Carlos Rogers does 'The Cruz'

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Carlos Rogers does 'The Cruz'

Carlos Rogers phone blew up with voice mail and texts after his first career game with two interceptions. But the messages werent all congratulatory, specifically the ones from his friends who play for the team the 49ers just beat 27-20.Some of Giants players I know told me, Dont come on our sideline doing his dance, Rogers said flashing a larger-than-life smile.They were talking about the salsa-type moves Rogers busted out after his first pick in the second quarter. He performed the shimmy right in front of the Giants bench, and the New York players recognized the dance immediately.Victor Cruz, every time he scores he does that dance. So, once I got the pick on him I just did it right there. Surprised I didnt get the flag, Rogers said laughing loudly and noting that the Giants players calls were all in good fun.RELATED: NFL leaders -- interceptions
Rogers had reason to smile as he retold the event. The talented young Cruz, the Giants' leading receiver, had the veteran corner running all over Sunday, and Rogers admits, he often got the best of him causing a bit of frustration.That Victor Cruz is real hot right now. Hes an unbelievable player, Rogers said. When you get a quick guy like that in the slot youve got your work cut out for you.But Rogers remained patient and stuck to a philosophy of being aggressive and taking risks.You cant go in afraid to make a mistake. If you make a mistake, the game aint over, Rogers said. Thats my mindset throughout the game.Rogers patience paid off when Eli Manning went after Rogers on back-to-back plays. Cruz was the target both times. Rogers recognized that the receiver ran the same route on both plays, and on the second throw, grabbed his first pick of the game.The play before, I played off and he kind of gave me a move to the inside, and I went for it. Im glad he dropped the pass. The second one I pressed him, Rogers said. Once I seen him go up I was like, Ok, this man has got to be running the corner route. If he ran something else he had me.But Rogers isnt just relying on great guesswork. Head coach Jim Harbaugh praised Rogers instincts, his game preparation and for knowing when to take those risks within the 49ers defensive scheme. Rogers nabbed his second interception in the fourth quarter when he recognized a dig route and jumped Mario Manningham. The takeaway gave the 49ers the ball on the Giants 17 yard line and set them up for what would be the game winning touchdown. But the pick off of Cruz still holds favored status.Especially on him, I had to do it, Rogers said. After that man had caught a couple of passes, to get a pick at that time, going into the half, that was a relief. I was just happy so I had to do his dance.

Mark Helfrich provides insight into Chip Kelly's line of thinking

Mark Helfrich provides insight into Chip Kelly's line of thinking

Mark Helfrich had a strong indication he would be fired as Oregon’s head coach. And he said he told Chip Kelly recently he would have no hard feelings if Kelly left the 49ers to return to coach the Ducks.

Kelly this week said he is not interested in abandoning his job with the 49ers to coach in the college ranks. Helfrich suggested during a radio interview on Friday that Kelly told him the same thing privately.

When it was suggested that Kelly hated to recruit, Helfrich did not disagree.

"That's a fact," Helfrich said in an interview on ESPN Radio's Russillo and Kanell. "I don't know hated recruiting. . . a dislike. A strong dislike. But I think Chip has that challenge in his mind right now to make it right in the NFL.

"I had some of those conversations with him a couple weeks ago when it looked like this was going south. That was a very awkward converation, but (I) just wanted to let him know that to take our personal relationship out of it in every way, shape or form if he wanted to consider this.

"But, me, reading between the lines, I think he wants to make it right in the NFL. I think he wants to win at that level. He's had a rough go of it this year, but he'll get it right."

Kelly compiled a 46-7 record in four seasons in Eugene, Ore. He left after the 2012 season to accept the head-coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly was fired late last season and took the 49ers job two weeks later.

In Kelly’s first season with the 49ers, the club is 1-10. The 49ers are on a franchise-long 10-game losing streak entering Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

Helfrich was 37-16 in his four seasons at Oregon after his promotion from offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Kelly said he spoke with Helfrich the morning after he was fired.

“I just felt bad for Mark. I love him like a brother,” Kelly said. “He’s a tremendous person. He’s a hell of a football coach, but he’s an even better person. Just felt for him and the rest of the guys on that staff. It’s an unfortunate thing that goes on in this profession. We all know about it when we sign up, but when it happens you’re still taken aback by it.”

Kelly said he hoped his denial of any interest in the Oregon job would end all speculation about his future. When asked if intends to remain with the 49ers, Kelly said on Wednesday, “Yep. So we're all done with that, I hope."
 

Injury report: Dial set to return for 49ers; Patton, Lynch questionable

Injury report: Dial set to return for 49ers; Patton, Lynch questionable

Defensive lineman Quinton Dial, who sat out last week’s game with knee and neck issues, will return to action Sunday for the 49ers at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears.

Dial was not listed on the team’s injury report after going through two limited practices this week. The 49ers had only a walk-through Friday in Orlando, Fla., but Dial was cleared to return to full activity, the team announced.

Wide receiver Quinton Patton (concussion) and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch (ankle) were both listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Patton appears to be on pace to be cleared in the NFL’s return-to-play concussion protocol. He has returned to non-contact football activity after sustaining a head injury last week against the Miami Dolphins.

Lynch has already missed four consecutive games with a high-ankle sprain. Lynch has appeared in only three games this season. He sat out the first four games of the year while serving a four-game suspension for violating the leageu’s policy of substances of abuse.

The Bears listed six players as questionable for the game, including outside linebackers Willie Young and rookie Leonard Floyd. Young leads Chicago with 6.5 sacks, while Floyd is second with five sacks.

Quarterback Jay Cutler has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury. Matt Barkley will make his second career start.

49ERS
Questionable
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
WR Quinton Patton (concussion)

BEARS
Out
QB Jay Cutler (right shoulder)
Questionable
LB Willie Young (knee)
S Adrian Amos (foot)
WR Eddie Royal (toe)
LB Leonard Floyd (concussion)
CB Deiondre' Hall (ankle)
G Josh Sitton (ankle)