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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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Comments

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

He's struggling because he was overrated on a crappy defense where nobody had an incentive to throw on him.  All you had to do was move your best WR to a different side and Asomugha wouldn't follow since he can only play one side to begin with.  Then you'd just play catch all day because the Raiders couldn't stop you, or you'd just run it for big chunks because they couldn't stop that either.  You had no incentive to even bother with Aso.

Revis is indeed better and is far more troublesome because he will just follow your WR and shut them down.  The only QB that bothers throwing on Revis is Drew Brees, because he is Drew Brees and can get away with it.  But I doubt even he would bother because the gains are so small.  The rest of them, even the great Peyton Manning, will just ignore whoever Revis is covering.  Can you beat Revis?  Sure can.  Are you going to consistently have success against him?  Nope.  The smarter QBs just don't waste their time on it.  The stupid ones get small success, get cocky, then lose games and have their abilities questioned by the national media (Hi Romo!).



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2011 5:01 pm
 

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

In case you missed it the 1st time. 


Nnamdi's "stats":
  • thrown at: 3
  • catches: 2
  • TD: 1
  • missed tackles: 1* (haven't researched this one, just going off the known miss on Cruz)  

With that said, let's say he makes that tackle, are we still having this conversation? I swear people just want SOMETHING to complain about. As though it makes you feel better to just hate on something for no reason. All I've seen are a bunch of opinions and one bad game defining his career in Philly. It's ridiculous. 


What makes it even more comical is the fact that just A WEEK PRIOR, he shut down one of the best WRs in the game and the pre-season favorite for ROTY in Roddy White and Julio Jones. The two of them combined for about 50 yards and, what, 4 catches?  Smh. But Victor Cruz has 2 fluke plays and here comes the lynch mob. The stupidity and illogical thinking around here baffles me. 



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

Nnamdi is struggling because he's not Revis.  (ok, trolls, light me up now! hahah)



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2011 4:38 pm
 

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

Dru is right. There is only one! Nnambi needs to give Old Neon half of those checks just to be called SHUTDOWN. I have always thought players moving from system to system is not good for them. A star here is not a star there and so-so players can be stars somewhere else.



Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: September 29, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

I've said this over and over until I'm damn near blue in the face... THERE'S ONLY BEEN ONE SHUTDOWN CORNER IN NFL HISTORY, and his bust is wearing a bandana in the Hall of Fame!  The term "Shutdown Corner" is the most abused term in pro footbal!!!!!!  That is all...



Since: Sep 20, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

Because he is not on the Oakland Raiders anymore, he angered the football gods by jumping ship in search of greener pastures, abandoning the team he had help develop into contenders in the hope of immediate football success.  It was the Raiders that made him great, the coaching of willie brown combined with the backing of Al Davis that allowed him to utilize his skills in a one to one man scheme.  What was there to suggest to other teams that he could be utilized in their schemes?  Championships are not bought, and the football gods love hard-fighting teams that develop into contenders, not dream teams that are assembled overnight.  Now he is doomed to suffer the fate of a free agent bust.  Raiders will post better record than eagles this year for sure, and Nnamdi will regret his decision for the rest of his life. 



Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2011 3:11 pm
 

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

I bet you Lion fans are happy you didn't spend all that dough now on Nnamdi. NO CORNERBACK could possibly be worth THAT MUCH unless he's playing the position like The Terminator. If the "Dream Team" doesn't make it to at least the Superbowl this year, they'll look back at this signing with a lot of regret-not because he's not a good corner, but because they mortgaged their future on a 30+yr. old corner for an instant payoff that didn't happen. History shows cornerbacks' skill set starts to erode at 30-32 years of age. We will see what happens with Nnamdi. Meanwhile the Lions are a young team with their future ahead of them-this year, and several more years. Why damage that future on one signing-especially a corner??



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

Can't blame Asomohugaha Victor Ortiz is a BEAST lol



Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

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.


Missing tackles because of the time zone?? Wow.

If that's really the case, he's a major-league bust, and should be outright released.    But I'm going with "stupid journalism".



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

Thats ok, it is only week 3, lets see if things get better..


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