- Coach Zorn was asked if the interception was vindication for Carlos Rogers after all the abuse he’s taken for his hands. “He’s going to continue to take it, but that was an excellent play. Once you get a reputation, our players can be ruthless, but he proved today that they oughtta back off. I’ll tell you what was most excellent about that play though: he didn’t just lay there and bask in his glory. He got up and made a huge play to set us up for that screen to Santana Moss.” I’m not sure why, but I find the openness around the whole Carlos Rogers hands situation hilarious — usually, as a fan, you sit there and say, “God, don’t they realize that guy can’t catch?” In this case, the answer seems to be, yes, everyone realizes it.
- And now that it’s a relative non-issue, at least for one week, Rogers himself can ignore it completely. I asked him how it felt to get the reception, and he said. “You win as a team,” he said. “Everybody playing together like that, like you can’t save it for later.” I guess that’s nice to hear, although the other approach probably would’ve been more exciting.
- The problem on the kick was apparently not with Durant Brooks. “The hold and everything was fine. [Special Teams Coach Danny Smith] just wanted to make sure my head was in the game,” he said. The problem, and what led to the cameras catching Coach Smith shouting at Brooks was that he called for the ball too soon. “I was looking back at Shaun [Suisham], and I made sure everybody was down there. I looked up, Shaun said he was ready to go — we both were — and I tried to call for the ball before [long snapper] Ethan [Albright] even had the ball.” The level of relief that Brooks felt after having a better performance was visible from across the locker room. Asked about his long punt, he said, “Oh, that was awesome. I don’t know if you could see me on the field, but I was bursting blood vessels out there.”
- Devin Thomas faced mixed emotions about a few aspects of his game. On the negated touchdown: “I do feel like I scored my first NFL touchdown, it’s just not gonna be on the stats. I’ve just gotta hope I can get one next week.” And on the two offensive pass interference calls: “I’m an aggressive player, so I’ve gotta realize I can’t be down the field pushing and shoving with the defender. I gotta work on that, make sure I relax when I’m down the field and just go up for the ball without pushing and shoving.” One thing he does not have mixed feelings about is his quarterback’s ability to deliver the ball. “Jason can make the throws from all kinds of angles — back foot, running sideways, jumping … his arm’s so strong,” he said. “You’ve gotta keep in mind that no matter where you are on the field, he can hit you.”
- And, as I noted in the comments, Clinton Portis seemed supportive of Stephon Heyer on the block that called back the TD, claiming that Cardinals
LB Karlos DansbyDT Darnell Dockett had been playing dirty all game.
- Jason Campbell’s streak of completed passes to close the last game and open this game totalled 16, making it the second-longest such streak in team history. Mark Brunell, of course, has the record with 22, which earned his jersey a spot in the Hall of Fame.