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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: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2011 2:57 pm
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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2011 2:54 pm

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

I think now and thought in July that he was overrated. He's good, but the constant Nnamdi Free Agency coverage was totally absurd. Cornerbacks do not make a defense. Pass rushers do. You can mask a bad corner by rolling a safety over the top to help or jamming the receiver at the line to screw up his release. Or by putting the quarterback on his ass before he gets the ball out. But it's hard to mask the lack of a pass rush. Blitzing helps, but I promise you no coach in the league would ever blitz if the front four generated pressure on their own. And in today's passer friendly NFL, corners really, really don't elevate a defense.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2011 2:47 pm

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

He's given up 2 catches for 37 yards and 1 TD in 3 Weeks. Yes, he missed a tackle, but so did the guy covering Cruz when he made the catch. So, in 3 weeks, he's made a total of 2 mistakes. Yeh, he sucks. SMH.

Let's take a look at the NFL this season. If we could make fair judgements after 3 Weeks, well ....

  • Cam Newton is the best QB in the league 
  • Rex Grossman is a Pro Bowler 
  • Brian Hartline is better than Desean Jackson
  • The Detroit Lions are headed to the Superbowl to face the Buffalo Bills

and so on and so.... let's be serious. Nnamdi will be fine. He is fine. The whole defense looks out of sync -- starting from the top with the coaching staff. 

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: September 29, 2011 2:40 pm

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

I think you also have to remember, the last few years in Oakland the Raiders were terrible. So while Nnamdi is a very good player, he may have simply been overrated. If you were an opposing OC, and you came into Oakland, it made sense to stay away from him because you could so easily beat the Raiders in other areas. 

I think this also points to the superiority of Darelle Revis. Before the season, many a pudnit would consider them 1 and 1A. It's only 3 weeks, but there is clearly only a '1' now. 

Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2011 2:28 pm

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

Why is he struggling?  The article gives the best answer, he's a man-to-man guy who now has to convert to a zone scheme. 

Juan Castillo can't figure out how to use Asomugha, Samuel, and Rogers-Cromartie?!?!?!  Well that's what happens when you hire an Offensive Line Coach to handle your defense.  Any other defenisve coordinator would be licking their chops to have a defensive backfield with that kind of talent, but the Eagles DC is just confused.  Great front office move Eagles.

Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: September 29, 2011 2:24 pm

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

When you have an above average player on a poor defense, they look great. If you were to put that same player on an average defense, they will look above average. When you put that same player on a very good defense, they don't look near as good. This is what is happening in this case. In Oakland he was the best player. Now that he is in Philly, he is not the best player on the team, in fact he may not even be the best CB. By me saying that, don't get me wrong, I like him as a player, he just is not on the same level as Revis or Woodson. 

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 2:19 pm

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

Because he's not as good as the media claimed him to be?

Somebody had some great reasoning, like he's still living off an 8 pick season a while back, there was no need to throw on Raiders, Nnamdi always covered the #2 guy, etc.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2011 2:06 pm

Why is Nnamdi Asomugha struggling?

It's getting harder and harder to figure out what guys love the sport and what guys are just looking for that one big payday. Not sure if this is a guy that's starting to "phone it in" or whether he really is trying his hardest. But with many signings such as Chris Johnson, Gore, and Nnamdi...all receiving over-the-top contracts with guaranteed money and who seem to be playing at a significantly lower level since signing the big contract... I'm kinda shocked that GMs aren't limiting contracts to mostly incentive based. I think the Patriots have the perfect formula in football= find an elite quarterback and elite offensive line and then just take everyone else who's willing to work hard and play team football. If I were a GM I would never waste my money on a big-time receiver, cornerback, DL, or literally any other position on the field outside of QB and OLine.

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