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Rogers trying to get a handle on interceptions

The Redskins continue to work with talented cornerback Carlos Rogers, who has struggled to catch the football throughout his career.
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is a big fan of Rogers - but the NFL is all about turnovers. Coach Mike Shanahan, who will have the final word on whether the Redskins offer Rogers a multiyear contract extension after the season, apparently still sees a lot to like in Rogers, who is having a strong season despite his drops.
"I think you joke about it, kind of take the pressure off of him a little bit," Shanahan said. "He's been doing it [catching the ball] in practice, so those [interceptions] will come because he has been much more consistent in practice over the last three or four weeks than he was when he first got here. He's doing a lot of ball drills, he works on it and they say they come in bunches. And hopefully they will."
Rogers is in his sixth season. Is it too late for him to improve significantly in this area?
"Well, to kind of give you an idea, when Clinton Portis first came to Denver, Clinton, you could tell, had not caught the ball very much in his career," Shanahan said. "I kind of gave him a hard time when he first got on the field. He said, 'Coach, it won't be long and I'll be catching the ball extremely well.' And he worked on it and he got very good at it.
"And that's what Carlos needs to do as we talk to him, 'You just have to keep on catching the ball. You do that, you'll be a lot more confident and you'll come down with those catches.' He has worked on it. He hasn't come down with the catches but he has in practice very consistently. He got a few this week so hopefully it'll pay dividends."

By Jason Reid  | October 23, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
 
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"The NFL is all about turnovers".

Really? I mean, I think it is, but to listen to this column you would think that the NFL is all about "Yards allowed".

By the way, first.

Posted by: Jason10 | October 23, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

I will believe it when I see it. Until then he IS the Hands of Stone.

Posted by: innocentbystander | October 23, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

but the NFL is all about turnovers....

By Jason Reid | October 23, 2010; 8:00 AM ET

If ever there was a line written as a header for a Mistamoe post, this is it. While we wait for the real deal, let me take a swing at this one.

What the NFL is all about:

1. W-L
2. Jersey sales
3. Super Bowl
4. Big hits
5. Greedy owners v. greedy players

Posted by: beep-beep | October 23, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Life is so full of irony that I would be somewhat shocked if Rogers doesn't reel in an INT this week since everyone seems to be obsessing about his hands now more than ever. If there's a QB out there that's eager and willing to throw one, it's Cutler...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 23, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

but the NFL is all about turnovers....

By Jason Reid | October 23, 2010; 8:00 AM ET


Translation:

"He needs to start grabbing those picks if he wants $$ from me."

Posted by: p1funk | October 23, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Keim's Notes and Analysis:

1. The Redskins once more have a lot of players listed as questionable; this time it’s eight: TE Chris Cooley (head), CB DeAngelo Hall (back), S LaRon Landry (Achilles), LB Rocky McIntosh (head), CB Carlos Rogers (shoulder), FB Mike Sellers (heel), RB/KR Chad Simpson (hamstring) and LT Trent Williams (knee/toe).
2. As usual, most if not all of these guys will play. Landry said he would, as did Sellers. And coach Mike Shanahan said Cooley would play as well. The only players were were limited today were Landry, Sellers and Simpson.
3. For Chicago, CB Zackary Bowman (foot) and G Roberto Garza (knee) are out. LB Lance Briggs (ankle) and S Major Wright (hamstring) are questionable. Both were limited in practice today. If Briggs misses, that’s a big blow. He’s adept at run-blitzing and a very solid linebacker.
4. Yes, Donovan McNabb’s footwork was a topic this week and with good reason. He’s not the most accurate thrower so it’s good to see why that is and the best place to start with anyone who throws a ball – be it quarterback or a pitcher – is their base.
5. McNabb had one throw in the Colts game in which he had a very narrow base and strode as he threw, like a pitcher. But that happened maybe a couple times. The bigger problem is that he often leaned to his left as he threw, or he threw as he backpedaled on his third step. Meanwhile, Peyton Manning had an excellent base almost all the time and delivered one strike after another. But they are two very different quarterbacks; McNabb will run more, obviously. But he’s also more accurate when he’s on the move. When McNabb had a good base and stood in the pocket, he was very accurate. But, on his interception for example, in addition to being a bad decision given that Santana Moss did not have the advantage, he was leaning to his left as he threw. It’s just too hard to be accurate when throwing while leaning.
6. On one throw, McNabb missed low on a 25-yard pass. It bounced in the grass. McNabb was standing straight up in the pocket, his feet were together and then he strode into the pass. Bad technique.
7. Quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur said, “Quarterbacks in general, when you have a base, there’s a lot less moving parts and it allows you to throw more accurately.”
8. And that’s the problem. When McNabb is off, his base isn’t great and his shoulders fly open a little.
9. More LaFleur: “This is something we’ve been working on since he got here, we’re trying to refine it all the time.”
10. Give McNabb credit for allowing them to work with him on this.
11. LB Brian Orakpo knows the Bears have some youth on their line (especially the right side). That’s why they’ve struggled with stunts and blitzes. “They’ll see things they’re not accustomed to seeing, so obviously that comes with a lot of growing pains when you have new guys in the lineup. We have to take advantage of it. We have to keep doing what we’ve been doing, moving around, guys being relentless."

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 23, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Carlos, TRY HYPNOSIS..........keep your eyes on the football as i move it back and forth, continue to follow it with your eyes. You will feel yourself getting very sleeping, just relax. Now imagine yourself catching every ball that hits your hands. Good, now wake the f%&k up and start catching the damn balls. That'll be $350.00

Posted by: kingpenn1 | October 23, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

LB Brian Orakpo knows the Bears have some youth on their line (especially the right side). That’s why they’ve struggled with stunts and blitzes. “They’ll see things they’re not accustomed to seeing, so obviously that comes with a lot of growing pains when you have new guys in the lineup. We have to take advantage of it. We have to keep doing what we’ve been doing, moving around, guys being relentless."

--Kiem article:

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 23, 2010 9:56 AM

Ameba defense anybody?

Posted by: smokeybear2 | October 23, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Ameba defense anybody?

Posted by: smokeybear2 | October 23, 2010 10:25 AM

Sure!

It worked so well against the Colts...

Held the normally anemic 40 yards a game run offense to a paltry 170 yards. Can't wait to see the way it stomps out Chicago's run game.

Posted by: edvar | October 23, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Donovon McNabb reminds me a lot of another Redskin QB who was a veteran QB with poor throwing mechanics that was acquired by trade... Billy Kilmer. And just like Kilmer, he somehow seems to always give his team a chance to win. Now they're wearing the same gold pants!

Posted by: supattapone | October 23, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Rogers can't even catch a cold during a game..... Shanny says he's great in practice, so if he can't catch during a game, he chokes. That's what it boils down to. Make em when it doesn't matter, drop em when it does....nervous player = trouble. The bigger the game, the more he gags......see ya Carlos.

Posted by: Riggo2 | October 24, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Jason Reed on all points, but, one.
The NFL stands for:
1. W-L
2. Jersey Sales.
3. Superbowls.
4. Greedy Owners V. Greedy Players.
5. But not the big hits, but Flag football.
I've been a fan for over 55 yrs. and you would think that the NFL Owners would have learned from Nascar. Who started losing their fans, by keep changing the rules, everything to for the offense and keep taking away from the defense and will start losing their fans. Football has always been a violent sport. Which brings use back to Greedy owners and Greedy players... They might as well start playing flag football, that way, I could start looking for another sport to follow, who knows, maybe, college football. At least, its not becoming Flag Football. I do believe in sport safety, but, when you sign that Big Fat Contract, you know what your signing on for?? In short, Take away from the sport, you'll take away your fans..


Posted by: eztiger44 | October 24, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Rogers is a good corner. He'll never be nothing more than that because he can't catch. Hopefully, he doesn't expect to be paid like a top corner. His sorry hands are going to cost him a lot of money.

Posted by: coparker5 | October 24, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

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