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Rogers Knows He Must Step Up

From Jason La Canfora:

Cornerback Carlos Rogers takes full blame for dropping an interception that would have been an easy six points. He does not believe it cost the team the game, however (and I agree).

"I gave up that touchdown, but did that cost us the game? No," Rogers said. "I've got to step up and make that play, but it was still the second quarter."

Rogers has been dropping balls since he entered the league (he did it a week ago in Detroit and famously in a playoff loss to Seattle in 2005. One scout I spoke to speculated that Rogers may have an issue with depth perception. Whatever it is, Rogers needs to make more plays on the ball.

"He's an excellent cover corner, but if you can't catch the ball, teams are going to keep throwing at you," the scout said. "If you throw it 50 times and he catches one, you're going to keep going there."

By Cindy Boren  |  November 4, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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It didn't cost the game, but the momentum would've definitely been shifted after that.

Posted by: redskinsfan3 | November 4, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Agreed on the momentum would have been a huge lift for the Redskins....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 4, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Ok I'm not going to sit around here and moan about everything all day.

There's more than enough blame to go around today. There are plenty of reasons why we lost and why this might just be the end of our season... I'm sure others will address all those a-plenty today and for the next two weeks.

Here's what bothered me specifically, though. In a game that you know you had to come out and command early, you don't go for the jugular on multiple drives. Anything under 4th & 4 in those early drives you HAD to go for.

And how many times did you see pass run pass... sickening.

I guess we're seeing the Redskin rule in full effect, eh?

Ok, everyone enumerate away.


Posted by: DikShuttle | November 4, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Nothing costs you the game in the first half....but it was certainly a gynormous play in the game, and then compacted by the punt block....that sequence was brutal....

I hate dead horse beaters, so I am dropping the "home field" issue, even though it has me weeping inside.......

Has there ever been a more needed bye week?

Posted by: chrislarry | November 4, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

A couple of things:
I knew since last year during pre season that the Steelers fans would show up in force. I made that point several times on this blog. The point about tix being sold in the preseason is valid. Not a lot of folks saw 6-2. BUT!!! The Skins gave the Steeler fans the ability to be the ones cheering the loudest. There were plenty of us there. And when The SKins recovered the onside kick and intercepted that pass, we brought it loud. But not scoring TDs, allowing a blocked kick, dropping a sure interception. That either makes the place silent or the other fans cheer. UNBELIEVEABLE people are saying things like "I was more disgusted with the fans than the loss." The fans didnt lose that game. And after halftime there was ZERO things to cheer about. OH, and I was DISGUSTED by the number of tix sold to the enemy. But it doesnt stop me from cheering when my team makes a play.

Posted by: Club320 | November 4, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

As brutal as that game was, I am still excited about this team and this season. If your gonna get brutalized due out of conference. Also now the media can glady get off our jock and we can get back to being 32 in power rankings, fine by me.

I even think looking back on it, this whup azz can might have positive impact on stretch run. 05/07 had similar losses that spurred a refocus, and last year Giant got humiliated by non playoof Vikings at like week all you doo sayers need to get a grip, I swear some of you don't even watch the NFL. Every week is a mini season, and irrelevant like 3 weeks later....


Posted by: chrislarry | November 4, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: poolman1200000 | November 4, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

The outcome of the game would have surely been different.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 4, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

No, 'Los. That dropped pick did not "cost" you the game. But holding on to that pick and finishing that short sprint to the end zone would have put serious pressure on the Stillers. That ended up being a potential 14-point swing because they scored their first touchdown on that drive. Don't tell me the outcome of the game would not have been different.

Posted by: Good2bOK | November 4, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

That drop by Carlos did IN FACT cost us the game IMO. 6-3, and dominating on D. Carlos just needs to secure it. Even if he doesnt advance it. Did you see his quote up top?????!!!!! "That was an easy 6" No jackass, it was not if you dont CATCH THE BALL FIRST. So rather than at minimum 9-3. They punt we give up the field position, blocked punt, TD. Ballgame...

Posted by: Club320 | November 4, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

cl, agreed on the bye week, never has it been more needed than right now. Rest up, get healthy.

Except for Rogers. You go stand in front of a juggs machine and catch balls until your palms bleed....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 4, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

6-3 is a good quote the Tues Morning H-Back, if we win those "easier" games (Sea, SF and Cincy) then steal one or two of the tougher games (Dal, NYG, Philly, Balt) we are at 10-6 or 11-5. Good news, the "tough" games are at home ( save Balt)

The division race may be out of reach unless the G-Men get a MAJOR injury or
tank. Focus on the wild card...get to 10-6 and roll the dice.

Posted by: cej75024 | November 4, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

On Carlos Rogers' website, the banner across the top includes two pictures of him holding a ball. One of the two has him actually running with it. In order for this to happen, wouldn't he have had to CATCH it first? Curious.

Posted by: hailglory | November 4, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

"You go stand in front of a juggs machine and catch balls until your palms bleed...."

If I was in the mood, you could have some serious fun with some double entendres here....but my heart ain't in it....although a "juggs machine" might help me calm down....

Posted by: chrislarry | November 4, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

For everyone who on an earlier post who did NOT like the idea of Zorn giving the players Wedns-Sunday off...

Just like in any line of work, you need to recharge the battery and rest mentally and physically. This idea of ... "Rest?? This team needs to work!!" Must NEVER take time off during their job.

I can see it clear as day...if we get to the playoffs and come the "this team looked tired and had nothing in the tank" posts.

Posted by: cej75024 | November 4, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I know a good place where yo can get a "juggs machine"...but it'll cost you.

Posted by: cej75024 | November 4, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I agree, give'em rest. Silly to think otherwise....

I wouldn't mind the coaches meeting a bunch though.....

Posted by: chrislarry | November 4, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

That ended up being a potential 14-point swing because they scored their first touchdown on that drive. Don't tell me the outcome of the game would not have been different.

Posted by: Good2bOK

No, they didn't score their first TD on that drive. They punted, then we went 3 and out, and they blocked our ensuing punt.

Carlos Rogers converting that pick at best would have made it a 13-3 game at that point, but it still wouldn't have changed the fact that our offense could not move the ball at all, that Zorn went gutless until the game was out of reach, and that our defense collapsed in the second half. The loss was indicative of much more than a missed opportunity at an interception.

Posted by: psps23 | November 4, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

++++In what may be the saddest testament yet to the sight of the Steelers' fans taking over FedEx Field last night and dominating the lower bowl with all the terrible towels, the Redskins offense had to go to a silent count at times, at home, because of all the noise the visiting fans were making.---JLC++++

Same thing happened as redskin fan when I saw them play the cardinals in Ariz two years back. Plenty of extra tickets, and all the West coast skins fans all but took over the stadium. skins plaeyers were waving their arms at us, egging us on.

Why does this happen?

Because tickets cost so much, season ticket holders are looking to write off some of the cost by selling a few duckets off during the year.

Why this game this year? Hmmmm. A game on national TV the night before the US election in the Nations' Capitol in an age of terrorism. We've all been told to be very VERY afraid by the Bush administration as part of their national policy. It's not surprising 10K people believe it and decided to turn a little profit at the same time.

Posted by: TheCork | November 4, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

They have a lease with the state of Maryland they can not just up and move even if they wanted to.

I have allot of friends who are Steelers fans and they do not even know were Pittsburgh is.

The problems last night were on the field not in the stands, this is a free country people can do what ever they want with there tickets.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 4, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

cork, by FAR, your most moronic post, and there have been some real beauties you've put out there.

Take that crap somewhere else...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 4, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 4, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Rogers has to be able to pick off that pass and score a TD....his pass interference against Hines Ward on the underthrown ball helped get the Steelers going at the end of the half. That coupled with the punt block were huge momentum swings.

I shut off the TV once it became 16-6 since it was clear the Skins had no way to move the ball with the Steelers pass rush and no running game. Disappointed that Zorn went 4-wide and exposed Campbell to taking some huge hits. We're lucky he had made it through the game in one piece.

Jansen's pass protection deficiencies were exposed constantly and Samuels clearly wasn't at 100%. I was surprised that very few screen passes to Portis or Cooley were called until the game was out of hand. A healthy Betts would have given a good alternative to Portis who was clearly beaten up. Hopefully, he'll be back after the bye and Portis will benefit from the rest.

The Steelers and Giants are clearly better teams at this point than the Redskins, and we still have too many holes on each side of the ball to expect to beat teams of that quality who come to play every week.

Posted by: wizfan89 | November 4, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

my fellows Skins fan...You crack me up...we lose a game and everybody starts saying it could be the end of our season??? WHAT??? Man up...we's one game....We are 6 and 3 going into a much needed bye week....

I'm not buying ..."season could be over" crap

Posted by: leevi98 | November 4, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Red no I am not bitter at all. I am just tired of JLC and his childish fight with the FO. And it is not all about positive post. Reid wrote article pointing out where the Skins need to improve and I wrote they were good articles. JLC is the one that is bitter and I just wish he would leave that part of of his posts.


Posted by: icetotalpackage | November 4, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

is catching a football really that difficult?!

Posted by: rachel216 | November 4, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

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