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The ups and downs of DRC

Posted by Darren Urban on August 31, 2009 – 4:50 pm

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a talented, young player. That was evident last season. But right now, the cornerback is just that – talented and young. He has yet to reach a Pro Bowl, and while he seemingly knows what he has left to do, that doesn’t mean he is immune to games like he had against the Packers Friday. He was burned on a couple of deep passes – the 76-yard touchdown to Jordy Nelson the worst-looking one, but there was also a 32-yard pass allowed to James Jones – and even on a good play, coach Ken Whisenhunt wasn’t doling kudos. DRC was on Donald Driver on an attempted bomb during the second play from scrimmage, and while he knocked it away, he should have had the interception – something Whisenhunt noted Monday. An interception there, the coach said, and the game may have changed because the Cards would have gotten a spark it desperately needed.

“I wouldn’t say he is freelancing, I would say he’s a young player that at times is undisciplined, and it is our job and our defensive leaders’ job to get on the same page,” Whisenhunt said. “He was disappointed in the way he played, embarrassed, and he worked in practice a lot better. We’ll see.”

For his part, DRC – using the phrase of the week, apparently – called it his “wake-up call.”

“That’s a ball I want thrown,” DRC said of the Nelson pass, “and it finally came, and I wasn’t prepared.

“It’s just another chapter. It’s all about preparation. I should have had a better week of practice, I had my ups and downs in practice, and it showed in the game. That’s what you learn from.”

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