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Nnamdi bemoans coaching changes

NFL_asomugha1.jpgAs the Raiders prepare for what could be yet another year of unfulfilled expectations and double-digit losses, one of their best players has offered up a theory for the team’s struggles over the past several years.

Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha thinks that the constant stream of coaching changes has hurt the franchise.

It plays a huge part,” Asomugha recently said during an appearance on KLAC in Los Angeles (via Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times).  “We can leave football and go to any company in the world.  When your head person, the head guy in charge, is leaving every single year, that’s tough for the employees, it’s tough for the focus of the company to move in the right direction, and that’s been one of the problems with us.  One of the things that has hurt us has been the coaching changes throughout the year, so it’s great to have [Tom] Cable back, maybe that will help us a lot more.”

Since Jon Gruden bolted for Tampa after the 2001 season, the Raiders have had five different head coaches, and counting:  Bill Callahan, Norv Turner, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin, and Tom Cable.

Cable got the job on an interim basis in September 2008, when Kiffin was fired after only one year and a few games on the job.

And while most people in the organization likely realize that owner Al Davis’ recent streak of Steinbrenner-in-his-prime-style terminations creates an impediment to achieving and sustaining success, Asomugha is one of the few people in the organization who can truly speak freely without fear of consequence.

After all, he’s the only true “shutdown” cornerback in the NFL right now, and he has a three-year, $45 million contract with $28.5 million guaranteed.

So, as a practical matter, Asomugha can say whatever he wants, limited only by the potential threat of a four-game suspension for conduct detrimental, if he takes it too far.

Our advice?  Keep pushing the envelope, Nnamdi.  Maybe you’ll be the one who finally gets through to the guy who runs the show.

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21 Responses to “Nnamdi bemoans coaching changes”
  1. Deeznutz says: Jul 18, 2009 8:40 AM

    Only true shutdown corner? Champ Bailey didn’t retire, did he?

  2. ParkerFly says: Jul 18, 2009 10:16 AM

    No, Champ Bailey just got old.

  3. Silver&Black666 says: Jul 18, 2009 11:06 AM

    Champ Bailey is not even the beginning of a pimple on Nnamdi’s a$$!
    Are you serious? There is nobody in the game better than this guy he get as thrown at like 12-15 times a year that’s less than once a game.

  4. Silver&Black666 says: Jul 18, 2009 11:10 AM

    Since Florio’s article is so slanted “RAIDER HATER” I thought I would share with you some of the interview with Nnamdi and Jerry McDonald (Bay Area Sport Writer)
    Q: How much does the coaching fluctuation play into the team’s poor record over the past six years?
    Asomugha: A huge part. It plays a huge part. We can leave football and go to any company in the world. When your head person, the head guy in charge, is leaving every single year, that’s tough for the employees, it’s tough for the focus of the company to move in the right direction, and that’s been one of the problems with us. One of the things that has hurt us has been the coaching changes throughout the year, so it’s great to have Cable back, maybe that will help us a lot more.
    Q: Does Al Davis text you up in the offseason, what’s it like working for him?
    Asomugha: I don’ even know if he’s even into Twitter and all that stuff. It’s great working for him. First of all, he doesn’t come out all the time. People always want to know if he’s always at practice. He’ll come out every now and then, maybe once a week, just to see how the team is playing, or see how the team is preparing, but Al is a guy who wants to win, and I think that’s what gets guys going. You’re looking for a guy who wants to win so badly, and he’ll go whatever lengths he has to get that job done.

  5. Tr3pidation says: Jul 18, 2009 11:28 AM

    Well, let’s hope it doesn’t take too long for John Marshall to get fired for you guys. I feel really bad for Raider fans. The guy doesn’t know how to utilize the talent, and uses very vanilla blitz packages.
    Top 10 draft pick for you guys again.

  6. Tarheel23 says: Jul 18, 2009 11:51 AM

    As long as Al Davis is involved with the Raiders they will be the laughing stock of the league just like they have been for the past five years. There is no current team that is as pathetic as the Raiders are. (not even the Buffalo Bills)

  7. descendency says: Jul 18, 2009 12:33 PM

    Nnamdi Asomugha is the best corner in the league bar none. His opinion should be troubling to Al Davis… because he’s basically the best player on the Raiders… bar none.
    If he weren’t a Raider, they’d su… well be worse.

  8. JSpicoli says: Jul 18, 2009 12:40 PM

    Sloooooow time of year eh Flor?
    I know your strategy to bash the Raiders until your cpm’s get to astronomic levels. Good work.
    Anyone who says/thinks that AD is the problem, and that the Raiders will “never” win until AD is gone, or whatever…. You are ignorant and need a fresh take and one that is grounded in reality.
    You all hate because you are taught to hate by the mediots. Puppets.

  9. veistran says: Jul 18, 2009 12:44 PM

    Nnamdi went on to say that water is wet, the sky is blue and women keep secrets.

  10. raider love says: Jul 18, 2009 1:03 PM

    @ Tarheels23
    Are you fricking kidding me? Yes the Raiders have underperformed since losing the SB. But have you ever heard of a team called the Lions? Yeah, they failed to win ONE game last season. At least we won 5. And, the Buffalo Bills were in the playoffs WITH a rookie QB.
    Going off of your user name, I’m guessing you’re an East Coast guy – Stick with comments concerning teams on that side of the country. You obviously have no clue about what’s going on over here.

  11. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Jul 18, 2009 1:20 PM

    ParkerFly says:
    July 18, 2009 10:16 AM
    No, Champ Bailey just got old.
    ====================================
    Exactly.

  12. Hooded swan says: Jul 18, 2009 1:28 PM

    If you think Florio is a Raider Hater, you must not have been around recently when he wrote about how big a part that Davis has in the history of the NFL. The address of the news page ends with “rumor-mill”. If you want opinion free, “just the facts” reporting, go somewhere else.
    Nnamdi doesn’t look for media attention – intentionally or accidentally – and doesn’t say things just to get quoted (Warren Sapp). “Only true shutdown corner” might be an exaggeration, but no question top 5 corner, best Raider & a man among boys off the field.

  13. veistran says: Jul 18, 2009 1:37 PM

    @JSpicoli Al has and exercises ultimate authority over that organization, he bears the blame for the failings. The team has a guaranteed losing record in the division for this decade with so far winning only 7 games vs KS, 7 vs Den and 6 vs SD.

  14. peteo says: Jul 18, 2009 2:43 PM

    I’m an east coast guy & I happen to know whats “going on over there”. just cuz I dont live in cali doesn’t mean I’m ignorant you jack@ss.

  15. peteo says: Jul 18, 2009 2:45 PM

    I love the media’s obvious bias against Al and the Raiders. its friggin ridiculous. the only thing worse is trying to find news about our team on BSPN.

  16. FumbleNuts says: Jul 18, 2009 3:23 PM

    Memo to Davis: Asomugha makes total sense!

  17. Philthylush says: Jul 18, 2009 5:40 PM

    Hooded- Are you still on crack or did you just stop using? A top 5 corner ? Man that is by far the dumbest thing I have ever read in the comment section. He is and has been declared the beat corner in the NFL. Name some one who is even on his level. Champ Bailey was the best 3 years ago. No one elese is even close. It’s the Asomugha era. Get used to it.

  18. Philthylush says: Jul 18, 2009 6:02 PM

    I guess I should have spell checked first

  19. Brewster says: Jul 18, 2009 6:51 PM

    JSpicoli says:
    July 18, 2009 12:40 PM
    Anyone who says/thinks that AD is the problem, and that the Raiders will “never” win until AD is gone, or whatever…. You are ignorant and need a fresh take and one that is grounded in reality.
    ________________________
    JSpicoli, if you put your left hand on your right shoulder and your right hand on your left shoulder and tug real hard perhaps you can extract your head from your rectum.
    Who the hell do you think calls ALL of the shots for the Raiders, who fired all the Head Coaches, Asst. Coaches, who made the bad draft decisions?
    The “reality” you reference is that the Raiders are the most dysfunctional organization in all of professional sports and that isn’t going to change until Al Davis is gone.
    It doesn’t matter if they win 1 game, 3 games, 5 games or more in any one season the team is leaderless and the organization, as long as Al is in control, is geared for failure.
    I will give them (Al Davis) credit for doing one thing successfully. They have built a powerful brand and have some of the most faithful and fervent fans in all of sports.
    If I were a Raiders fan, which I’m obviously not, I would root for Al to develop a management succession plan rather than focusing on how many games they might win this season or next.

  20. radrntn says: Jul 19, 2009 2:13 PM

    gotta love the raider haters, and the al davis bashers………GO RAIDERS!! For the first time in a long long time, we have a “team” with no cancer on the team. I get a kick out of how bad the raiders are, yet every player that was worth anything resigned with the team…. it just has to be because everybody hates it there.

  21. Madbomber1977 says: Jul 22, 2009 8:42 AM

    Tarheel23- As long as Al Davis is involved with the Raiders they will be the laughing stock of the league just like they have been for the past five years. There is no current team that is as pathetic as the Raiders are. (not even the Buffalo Bills)
    Please see the Detroit Lions

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