SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers will be going back to the place where his NFL career began. The 49ers will visit the Washington Redskins this Sunday and Rogers is trying to not think too much about the meeting against his old team.
Rogers said that he was ready to leave the Redskins two years ago and was looking for a fresh start. He said that now with the 49ers, he has found that place where he’s happy. His emotions might be different had been released or traded instead of hitting the free agent market, but Rogers reiterated that he wanted to leave and get a fresh start.
“I’m so happy with this surrounding; Washington’s not even on my mind,” Rogers said. “I’m not bitter about their coaching staff. They had a new coaching staff and I was ready to leave before they got there.”
Rogers said that he takes a lot of positive from his six seasons with the Redskins, including the relationships with past coaches and teammates.
“DeAngelo (Hall) and I talk every week after games,” Rogers said. “Some of the other players, especially after this Sunday’s game, called me Sunday night. Talked to some of the guys yesterday.
“They’re really excited. They get an opportunity togo against me, hit me, catch balls, all that stuff you couldn’t do in practice against one of your guys… I just want to beat them for bragging rights with my friends.”
Rogers is a free agent after this season and has expressed that he does want to stay with the 49ers.
“Right now I want to be here,” said Rogers. “I love this place. I want to be in no other place. I don’t want to be in a situation where I can be free, where I have to choose between this or that with another team.
“I hope we can get everything worked out before I get to be a free agent, before I even leave this city. I like this team and I hope we don’t have to get to that point.”
Quick notes from Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith’s press conference with the media:
- On DE Ray McDonald’s hamstring, there has been no update on his condition. He was not seen in the locker room during media availability.
- Harbaugh explained the reason why he moved Michael Crabtree from the X position (split end on the line os scrimmage) to the Z position (flanker on tight end side). Simply put, there was an excess of Xs and moving Crabtree to the Z was a move that would help the offense.
- Harbaugh said that when he first met Rogers, he liked the conversations they had as well as his attitude.
“He wanted to be part of a team. He wanted to be where it was all about football. He wanted to compete. You like being around him. I like the way he practices. I like how he’s on top of things.”
- Rogers also suggested to Harbaugh that the scout team should get recognition for their work and the team agreed to the idea. After games, the team also gives game balls to the top scout team member.
- Harbaugh said that if the offensive line had a captain, LT Joe Staley would be the one with that honor.
- Alex Smith said that he starts preparing for the upcoming team on Tuesday. Especially for a road game, the team has to make sure they are ready for the crowd noise, travel and shortened periods to prepare due to the time change.
- Smith reiterated that despite being 6-1, the staff has kept the team in check with themselves. Smith recognized that the team isn’t perfect, but they “found a way to win” — especially the road games.
- Smith joked with the media when Press Democrat’s Lowell Cohn said that the quarterback was starting to sound like the head coach. When asked about the thickness of the weekly playbook, Smith in Harbaugh fashion didn’t provide an answer. But later, Smith laughingly clarified that the playbook is a three-ring binder.
- Harbaugh said that in the team meeting room after wins, a photo from the game is put up on the wall. This week’s photo is of LB Ahmad Brooks making a sack after losing his helmet and getting busted open on the lip. Here’s the photo.
“Loved it, loved it. Wish he would have come and wiped some (blood) on my cheek.”