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Rodgers-Cromartie likes Skelton, doesn’t like playing the slot

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

Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie just suffered his worst game during his increasingly poor season in Philadelphia.

The way he sees it, there really wasn’t any need for him to get traded to the Eagles anyway.  He thought the Cardinals already had their quarterback.

“I was always a [John] Skelton fan even when I was there,” Rodgers-Cromartie said via Bob Grotz of the Delaware County Times. “I was pulling for the guy. I know what he’s capable of doing. I know he can run this offense real good. And he does have a big arm.”

Skelton didn’t play well last week. If he somehow helped the Cardinals pull off a second straight win as a starter, Kolb wouldn’t look so good in comparison.

Rodgers-Cromartie, meanwhile, doesn’t sound so thrilled about his new role in Philly. He wants to play on the outside, rather than in the slot where he’s clearly uncomfortable.

“Am I mad? Yeah,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “I would like to be outside.”

DRC still sounds a little salty that he got dealt in the first place.

“They know what they had,” Rodgers-Cromartie said.

Yes. Perhaps they did.

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35 Responses to “Rodgers-Cromartie likes Skelton, doesn’t like playing the slot”
  1. bw115 says: Nov 10, 2011 9:00 AM

    Not sure who got the better end of this trade.

  2. theslex says: Nov 10, 2011 9:03 AM

    This trade is somehow turning into a lose/lose situation. Leave it to the ‘Aggles to find a way to accomplish that feat…

  3. cjepp says: Nov 10, 2011 9:07 AM

    Would love to have this guy in Buffalo. I wanted DRC since day 1 of Draft day & still do. Would be pretty neat to have both McKelvin & DRC lining up together.

  4. rayvens says: Nov 10, 2011 9:08 AM

    Both teams got screwed in this trade!

  5. atlien698 says: Nov 10, 2011 9:08 AM

    Looks like the “In your dreams team” is crumbling….

  6. reasonsimadrunk says: Nov 10, 2011 9:08 AM

    With his “toughness”, DRC should play lingerie football. Even then, the contact would be too much for him.

  7. crashdog says: Nov 10, 2011 9:12 AM

    An Eagles CB unhappy about how he is being used? In other news, the sky is blue

  8. notrelated says: Nov 10, 2011 9:17 AM

    You mean Juan Castillo the OLine coach turned DC has talented players playing out of position?

    Lies.. slander!

  9. dwoofer says: Nov 10, 2011 9:20 AM

    Well, what do you know? Many AZ fans like Skelton and want him to play, but sports writers categorize them as idiots for thinking Skelton has great potential. But here is a pro-bowler from the Cardinals that thinks the same thing.

  10. sj39 says: Nov 10, 2011 9:21 AM

    I agree with him. Stupid trade, combined with Kolb’s contract the kind that can mahstring a team for years. A top 5 DB and a second round pick for another Andy Reid cast off QB? Big Red deserves what they get.

  11. vicktator says: Nov 10, 2011 9:22 AM

    Eagles also got a second round pick, they made off like Madoff.

  12. phadedwun says: Nov 10, 2011 9:29 AM

    DRC is strictly an outside DB. Ironically, the Eagles have 3 of those guys.

  13. Land Snark says: Nov 10, 2011 9:30 AM

    If DRC is unhappy about his current situation, maybe he shouldn’t have dogged it last season in AZ.

    They knew what they had and that’s why they traded him and drafted his replacement.

    The Eagles should bench him and play one of the other DBs who doesn’t care if he plays inside or outside and is just glad to have a job.

  14. waitingguilty says: Nov 10, 2011 9:33 AM

    “I was always a [John] Skelton fan even when I was there,”

    Am I the only one who thinks this statement makes no sense?

    Isn’t when you were in AZ the most likely time you’d have been a fan of AZ’s backup QB?

    Guess I’m nitpicking, it’s just really hard to hear these guys speak publicly sometimes.

  15. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Nov 10, 2011 9:34 AM

    as an outsider, i view this trade as one that prolly both teams would like to have back

  16. jbl429 says: Nov 10, 2011 9:35 AM

    The Eagles are playing him stupidly anyway, and DRC is actually right. They should be playing press coverage on the outside with DRC and Asomugha, with Asante playing the slot and reading the QB so he can jump routes. But don’t let Reid/Castillo know, I wouldn’t want them to actually play to the strengths of their personell.

  17. jutts says: Nov 10, 2011 9:36 AM

    He must be feeling the effects of that “Lacerated Groin”?

  18. poppirt says: Nov 10, 2011 9:41 AM

    DRC is a flop, but the birds also got a 2nd round pick out of the deal, and at this point it looks like it is going to be a very high round pic

  19. devinmr711 says: Nov 10, 2011 9:41 AM

    Skelton was my sleeper coming out the draft. He reminds me alot of Joe Flacco. He just needs more time to develop. He definitely has more upside than Kevin Kolb though.

  20. redskinspike says: Nov 10, 2011 9:42 AM

    Anyone have the video of him shying off that hit in the first quarter? I can’t find it anywhere

  21. hotep999 says: Nov 10, 2011 9:44 AM

    “I would like to be outside.” = I’m great when I team up with the sideline for help!

  22. flavordave says: Nov 10, 2011 9:45 AM

    Eagles got the draft pick. Easy to see who “won” the trade

  23. nogoodell says: Nov 10, 2011 9:48 AM

    This all falls back on the idiot coaching for Philly.. especially on defense

    You have 3 amazing cover corners, 2 of which you are forcing into zone and slot coverage.. you have basically removed everything good about Aso and DRC and put them in a typical zone coverage that does not take advantage of their skills

  24. baldeaglejohnie says: Nov 10, 2011 9:51 AM

    we still have a 2nd round pick to cash in on this April. trades take a while to truely evaluate.

  25. clavette says: Nov 10, 2011 9:53 AM

    Hilarious. All 3 corners crying this year about playing the slot. What a mess the eagles are this year.

  26. flyinhighwithvick says: Nov 10, 2011 9:55 AM

    Here’s the problem with this entire situation….the Eagles, in particular Andy Reid felt he owed it to Kevin Kolb to trade him to a place that he wanted to go. Kolb made it very clear early on that he wanted to go to Arizona, and Reid did him a favor and sent him there. He did him this favor because Kolb kept his mouth shut during his time in Philly, didn’t complain and did his job. The only problem with shipping him to AZ is that the talent level in AZ (aside from Larry Fitz) is piss poor. I think the only player with any value there was DRC, and hence the move. Had the Eagles explored other trade options, rather than trying to please Kevin Kolb, perhaps they wouldnt have the log jam at corner, and they wouldn’t have 2 unhappy corners (DRC and Samuel). Meanwhile, the Eagles linebacking corps is the worst in the history of football. If I were Reid, I would have traded Kolb elsewhere and tried to get a middle linebacker in return. If that wouldn’t have worked, then I would have kept Kolb for 1 more year, have him back up Vick, and then tried to trade him again this coming offseason. Sure this probably would have angered Kolb, but who cares, he’s proven nothing to this point.

  27. joetoronto says: Nov 10, 2011 9:58 AM

    Playing the slot in man coverage isn’t for everyone, that’s for sure.

    You need really fluid hips and great cover skills to play in space.

  28. bobbyhoying says: Nov 10, 2011 10:06 AM

    Kolb will be fine when he learns the new system. With no mini camps and little training camp how can you evaluate anybody who’s changed teams this year? The Birds also got a nice draft pick so the Cards need to play poorly to increase its value. It sounds to me as if the corners on the Eagles are whining and that’s reflected in their play.

  29. phillychzstk2012 says: Nov 10, 2011 10:14 AM

    how the hell can you say that the Eagles or the Cards in that matter got screwed in this trade? Kolb wasnt gonna play and the Eagles got a (high) 2nd round pick and a CB with star potential. yeh he hasnt fit into the “scheme” than Castillo is trying to run so far but he has shown flashes of brilliance. he’s not a slot corner and everyone knows it. as much as i hate to say it Asante will not be an Eagles next year due to his salary and DRC will get a chance to show what he’s got.

  30. laeaglefan says: Nov 10, 2011 10:36 AM

    You’ll get your chance to play outside next year, DRC….as soon as the Eagles get rid of Asante Samuel, which one way or another, they’re bound to do this offseason.

  31. herwordskillyou says: Nov 10, 2011 12:02 PM

    Nnamdi playing zone, DRC playing the slot, Samuel not even trying. What a disaster.

  32. chocolatebaconbutter says: Nov 10, 2011 12:26 PM

    The Cardinals knew what they were getting rid of. The guy is gifted with his speed and it translates to his cover skills, but the guy is just not physical. Not a good fit for Philly. He also wouldn’t have been a good fit for Ray Horton’s scheme in AZ. Horton also demands physical corners who tackle, like Philly.

    Granted Kolb has been terrible as well. This trade looks like a wash, but one thing to remember is that the Eagles held out to get that 2nd round pick from the Cards. They’ll always hold that over as a win, unless they end up making a terrible pick, but that remains to be determined.

  33. yevrag3535 says: Nov 10, 2011 12:39 PM

    Fire that head coach now. If Penn State can make changes this rinky dink outfit can. The wheels are off……..

  34. december77 says: Nov 10, 2011 6:43 PM

    flyinhighwithvick says:Nov 10, 2011 9:55 AM

    Here’s the problem with this entire situation….the Eagles, in particular Andy Reid felt he owed it to Kevin Kolb to trade him to a place that he wanted to go. Kolb made it very clear early on that he wanted to go to Arizona, and Reid did him a favor and sent him there. He did him this favor because Kolb kept his mouth shut during his time in Philly, didn’t complain and did his job. The only problem with shipping him to AZ is that the talent level in AZ (aside from Larry Fitz) is piss poor. I think the only player with any value there was DRC, and hence the move. Had the Eagles explored other trade options, rather than trying to please Kevin Kolb, perhaps they wouldnt have the log jam at corner, and they wouldn’t have 2 unhappy corners (DRC and Samuel). Meanwhile, the Eagles linebacking corps is the worst in the history of football. If I were Reid, I would have traded Kolb elsewhere and tried to get a middle linebacker in return. If that wouldn’t have worked, then I would have kept Kolb for 1 more year, have him back up Vick, and then tried to trade him again this coming offseason. Sure this probably would have angered Kolb, but who cares, he’s proven nothing to this point.
    =================================

    Praytell, what team in need of a QB had an amazing MLB on the trading block? WHO??? After the draft, the Seahawks and the Cards were the only two teams left without a QB to groom for the future that had any interest in Kolb. Neither had MLBs for trade. Typical dreamland Eagles fan, stop pulling magical trade scenarios out of your arse please!

    At the time the trade was made, the Eagles NEEDED a corner after suffering through a season with Ellis Hobbs and Dmitri Patterson. The log jam at CB occurred after signing Nnamdi to keep him away from Dallas. Eagles had the money. Don’t front like you weren’t excited to have Nnamdi & Asante.

    If you’re gonna lose Kolb anyway, why not get a potential probowl CB and a 2nd rd pick? Keeping Kolb for one year to back up Vick is a valid idea, however, he walks after this season and the Eagles get nothing in return. You can’t trade a free agent. You don’t know what you’re talking about.

    Here’s the problem with this entire situation…. Juan Castillo.

  35. philyeagles5 says: Nov 13, 2011 2:49 AM

    vicktator says:
    Nov 10, 2011 9:22 AM
    Eagles also got a second round pick, they made off like Madoff.
    ===================================
    isnt Madoff dying in prison?

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