“I haven’t had fun playing football after Gregg [Williams] and them left,” former Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers said on the LaVar and Dukes Show Tuesday afternoon. “After that, it wasn’t fun for me no more.”
He is, though, having fun now.
There’s been a lot of chatter about coaches in this town in recent days, from Mike Shanahan seeming to put the blame for his team's offensive and special teams struggles on the players, to Bruce Boudreau appearing to send a message to Alex Ovechkin.
Arrington asked Rogers how much impact the trust and belief of a coaching staff can make, and Rogers suggested it was quite a lot.
“You know, coaches can give you a lot of confidence, when you have the ability to do things and they let you do it,” Rogers said. “When you can make a mistake and they know that you’re not perfect. When you drop a pass, they get on you and tell you we’re gonna get the next one. It’s things like that that helps you, instead the negative stuff about everything that you do wrong that is so bad.
“Another thing that I like about it out here is everybody’s being treated equal. If Alex [Smith] mess up, if Patrick Willis mess up, if Vernon [Davis] mess up, coaches gonna get on them. I mess up, they gonna say something to me. They’re gonna say something to that seventh-round draft pick, they’re gonna say something to that sixth-round draft pick, they’re gonna say something to the person that’s making $300 [thousand] as well as the person that’s making $4, 5 million a year.
“And when they mess up, they say I made a bad call, I shouldn’t have put y’all in that situation. It’s just so equal around here. It’s not so much of the players doing wrong. When we do good, I thank the coaches for putting me in the situation to do that, and vice versa for them. Some plays that we make that they didn’t teach us, some stuff that you know, it goes hand in hand. And once you get to an organization like this and you see the difference, a lot of people understand what I’m saying.”
Carlos Rogers. Dropping knowledge. Get it?