CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
December 16, 2016
Q: Do you allow yourself to think about getting the number one seed now?
A: No, sir. We have to take it one game at a time. Our biggest focus is Detroit. We have to handle business and if you win, then you just have to keep winning and make sure that you do have a chance, if that is the case.
Q: What is the biggest difference you see between a Megatron [Calvin Johnson] offense and a non-Megatron offense?
A: I think a Megatron offense; you know where the ball is going first, second and third down for the most part. When he is not there, he is a guy that you have to hone in on, and now that he is gone, you see that [Matt] Stafford is giving the ball around. They have like four or five guys with 40+ catches, so he is spreading the ball around and it isnít just necessarily on one person.
Q: How much have you gone against [Anquan] Boldin?
A: All of my career. We were in Arizona together for the longest time. I have practiced against him, and one thing that I can say is that he is a hardnosed football player. You look at him and you say, ĎHe has been here for 14 years, and I donít want to say he lost a step, but he is still producing.í I think he has seven touchdowns on the year, he is a guy that they target on third down, he is very involved in the system. He is a guy that Stafford really relies on because he knows he is a safe catch, and once he gets the ball, you have to play big boy ball.
Q: Is he more physical than most receivers?
A: Definitely, man. Him and Steve Smith are in the same category Ė little, big, built, stocky guys with attitudes.
Q: Does he talk as much as Smith?
A: No, he is from Florida, man. That is my partner. I see it on film though. He gets at guys a lot, but that isnít going to be the case.
Q: Is it because you are Florida guys?
A: Yes, sir. It is a truce and an understanding. If you are from Florida, then you are going to be easy on each other.
Q: But you have to save it for everyone else on the field, right?
A: Yeah, you save it for everyone else. When you face each other, you still want to get at each other, but you keep it cool.
Q: What would happen if two Florida guys started going at it?
A: Probably smile it off. I donít know. I canít answer that because I have never been in that predicament.
Agreed. It will be interesting. IMO, Boldin has lost a step while DRC remains very fast. But, that won't matter much in the red zone.