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Rodgers-Cromartie explains MNF sideline rant

Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:16 am
Edited on: November 8, 2011 11:50 am
 
CB Rodgers-Cromartie arrived in Philly with a reputation for shying away from tackles. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

A week ago, the Eagles had finally shown their Dream Team form. They made quick work of the Cowboys and even though Philly's record stood at 3-4, the consensus was that they were again a legitimate threat to make the playoffs and they might even win the division.

That changed Monday, when Philadelphia's offense sputtered and their run defense returned to it's early season no-tackling form. The Bears came into the Linc and outplayed the Eagles in all three phases, winning 30-24.

That loss, coupled with the Giants' victory in Foxboro the day before, means that Philly is three back in the loss column to New York, and tied for the worst record in the division with the rudderless Redskins.

When teams with high expectations underachieve, it's not uncommon for players to take it out on one another, often during games. We saw that on the Eagles' sideline Monday night. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, acquired in the trade that sent Kevin Kolb to Arizona before the season, was seen ranting on Philly's bench, pointing at teammates and having an animated discussion with defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.

Details via the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jonathan Tamari:
[Rodgers-Cromartie's] was the latest and most visible example of how the speedy cornerback has failed to find a good fit on his new team. He was victimized over and over again by the Bears, including on one early play when he appeared to give up as Earl Bennett caught a pass and continued running for a 14-yard gain, the Eagles safeties stopping him instead of Rodgers-Cromartie.

When he came to the sideline in the fourth quarter, Rodgers-Cromartie was confronted by Castillo, appeared to point to his secondary teammates on on the bench, then moved away from them. Nnamdi Asomugha and then Andy Reid came to calm him down.
"I got frustrated on a play that I should have known was coming and instead I did something else, so you know I kind of went off," Rodgers-Cromartie said after the game. "(Shoot), I was mad, it was in the heat of the moment, (stuff) is going to happen."

One of the reasons the Cards unloaded Rodgers-Cromartie (other than the biggest one: they were in desperate need of a quarterback) was because he had been inconsistent during this three years in Arizona.

"[He's] coming off a poor season and admits his attention span is not as long as it should be," Arizona Republic beat reporter Kent Somers wrote in July. [Cardinals] coaches have continually emphasized to him the need to concentrate every day and spend more time studying schemes and opponents."

So it's no surprise that Rodgers-Cromartie is prone to lapses. Tamari adds that he "was supposed to be a Pro Bowl-level cornerback, but he has not performed well and has yet to contribute a big play. At times he appears to run away from tackles."

Must run in the family. (Look for No. 31 and then it will all make sense.)


Matt Forte bounced back from two costly turnovers and Jay Cutler rallied the resilient Chicago Bears to a 30-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. Lovie Smith was pleased with the play of his team.

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Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Rodgers-Cromartie explains MNF sideline rant

That play was so ridiculous it is almost funny.  Just misses a pick, but instead of tackling the receiver, he starts making "oh so close" gesture with his hands.  Hey Jacka**, you still need tot ackle the guy, you freaking idiot



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:57 am
 

Rodgers-Cromartie explains MNF sideline rant

To be honest, it's teams that win championships, not a bunch of high priced talent... Asante Samule and Nnamdi Asomugha are all good individual players, but they don't seem to play well together. Plus, they don't seem to get along with Juan Castillo,,,everyone has to work together and believe in each other. The Eagles made some nice deals in the off-season, but as we have seen, none of that guarantees your success on the field. Everyone has to work together.

So, while the Cardinals(who are still bad) and the Raiders, got rid of some talented players, there was a reason they weren't kept. Look at the defenses who play well together...the Ravens, Steelers, and Packers are all dedicated to playing together and many players on these teams have been together for a while, so they have an advatage. The Eagles are at a disadvantage...plain and simple.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:30 pm
 

Rodgers-Cromartie explains MNF sideline rant

As an Eagles fan, I was delighted to see the Eagles make some agressive moves.  But I was cautious about all the "hype" that came with these players. I told many of my friends who thought we had a ticket punched for the Super Bowl, that it would be hard for these guys to come together so quickly especially in a season with no normal training camps and time to learn new systems.  And I'm sorry, but I am not buying this Casitllo defense at all.  He needs to be replaced ASAP.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:48 am
 

Rodgers-Cromartie explains MNF sideline rant

So it's no surprise that Rodgers-Cromartie is prone to lapses. Tamari adds that he "was supposed to be a Pro Bowl-level cornerback, but he has not performed well and has yet to contribute a big play. At times he appears to run away from tackles."

Must run in the family. ( and then it will all make sense.)

Now that was hilarious.

If you watch Antonio Cromartie and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie then it is obvious that running away from tackling absolutely runs in the Cromartie family.  It looks like Nnamdi Asomugha is also related in some way to the Cromartie family. 



Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:34 am
 

Rodgers-Cromartie explains MNF sideline rant

It happens all the time. A team that is expected to outperform it's opponents finally BEGINS to get it together, then the writers and analysts across the sports world are ready to crown them kings. Writers should be on crutches all through the season from the broken ankles they get from jumping off and on the bandwagon. I'm so tired of hearing about how this team is expected to be the greatest. Just let them play football.


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Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:00 am
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Since: Apr 25, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:03 am
 

Rodgers-Cromartie explains MNF sideline rant

The PI on Nnamdi against Knox late in the 4th was a real eye opener.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Rodgers-Cromartie explains MNF sideline rant

Cromartie, Namdi and Asante didn't all decide to suck at once. The answer is really pretty simple. Castillo and this crap defensive scheme is the problem. Andy hired this joke of a coach, now both will go down with the ship. Read my posts back to the day Castillo got the job. This team was doomed from the start and they did nothing to address the real problems at hand.



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:17 pm
 

Rodgers-Cromartie explains MNF sideline rant

You have to wonder what's going on in the Philly defense.You have all sorts of talent and no results (except the Cowboy game). These corners should be able to lock down the majority of receivers, but to not be able to do it to the Bear's receivers is confounding.Best Bears offensive showing of the year and the corners had no answer.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Rodgers-Cromartie explains MNF sideline rant

It was probably Asomugha's fault.  Nnamdi is absolutely awful lol.  He is not even in the top 5 of CBs.  The gap between Revis and everyone else is huge, but Aso isn't even in the same league as guys like Woodson and Bailey. 


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