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Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Carlos Rogers rips Redskins: ‘There’s so much drama, so much outside stuff’


Carlos Rogers returns an interception for a touchdown. (Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images)
Yes, we’re all aware that Carlos Rogers is having a nice season with the San Francisco 49ers. They’re winning and he’s holding onto footballs that hit him in his hands and is actually running with them.

We get it.

Rogers had some rather sharp criticisms of his former team, the Washington Redskins, in a recent interview on Sirius XM NFL radio. Suffice it to say that Rogers, a free agent after the season, isn’t eager to rejoin the Redskins. Still, it’s interesting to hear observations from someone who was inside the organization, even if he isn’t exactly breaking new ground.

“They brought in so many guys and gave them all the money and lifted them up and let guys go that they drafted and had been there,” Rogers said in an interview with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt. “I really wasn’t finding them building a team that way. Of course, you’re going to need free agents and some spots you need to fill. But you need to take care of your guys. Take care of home and not let them go. That’s how you build.”

And then there’s the drama.

“There’s so much drama, so much outside stuff,” said Rogers, who was released by the Redskins after six seasons and signed a one-year deal with San Francisco. “You give up a play, you give up a touchdown, you’ve got to worry about whether you’re starting this week or if it’s the next corner up. It’s things like that.

“Coaches don’t realize that distracts a lot of players. All the outside stuff resonates. It’s just football. Just play football and have fun and you’ll get a lot of things accomplished. That’s what I like about this organization.”

It figures that he’d be happier in San Francisco, where the team is 8-1, than in Washington, where the team is 3-6.

“I made a good choice in coming here,” Rogers said. “I was playing into a system that I played in last year. It was an easy transition. Things have just been working out for me individually and the success of this team.”

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