Broncos’ Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: ‘They told me about my flaws’

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Recruiting typically focuses on the positive attributes of a player. The Denver Broncos recruitment of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie did anything but that.

The Broncos are doing what they can to bring a Super Bowl championship to Denver. They know that Peyton Manning will not last more than a couple seasons (if that) so while they have one of the best quarterbacks in the game the team is trying its best to surround him with the play makers he needs.

That includes a defense that is going to be able to stop opponents and put the ball back in Peyton’s hands. Hence, going after defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. While the chance to compete for the Super Bowl had to be part of the carrot they dangled to him, that was not the crux of the sales pitch the Broncos gave him.

They told him what he does wrong.

“They told me about my flaws. Nobody had done that, and it impressed me,” Rodgers-Cromartie told the Bradenton Herald. “They told me what I needed to work and how they would get me better instead of telling me about what I could do.”

Cromartie has been one of the better young players in the league, but he has yet to live up to the expectations that were placed on him after being taken with the No. 16 pick of the 2008 draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He has shown flashes of brilliance at times, but has had trouble maintaining a high level of play.
Denver sees that and is aware of what they need to do going forward.
“He has been blessed with a lot of abilities and we want him to develop that talent and be a more consistent performer. He can help us and help himself,” Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio said.
Should Del Rio find a way to make him more consistent, Cromartie and long-time Denver cornerback Champ Bailey will make passing the ball hard to do on the Broncos.