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Cowboys were 'close' to getting Nnamdi

Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:52 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 10:11 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

As we've said elsewhere, the only rumors we really heard throughout the day Friday were that the Jets and Cowboys were in a dogfight for landing Nnamdi Asomugha. Then, of course, the Eagles swooped in and stole the best player on the market.

But were the Cowboys about to pull it off? According to Jerry Jones, via our Cowboys Rapid Reporter Nick Eatman, they were "close."

"We had an opportunity," Jones said. "We acted on it and, believe me, we firmly acted on it -- until my eyes watered."

Jones was also asked about pulling defensive coordinator Rob Ryan away from drills in order to hop on the phone with a then-unknown person on the other end. Turns out, it was indeed Nnamdi.

"I [wouldn't have gotten] Rob to break from a drill to come over unless it was serious business," Jones said.

To me, Jerry's comments about his eyes watering are kind of fascinating. Was five years, $60 million too much for the Cowboys to pay? And the Jets? Because that would be surprising -- $12 million a year seems relatively cheap considering that a) Darrelle Revis averages $11.5 million a year and b) the type of booming market we've seen for free agents this offseason.

Or perhaps Jones simply means he got upset when he was told that the Cowboys were out of the running for Nnamdi's services. If that's the case, then maybe Nnamdi did leave money on the table for what he felt was his best shot to win.

If it's the former, though, it means that while Nnamdi was easily the best cornerback on the market, he clearly wasn't ever worth the reported $19 million that was being thrown out, and that both the Cowboys and Jets didn't believe he was worth paying more than Revis.

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Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:05 pm
 

Cowboys were 'close' to getting Nnamdi

My theory has always been that if you pressure the quarterback, it makes your corners into superstars.

The ability to cover also allows you to pressure the quaterback. It can work both ways. When you have a lock down corner it means you can send the extra guy, therefore you dont need the superstar defensive end; not to mention the schemes you can come up with when you have a lock down corner are much more complex, then when you have a superstar defensive end.
There is not much complexity to being in the backfield when the QB snaps the ball.  That is what happens to the crappy teams in this league, and so they all suck.  Also if you can get pressure with your front 4 you can just throw everyone else into coverage anyway, leading to more complex coverage schemes.  The best defensive scheme of the past decade is probably the zone blitz, which didn't even involve man to man and you didn't need great corners for.  Right now most teams run the cover 2 and sometimes 3, which also doesn't generally require the greatest corners working man to man.

Regardless, give a QB a half second and he probably won't complete the pass, unless he has cameras telling him where to throw it in advance.  In fact, just hit him a few times and he probably won't complete passes anymore.  But give an NFL QB 5 seconds and he will probably complete passes on you all day, despite how good your coverage is.

The notable exceptions to the hit rule incidentally are Vick, Rodgers, Cutler (he sucks for other reasons), Sanchez (he's always the same mediocre QB hit or no hit) and Ben Rapistguy and right now that's all I can think of.  Brady falls to pieces every time as do most QBs.  Peyton would I guess but I almost never see him get hit...and Brees also just seems to somehow get away.  The guys that you can't hit or it doesn't seem to rattle them are by far the most dangerous QBs in the league (if they're not blockheads like Cutler) and their teams generally are in the playoffs all the time and get far.  Eventually though you run into a team that will hit you, or your line has a bad day, so the guys that usually avoid can get beaten that way too.  Especially if the refs don't just let their O-lines hold all day, like for Brady, or throw a flag if someone comes near them, like Brady.  This is probably why Brady loses in the playoffs all the time, since they stop cheating for him.  He's a great regular season QB now though!

Mike Tyson used to always say something like everyone looks like a champion until they get punched in the face.  The actual champions are the ones that can punch you back.  And that applies to NFL defenses...if you don't ever hit the QB they all look great, even Joey Harrington does. 



Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:10 pm
 

Cowboys were 'close' to getting Nnamdi

Lol this is a  great day hahahahaha 



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:58 pm
 

Cowboys were 'close' to getting Nnamdi

Well, he <em>is</em> 30. I'm sure that was a huge factor. <br />




Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:53 pm
 

Cowboys were 'close' to getting Nnamdi

My theory has always been that if you pressure the quarterback, it makes your corners into superstars.

The ability to cover also allows you to pressure the quaterback. It can work both ways. When you have a lock down corner it means you can send the extra guy, therefore you dont need the superstar defensive end; not to mention the schemes you can come up with when you have a lock down corner are much more complex, then when you have a superstar defensive end.



Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Cowboys were 'close' to getting Nnamdi

I don't know.. 12 million a year is a lot of money for a corner.  My theory has always been that if you pressure the quarterback, it makes your corners into superstars.



Since: Jul 20, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Cowboys were 'close' to getting Nnamdi

JJ strikes out again as a competent GM!


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