Redskins staring down another glaring need at CB

With a unit consisting of 3 sub-30 year old top ten picks, the defensive backfield seems like it should be a strong point of the Redskins defense.  Unfortunately, it was just the opposite last year with the unit ranking 1 spot away from dead last in the entire NFL.  To make things worse, Carlos Rogers will become a free agent on March 1.  With an average set of hands, Rogers would most likely be one of the top cornerbacks in the league.  Even with his sometimes comically bad set of hands, he has still been a very solid corner back for this team and remains a huge upgrade over both Kevin Barnes and Phillip Buchanon.

Rogers wants three things:

  1. Money – He just finished his rookie contract (+1 year) and is ready to cash in.
  2. Respect – People to focus on the positives, the coverage skills, the passes defended, not the lack of/dropped interceptions.
  3. A shot at #1 – A chance to be the guy, the number one corner on the team.  He’s been behind someone his entire career here.

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Unfortunately for both sides, these things are going to be very difficult for Rogers to get in DC.  If Rogers leaves, this team is looking at a nickel package going into the draft that boasts DHall, Barnes, and Buchanon.  Unfortunately for us, that combination would leave our pass defense in a similar position to where it was this year, one of the worst in the league.

I get just as mad, if not more upset than most people when Carlos drops a crucial interception, especially when he can see the end zone in front of him as it slips through his hands.  However, if we don’t do something to keep Rogers here, cornerback immediately shoots to the top of our needs list.  Even if it’s something none of us want; with so many problems in the trenches, at playmaking positions, and under center it’s something that we are going to need to address if we hope to make any sort of improvement and get out of the NFC east cellar next year.

There several good ones, though older, that will be free agents and could be signed if Carlos moves on to greener pastures.  Champ Bailey, Nnamdi Asomugha, Antonio Cromartie will all be on the open market coming up in March, but is that really the road we want to go down again?  Overpaying for a more marquee, older player who will inevitably never live up to his Redskin contract?  Asomugha is really really good, but remember what happened when he and Dhall were on opposite sides in Oakland?  Instead of becoming the best cornerback duo in the league, Dhall became a Redskin because he struggled so much with the added balls being thrown his way.  He is a masterful man coverage corner, but we played a lot of zone (albeit unsuccessfully) throughout this season, would he be worth the big bucks?

If we can’t get our hands on any upgrades or resign Rogers, we are left with the draft, but we’ll try hold off on that conversation for at least a little bit longer… With so many other holes to fill, it will hopefully be a position that could wait until the later rounds.  Unfortunately, if we’re looking at Barnes or Buchanon starting at CB, it might be hard to pass up LSU’s Patrick Peterson or Nebraska’s Prince Amukamara if they are still on the board at number 10.  Let’s hope we are able to resign Carlos, he is the most consistent and reliable corner we have and it opens up the draft to focus on other need positions.  Maybe he can practice with the wide-outs this offseason to work on those hands and take his game to the next level.

More to come on the DBs available throughout the draft later

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  • bobwxly

    WRONG! On several counts. Rogers has been mediocre at best his entire time in DC. My memories of him are trailing an opposing receiver into the end zone on several break back plays over his career. He also refused to play hurt last year for fear “bad film would affect his free agency”. Good Riddance. Kevin Barnes has showed that he is ready to step up. We have glaring needs at QB, RB, DL, and LB–can’t waste another #1 pick on a DB.

    • Miles Aghajanian

      RB over OG, C, and WR? Don’t wanna give Torain a chance? Coach won’t pick up a RB before our fifth rounder I would hope. I agree we can’t spend another #1 on a DB, but it will become a need if we miss out on Rogers and the other FA. I root for Barnes, but he has not proven to be the answer.

  • Rick Hall aka Rick the Rebel

    Wait a second … Are you trying to tell us that Carlos is the answer, or just another finger in the dike? Nnamdi Asomugha, and Antonio Cromartie would be vastly superior upgrades out of FA! And when Hall was with Asomugha in Oakland, don’t you think that some of D Hall’s problem was the defensive scheme he was in? What? Good, and good don’t mix very well?! Is that what you’re trying to say?! And what about Cromartie? He’s very good. Does he doom our defensive scheme too?! No my friend … You place way too much emphasis on what once was, and not the reasons it was that way! And as for Champ … He’s been here, and we’ve done that! Champ’s time has come and gone. One, maybe two seasons he would likely be done! Why pay big bucks for a guy who wasn’t happy here in the first place?
    The answer isn’t in the draft this year either. We have glaring needs that demand attention more than CB, and if we can’t sign a FA, what was the point in drafting Barnes anyway, if it wasn’t to groom him to take over someday? If we can’t get a marquee CB in the FA, we have Barnes to give the nod to! As I recall, he did pretty well at UMD … Just ask Jarvis Green! He can fill that spot just fine!

  • Miles Aghajanian

    More of a stopgap, I’m saying it’s a better option that what’s behind him by far. With so many holes we can’t fix everything in one year. Carlos is not a great corner in the league but he is a considerable upgrade over Barnes and certainly Buchanon. If we can bring in a FA that’s great, I mentioned they are all upgrades, but there are also issues with all of the ones mentioned. Champ is old, probably better suited to play FS at this point, and he probably hates Snyder. Asomugha is great is the man coverage system in Oakland (the one Dhall struggled in). I think it would transfer here because he is so talented but is it worth the risk to pluck him out of what he is great at and throw him into something completely different? Cromartie is an upgrade but I can’t imagine him leaving the Jets, i guess we can hope. Like I said, if we lose Rogers AND don’t pick up a FA we are in trouble. There is no way the secondary is not worse off in that scenario. There are so many holes to fill that we don’t want another one to pop up. Barnes killed Jahvid Best at MD, which is what I think you were referring to with the Jarvis Green comment and it was awesome. I saw it in person and the whole stadium went nuts. But Barnes has not, despite what you guys think, proven himself at all. He was a Cerrato reach and for all we know is not the answer opposite Dhall. There is a reason he has not been able to get on the field in the past two years. Why downgrade if we can keep Rogers around for the right price. Why not bring someone young in with a late pick if we see some potential?