Carlos Rogers: The Numbers, The Tape, The Verdict

Carlos Rogers has been flying for the 49ers since 2011. Image courtesy of the Washington Post.

Since taking over in ahead of the 2011 season, Jim Harbaugh has built his success on turning around the careers of previously overlooked players. Alex Smith was the poster-boy for his success, but to varying degrees each of Justin Smith, Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, Mike Iupati, Anthony Davis, NaVorro Bowman, Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Coline Kaepernick, Dashon Goldson etc etc owe Harbaugh for helping them take new steps in their respective careers.

Harbaugh took over a team with plenty of talent, but he developed that talent and added to it over and over again with astute additions who fit perfectly into his overall philosophy and strategies. Harbaugh’s impact has seen the the 49ers have 16 All-Pro and 17 Pro Bowl selections over the past two seasons.

One of those 2011 Pro Bowlers arrived in San Francisco after Harbaugh, arrived as an unheralded free agent and former top 10 pick who had never reached his potential. Carlos Rogers had spent six forgettable years with the Washington Redskins after being the ninth overall pick of the 2005 draft. He had been a starter in Washington, but not an overly impressive one.

As such, when he hit the open market, the best contract he could find was a one year offer from the 49ers worth less than $5 million. Twelve months later, after six interceptions during the regular season, Rogers signed a four-year $31 million deal. It appeared that all Rogers needed to reach his full potential was a change of scenery.

In Washington, he failed to live up to expectations. He wasn’t impacftul or a difference-maker. In San Francisco, he quickly became an anchor of the secondary it seemed.

At least, it seemed like he did…

Explaining the Process

Qualifying Plays:
Plays that count:

  • Every snap that has the cornerback in man coverage no matter where the ball is thrown.
  • The above includes sacks, quarterback scrambles and plays where the defensive back has safety help.

Plays that don’t count:

  • Screen plays. Even if the receiver isn’t part of the screen, these plays do not count.
  • Plays where either the receiver or cornerback doesn’t follow through his whole assignment.
  • Zone plays. Any ambiguity in this area will disqualify a play.
  • Any prevent coverage situations.
  • Receptions in the flat without a route run.
  • Running plays(duh!). Including designed quarterback runs.

Failed Coverages:

The ball does not have to be thrown in the defensive back’s direction for the coverage to fail. This is NOT an alysis of how many completions the cornerback allowed, that can be found elsewhere, this is an analysis of how good his coverage is on any given play.

Failed coverages can come at any point of the route, but it is subjective to where the players are on the field in relation to the quarterback. Typically, defensive backs must be within arms reach for underneath/intermediate routes. On deeper passes, there is greater leeway given to the defender.

Failed coverages can be subjective. They must be determined by the situation considering the length of the play and other such variables.

Shut Down:

This category is reserved for those plays when receivers would have to make superhuman catches to beat the coverage. The best example of this is when receivers line up wide and try to run down the sideline, but the defensive back gradually guides them towards the sideline, suffocating the space they have to catch the football in. If a receiver is on the white sideline, he is shut down.

In Position:

This is the opposite of a failed coverage. In order to be ‘In Position’, a defensive back has to be in a position to prevent a relatively well-thrown pass to his assignment.

 

Individual Matchups

No.

Player

Successful Snaps/Coverage Snaps

Percentage

1

Early Doucet

4/4

100%

2

Danny Amendola

9/12

75%

3

Tony Gonzalez

3/4

75%

4

Randall Cobb

8/12

66%

5

Doug Baldwin

6/9

66%

6

Calvin Johnson

4/6

66%

7

Austin Pettis

8/13

61.5%

8

Aaron Hernandez

3/5

60%

9

Jeremy Kerley

5/9

55%

10

Brandon Gibson

3/6

50%

11

Steve Smith

2/4

50%

12

Marques Colston

2/4

50%

13

Tony Scheffler

5/11

45%

14

Donald Jones

4/9

44%

15

Roddy White

3/7

43%

16

Sidney Rice

2/5

40%

17

Davone Bess

7/18

39%

18

Harry Douglas

7/18

39%

19

Percy Harvin

3/8

37.5%

20

Lance Moore

3/8

37.5%

21

Victor Cruz

5/14

36%

22

Anquan Boldin

4/12

33%

23

Andre Roberts

8/29

27.5%

24

Wes Welker

6/23

26%

25

Earl Bennett

3/12

25%

26

Alshon Jeffery

1/4

25%

27

Santonio Holmes

1/4

25%

28

Hakeem Nicks

1/4

25%

29

Ben Obamanu

1/5

20%

30

Greg Jennings

6/31

19%

31

Golden Tate

0/4

0%

32

Nate Burleson

0/5

0%

Totals

127 / 319

Averages

3.97 / 9.96

39.44%

*Those with less than four against Rogers were not included.

Weekly Breakdown

Week 1: Green Bay Packers
Total qualifying plays: 25
Failed coverages: 3
Shutdowns: 6
In Position: 16
Snaps in the slot: 23

Aaron Rodgers rarely looked Rogers’ way, in spite of him spending most of the game tailing Greg Jennings. Jennings and Rogers battled in the slot, but the 49ers’ dominance in the front seven meant that Rodgers was more often than not getting rid of the ball quickly to his outside receivers and tight ends.

Rogers had safety help on most plays, on one of the few occasions when he didn’t, Jennings turned Rogers the wrong way on a deep post route and drew a pass interference flag on an in route.

Week 2: Detroit Lions
Total qualifying plays: 23
Failed coverages: 9
Shutdowns: 4
In Position: 10
Snaps in the slot: 23

Rogers was exclusively playing in the slot and spent most of his time matched up against Tony Scheffler. Scheffler beat him on a slant at the goalline for a touchdown, but Stafford missed him with the throw. Rogers was called for pass interference again, while he was beaten in a variety of ways by Scheffler too.

Calvin Johnson had a huge amount of success against him, but there were two plays in particular that taught us about his coverage style. Because of his role, Rogers is expected to play aggressive coverage underneath with safety help on a regular basis.

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Early in the fourth quarter, the Lions spread the field with three receivers and two tight-ends. The 49ers responded with man coverage across the board and two safeties deep. Rogers is lined up in the slot over Calvin Johnson.

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Johnson runs straight down the field. Rogers lets him get by him without any disruption, before trailing him on his backshoulder. From this position, Rogers can forget about any seam route. Dashon Goldson is waiting directly in line with Johnson and Rogers, so Rogers only has to defend any routes that work back to the football, towards the sideline or infield.

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At the top of his route, Johnson plants his left foot towards the sideline. Because Nate Burleson is running a deep route down the sideline, there is space for Johnson to run into on the outside. With Rogers playing his inside shoulder and not playing physical coverage, he must react to this move if he is to prevent an easy reception.

However, Dashon Goldson is in a good position to play the outside route because he is coming forward to the football.

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In spite of their relative positions, Rogers bites very, very hard on Johnson’s fake and is literally running towards the sideline as Johnson comes out of his break to run an inside post route. Rogers makes an aggressive move towards the sideline, but he wasn’t playing aggressive coverage or reading the route so that he would be in position to make a play on the ball moving outside.

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In a sense, he put himself in no-mans land because he didn’t play the percentages. Johnson caught the pass over the middle, before Dashon Goldson made the tackle.

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In a similar situation, Rogers is on Calvin Johnson as the interior defender playing the three receivers at the top of the screen. Again, Rogers has a safety deep, directly in line with his assignment.

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Again, Rogers allows Johnson a free release and doesn’t disrupt his route as he gets on top of him. Johnson is running free into the reams of space between the deep safety and where he is.

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On this occasion, Johnson fakes an outside move before coming inside. Rogers is waiting in position, with another arriving safety, so there is no window for Stafford to find his receiver. However, Rogers hasn’t really done anything different on the two above plays. He is dependant on scheme and the route of the receiver to determine the outcome of the play.

Rogers isn’t the type of cornerback who will aggressive take the game to his assignment. He is a reactive player opposed to a proactive player. He doesn’t instigate contact or read routes. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because those players typically give up more big plays than your standard defensive back. However, because of his lack of athleticism, he is often taken out of plays because he isn’t in a good position to get to the football before the receiver comes out of his break.

Week 3: Minnesota Vikings
Total qualifying plays: 14
Failed coverages: 3
Shutdowns: 0
In Position: 11
Snaps in the slot: 9

Rogers played more on the outside in this game, but did do relatively well against Percy Harvin as one of his three failed coverages was a curl route against off coverage.

Week 4: New York Jets
Total qualifying plays: 13
Failed coverages: 6
Shutdowns: 3
In Position: 4
Snaps in the slot: 10

Jeremy Kerley proved to be a problem for Rogers. In space he couldn’t keep up with his speed, while the receiver was able to consistently beat him because of his quickness coming out of breaks in tight. Rogers would often drift at the top of his routes, whereas Kerley was decisively cutting in a different direction. It doesn’t seem like much, but it created enough space for receptions often.

A combination of a very strong pass rush, a big lead and the 49ers’ commitment to playing zone coverage limited the impact of the Jets’ receivers.

Week 5: Buffalo Bills
Total qualifying plays: 15
Failed coverages: 6
Shutdowns: 0
In Position: 9
Snaps in the slot: 13

Stevie Johnson didn’t face him enough to really put him through his paces, but Donald Jones and TJ Graham gave him enough issues to keep him busy. Just like he did against Tony Scheffler of the Detroit Lions, Rogers gave up a slant play on the goalline to Jones that the quarterback missed with a bad throw. It would have been a touchdown with even a semi accurate pass.

Whether it was the activity of the Bills’ receivers or some outside factor, Rogers looked like he lacked intensity or wasn’t focused throughout this game. He was often moving lethargically or too passively to be in good coverage positions.

Week 6: New York Giants
Total qualifying plays: 18
Failed coverages: 6
Shutdowns: 2
In Position: 10
Snaps in the slot: 9

When you’re the nickel cornerback in a defense that primarily plays a 2-4-5 formation, you’re inevitably going to see a lot of talented slot receivers. Against the New York Giants, Rogers got the pleasure of spending a day with young Victor Cruz. Rogers had a decent day against Cruz from a numbers point of view, Cruz only beat him curl routes(5) and one slant. However, that slant went for a touchdown on a play that exposed Rogers’ technique and recovery ability in off-coverage.

That wasn’t the most telling play about Rogers however. Instead, it was a play that was eerily similar to one of his interceptions in 2011.

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Rogers is lined up at the bottom of the screen, seven yards off of Victor Cruz. He has a deep third responsibility in zone coverage that ultimately turns into man coverage on Cruz as he runs down the sideline and the safeties are drawn forward by the tight end and fullback underneath.

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Rogers stays on top of Cruz as he runs down the sideline, in perfect position to play any deep ball. Manning does  look to throw Cruz’s way, but he expects Cruz to run the post infield whereas the wide receiver continues down the sideline. Rogers does a good job of tracking the play while understanding where Cruz is, which allows him to read Manning’s pass and run under it across the field.

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Running under it is the issue however. Rogers is ahead of Cruz and in position to pluck the ball out of the air relatively easily for a top cornerback, but he waits for it to come down into his chest instead of high-pointing it with his hands. That allows Cruz, who has recovered into a defensive back type of position behind him, to knock the ball free and turn an interception into an incompletion.

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In the exact same scenario against the Philadelphia Eagles from their Week 4 matchup in 2011, Rogers was able to come up with the interception. He did nothing differently, in fact he was trailing DeSean Jackson because Jackson didn’t run the wrong route like Cruz, but this time the ball bounced off of Jackson’s shoulder into the air for him to easily catch it.

Some might say Rogers made the play so you can’t criticise him, but his lack of ball-skills explain his inconsistent turnover numbers. He’s not attacking the football and creating turnovers, he simply benefits from offensive mistakes. Much like his coverage abilities, his ball-skills are too passive to ever be considered amongst the best in the NFL.

Week 7: Seattle Seahawks
Total qualifying plays: 19
Failed coverages: 7
Shutdowns: 1
In Position: 11
Snaps in the slot: 16

The Seahawks game showed off Rogers in a different light than he had exhibited himself to this point. He still struggled notably against each receiver, but he showed off different aspects to his game. Against the slower Ben Obamanu he was able to break on a curl route when he wasn’t favored while his aggression against a screen showed off his tackling ability in space.

Tackling is a vital part of Rogers’ game. While he doesn’t have the superior coverage ability of his peers, he is a good fit with the 49ers because he doesn’t allow big plays after the catch and he’s not a liability in run defense. According to Pro Football Focus, Rogers made 59 tackles last season and missed just three. That ratio for a player who primarily played the slot cornerback role in the NFC West is incredible.

Week 8: Arizona Cardinals
Total qualifying plays: 25
Failed coverages: 10
Shutdowns: 1
In Position: 14
Snaps in the slot: 23

Rogers avoided Larry Fitzgerald for all but one snap of the game, spending most of his time struggling to keep up with Andre Roberts and Early Doucet. Roberts’ speed posed him issues, while Doucet repeatedly beat him underneath with flats, a curl and a crossing route.

Week 10: St. Louis Rams
Total qualifying plays: 20
Failed coverages: 15
Shutdowns: 0
In Position: 5
Snaps in the slot: 14

If Rogers has played a worse game in his career than this one I don’t want to see it. He turned the wrong way on a deep post route, gave up curls against off coverage, lost receivers in traffic, bought hesitation and was lying on the ground when Danny Amendola caught that huge play down the sideline in overtime that was negated for a penalty that was irrelevant to his performance.

Two major things came out of this game however. Two things that permeate through his 2012 season.

When receivers ran underneath teammates or defenders, Rogers would never work underneath to prevent the reception, instead he would always float deeper than the play and give up the easy reception, settling for an opportunity to make a tackle. This may be coaching or a scheme quirk, but it’s not a good look for a cornerback.

Furthermore, in this game we saw the crux of Rogers’ problems in coverage.

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Here, Rogers is covering Austin Pettis in the slot. Rogers is able to be aggressive with him underneath because he has safety help deep. Rogers runs with Pettis straight down the seam, before Pettis comes to the top of his route and enters his break. The second section of the image has Pettis entering his break, with a gap between he and Rogers. However, Rogers hasn’t take a sharp turn towards the sideline yet, so that gap could quickly be closed.

Alas, instead of taking that sharp turn, Rogers drifts down the field and lets his momentum carry him away from the receiver. Rogers isn’t quick enough in and out of breaks to play press man coverage, even with safety help. He also doesn’t have the recovery ability when he finds himself in these positions to come back and cover the receiver.

Whether it be a lack of agility or a slow reaction time, Rogers’ inability in his breaks will always make him a liability in coverage. Now, he’s not such a liability that the defense needs to specifically cater to his weaknesses in order to hide him, but he will never be amongst the best cover cornerbacks in the league because of that.

Week 11: Chicago Bears
Total qualifying plays: 19
Failed coverages: 4
Shutdowns: 1
In Position: 14
Snaps in the slot: 13

He had plenty of bright moments in this game, but it’s easier to have bright moments when you’re following Earl Bennett and not Brandon Marshall. He did contain Marshall on one snap, but even Alshon Jeffery overwhelmed him with his physical abilities so the prospect of him going against Marshall repeatedly should be terrifying for 49ers fans.

Week 12: New Orleans Saints
Total qualifying plays: 20
Failed coverages: 7
Shutdowns: 4
In Position: 9
Snaps in the slot: 16

Lance Moore beat him in the endzone on an out route, while Jimmy Graham’s physical ability was too much for him at times. He did relatively well against Marques Colston but needed safeties to bracket Devery Henderson when he was tested deep.

Week 13: St. Louis Rams
Total qualifying plays: 19
Failed coverages: 8
Shutdowns: 0
In Position: 11
Snaps in the slot: 17

Rogers would be forgiven for feeling more confident entering this game opposed to the last, when Danny Amendola tortured him throughout the game, but Austin Pettis quickly made that confidence disappear. Pettis filled the Amendola role, and repeatedly beat the cornerback with different steps to create space between he and his safety help.

Week 14: Miami Dolphins
Total qualifying plays: 24
Failed coverages: 10
Shutdowns: 2
In Position: 12
Snaps in the slot: 23

Davone Bess and Rogers enjoyed a real battle. If it had been a boxing match, every second round would have gone to a different competitor. Bess ran mostly intermediate routes and used his quickness to escape Rogers, but neither player was completely consistent in what they were doing on the field.

Week 15: New England Patriots
Total qualifying plays: 30
Failed coverages: 10
Shutdowns: 2
In Position: 18
Snaps in the slot: 26

Rogers started this game off pretty well, just like the rest of the 49ers, as he intercepted Brady on a dramatically overthrown deep pass. Rogers was able to run under the ball and catch it in space after he and a safety bracketed Wes Welker running a seam route. Welker and Rogers faced each other throughout the game, but it wasn’t a fair analysis because Welker wasn’t put in many two-way go situations very often and Rogers was giving up underneath routes often in the second half as they played with a big lead.

Week 16: Seattle Seahawks
Total qualifying plays: 12
Failed coverages: 3
Shutdowns: 0
In Position: 9
Snaps in the slot: 5

The nature of this game meant there weren’t many opportunities for anyone on the 49ers to shine. Rogers’ most notable play was a Doug Baldwin touchdown, when his coverage wasn’t that bad, but Baldwin still got away from him running a post in the endzone.

Week 17: Arizona Cardinals
Total qualifying plays: 15
Failed coverages: 3
Shutdowns: 1
In Position: 11
Snaps in the slot: 13

From an assignment point of view, the 49ers do an excellent job in never overextending their defensive back’s ability. He is put in situations that won’t highlight his flaws and will help his strengths. Playing behind the best front seven in the NFL allows you to play different coverages and alleviate the pressure on your defensive backs to cover for long periods.

Rogers saw a lot of plays like this one last year.

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Prior to the snap, Rogers is lined up at the left cornerback position with Andre Roberts motioning to his side of the field.

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Rogers is in man coverage on Roberts, but he has two safeties covering deep and a linebacker floating in center field. This means that Rogers doesn’t have to worry about double-moves or deep routes and can use the linebacker in center field to be more aggressive. Throw in the fact that the pocket is collapsing quickly on the quarterback, as it so often does for offenses playing against the 49ers, and Rogers has significantly more aspects working in his favor on this play than he has working against him.

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Roberts runs a quick curl route that Rogers jumps in front of to knock away. Had he run deep or across the field, he would have run into more defenders. Had he tried to run a more complex route that took time to develop, his (immobile) quarterback would have been required to extend the play.

Divisional Round: Green Bay Packers
Total qualifying plays: 20
Failed coverages: 12
Shutdowns: 0
In Position: 8
Snaps in the slot: 20

Rogers worked a lot on Greg Jennings again in this game, but his most notable play was when Jennings used his speed to beat him on a seam route. Jennings isn’t necessarily a fast receiver. Jennings wasn’t a big issue, but the supercharged Randall Cobb was running circles around him with his speed from snap-to-snap.

Championship Round: Atlanta Falcons
Total qualifying plays: 30
Failed coverages: 14
Shutdowns: 1
In Position: 15
Snaps in the slot: 26

Rogers was spared from the big guys, Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White, Julio Jones, for most of this game, instead being asked to deal with Harry Douglas. Douglas didn’t always run through his routes, obviously understanding he wasn’t a top option, but he still consistently beat Rogers. Rogers tried to get physical with him on one snap, but even the smaller Douglas was able to shed him off and run free for a big gain down the sideline.

Super Bowl: Baltimore Ravens
Total qualifying plays: 17
Failed coverages: 4
Shutdowns: 4
In Position: 9
Snaps in the slot: 15

In what was probably his best game of the season, Rogers started out the game with 12 straight successful coverages. He handled both Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith equally well, before Boldin beat him with hesitation, strength and on a jump ball later on in the Super Bowl.

2012 NFL Season Total:
Total qualifying plays: 378
Failed coverages: 141
Shutdowns: 32
In Position: 205
Rogers’ success rate for the season: 63%

In Slot:
Total qualifying plays: 314
Failed coverages: 111
Rogers’ success rate: 65%

 Left cornerback:
Total qualifying plays: 63
Failed coverages: 21
Rogers’ success rate: 66%

 Right cornerback:
Total qualifying plays: 1
Failed coverages: 1
Rogers’ success rate: 100%

Success Rates v Specific Routes

1.Seam

89%

2.Double Move

89%

3.Flat

65%

4.Post

58%

5.Out

56%

6.In

53%

7.Curl

53%

8.Slant

47%

9.Crosing

35%

2011 Production Analysis

Having watched through every coverage snap of Rogers during the 2012 season, it was hard to understand how he managed to tally six interceptions during the 2011 season. Therefore, I went back and watched every interception from last year to find out just how he had managed to come by the football on a regular basis.

Interception 1: Week 3 v CIN
Rogers was playing man coverage underneath with two safeties over the top. He lined up over Jermaine Gresham in the slot. Gresham was running a post to the sideline, but Dalton severely underthrew him and the ball went straight to Rogers even as the tight end was running into space towards the sideline.

Interception 2: Week 4 v PHI
Rogers had a deep third zone responsibility. DeSean Jackson was running a post route. Jackson gained inside position, but  Michael Vick’s pass was inaccurate and hung in the air too long. Rogers was on Jackson’s back, but the ball landed between the two of them and bounced off of one of their shoulders. It bounced into the air so it was directly in front of Rogers’ face.

Interception 3: Week 5 v TB
Rogers dropped into an underneath zone as Kellen Winslow ran a crossing route. Freeman never saw Rogers and threw the ball straight to him in space. Rogers did well to step in front of Winslow, but it was a play any average defensive back would expect to make.

Interception 4: Week 10 v NYG
Just like Dalton did previously, Manning made a carbon copy throw to Rogers against the same defensive setup.

Interception 5: Week 10 v NYG
Mario Manningham ran the wrong route as he turned back to the sideline halfway through a deep in. Rogers was playing slightly off coverage as they mixed zone and man, which allowed him to track the ball through the air for the diving interception in space.

Interception 6: Week 15 v PIT
In the redzone, Mike Wallace ran a seam route that Ben Roethlisberger underthrew. Rogers was in a good position and caught the ball into his chest with safety help.

Obviously the numbers and analysis above don’t paint a pretty picture of Carlos Rogers’ ability. However, the 31-year-old does fit the 49ers’ philosophy and his tackling, durability(played 1,255 snaps last year, second most on the defense) mean that he will never be completely without a role in the NFL.

Is he worth his $30+ million contract? Probably not, but considering the rest of the 49ers’ setup, they aren’t going to be too worried about paying him that much for now.

The importance of the nickel cornerback can’t be overstated in today’s NFL. If Rogers wasn’t as tough of a player as he is against the run, the 49ers’ defense wouldn’t have had the ability to run their 2-4-5 scheme throughout the year. Although being a consistent tackler and good pass-rusher is somewhat of a backhanded compliment for most defensive backs, for a player who plays more inside than out, they are definitely valuable traits.

He’ll never be Darrelle Revis, Richard ShermanBrandon Flowers or even Patrick Peterson. He’s not even on the level of young Casey Hayward who played a similar role with the Green Bay Packers last year, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t be a valuable member of a Super Bowl caliber team.

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16 thoughts on “Carlos Rogers: The Numbers, The Tape, The Verdict

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  2. Cian. I just want to say please keep up the good work. When I was on Bleacher Report you were one of the few other writers I could actually stand because you actually knew what you were talking about. Now they just listen to guys like Matt Miller who just rehash Pro Football Focus’ terrible numbers. It’s a shame your work isn’t getting out to more people man. Keep up the great work.

  3. This is freaking amazing man. Your cornerback breakdowns are the best attempt at understanding the quality of a cornerback’s OVERALL PLAY on a snap to snap basis that I have encountered. Keep them coming!

    -Hugo

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  5. In the first table, where you list successful snaps/coverage snaps, how is this different from the success rate listed at the bottom of the article? Is the reason because the bottom number includes receivers not listed in the top table? I’m just a little surprised there’d be enough additional coverage snaps to bring his rate up that far.

    In your article on Revis, you had have his successful snaps/coverage snaps against Darrius Heyward-Bey as 0/16, but in the game breakdown you suggest Revis was successful against him. I’m wondering if I’m misunderstanding the definition of successful snaps/coverage snaps. I find these breakdowns terrific so I’d like to figure this out.

    • The ‘Individual Matchups’ section shows the success rate for the receivers who had at least four snaps against the defensive back. The percentage at the bottom of the 2012 NFL Season Total represents the defensive back’s level of success against every single receiver he faced during the year.

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