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Rogers Presents Big Obstacle for Skins

There are a few individuals who could swing this game in Cleveland's favor, some obvious - like Braylon Edwards or Derek Anderson - but I wanted to focus on someone else.

I've had my share of problems with the way Shaun Rogers has operated in the past, during his time in Detroit. He tended to waste his ridiculously abundant talent, by being overweight and out of shape and seemingly quitting on his team at times. When motivated, he was a beast, but those times tended to be too few and far between.

The Lions had enough of the antics, but the Browns looked at him as a guy they could build their defense around, a difference maker who might help legitimize what has long been a suspect unit. And Rogers has responsed. He's still prone to letdowns, but he has shown more dedication to his craft and is coming off a monster game against the Giants.

Cleveland seems to be freeing him up to rush the passer with more abandon - just ask Eli Manning, who was tossed hard to the ground Monday - and using his 6-foot-4, 350-pound frame like a wrecking ball. He has to be double teamed pretty much all the time, which opens things up for others, and he can be destructive against the run or the pass. He can be the prototypical 3-4 tackle.

I asked Browns Coach Romeo Crennel about his big (literally) offseason acquisition during his conference call, and, when, if he's playing at top motivation, anyone in the NFL can block Rogers one-on-one.

"I don't know. He's hard to block one-on-one," Crennel said, "and that's why most people have to put two guys on him. And when he does it properly, it's tough for two guys."

The key will be to stick with the run game. Run the edges and get him moving side to side (which is where the Redskins have flourished). Tire him out. Put him on the defense, and not in positions to tee-off on your QB. This dude plays like a bigger Albert Haynesworth when he puts his mind to it. He can be the guy to make a largely pedestrian defense go.

If I'm a Skins fan, the sooner I see this dude with his tongue hanging out, bent over at the waist, the better. Jason Campbell will be checking to see where he is at all times. Casey Rabach will have his hands full with this guy lined up right over top of him.

Rogers already has 20 tackles - he's on pace for his most since posting 81 as a rookie - and has two sacks (he had seven with the Lions last year).


Thursday is chat day and here's the lineup: Gene Wang on fantasy fubball at noon, Jason "Jasno" La Canfora on the Skins at 1, and Mark Maske on all things NFL at 2.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 16, 2008; 8:12 AM ET
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Posted by: poolman1200000 | October 16, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

We need to get this win.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 16, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Hey poolman, your caps lock is on again.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 16, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Hooray for chat day!

Hooray for the fat guys in the trenches. I trust Rabach and the dudes to his left and right to take care of this Rogers fellow. Run, run, run, run, run. Portis, Portis, Portis, and maybe a bit of Alexander just for kicks. Run the damn ball. Go.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 16, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Bank on it.

Posted by: rich20ssu | October 16, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Screw Sally Jenkins, she made her bed back with the "Zorn Inherits a Mess" piece.

Anyway, re-watched the NY/Cleveland game last night, and came away with a couple of things:

Shutting down Jamal Lewis is going to be a big chore for this defense. Shut him down, and make this team one dimensional.

Part of shutting him down, is going to be putting points on the board, so that they have to abandon the running game and play catch up.

Pressuring Anderson is also going to be a huge task, I think the interior linemen, Griff/Golston/Monty, are where the pressure is going to come from. Thomas and Steinbach are maulers on that line, however the other 3 guys, I think can be moved.

On offense, I think the Redskins can run on this team, and I'd say that running wide, will be more successful than going up the middle.

My final note is that I'd like to see Rock get some carries, and get some positive press, and have a good game. I think he's been a good soldier for this team.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 16, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Well done JLC summed hiim up pretty well, Haynesworth is the only guy in the league that you can compare him to. He can do it single handedly, Rabach will need to get support. One thing he didint mention is that Shaun Rogers wares down faster then any player in the NFL faster then Albert faster then anyone. He has put a lot into conditioning and looks much fitter then in Detroit, btw dont says hes 350 cmon look at him, and is playing more downs this year. Howeva with the redskins owning time of possesion moving the chains creating long sustained drives and most importantly domintating the 4th quarter, we have a great shot of negating his presance especiually late in the game when he will most certainly be gassed, keep in mind their comin off a short week. Ware the big man down!

Posted by: Stu27 | October 16, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget Kevin Williams out of Minnesota...

Posted by: merajc86 | October 16, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

"Jason Campbell will be checking to see where he is at all times."

I guess I must have misunderstood something here. I'm not sure Soup will have much difficulty finding him. First of all, he's 6'4" and 350 lbs. Hard to miss. Second of all, he plays nose tackle. Here's a tip, Soup: He'll be in one of 3 spots--right in front of your center (and about 3 feet from you), about 18 inches to the right of that spot, or about 18 inches to the left of that spot. If you still can't find him, ask Rabach. He'll know.

Third, the next sentence kinda tells where he is: "Casey Rabach will have his hands full with this guy lined up right over top of him."

**We kid becuase we love, JLa.**

Posted by: Good2bOK | October 16, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

I look at both the Williams' Kevin and Pat as more traditional Tackles niether are as big as this guy, he is a straight up nose tackle. Those two are prob the best tandem though, Henderson and Stroud on Jville not withstanding.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 16, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Beantown had a good analysis of the game there. One thing I would say, I would rather work on their passing game. Lewis does not have breakaway speed now a days so you can let him get 3-4 yards and stop em in the air.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 16, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 16, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Bush, Edge, Jackson, MB3, we have stopped some very good runners those last three being power backs which is all that Jamal is, if we didnt have a problem with them i really dont see us having a problem with him.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 16, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Interesting to see that the Packers thought they had a deal for Tony Gonzalez, only to have the Cheeves pull out at the last minute...I like Gonzalez and they weren't getting enough for him, imho, but now they've got a guy who doesn't want to be there. Oh, wait, they stink. Never mind. As you were.

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 16, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Jasno, of course, that Rogers is a beast. He looked really good the other night. I agree on how to attack him as well. Run. Running outside makes sense, but the inside zone game also might work against a guy like him. Though an inside zone run is aimed at the 4/5 hole, the real threat is the cutback. As long as the guard can get a good initial whack on him so that Rabach can hold his block, they ought to be able to cut off the backside LB and cut the run back away from meathead. Rabach's gotta be a man this week, though. Eat those Wheaties, dude.

Either that or we could run misdirection. (Wildcat anyone?)


Posted by: Good2bOK | October 16, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Someone said the other day that the Browns sent their corners on blitzes a lot, and that was QUITE the understatement. They sent them on almost every passing down. Soups needs to be on his hot routes, this is a game where a guy like Betts could catch 5 passes out of the backfield. I could also see Portis blowing up a corner coming on a blitz....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 16, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

best way to take a guy like Shaun Rogers out of the game is to run right at him.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 16, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Good to see someone knows how to say they are wrong. I have more respect for Sally this morning. Maybe a certain person should step up and admit they have been wron.


Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 16, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Steinberg has lots of gems:

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 16, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

"If Im a Redskins fan"

Yeah, thats one big fat IF fatboy. Your team has a rookie QB and a defense that was treated like a little school girl by the faultering Colts. Will Jason Reed ever take over tubby's spot as head RI?

Posted by: TonyButterFingersHomo1 | October 16, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

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