Should the Philadelphia Eagles Still Try to Trade For Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Despite a Disappointing 2010 Season?

If you’re wondering why I am analyzing the 2010 season for a player who wasn’t even on the Philadelphia Eagles, well, you need to get out more.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is rumored to be the player in the trade for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb.

At 25 years old, DRC is one of the top cornerbacks in the league I would pick if I was starting a team. He is an explosive playmaker and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2009.

I’ve heard reports that he played poorly in 2010, and since Pro-Football-Reference and other sites only list his main statistics like interceptions and tackles, I decided to email the guys at Pro Football Focus to find his game-by-game statistics in 2010.

They sent me DRC’s game by game statistics, and I must say, I was alarmed at how poorly he played last year.

I knew that he intercepted three passes for 86 yards, and made 42 tackles on defense.

Here’s what I didn’t know:

- He allowed a passer rating above 100 in EIGHT of his 16 games, and above 90 in 11 of his 16 games.
- He allowed at least a 67 percent completion rate in 11 of his 16 games, including a six week stretch in which he allowed 22 completions in 30 attempts (76.7 percent).
- For the season, he allowed 56 completions in 90 attempts for 814 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. That’s a 92.5 passer rating.

Those numbers are definitely alarming. Oh, and in case you didn’t know, he was rated by Football Outsiders as the worst tackling defensive back in the NFL last season.

However, it’s worth noting that he was a phenomenal cornerback in 2009. He had a 63 percent success rate on 2009, the third best mark by a cornerback, and he intercepted six passes. (Success rate is defined as “the percentage of passes that don’t manage to get at least 45 percent of needed yards on first down, 60 percent of needed yards on second down, or 100 percent of needed yards on third down.”)

He’s also added ten pounds of muscle in the offseason, according to Pro Football Weekly, so hopefully he will be a better tackler this season.

In my opinion, Rodgers-Cromartie is still worth trading for, despite a 2010 season that was probably a little below average for the average cornerback.

Over his three-year career, he has been one of the better cornerbacks in the league. Even if he is ‘only’ in the 75th percentile for cornerbacks, he’s still a tremendous upgrade over Dimitri Patterson.

And if Rodgers-Cromartie can regain the form that made him one of the most dangerous cornerbacks in the NFL in 2009, well, then he and Asante Samuel will probably be the top cornerback duo in the league.

Trading Kevin Kolb for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie would still be a good move for the Eagles.

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  • Abel

    this trade rumor is all crap do some research the guy on the radio out here in PHX that said he had sources that stated DRC is the player that the cardinals are willing to give up is bogus! listen to the real sports radio station of PHX and thats 620 ktar because they had a statement from Coach Whiz him self say “how can that be DRCs name has not even crossed there minds in a trade: also A-dub on tweeter is saying enough with the rumors on DRC so look here eagles fans or dreamers just take picks for kolb or keep him there are plenty of options out there for the cardinals to jump on

  • lamont

    y’all better take kolb because there is no other qbs like McNabb or matt Hasselbeck take your choice atleast you can still mood Kolb those other guys are old McNabb might still have something but everyone else is just a stop-gap

  • Ascher Levy

    I wonder how much of his poor play was because the Cardinals sucked last year and he was playing to their level or whether the cardinals sucked so much because of his play. Can anyone with knowledge about the Cards address this. While no one on the Cardinals has mentioned specifically trading him, you have to think he’s available because of their need for a QB and their drafting of Peterson instead of a QB in the 5th spot.