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Rogers Opts to Spend the Day at Work

Jason Reid reports:

Although players were off today, cornerback Carlos Rogers had work to do at Redskins Park. It would seem Rogers was entitled to a break considering how well he played during Sunday's 23-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, but there's always room for improvement, Rogers said.

"Just trying to establish myself and help my team, man," Rogers said. "Any man they put me on, my job is to shut 'em down. That's what I always try to do."

Against Philadelphia, Rogers drew the difficult assignment of standout rookie wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Rogers limited Jackson to one catch for eight yards. Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb quickly turned to his second and third options in patters because Rogers stuck tight to Jackson.

Rogers occasionally had deep help against in defensive coordinator Greg Blache's zone packages. Rogers, however, was effective in man coverage throughout the game and "zone basically turns to man when you're up the field," Rogers said.

Rogers's strong outing against Jackson was another in a series of impressive performances by Washington's secondary in the team's four-game winning streak.
Shawn Springs, considered the Redskins' best cornerback in press-man coverage, was outstanding against Anquan Boldin and Terrell Owens in victories over the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys, respectively.

Springs sat out Sunday's game against the Eagles and Rogers excelled in the toughest matchup for the secondary, though he did drop a potential interception in the first half. "He should have got that interception," said secondary coach Jerry Gray, who smiled and chuckled as he recalled the play. "But other than that, he did a good job."

Rogers was pleased with his effort, but not satisfied. "I think I did a pretty good job, but it wasn't just me, it was the whole team," he said. "They tried to get him [Jackson] the ball anyway they can, and they ran a couple of reverses for him, but there's really nothing you can do about that.

"But when Donovan seen he was covered, he went off that read and went somewhere else. We did some stuff to mix 'em up with different looks and different coverages. One time, I should have had a pick; I should have made the catch. But it was really a great job by everybody."

By Cindy Boren  |  October 7, 2008; 2:27 PM ET
 
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Comments

Poop

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 7, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

One time, I should have had a pick; I should have made the catch.

yes, carlos, you shoulda! ;) let's work on that today...shall we?

Posted by: dealer1 | October 7, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

There is only one way to look at the CR intercepting issue. CR is great at covering any DB and breaking up catches. Any interception he makes is a plus. Would love for him to make more catches, but am happy that he is preventing DBs from making catches. He is at least in the right position to make the plays.

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 7, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

How about Portis' comments today on the Dan Patrick show about J Campbell. Probably just trying to keep the team under the radar stll. Still very interesting though.

Posted by: cj658 | October 7, 2008 2:14 PM

To me, this seemed more tongue in cheek...Portis being Portis...

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 7, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Good stuff about Los.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 7, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

nice work mr.mcpoop.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 7, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Good to see Rogers is putting in extra time.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 7, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

"They tried to get him [Jackson] the ball anyway they can, and they ran a couple of reverses for him, but there's really nothing you can do about that."

Carlos' List of Things You Can't Do Nothing About

1) Double Moves
2) Reverses

Posted by: tafka | October 7, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Portis being Portis...

damn!!! you stole my line!!! yeah...as long as he's producin we'll keep saying "PBP"...and yes, i love cp and cooley two guys that remind me of riggo...

Posted by: dealer1 | October 7, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Eh, I'd love to see CR get some more interceptions, but I love the fact that he's breaking plays up left and right regardless. With the extra work he's put in and actually listening to some of the vets, he's finally starting to look like the 1st round pick we spent on him. Curzon, you meant WRs and not DBs, right. Last I checked, DBs stood for defensive backs...

Posted by: DCinSD | October 7, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Anybody have a link to CP's comments or can you give a summary? Thanks.

Posted by: NCICURN | October 7, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

www.danpatrick.com

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 7, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

3.balls in hands

Posted by: alex35332 | October 7, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse


How about Portis' comments today on the Dan Patrick show about J Campbell. Probably just trying to keep the team under the radar stll. Still very interesting though.

Posted by: cj658 | October 7, 2008 2:14 PM

To me, this seemed more tongue in cheek...Portis being Portis...

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 7, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Right on, Curz. CP does that a lot. don't take him too seriously.

Posted by: frediefritz | October 7, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

NOBODY fell for the Rick Roll? dang. Oh well. That's what I feel like when the media reports on itself. Like I've been RickRolled.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 7, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Three thoughts about Carlos rogers.

1. HIs main job is to shut down receivers, and he is doing a great job of that.

2. He is a cornerback, because he doesn't have great hands. If he had great hands, he'd be a wide receiver. Yes, there are a few CB's with good hands, but not many.

3. If he were a WR, he would know the route, and know when to look for the ball. As CB, if the ball is thrown to him, he usually doesn't have a lot of time to focus on the ball. I admit there have been times when he had time and dropped it last year. But the throw last week was not.

Let's just be glad he has matured, and is in on an off-day to do his film work.

Posted by: frediefritz | October 7, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Steven Jackson did not run over Sean Taylor. Jackson had already gotten into field goal territory and Taylor did the smart thing and went for the strip. Field goal or TD in overtime doesn't make a difference its a L for WSH. Great effort by Taylor.
Did anyone else immediately think after they saw Landry get run over by Jacobs, that Taylor wouldn't be getting run over like that?

Posted by: Skew | October 7, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Portis is sicing up Malcom Kelly right now on the JT show. He must be good. Hopefully we will see it one day on the field......

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 7, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Rogers has played much better this year than ever before. Is he knee even better than it was before it was injured? At the moment, its one of the Auburn guys that is most improved on this team. Not sure which one.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 7, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Foxsport.com has the Skins # 2 in the power rankings!! HTTR

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/powerRankings

Posted by: wstclair | October 7, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

skew, thanks! great point and way to defend our main man #21. and yes, i thought that about L30...i think of 21 everygame...like dang! feel so bad that he wasn't a part of this (winning)...

Posted by: dealer1 | October 7, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Portis is sicing up Malcom Kelly right now on the JT show. He must be good. Hopefully we will see it one day on the field......

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 7, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

All the Skins players seem to hype up MK I heard Jason Campbell doing the same thing earlier today, and I have heard other players do the same. Seems like MK must have showed something good in practice before getting hurt. Because everybody seems to specifically mention him all the time about how good he will be when he is healthy.

Posted by: wstclair | October 7, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

4th, but isn't kelly hurt? i thought the knee swelled up again on sunday? they're getting thin on LB position...wonder how long they can keep him on the active roster...

Posted by: dealer1 | October 7, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

ZEKE'S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES
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This week's theme, the unclear positions. At this point, there are really only two positions that aren't clear who should be the long term starter. RT and LDE.

Start with Jansen vs Heyer at RT. To me, its Jansen. First, they won with Jansen against tough teams. But in a more cerebral look, they were unable to run right with Heyer. Wtih Jansen, running right became a solid option. I haven't checked the stats, but I get the feeling that the Skins have a higher run/pass ratio since Jansen returned.

Jansen has allowed the offense to run right, which means teams can no longer defend the run against only half the field. That opens things up on both sides.

Heyer is considered a better pass blocker. But Jansen's presence makes the run a bigger threat, which can neutralize a pass rush.

Jansen keeps the job because his presence spreads out the opposing defenses more and slows the opposing pass rush since they need to respect the run more. Also because the run game is working behind Jansen and because the Skins have beaten two NFC East foes on the road with him in the lineup. Heyer may be the future. Jansen is overpaid, is not the player he was 5 years ago and an injury risk. And he is the guy who should continue to start.

Now for LDE. Demetric Evans et al vs Jason Taylor. Lets start by stipulating that I am talking about a healthy Taylor. Taylor is a beast who has yet to be in game shape for this team. Its not clear if his compartment injury has allowed his knee some added time to heal. Generally speaking, it is assumed Taylor is a problem against the run and an asset against the pass. Given how few sacks the Skins have, its hard to argue that a stronger pass rush wouldn't pay some dividends.

But the defensive concept isn't built around a strong pass rush. Its built around suffocating the run and forcing offenses to be one dimensional. Pass only. And the plan worked against some of the best passing teams out there (just list the QBs and receivers we've faced, its quite a group).

On the d-line, however, its not an 'either or' situation. Blache rotates players, so everyone can be fresh and play to their strengths. As Taylor recovers, I see him as the starter. Against specific teams, he may play less if they can run strong at the LDE. But Taylor is smart enough to hold his own in the run and create havoc on the pass. He'll rarely be out of position and he'll find a way to create problems on pass plays, such as the 3 tips he got vs Brees.

There is no need to rush Taylor back into the lineup. But a healthy Taylor down the stretch is going to be a major asset, especially against teams that don't have an exceptional run game.

And that is ZEKE'S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES for this week, as always, brought to you by Yahoo!

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 7, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: Cindy Boren | October 7, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

DCinSD, yes, meant WR...

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 7, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I just watched the 10-minute NFL Network "On Demand" recap of our game on Comcast.

They played the Eagles radio announcers for the audio of the whole thing, and their play-by-play guy seems to be convinced that our kicker's name is Scott Suisham.

Not sure if he's any relation to Scott Brunell.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 7, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

i didn't think the jacobs incident was that bad for laRon, it just looked back. He threw himself at a freight train (not in front of)and both of them fell over, albeit one before the other. it's a tie in my eyes, even tho the replay didn't look like it.

Posted by: batigol85 | October 7, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

bad*

Posted by: batigol85 | October 7, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Rogers' pockets straight

Posted by: redskins91 | October 7, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

SKEW,

I immediately thought to myself that if Teezy (that's what my friends and I call the late "Meast" aka "Tarantula" Sean Taylor) had been in the game he would have taken Jacobs out! I love Sean Taylor, he will always be missed.

On another note, everyone take a look at this article. It was pure joy reading it. Hopefully the cowgirls fall to pieces..........

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/nfceast/0-4-35/Cowboys-need-reality-check.html

Posted by: marleyb313 | October 7, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Smart move by CP26 today, to deflect the pressure off Campbell. He said Campbell is doing just fine, but ranked all the other divisional QBs ahead of hime.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | October 7, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Rogers still needs some "stick-em" or something, he dropped another sure fire INT.

Maybe he should have practiced catching balls today. :P

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | October 7, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

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