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Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:23 pm
N. Asomugha has found himself struggling this season (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Nnamdi Asomugha is struggling. He certainly hasn’t been great in coverage (particularly for a guy who signed a humongous five-year, $60 million deal this offseason), and his tackling has suffered.

But he’s also struggling with his adjustment to a new time zone and with living in a different part of the country, and you have to wonder if that’s the reason Asomugha is missing tackles and allowing more receivers to beat him for catches? Could be.

"Here, things aren't as familiar," Asomugha said, via CSN Bay Area. "The biggest reason is because when I got here, we went straight into football. I didn't get here in March, so I didn't have months to get acclimated. It's the end of September and I'm still getting acclimated to the area and just using my down time to familiarize myself with the East Coast and with football out here."

CSN Philly
has another explanation. 1) Asomugha is playing in a completely new defense, which features more zone coverage than Asomugha’s comfort zone of man to man, and it takes some time for him to adjust, particularly with the lockout shortening the offseason; 2) Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo hasn’t figured out how to use Asomugha, Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in an effective manner.

But some of the blame has to fall on Asomugha. Like, for instance, when he was badly beaten by Giants receiver Victor Cruz last Sunday.

“You are paying (Asomugha) millions of dollars to make this play,” NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger told CSN Philly. “The Eagles have bracket coverage with the safety on the other side, but it is Nnamdi’s play.

“He should be looking for the ball but he’s not. Cruz is looking for the ball. His head is up, his eyes are up. Nnamdi should see that and realize, ‘The ball’s in the air,’ but he doesn’t react fast enough.

“By the time he looks up, Cruz has position on him and is going for the ball. But still there is no way Nnamdi should let him catch it. You’ve got to strip it, knock it out of his hands. He lets (Cruz) take it away. It’s a nice play (by Cruz) but come on. This is Nnamdi Asomugha.”

Yes, but it’s a Nnamdi Asomugha who clearly is out of sorts in his new location and in his new defense.

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Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 4:48 pm

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

The_Product - I think you might be getting nervous. I know you called me out when I said money doesn't win championships. Well its early so I know there is plenty of time for the Eagles to turn it around. I just wanted to say hello and see where your confidence level was at. Are you getting worried about your Eagles? 1 and 3 is not the start you had invisioned?

Since: Sep 20, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:50 am

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

you are mostly right, but stanford routt, the other raiders corner, actually had a better completion percentage last year than nnamdi, best in the league in fact, which is probably why he got paid nnamdi-money.  The raiders got beat on deep plays because of bad safetys who couldnt cover because they were glorified outside linebackers (mitchell, branch).  raiders corners only look good bc they always play man coverage and they are athletic so they are almost always in the right position to make a play, but it takes skill, not just athleticism to stop the pass.  nnamdi could have stayed in oakland and appeared better than he was for years just because of the scheme.  Man coverage is basically vanilla defense, you are right there with the ball but youve shown the qb the coverage from the get-go.  So ya, why bother with nnamdi when you know youve got a lesser skilled db beat because of alignment.  Revis is far better because he can not only man cover when he has to, but he can play just about any scheme you want, plus hes got all the skills to make deceptive and talented plays (ala romo late pick).  

Since: Jun 8, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2011 9:34 pm

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

If anybody would ever read the source article Nnmadi NEVER mentions that as an "excuse" for his play. Katzowitz is a lousy journalist for trying to give that impression...

"When free agency opened, the 49ers were one of the teams that had reported interest in signing cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. But Asomugha said he never spoke with anyone with the 49ers.

"If there were any talks, it was just with my agent," Asomugha said Wednesday on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. "There weren't any direct talks with me during free agency, just because it was a three-day process. Everything was moving so fast. There weren't any talks with me. But from what I knew, there were talks with my agent, as far as I knew."

Asomugha, the most-coveted free agent on the market, signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Eagles, who look to snap a two-game losing streak Sunday against the 49ers.

Upon signing his contract, Asomugha immediately reported to training camp on an unfamiliar coast. He was raised in Southern California, attended Cal and spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Raiders.

"Here, things aren't as familiar," Asomugha said. "The biggest reason is because when I got here, we went straight into football. I didn't get here in March, so I didn't have months to get acclimated. It's the end of September and I'm still getting acclimated to the area and just using my down time to familiarize myself with the East Coast and with football out here."

The addition of Asomugha made the Eagles a popular Super Bowl pick. But things have started slowly, as the Eagles are 1-2 after consecutive losses to Atlanta and the New York Giants.

"Everybody is confident we can get to that point," Asomugha said. "We just need to stay focused on what's going on inside the building and this team and not pay attention to any negativity that's going on because of the expectations that haven't been met after three games."

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Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2011 9:16 pm

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

People are jumping on Nnamdi WAY too early.

 Lets keep in mind that in week one (aside from a roughing the passer penalty) He pretty much shut down his side of the field (I know it was the rams but still), and

In week 2 he basically made Roddy White a non factor,

And I understand he didnt play well against the Giants, but keep in mind that the missed tackle on Victor Cruz was actually Kurt Coleman's fault, and on the catches he gave up to Cruz, he was supposed to have Safety help over the top, and the safety didnt make the play as well.

I am not saying Nnamdi has played perfectly, but at the same time, I dont think you can say he is a bust. ITS WEEK 3, and he has not played poorly thus far.

People overreact way too much.

Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: September 29, 2011 6:04 pm

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

victor cruz is a joke nnamdijust went to sleep against the overhyped sorry giants who cares what happened in week 3 lets just see what happens the rest of the season. are we really spending time talking about victor cruz? cmon the only reason this screw ups starting because the giants dont know what theyre doing. shockey gone boss gone steve smith gone wouldnt go after plax out of jail and were here talking about how this chump made two plays its not like he caught 15 passes. besides has anybody seen who the eagles safeties are. nnamdi doesnt get any help over the top when playing zone defense. eagles spent all this money on a corner but cant find a linebacker who can play i can hear it now "lets call mike mamula and see if he can get it right this time. everyone just shut up and enjoy the short success of victor cruz .      GOD I HATE ELI MANNING

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 5:57 pm

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

Let me get thisn straight....He's suffering because of

1. New Time Zone
2. New city.

Pay me $60 million over 5 years and see how well I sleep at any city.....even Pittsburgh or Philly.

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