Carlos Rogers is having a bad season. He used to be a premier slot corner in the NFL, but he’s 31 years old, he’s lost a step and he can’t keep up with the quick slot receivers anymore.
The 49ers signed Rogers to a four-year, $29.3 million contact in the offseason. On Sunday night, Rogers dropped an easy interception and gave up a touchdown to Doug Baldwin. Rogers has not recorded a “pass defensed” since Week 6.
Pro Football Focus ranks Rogers as the 76th-best cover corner in the NFL this season. They say he’s allowing a 90.9 QB rating – 25 points higher than what he allowed on average last season.
Should the 49ers bench him?
Tarell Brown could cover the slot receivers instead of Rogers. Brown is quicker, and he is the 8th-best cover corner in the NFL this season according to Pro Football Focus. They rank Chris Culliver as the 13th-best cover corner this season, too. Should he take Rogers’ place as the starting left cornerback in the base defense?
Or is it a bad idea to shuffle the starting lineup right before the playoffs?
What would you do if you were Vic Fangio?