Carlos Rogers was a Redskin for 6 years. He was drafted by the team the same year they drafted Jason Campbell. He got 5 starts as a rookie, and became a fixture of the Redskins’ D his entire tenure with the club. And so, naturally, he’s been receiving his fair share of attention as his new team (the 49ers) travels to DC this week to play his former team. During a conference call with reporters, Rogers took a bunch of shots at his old team, transcribed here by the great Redskins blog, Hogs Haven.
In response, when asked about Rogers, Mike Shanahan couldn’t help himself. He fired a shot right back at Rogers:
It kind of reminded me of some parting shots that Shanahan had for rookie RB James Davis, who left Redskins camp because he was unhappy with the number of reps he was receiving:
“I think he’s retired from football. That’s my guess,” Shanahan said following Tuesday’s practice, the second straight day Davis was absent from Redskins Park.
Shanahan said he believed Davis was in Atlanta and was prepared to walk away from football. He said the team has not released the third-year back.
“Has anybody seen him? I haven’t seen him yet,” (said) Shanahan.
The team has the authority to fine a player $20,000 for skipping a day of practice, but Shanahan seemed to imply that the Redskins would not pursue the money. “I think maybe he’s made $1,500,” Shanahan said. “Add that up, that’s not good.”
Bad mouthing or just downright making fun of players that have left your team does absolutely zero good. Back in 2002, Jeremiah Trotter was coming off 2 Pro Bowl seasons in Philadelphia, and was looking for his big payday. He didn’t get it from Philly. Instead, the Redskins ponied up the big bucks and landed themselves an up-and-coming stud middle linebacker. However, Trotter didn’t leave without expressing his frustration at the Eagles for not bringing him back at the price he was looking for. Andy Reid said nothing publicly. Two years later, after things didn’t quite work out in DC, Trotter was looking for a job again. Reid came calling, and Trotter was signed to a very reasonable deal. He would be a major part of the Eagles’ run to the Super Bowl that year, and earned himself two more trips to Honolulu is 2004 and 2005.
Players have their ears open. When they hear a coach badmouth their former players, nothing good comes from that. Players are going to pop off at times. Coaches need to know that they can’t get down to that level.
Shanny, high road. High road, Shanny. You guys should team up every so often.