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Even More On Carlos Rogers' Hands, And Other Links

Posted by Matt Terl on October 21, 2010 – 5:10 pm

Yesterday, Carlos Rogers discussed his difficulties catching the ball at great length. Then the commenters discussed his discussion at reasonable length. So when two of Rogers’ coaches offer their thoughts on the subject, I think they’re worth noting.

First, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett:

“He’s done a great job, he really has, of covering guys. Especially in the nickel, in the slot, he’s done an excellent job. He’s hard to throw over. The issue’s gonna be [that] he should have probably five to six interceptions right now. And he makes ’em out here; he’s just gonna have to concentrate a little bit more in the game. They come and all of a sudden he turns his head around and the ball’s there. He gets his hands on ’em.

“The other day, the one, he dropped it when he hit the ground, so I can understand it and he actually caught the ball. But he’s working at it and he’s doing a good job. They throw balls to him every day and it’s just something he’s gonna have to fight through.

“I think more of it’s just a mental thing than anything else, ’cause he can do it.”

Haslett also discussed Rogers’ practice regiment — “We do it every day. We throw balls to him every day, we throw the high point, the low ones….” — and what would be if Rogers had managed to haul in those picks. “He should have a minimum of five turnovers himself. Hopefully he can put that away in the second half of the season or these next ten games and help us get a few, because that’s what’s gonna help us win games.”

Next, head coach Mike Shanahan:

“He’s been doing it in practice, so those will come, because he has been much more consistent in practice over the last three, four weeks than he was when we first got here. Doing a lot of ball drills, he works on it. They say they come in bunches, and hopefully they will.

“To kinda give you an idea: with Clinton Portis, when Clinton first came to Denver … I mean, Clinton, you could tell, had not caught the ball very much in his career. And I kinda gave him a hard time when he first got on the field. And he said, “Coach,” he said, “It won’t be long and I’ll be catching the ball extremely well.” And he worked at it and he got very good at it. And that’s what Carlos needs to do, as we’ve talked to him: just keep on catching the ball. You do that, you’ll get a lot more confidence, you’ll come down with those catches.

“And he has worked on it. 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.”

An interesting side note here is that neither of Rogers’ drops from this past Sunday was a flat-out clean drop. On the first, as Haslett noted, he made the catch and lost the ball when he hit the ground (no matter what the replay review said). And on the second, as Rogers himself noted yesterday, Colts tight end Dallas Clark had a hand in breaking up the catch. So maybe Rogers really is quietly improving and is ready to stun us all with a multi-pick game. Maybe. I mean, I’ll believe it when I see it, but at least there’s a bit of hope.

Other links of note from today: Read more »

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Mike Shanahan Is Also Fond Of Lorenzo Alexander

Posted by Matt Terl on October 21, 2010 – 4:27 pm

Five months ago, we were still wondering if Lorenzo Alexander was going to be able to make a successful transition to linebacker. He was angry at himself for letting Chris Cooley catch passes downfield but cautiously optimistic. All of this is recounted in a blog post entitled “Jim Haslett Is Fond Of Lorenzo Alexander,” which received that title because it quoted Jim Haslett saying things like this:

“I think he’s been awesome. I mean, the guy’s awesome. He’s been unbelievable. He’s a better athlete that I would’ve ever guessed. If you told me [that] last year he played a three-technique, I woulda never guessed it. If you said he played linebacker, I woulda said he played linebacker. He’s 275 pounds, he’s ideal size for the position, he’s got good rush ability, and he’s unbelievably smart, he’s tough as nails … I mean, I love the guy. I think the guy’s outstanding.”

Sometimes, the titles write themselves.

Well, the title of this blog post wrote itself as well, because when Mike Shanahan was asked about the importance of players “like Lorenzo Alexander,” his response was … well, it was positively Haslettian: Read more »

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Special Teams Play Makes Mike Sellers An Honorary Linebacker

Posted by Matt Terl on October 21, 2010 – 1:39 pm

It’s not something you see every day, but the Redskins kickoff coverage unit is gaining a little bit of notoriety. Reliably providing at least one monster hit per game will do that.

“It’s pretty unusual,” Byron Westbrook said, “because usually you get maybe two or three good hits like that each YEAR. We’re consistently getting ’em weekly now.”

I’ve written about Lorenzo Alexander‘s contributions to this trend, and Mike Sellers; last Sunday it was Chris Wilson‘s turn on the opening kickoff. Which raises the question: how are these guys coming free to make these hits?
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