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Rodgers-Cromartie melts down during loss to Bears

Bears wide receiver Bennett catches a pass under pressure from the Eagles cornerback Rodgers-Cromartie during their NFL football game in Philadelphia Reuters

Monday night’s loss to the Bears was another rough game in a season full of them by Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

The Bears threw at him all night. DRC appeared to shy away from tackles and appeared to give up completely on one catch by Earl Bennett in the fourth quarter. Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo confronted Rodgers-Cromartie after that play, according to Jonathan Tamari of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Rodgers-Cromartie appeared to point at his teammates on the bench, and then got up to get away from them. Coach Andy Reid and Nnamdi Asomugha, who didn’t have the greatest game either, came over to calm Rodgers-Cromartie 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. [Shoot], I was mad, it was in the heat of the moment, [stuff] is going to happen,” he said.

Going off on the sideline isn’t a big problem for the Eagles. The fact that the team still doesn’t seem to know how to best use their new cornerbacks midway through the season is a larger issue.

“I’m a way better corner than I’m playing,” he said.

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  1. razsan says: Nov 8, 2011 8:51 AM

    “I’m a way better corner than I’m playing,” he said.

    I’m a way better corner than he’s playing too.

  2. thetigerreport says: Nov 8, 2011 8:54 AM

    Just grabbing talent without knowing how to utilize it sounds like something Tony Sparano would do.
    Go Reggie!

  3. sj39 says: Nov 8, 2011 8:55 AM

    Karma.

  4. snarkzilla says: Nov 8, 2011 8:55 AM

    >“I’m a way better corner than I’m playing,” he said.

    Also Andy Reid is a QB coaching genius even though, well, you know, like Vick is really great even though he plays like an inconsistent turnover machine. Kolb might lose his job to Skelton. But who knows? Maybe, behind the scenes, Reid is quietly making Vince Young into a QB who can pass for more than 135 yards/game.

  5. tonymission says: Nov 8, 2011 8:55 AM

    DRC has always been overrated. Just ask Aaron Rodgers.

  6. The Shoeman says: Nov 8, 2011 8:56 AM

    As an Eagle fan … it’s easy to see that the team has talent, … but is “soft ” in the defense.

    they just can’t deliver the tackle or “hit” when needed.

  7. fthrvic says: Nov 8, 2011 8:59 AM

    Dear Philly: Told you so.

    Sincerely, Arizona

  8. purpleloki says: Nov 8, 2011 8:59 AM

    “I’m a way better corner than I’m playing,” he said.

    No your not…

  9. 6250claimer says: Nov 8, 2011 8:59 AM

    For all you knucklers who praised the Kolb trade and thought that Philly “stole” DRC from the Cardinals, I have some (old) news for you – the kid flat out stinks. After a great rookie year, his game has hit the skids. He couldn’t tackle Justin Bieber. He makes Deion Sanders’ tackling (I use the term loosely) look like Dick Butkus at his finest.

  10. coys10 says: Nov 8, 2011 8:59 AM

    Rosenthal, maybe DRC can’t be used. He had one decent year in 09, he was awful last season. And, he is awful this season. You can blame Castillo all you want, but it seems the Eagles issues lie in talent evaluation.

    Last two drafts are complete busts. DRC a bust. Nnamdi Asomugha– a bust.

  11. steeelfann says: Nov 8, 2011 9:01 AM

    Gotta give it to Arizona and Wisenhut.

    Last year, they send defensive back Bryant McFadden back to Steelers. McFadden does not dress for Steelers all the time and most of the time, he is special teams if the dresses.

    Cards send Rogers Cromartie out to Philly like it is a steal for Philly. Hardy har har.

    They did it twice! Damn poker players in the desert.

  12. cobrala2 says: Nov 8, 2011 9:01 AM

    “The fact that the team still doesn’t seem to know how to best use their new cornerbacks midway through the season is a larger issue.”

    Best criticism of Juan Castillo, just after using Wide 9’s no matter if it’s a passing or running down for the first 5 or 6 games.

  13. rugdaniels says: Nov 8, 2011 9:03 AM

    I guess the endless salary-cap managing and the best free agents money could buy isn’t enough to overcome years of poor drafting.

  14. flyinhighwithvick says: Nov 8, 2011 9:05 AM

    This is what happens when you name your offensive line coach of 15 years your new defensive coordinator. But Andy Reid knows everything.

  15. elisnopunkbitch says: Nov 8, 2011 9:05 AM

    Well I can’t wait to hear from all the Eagle Fans now who will continue to say the Giants are a terrible team, and how they will overtake them them in the division, guess what Eagle fans, it’s not happening, they are DONE!!!!

    They will need to go at least 7-1 to take the division, including playoffs they are 3-8 in their last 11, and are completely falling apart week over week.

    You celebrated by beating a mediocre Dallas team, and condemned the Giants winning over Miami, guess what we just beat a much better team that either Dallas or Philly in the Pats, no game is a given but they won’t let up against the Niners, and will play strong until the end, and should have a victory, and we WILL beat you in 2 weeks.

    Eagle fans condemn the Giants record, but they have beaten all good winning teams, the Eagles have played 5 teams with winning records this year, and lost all 5!!!!

    You all, and the Red Sox can drink beer while watching the playoffs from home!!!!!!!

  16. thridandlong says: Nov 8, 2011 9:06 AM

    Maybe you just need to get a bigger sized helmet, getting a little tight in there.

  17. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Nov 8, 2011 9:06 AM

    Can we all admit that Andy Reid is not as good of a coach as people in Philly and the media claim he is?

  18. poppirt says: Nov 8, 2011 9:08 AM

    Did he think he was playing 2 hand touch.. My 6yr old sons flag team hit harder than he did. DRC made me sick last night.

  19. my84cj7 says: Nov 8, 2011 9:09 AM

    LOL Dream Team.

  20. makimaguro says: Nov 8, 2011 9:09 AM

    Maybe he should try tackling someone as long as he’s at it.

  21. dukemarc says: Nov 8, 2011 9:10 AM

    “I’m a way better corner than I’m playing,” he said.

    Not really.

  22. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 8, 2011 9:13 AM

    A double fleece – Kolb & DRC

  23. lucky5934 says: Nov 8, 2011 9:13 AM

    Can someone please put the Eagle’s corners in man to man/bump and run. I am tired of all the excuses of why the defense is failing. Put those guys one on one with a WR and then let the best man win. Until then, these expectations are going to continue to crumble their confidence.

  24. lbijake says: Nov 8, 2011 9:15 AM

    I hope Juan Castillo has a nice softy landing spot picked out for next year. Ray Charles could draw up better schemes than the Eagles have. Forgetaboutit.

  25. freebird2011 says: Nov 8, 2011 9:16 AM

    It’s now more apparent than ever why the Cardinals were willing to include DRC in the Kevin Kolb trade, which is not looking so one-sided in favor of the Eagles any more.

  26. yamchargers says: Nov 8, 2011 9:17 AM

    The Comartie’s have both proven to be tackle adverse babies.

  27. wtfpft says: Nov 8, 2011 9:18 AM

    It’s a shame what they’ve done to Asomugha

  28. tatatoothy says: Nov 8, 2011 9:19 AM

    Dude outright quit on a couple of plays. Hands up in the air like he didn’t want to touch the guy with the ball.

  29. eaglesfanintn says: Nov 8, 2011 9:22 AM

    He was terrible last night – probably has been bad all season, but maybe I just noticed it more last night. The one pass mentioned where he gave up was just inexcusable. I ranted about it last night when I saw it – he should have been taken off the field and taken off the team for that alone.
    I can understand not playing well all the time – we all have off days, but as, I believe most Eagles fans would agree, to give up is unbearable to watch.

  30. virger says: Nov 8, 2011 9:25 AM

    fthrvic says:
    Nov 8, 2011 8:59 AM

    Dear Philly: Told you so.

    Sincerely, Arizona
    ————–

    pretty sure philly would still take that trade any day of the week

  31. sasquatchery says: Nov 8, 2011 9:26 AM

    And all you Eagles fans kept saying the Cardinals got fleeced…

  32. raiderlyfe510 says: Nov 8, 2011 9:26 AM

    Hey Eagles let us know if you want another one of our CBs for a draft pick…we’ll even throw in our D coordinator.

  33. paulsmith107 says: Nov 8, 2011 9:29 AM

    This is great. I live about 45 minutes from Philly and loved when all the idiot eagle fans were celebrating the free agent signings. I said back then Washington does the same thing every season and they still have no toughness. Typical eagle fans though celebrate meaningless things cause they’ll never know what it’s like to celebrate the ultimate goal. Go eagirls and take the phillies with you

  34. orangeflh says: Nov 8, 2011 9:30 AM

    According to Gruden, every player out there was the best there has ever been at their respective positions and each and every one of them had the best night of their individual careers.

    And Jaws pretty much convinced me that the coaching was absolutely brilliant as well, by both teams and in every facet of the game.

    They made it quite clear that this was the greatest game ever played (until next Monday night when they slobber up the fronts of 2 new sets of uniforms).

    Can somebody… anybody… please…. make them go away.

  35. blackfoot11 says: Nov 8, 2011 9:32 AM

    DRC’s performance last night is the same reason the Cardinals wanted to move on from him. He fails to make plays consistently. After his rookie year, his game started to slip. Philly must have thought a change in scenery would help DRC regain his rookie form. Doubt it’s an issue of athletic ability, most likely cerebral.

  36. intedwetrust says: Nov 8, 2011 9:33 AM

    It’s just further proof that in the NFL you’re always better drafting and keeping your own players than trying to buy a team. Unlike baseball where you can get away with putting players in the field and not messing up defensive chemistry, in the NFL players who play together for years know where their teammates are going to be and know where the help is coming from on every play.

    Sure you can add a piece here and there to help, but you really have to draft well, develop talent and keep your own players to have consistent long term success.

  37. detruthhurts says: Nov 8, 2011 9:35 AM

    Am I missing something here? Did you people not watch the game? None of the Eagle corners can tackle, NONE of them, especially Samuels! I saw that all night. They are’nt going to hit nobody. Its like its not in their job description! What a pitiful mess. Did you see the Eagles vs. Falcons game? Turner broke free and was bearing down on Asante and He sidestepped Turner,allowing an easy touchdown, never laying a finger on him! I believe the announcer said Asante made a career dicision! Yeah, they aint hitting NOBODY!

  38. lucky5934 says: Nov 8, 2011 9:36 AM

    Upon further review, NO ONE won the Kolb-DRC trade.

  39. Lev says: Nov 8, 2011 9:38 AM

    This is the polar opposite of getting better through the draft

  40. schmitty2 says: Nov 8, 2011 9:44 AM

    I just remember shaking my head in disbelief on a 3rd and long at the start of the game and I believe it was Bennett who picked up the first down. DRC totally gave up after the catch and started shaking his fists. Meanwhile Bennett continued on for 3 more yards until 2 other defenders tackled him.

  41. jetropolitans says: Nov 8, 2011 9:46 AM

    @nflofficeadmin, well said (I laughed my ass off when I read that).

    Both teams somehow ended up worse.

  42. dcfan4life says: Nov 8, 2011 9:48 AM

    Can anyone find a single move the Eagles made this offseason that actually has paid the dividends they expected? I mean the Defensive Coordinator hire, the cornerbacks they got, there backup QB, the big contract to Vick, there Defensive Line handling (or better said not handling) the run. I mean as Redskins fans, we know how buying players NEVER works. Last time the best teams in the NFL this year all drafted extremely well. The Packers, 49ers, Lions, Steelers, Ravens, Bengals, all drafted to be where they are year after year. Take note Philladelphia, cuz you just learned the hard way that a lot of big signings dont work in football.

  43. CKL says: Nov 8, 2011 9:52 AM

    lucky5934 says:
    Nov 8, 2011 9:13 AM
    Can someone please put the Eagle’s corners in man to man/bump and run.
    ______________________________
    You don’t want to see Samuel do that. It won’t be pretty.

  44. crubenst says: Nov 8, 2011 9:53 AM

    Dear Philly: Told you so.

    Sincerely, Arizona
    ——————————————–

    Dear Arizona: Sorry we tricked you. And thanks for the second rounder next year.

    Sincerely, Philly

    ps I hear Roseman is planning on using your pick to trade down for 3 5th rounders in mold of Daniel Teo’Nisham.

  45. Derty Ernie says: Nov 8, 2011 9:56 AM

    If you play off the receivers and don’t tackle a lot, you don’t get hurt and live for another contract down the line.
    Hey if the guy was that great his former team would have kept him. His best years are behind him but being proud, he must blaim it on someone else.

  46. wiseguyny says: Nov 8, 2011 10:05 AM

    The Eagles only need to go 7-1 down the stretch to get 10 wins and a potential playoff birth!

    Surely, with all their fans boasting, IN AUGUST, about how great their team is, it shouldn’t be an issue, right?

    TYPICAL PHILTHY FANS….

  47. RexCanCoach says: Nov 8, 2011 10:09 AM

    Nnamdi was pathetic last night also. On the interception return for TD, Nnamdi didn’t even try to block anyone all he cared about was celebrating before his teammate was in the end zone.

    Nnamdi isn’t a freckle on Revis’ arse.

  48. themackstrong says: Nov 8, 2011 10:18 AM

    His best years are behind him? He’s 25 but he only did have one good year. I watched this guy a bunch in division games against the Seahawks he was getting torched by Mike Williams in man to man. Last night he gave up before the play was over and gave a half effort attempt to tackle when he knew Bennett had the ball. In zone he and both Nnamdi look lost. Jim Johnson to Castillio another oversight by Eagles in their superbowl, put it right aside the lack of linebackers.

  49. seatownballers says: Nov 8, 2011 10:22 AM

    Wait one minute arizona fans, its obvious that DRC cant cover or tackle, so it appears shipping him out looks like a good move. But what has Kolb done this year? What? I cant hear you? losing that second round pick will set ya back

  50. bukes111 says: Nov 8, 2011 10:30 AM

    snarkzilla says:
    Nov 8, 2011 8:55 AM
    Also Andy Reid is a QB coaching genius even though, well, you know, like Vick is really great even though he plays like an inconsistent turnover machine. Kolb might lose his job to Skelton. But who knows? Maybe, behind the scenes, Reid is quietly making Vince Young into a QB who can pass for more than 135 yards/game.
    __________________________________

    Well when you bring up Kolb, you’re kind of stating Reid’s case for being a QB coaching genius. Marginal QB’s like Feely and Kolb look pretty good in Reid’s system bet get exposed badly when they play somewhere else. You can add Mcnabb to that list. And say what you want about Vick but he’s a far more complete QB under Reid than he was when he was in Atlanta.

    But spending all that money on defense and then hiring an O-line coach to become the d-coordinater is a bonehead move.

    Reid has made alot of mistakes but he’s the best coach for a QB out there right now. Maybe Harbaugh will take that mantle in a couple years, but it belongs to Reid now.

  51. bukes111 says: Nov 8, 2011 10:32 AM

    It’s amazing how much zone they play w/ these high priced corners.

  52. duncanthecat says: Nov 8, 2011 10:40 AM

    The trade that helped neither team.

  53. mezanine10 says: Nov 8, 2011 10:59 AM

    Long live the hyphenated football player!

  54. akulabug says: Nov 8, 2011 11:08 AM

    “You are what you are”

    B. Parcells

  55. autumnwind999 says: Nov 8, 2011 11:10 AM

    Eagles are losing because they’re awful in the trenches. It’s not because of Vick or Nnamdi or McCoy or the receivers.

    It’s because their front 7 stinks and they’ve got several starters on the offensive line who don’t make many teams’ roster.

    The Eagles are once again validating the importance of the big uglies.

  56. greenpacker says: Nov 8, 2011 11:12 AM

    crybaby cry

  57. kingjoe1 says: Nov 8, 2011 11:13 AM

    Juan Castillo.

  58. jakek2 says: Nov 8, 2011 11:18 AM

    Implosion

  59. cleverbob says: Nov 8, 2011 11:23 AM

    twitter:Chapman_Jamie says:
    Nov 8, 2011 9:06 AM

    Can we all admit that Andy Reid is not as good of a coach as people in Philly and the media claim he is?
    =====================================

    Oh yes, Andy gets a ticker tape parade every Thursday in Philly.

  60. scoob766 says: Nov 8, 2011 11:25 AM

    Lol at any Cardinals fans that think they got the good end of that deal. Kolb is a bottom 10 QB right now and your franchise is 2-6? I’m not an Eagles fan but DRC + a 3rd round pick looks like you guys just got duped. Kolbs best roll is as a back up where people can hype him up.

  61. The Shoeman says: Nov 8, 2011 11:29 AM

    And all you Eagles fans kept saying the Cardinals got fleeced…
    ***********************************************************

    because you were !
    the 2nd round pick is the BEST part of the deal.

    Watch for the player the EAGLES FLEECED you out of on day 1 of the 2012 NFL Draft.

  62. asw1028 says: Nov 8, 2011 11:30 AM

    For all you cardinals fans who think you fleeced us with DRC just remember thatyou have kolb and we have your second rounder. Oh, and your team isn’t much better than ours. Misery love company?

  63. dexterismyhero says: Nov 8, 2011 11:34 AM

    @steeelfann says:
    Nov 8, 2011 9:01 AM
    Gotta give it to Arizona and Wisenhut.

    Last year, they send defensive back Bryant McFadden back to Steelers. McFadden does not dress for Steelers all the time and most of the time, he is special teams if the dresses.

    Cards send Rogers Cromartie out to Philly like it is a steal for Philly. Hardy har har.

    They did it twice! Damn poker players in the desert.
    =================================

    Yeah 2 & 7!!!!! Pretty smart there.

  64. snarkzilla says: Nov 8, 2011 11:35 AM

    >Well when you bring up Kolb, you’re kind of stating Reid’s case for being a QB coaching genius.

    Well, if you look at it inside out and upside down possibly.

    McNabb, Kolb, Vick.

  65. greendreams6 says: Nov 8, 2011 11:41 AM

    The conversation about who’s a better corner between Revis & Asomugha is over. Revis by a MILE.

  66. delsj says: Nov 8, 2011 11:48 AM

    Finally some voices of reason to this board:

    1) The Eagles could cut DRC tomorrow & still win that trade, &

    2) Andy Reid gets a free pass everywhere, but from the Philly fans.

  67. gmen1987 says: Nov 8, 2011 11:52 AM

    Love the dream team and the dirty rotten bird fans crying in their beer.

  68. CowboyErik says: Nov 8, 2011 11:58 AM

    Let the EAGLE DIE!

  69. myeaglescantwin says: Nov 8, 2011 11:58 AM

    standing 20 feet away i heard evey word.

    DRC was pissed off at #51 & #22 for blowing assignements and coverages.. These mistake in turn made DRC look like he was out of postion and not making the right plays..
    so that blow up is completely justified.

    on the other hand.

    I saw 3 different plays where DRC completely stopped playing football while the play was goin on. .. Thats a tell tail sign of exactly what type of player he is..

    “playing to the whistle”
    is a different philosophy from
    “we are only allowed to hit people till they blow the whistle.”

    DRC follows niether of these.

    Andy is soft and so is his team now.

  70. packersrule12 says: Nov 8, 2011 12:07 PM

    “Reid has made alot of mistakes but he’s the best coach for a QB out there right now. Maybe Harbaugh will take that mantle in a couple years, but it belongs to Reid now.”
    —–
    I think Mike McCarthy just spit out a cheese curd.

  71. zaggs says: Nov 8, 2011 12:15 PM

    Unless I’ve missed something. Asomugha and DRC combined have the same number of picks as Vince Wilfork, defensive tackle!

  72. jphoops says: Nov 8, 2011 12:24 PM

    Should have joined the giants when you had the chance.

  73. jphoops says: Nov 8, 2011 12:25 PM

    Should have joined the giants when he had the chance.

  74. andyreidisfat says: Nov 8, 2011 12:42 PM

    I think the problem for drc is the guy is being forced to play nickel. He is just not a nickel guy. He isn’t physical enough. After watching this eagles team I would say they should at this point play the younger guys and see what they have. Then trade away the loose change for picks and make their run next year. While I say that now, they still have a shot at the playlets but they need a better dc next year no doubt

  75. janvanflac says: Nov 8, 2011 1:27 PM

    while it’s remarkable how competitive they have been for so long, there are disfunctional aspects of the team which don’t seem to go away. They have the ability to make a crappy O-Line look like all pros, or a 3rd string rookie QB look like Tom Brady. They have had exactly 1 (!) losing season since 2000, and have a really good nucleus of young players. I’m on the fence about AR and co….they obviously have done a lot right but something is just off about them right now, and they just don’t know how to close out a game.

  76. blackdonnelly says: Nov 8, 2011 2:33 PM

    First off – not an Eagles fan.

    Secondly, for lack of a better term, I’ll give Samuels a pass on last night – he took a pretty healthy shot to the ‘nards and I don’t think he returned, or if he did I didn’t notice.

    Lastly, this Dream Team ca-rap is over and done with. The Eagles are finished for this season. Let’s move on now……

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