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Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 12/28/2011

Carlos Rogers, the Pro Bowl, peace and happiness


(Marcio Jose Sanchez - AP)
The best Washington fan reaction to the news that no Redskins players made the Pro Bowl, but that Carlos Rogers and Andre Carter did, was not “Of course.” It wasn’t “the Pro Bowl means as much to me as the results of your fantasy football championship game.” It wasn’t “LONDON WUZ ROBBED!!!!!!!!!” And it wasn’t “Why why why why why why why.”

No, the best reaction came courtesy ESPN 980’s Kevin Sheehan.

“Landry a lock pro bowler next year in Dallas,” Sheehan wrote.

It hurts because it’s true.

Anyhow, Rogers was on Yahoo! Sports Radio Tuesday evening with his old friend, 980’s Chris Russell, to react to his first Pro Bowl selection.

“It was a combination of a lot of things, proving that I can be that top corner that I always talked about,” Rogers said of his reaction. “It was just a blessing, it was just something I always had in plans. And all I had to do was just get to a place and an environment that I was happy with and just make the best of it.”

Because Russell covers the Redskins for a living, he of course then asked Rogers what changed from last year to this. Russell even suggested it might be peace and happiness.

“I think that’s the most important thing, just the peace and happiness, no outside distractions,” Rogers agreed. “It’s just about football, just doing your job. It’s not about bringing in other players and all these names and things like that, nothing about the media, nothing like that. It’s just about playing football on a team that’s hungry. Everybody’s out for one goal, and that’s the Super Bowl, and not letting nothing else distract us from that. That’s just the one goal in mind.”

I mean, it seems like something more than peace and happiness would be in play here. Rogers had six interceptions in his final 67 games in Washington. He has six interceptions in 15 games in San Fran. One ex-teammate has said Rogers started wearing contacts this season, but when asked about the interception number, Rogers didn’t mention his eyesight.

“It wasn’t nothing technique wise that they worked on me about, because I always had great coaches [in Washington] — coordinators and position coaches — that always put me in the position to make plays,” Rogers said on Tuesday. “And that’s the thing about getting a lot of breakups; once you get breakups, you are in a position to make plays. Once you get interceptions, it’s just concentration, putting your hands together and concentrating on making an interception.

“I was in the East Coast for a long time. West Coast, I’m away from everybody, away from friends, away from distractions, away from the outside stuff that don’t even have nothing to do with football. And I’m here, there’s a peace of mind, and all I do is concentrate about football. And once that opportunity comes for me to make a play, make a pick or whatever it is, I’m doing it. And I think that’s the most important thing, the biggest change, is about just concentrating when that ball comes and making the catch.

“Talking to a lot of my friends, they always knew what could do it. I don’t know what happened to my hands in Washington, but if I could look back on one thing, it’s about concentrating on what I’ve got to do when that ball gets there and I’m making the catch. And it’s not about if I drop an interception, the game is over. Out here the coaches say ‘Carlos, make a play. When it comes to you make that play. It’s our job on offense to score points. If you get a turnover, it’s extra.’ Not that it’s a big deal if you drop it or something, like the game is over.”

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