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Carlos Rogers Raises Game of 49ers CBs

Posted Oct 11, 2013

The 49ers veteran defensive back discussed the improvement and production of up-and-coming corner Tramaine Brock.

No. 22 has just one interception over his last 23 games.

Yes, Carlos Rogers badly wants to snare his next pick in the 49ers Week 6 matchup opposite the visiting Arizona Cardinals, but this hasn’t stopped him from enjoying his teammates’ – and ex-teammates’ – success in the category.

San Francisco’s stalwart corner was the first, he said, to tell coaches and teammates how proud he was of Tramaine Brock’s two-turnover game in the team’s Week 5 win over the Houston Texans.


The same goes for another one of his pupils, former 49ers defensive back Marcus Cooper. The 2013 seventh-round draft pick, released on Aug. 31 and promptly signed by the Kansas City Chiefs, has one interception, one fumble recovery and a touchdown in five games for his 5-0 AFC team.

“Cooper was a guy that sat beside me in meetings,” Rogers said. “I was teaching him, a young guy, he went to Kansas city, now I see him on TV (playing) special teams, making plays, making picks. It’s enjoyable to see a guy that – I don’t want to say looked up to me – but tried to learn from me... and I helped ‘em out make plays.”


Communicating with young players is harder on the field than it is off it, even for the 32-year-old Rogers. During the 49ers Week 4 win in St. Louis, he and Brock disagreed on which receiver – the upfield-bound one and the pass-catcher closer to the line of scrimmage – each corner was supposed to cover.

Brock’s big game in Week 5 was a sign of progress. He was sharing left side of the field with his older, wiser teammate on the third-down play that resulted in his pick-six against Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.

“That’ a process of football, communicating being on the same page,” Rogers said. “As you saw last week, that wasn’t a (trap) we called in practice – that was on the fly.”

With Brock to hold onto the No. 3 cornerback spot in the defense’s nickel packages in Week 6, Rogers and Co. will be tested by a group of athletically-gifted Cardinals wideouts. Larry Fitzgerald’s name comes to mind, but so does the man throwing to him. Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer has thrown nine interceptions in five games to date – the second-highest total for all NFL signal-callers.

“If we see a formation that allows us to jump a route or allows us to make a play, we want to make it," Rogers said. “Our work is going to be cut out for us, but hopefully we can get in a position to keep (Palmer’s) number climbing on picks.”

Palmer’s 10th this season could be the 16th of Rogers’ career.