Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie went from the Arizona Cardinals to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 when the Eagles were signing all the big names. It may appear to be deja-vu for Rodgers-Cromartie in Denver with guys like Peyton Manning, Von Miller, Champ Bailey, and Wes Welker on the same squad. However, the Eagles didn’t go 13-3 the year before Cromartie arrived.
“Basically they’re bringing in not [as many] guys as the Eagles did,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “The organization, the people that are here already believe in something, and that’s winning.”
DRC as many like to call him, enters a nearly perfect playing situation. He gets to start opposite Bailey, not to mention he’s playing on a squad that knows how to get to the quarterback. The Broncos were ranked first in sacks last season. That makes this the ideal situation for DRC to get his mojo back.
“When I came in, the one thing that stood out when talking to everybody, they didn’t really just talk about what I can do as a player, they pointed out my flaws and told me how they can help me get better,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “Just the guys they’ve got here, the coaching staff, I really bought into the system, to be honest.”
DRC had his best year, statistically speaking, in 2009 when he had 50 tackles and 6 interceptions. Things dropped off for him when he was with the Eagles.
“The main thing is just about the consistency and just being hungry again to go out there and play,” Rodgers-Cromartie said on what the Broncos mentioned about fixing his flaws.
This might not be a new start, but the beginning to a new ending.