Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Of the three big-name cornerbacks employed by the Eagles, the biggest disappointment has to be Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Nnamdi Asomugha and Asante Samuel have made mistakes for a team that’s been the most underachieving in the NFL this year, but they’ve also had a few good moments.
Rodgers-Cromartie, on the other hand, has struggled, and when he’s allowing his receivers to catch balls in his coverage, he’s also not tackling all that well (and, in some cases, making little effort to do so).
So, what’s going on with him?
"We know in time, DRC will be the best nickel guy there is, because he has that kind of ability," said defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, via the Philadelphia Daily News. "With Dominique, he's such a talented player, good kid, hard worker ... That nickel position is a tough position because the receiver has a two-way go. Our goal is that Dominque has that kind of ability to be a special guy in there. We knew it was going to take a little bit of time, 'cause it's something tough for him to do to get in there.”
But yeah, he hasn’t been very good this year, has he?
No, as Pro Football Focus wrote following the Eagles loss to the Bears: “He was a step behind on every almost every target, allowing three of four passes to be complete for 56 yards. We agree with him that’s he a better player than his play would suggest right now, because right now, his play stinks.”
The silver lining? The player for whom Rodgers-Cromartie was traded, Kevin Kolb, isn’t faring much better in Arizona these days, and it looks like he’ll miss another game with turf toe. Another look at the positive side? At least, Rodgers-Cromartie is showing passion – even if it is on the sideline.
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