McIntosh Makes His Defensive Debut at Linebacker

By Howard Bryant
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 11, 2006

Washington Redskins rookie Rocky McIntosh played with the first defensive unit in its base package for the first time this season. McIntosh, the Redskins' top pick in the April draft, has been a consistent performer on special teams but until yesterday had not been able to crack the defensive rotation at weak-side linebacker.

McIntosh made his first impact play a week ago on special teams when he blocked a punt against Atlanta.

"I think he was good," linebacker Marcus Washington said. "He had that youthful bounce that young guys have."

Things Fall Apart for Rogers

Cornerback Carlos Rogers had a first half to forget. For most of the season, the Redskins have lamented their inability to create turnovers. Entering the game, the Redskins were last in the league with five interceptions and Rogers had dropped numerous interceptions.

On the second play of the game, Jeff Garcia threw deep to Reggie Brown, a pass similar to the one the Eagles used to beat the Redskins on Nov. 12. That day, Donte Stallworth caught an 84-yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb.

Yesterday, Rogers was beaten on a 60-yard pass play from Garcia to Brown in the second quarter. Garcia faked a handoff to Brian Westbrook and threw to Brown, who was being covered by Rogers.

However, Rogers was not all to blame. Vernon Fox, the safety providing help on his side, took a wrong angle, allowing Brown to outrun Rogers on a deep post. The play set up the Eagles' third touchdown and gave them a 21-3 lead. Rogers was also flagged for defensive holding in the end zone.

Daniels Sees Limited Action

Defensive end Phillip Daniels did not start yesterday. Daniels is hampered by injuries to both ankles and practiced sparingly. Daniels did play primarily on third-down passing plays. Reserve Renaldo Wynn started in his place. . . .

Safety Troy Vincent, who had missed the last three games with a sore hamstring, was listed as probable but did not start or play in the first half. Fox started in place of Vincent, who returned midway through the third quarter after Fox had the wind knocked out of him. . . .

Center Casey Rabach broke his hand in the fourth quarter but returned. . . .

Chris Cooley was woozy from a hit in the second half. "I got a knee in the side of the helmet, so I was kind of spinning for a little bit. It ended up being fine," he said.

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