week. [Still, Marcus somehow just got amazing healthy in the span of two weeks.]

Posted by: dcsween | October 21, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

TE dude, perhaps its too early. But so what?? If you dont want to participate in that line of discussion, then don't. Seems like a fine thread to me. Springs is old and rickety, Smoot is getting long in the tooth, and as I look at the roster, CB is the top need going forward. Its Tuesday... beats talking about lame ass CBS camera angles of some guy's hands, or how people feel about the latest power rankings. So if Tryon is the answer, then how about OL, DL and LB? Those are the next three needs in order for adding depth, IMO.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 21, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

... Tryon's coming along, just like Rogers only faster, and will be a shutdown corner.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 21, 2008 1:54 PM

Sometimes I can't tell when you're being sarcastic.

Posted by: dcsween | October 21, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Not that I'm trying to show up dcsween, but

beep beep.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 21, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

No need for a corner early next year. Our secondary has been extremely beat up this year and we've still held 5 of the top 10 offenses to season-low outputs. Not to mention the fact that outside of Springs, our secondary is by far the youngest unit on the team. The talk of a need for a CB in the draft is just as premature as it was last year when people wrote off Carlos Rogers as being done after (and even before) his injury.

The top needs from last year still remain this year -- offensive and defensive linemen. Both units have key players aging, and both units are the most important aspects of a team outside of the quarterback. Both should be re-upped prior to a drop-off, IMO hopefully getting a stud DT and another stud interior OLineman would significantly help avoid a "rebuilding" process for this team a year or two down the road. Seeing as how we only have a few picks anyway next season, I would draft straight across the lines.

Posted by: spizzle | October 21, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Man Law Ruling Needed

http://www.fanzak.com/fzrants/Man_Law_Ruling_Needed

http://www.fanzak.com/news.php?te=1652


Posted by: fanzak | October 21, 2008 1:45 PM |

No, you do not sit down. If everyone is standing up on a critical play when the team needs the home fans to 'try' and disrupt the play, you do not sit down.

At that moment in time I probably would have looked at him like was crazy, said nothing, and turn around and continue to stand and cheer........

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 21, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Agree that CB is a need position in next year's draft given Springs' history of injury and age (33) and Smoot being more of a nickel corner at this point, but we can't expect an injury-free season out an O-Line where the starters are all in their 30's. Jansen is playing better, but I anticipate Heyer will be the starter by next season. Other than the kid Rhinehart who is inactive every week, we don't have any other young lineman being groomed to play. We need a minimum of one lineman who will be able to replace the aging Kendall (35) next season and a backup to be groomed behind Randy Thomas.

After O-Line, we have two starting LB's in their thirties, one in Marcus Washington who looked over the hill until two weeks ago. This is not a deep position with only H.B. Blades looking like a potential starter. A DT who can upgrade the position is needed given Griffin's age and injury history. Same can be said for DE where Taylor is past his prime.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 21, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

SkinsfaninKaneohe (is Kaneohe a city or something?), I agree with the position break down on roster needs.

By my thinking, the Skins should focus their offseason roster building (both free agency and the draft) on (1) replacing the guys with the most wear and tear plus age, and (2) the free agent class that Gibbs inserted in the Spring of 2004. There is a fair amount of overlap there.

Category 1 guys -- Kendall, Jason Taylor (really a drag b/c given his injury history coming in, he should have lasted longer), Fabini.

Category 2 guys -- Cornelius, Springs, Marcus, Phillip Daniels, Portis.

I think they've been chipping away at this for a while. Brunell was a category 2 guy. Daniels might have already taken himself off the list, but the position pops back up given how Jason Taylor was a last minute (thank jeebus!) replacement. Same with Kendall. Both those guys were awesome to have available, but the future arrives sooner in the NFL as you age.

Personally, I think Portis will have game for the duration of his renegotiated contract, so RB does not feel like a high priority. [Though Portis, Betts, and Cartwright are all the same age.]

Blades might be the answer re: Marcus, but Fletcher is irreplaceable ... and older than Marcus, so I see Blades as the future there.

To me, having a high level performer ready to step in should Springs, Griffin, or Marcus become unable to play should be the offseason priorities (in that order).

I'm not all sold on the draft being the ONLY way either. I'm OK with free agency, esp. given that The Owner is willing to open his pocketbook for a great player.

Asomugha (Oakland) would please me as much as Malcolm Jenkins.

Mostly, however, I want the entire Skins current roster to remain healthy enough to play the entire season. The intra-team chemistry seems very right, highly medium.

Posted by: dcsween | October 21, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Man Law Ruling - You will stand if the person in front of you is standing - that's why the call them STANDS!!! The inverse (converse?!?) shall also apply. No blocking the view on your own accord. Exceptions to the rule: lap spillage, fighting (viewing or participating), cleavage.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 21, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

No offense takin' Bro. I was wrong but like i said I don't goggle my points i just debate them. I know last year when we smashed the Lions I recall hearing of a 20 game win streak but we were at Fed-Ex last year. Peace

Posted by: Hail2theChief | October 21, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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