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Asante Samuel takes on Philly reporter

A. Samuel.jpgEagles cornerback Asante Samuel has heard the jokes and read the articles.  He knows he’s accused of avoiding contact and he’s not happy about it.

Our old buddy Tom Curran passes along a report from Comcast Sports Net in Philadelphia that Samuel spent much of his minicamp weekend berating one reporter.

“Nobody talk to [him]. He’s a weasel!” Samuel yelled during practice for everyone to hear.

PFT has since confirmed the incident, and found out that Samuel was yelling at Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News

Domowitch isn’t exactly known for his sunny disposition, but it’s not like he’s off base with his criticism of Samuel.  

“I see a free-lancing cornerback on one side — Asante Samuel — who has a terrific knack for intercepting passes, but is
allergic to tackling and playing press coverage, and frequently got his
lunch eaten on bubble screens last season as teams started noticing he
was lining up in another zip code,” Domowitch wrote last week.

We hear Samuel voiced his problems with Domowitch on Friday and Sunday last week, so either no one from the Eagles told him to knock it off or Samuel ignored the advice.

This could make for a contentious season for Samuel in Philadelphia.  If he wants to harass every reporter that questions his tackling, he won’t have a lot of time for other things.

Like, say, trying to improve his tackling skills.

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71 Responses to “Asante Samuel takes on Philly reporter”
  1. ShootahCowboy says: May 4, 2010 2:03 PM

    If the shoe fits…

  2. kennethnoisewater says: May 4, 2010 2:04 PM

    Good riddance….. I’m one of the few Patriots fans that doesn’t miss this guy. He’s an entertainer not a football player.

  3. tombrookshire says: May 4, 2010 2:05 PM

    What position does Samuel Philadelphia play? Don’t remember seeing him on the team. Oh, I think maybe he’s an undrafted free agent.

  4. ballhawk1 says: May 4, 2010 2:06 PM

    Domowitch is an idiot…..Samuel isnt the greatest tackler at CB……but a kneck/nerve/stinger will cause people to not want to tackle…too bad the same cant be said for a hack reporter who wont get any better!!

  5. WarrenMoonGOAT says: May 4, 2010 2:07 PM

    dude put his head down in a few games i saw last year and made the tackle
    but what corner besides N.A. of the Raiders, Winfield and Darrelle Revis do u kno thats not afraid of tackling?

  6. enderlite says: May 4, 2010 2:08 PM

    playmaker

  7. trademcscab says: May 4, 2010 2:09 PM

    hope he realizes philly doesnt mess with prima donnas afraid of contact…..ask someone from philly what they think of ricky watters theyll tell ya everything you need to know

  8. CornerBlitz says: May 4, 2010 2:13 PM

    I’d call him out, too. It’s not like he’s going to tackle you.
    Cheap shot, I know.

  9. BP says: May 4, 2010 2:13 PM

    As was well known when he left the Patriots, he is a ballhawk and not much more.
    And of course, the most important pick of his life, he missed.
    Did Philly think he was going to change if they acquired him?

  10. CleanSlaton says: May 4, 2010 2:14 PM

    ”Asante’ also sounds like the name of someone who should be singing in Destiny’s Child.’, Domowitch added.

  11. surefooted says: May 4, 2010 2:16 PM

    Thanks for last weeks news Gregg!!!

  12. Bwa Ha Ha says: May 4, 2010 2:17 PM

    Asante, it should be easy enough to shut him up.
    Tackle someone, not once, every time.

  13. El Scorcho says: May 4, 2010 2:17 PM

    Taser the bastard!!!

  14. flipside715 says: May 4, 2010 2:18 PM

    this domowitch guy must not like deion sanders then too cuz that’s what he was on D…this domowitch guy is a joke…he’ll find any kink in someone’s game and will expose it to the fullest. I bet this guy was on samuel’s nuts after he picked two against the skins….asante, it’s philly reporter…what do you expect? just ignore the guy

  15. EverybodyGotAIDS says: May 4, 2010 2:19 PM

    “I see a free-lancing cornerback on one side — Asante Samuel — who has a terrific knack for intercepting passes, but is allergic to tackling and playing press coverage, and frequently got his lunch eaten on bubble screens last season as teams started noticing he was lining up in another zip code,” Domowitch wrote last week.
    ____________
    Wow. This guy just can’t catch a break. If he isn’t getting burned on the field, he’s getting burned off of it. Little kids don’t line up with pens and paper when they see Asante Samuel, they line up with marshmellows

  16. Rob A says: May 4, 2010 2:20 PM

    Asante’s play can definately change a game–but thats not always in a good way. Asante needs to take these statements as constructive criticism–especially with the loss of Sheldon Brown (he could tackle)
    Fly Eagles Fly!

  17. Ryan_Mack says: May 4, 2010 2:20 PM

    Truth hurts.
    He’s great for your fantasy team. But his plays have cost the Eagles more than a couple downs.
    On the plus side he gives the Eagles offense a lot of time to rest on the bench with those chains moving.

  18. Catch22 says: May 4, 2010 2:20 PM

    Asante Samuel is a joke…don’t believe me, look at the TD Plaxico Burress catches at the end of the SB…he burns Samuel who is lined up almost 12 yards away from Burress…need more proof watch the Cowboys recievers vs Samuel all of last year…overpaid and can’t tackle.

  19. HarrisonHits says: May 4, 2010 2:21 PM

    Sante played for so long with Rodney Harrison backing him up that he got used to jumping routes and knowing that Rodney would flatten the guy if he whiffed on the INT.
    Didn’t used to avoid contact when he was with the Pats that I can remember. Was always a good player in NE.

  20. awayoflife says: May 4, 2010 2:21 PM

    who even cares… thanks for wasting my life…

  21. mustbechris says: May 4, 2010 2:24 PM

    domowitch is definitely a complete weasel, but asante still can’t tackle and still won’t play press coverage.

  22. doubldipp says: May 4, 2010 2:24 PM

    Dion Sanders was one of the best in the business at covering WR and made alot of money doing it, but he also would not go in for the kill and tackle he called it a business decision

  23. PFTiswhatitis says: May 4, 2010 2:28 PM

    He never tackles. He is a ball hawk and thats about it. The Pats wouldnt pay him because he refused to play press coverage and cant tackle. Yet he expected to get paid like a shutdown corner…which he aint.

  24. Section731 says: May 4, 2010 2:29 PM

    How about it? This guy needs to stick his face in there. He tackles worse than Bobby Taylor. Without Sheldon on the other side knocking people out – the Eagles are in for some rough times on the bubble screens and quick hitches.
    Prove him wrong Asante – quit being a candy ass.

  25. Benjamin C Klein says: May 4, 2010 2:30 PM

    Players are always sensitive when they know a reporter is right…. what a punk

  26. AllThat says: May 4, 2010 2:31 PM

    He probably couldn’t tackle Domowitch!!!

  27. Dewey Axewoond says: May 4, 2010 2:31 PM

    Gregg,
    How did I know you were going to side with the media guy on this one?
    Predictable.

  28. ppdoc13 says: May 4, 2010 2:44 PM

    I’d take him on my team in a heartbeat. But then again we have foxworth and fabian. how about a 4th round pick for asante. lets close the deal now.

  29. jpak says: May 4, 2010 2:44 PM

    Catch22 says:
    May 4, 2010 2:20 PM
    Asante Samuel is a joke…don’t believe me, look at the TD Plaxico Burress catches at the end of the SB…he burns Samuel who is lined up almost 12 yards away from Burress…need more proof watch the Cowboys recievers vs Samuel all of last year…overpaid and can’t tackle.
    ————————————-
    that TD was scored against Ellis Hobbs

  30. mmcnulty says: May 4, 2010 2:50 PM

    Samuels tackled pretty well last year considering the fact that he plays cornerback. Watching the games last year just left me wondering why he was being picked on for his lack of physical play. I mean, sure the guy isn’t going to be moved to safety anytime soon, and he wasn’t going to get confused for sheldon brown out there, but I don’t see what all the fuss is about. I mean, what is the criticism really, “well you can really tell that guy is a corner.”

  31. emoser says: May 4, 2010 3:06 PM

    I’m with Asanti on this one. Our city really is full of hack writers.

  32. BleedGreen says: May 4, 2010 3:06 PM

    *shrug* He called him a weasel. Big deal. If he called him something actually profane, or offensive, then yeah, make a stink. Saying ‘Don’t talk to him, he’s a weasel!’ doesn’t strike me as newsworthy.
    In other news, please learn to at least wrap up Asante. You don’t necessarily need to make the tackle, but wrap up and slow the guy down till a safety can get over there to knock his head off.

  33. twinsanity says: May 4, 2010 3:13 PM

    If you’re counting on your corners to be elite tacklers, that means your pass rush sucks and you have way more issues to deal with than a guy who won’t rival Ray Lewis in the tackling department.
    He’s a playmaker and you deal with his tackling weakness in return. The tradeoff is more than worth it.

  34. HomelandDefense says: May 4, 2010 3:15 PM

    “As was well known when he left the Patriots, he is a ballhawk and not much more.
    And of course, the most important pick of his life, he missed.
    Did Philly think he was going to change if they acquired him?”
    That is so true.
    And to Catch22, it was Hobbs who got burnt on the winning TD in the superbowl. Dont get me started on Hobbs….

  35. joebuckiscreepy says: May 4, 2010 3:17 PM

    I hate to say it, but the reporter is right. Towards the end of the season, it became painfully predictable what would happen when someone would throw a bubble screen at Samuel. It was basically a guaranteed 1st down on 3rd and long.
    He can’t use the stinger as an excuse because he didn’t tackle before the stinger either.
    If anyone should be tasered, it’s the guy who makes ~9 million a year and refuses to do an important aspect of his job because he is above-average at another aspect.

  36. Mrsteve says: May 4, 2010 3:23 PM

    All corners get burned once in a while. Samuel is pretty good.

  37. marcduke says: May 4, 2010 3:23 PM

    # WarrenMoonGOAT says: May 4, 2010 2:07 PM
    dude put his head down in a few games i saw last year and made the tackle
    but what corner besides N.A. of the Raiders, Winfield and Darrelle Revis do u kno thats not afraid of tackling?
    __________________________________
    Charles Woodson?

  38. flip flip flipadelphia says: May 4, 2010 3:28 PM

    the guy is a ball hawk and a great intercepter. he has tackling issues but he’s a great addition to a suspect back field.

  39. ultimateweapon says: May 4, 2010 3:30 PM

    I got your back Domo, keep up the great writing and next time he invites you to a secluded room, take him up on it and beat his ass!!

  40. RayDaMayor says: May 4, 2010 3:36 PM

    Is the NFL a game of tackle football?

  41. buddha says: May 4, 2010 3:42 PM

    If Asante never stuck his neck out to make a tackle, then how did he end up witn a neck injury last season?? No, he’s not a great tackler, but not many CBs are. And over half of the players in the NFL dont wrap up when they go in for a tackle. They all try to go in head first for the big hit. Plus Asante is pretty small even for a CB, of course he’s gonna get killed vs the bubble screen. I remember seeing Asante lay out the much bigger Josh Morgan last season vs S.F.

  42. dlmcc0909 says: May 4, 2010 3:46 PM

    Sports reporters are supposed to give us their opinions, and give us the news. Their job isnt to hype up players or cover for them when they suck.
    Samuel is definitely afraid of contact. Domowitch is reporting his opinion of Samuel’s game, which just happens to be a fact anyway. Samuel shouldnt hate the guy for doing his job. He should be angry with himself for giving everyone who follows the team that impression

  43. Shadenfreuder says: May 4, 2010 3:46 PM

    If only Asanti had come in to help Rodney Harrison clean up on David Tyree the Patriots would have been undefeated…not to mention that he had a pick 6 go right through his hands on that same drive. I guess he was going to “get paid” (as his tattoo says) one way or another.
    So now fans of every team in the league, besides the Patriots, have a reason to love Samuel. He cost the Pats their undefeated season.

  44. danielcp0303 says: May 4, 2010 3:49 PM

    Cowboys own this guy. Seems like a lot of teams do

  45. Double Nickel says: May 4, 2010 3:59 PM

    I cant wait to watch Asante get burned by Austin first and then Bryant!

  46. m2karateman says: May 4, 2010 4:03 PM

    Asante Samuel is pretty stupid for making an issue of this. He is pretty much making a case for the reporter.
    You get paid to play football, so play it. Not everyone is going to like how you play the game. Learn to live with that idea. You get paid more money than 99% of the population of the United States to play a frickin’ game. Can’t you just be happy with that? You want everyone to think everything you do is glorious? Too bad.

  47. buddha says: May 4, 2010 4:04 PM

    Its funny to see that some people blame Asante for the SB loss vs the giants. It couldnt have been because the giants D help the Pats to 14 pts, huh??

  48. .Vox Veritas. says: May 4, 2010 4:05 PM

    “this domowitch guy must not like deion sanders then too cuz that’s what he was on D”
    Only Sanders could cover one-on-one. Asante Samuel can’t.

  49. smilergrogan says: May 4, 2010 4:18 PM

    i think it’s common knowledge among those covering the eagles that sean mcdermott’s defense was seriously compromised by one player’s refusal to play his position as instructed. it was obvious the front four wasn’t getting there so mcd had to blitz. in this situation, its impossible to keep the other team from completing short passes for first downs when your corner plays 15 yards off.
    for those extolling his being a ball hawk, sometimes when you jump the route they run the double move. sort of like they boys did last year on all the defensive backs.

  50. birdsphan81 says: May 4, 2010 4:21 PM

    Every sports guy in Philly says this about Asante. He’s an all or nothing CB, he either gets a pick or blows his coverage entirely. Don’t know why he’s singling out Domo.
    Asante’s behavior mustve been worse than this because all the sports radio shows were talking about it. It sounded like he was threatening him, not like anyone is afraid of all 160-lbs-soaking wet of Asante.

  51. eljay2 says: May 4, 2010 4:25 PM

    Assante is not missed in New England by me. I said from the time he left town, he’s the type of player that you would laike to have on your team. Just not at the rediculous price he got from the Eagles. The pats have been lambasted by the boston media for letting him go. They still don’t get it. and that includes Curran.

  52. eljay2 says: May 4, 2010 4:26 PM

    Samuel couldn’t carry Deions’ dirty laundry……………..not even in the same universe as a cover guy…………….

  53. nfcbeast says: May 4, 2010 4:27 PM

    Asante has never liked the media and has always avoided them…this isnt new.
    He needs to take criticism though, he is a hit or miss kind of corner….
    Big play is gonna happen for the defense or the offense, its always a toss up with Asante Samuel.
    He needs to improve his tackling skills, he doesnt wrap up he just kinda throws himself at the guys hips or knees… not good.

  54. pdxbolt4life says: May 4, 2010 4:28 PM

    Don’t tase me bro!!!!!

  55. Hawkeye says: May 4, 2010 4:38 PM

    I have had dealings with Domowich and he is a lazy, mean spirited journalist. Any NFL would be love having Asante play for them.

  56. flavordave says: May 4, 2010 4:54 PM

    Samuel is the exact opposite of what Philly fans want to see wear Eagles green.

  57. Mogreenz says: May 4, 2010 5:00 PM

    All Cowboy fans luv this guy,just keep on keepin’ on.

  58. GRpatriot says: May 4, 2010 5:04 PM

    10 mil. a year and Andy forgot to put in the incentive clause, 100k per tackle….???
    Heads up to the NFL….The Pats aren’t cheap!
    They will not overpay for under performance…
    Who got paid? Brady, Wilfork and Moss.
    The rest left for greener pastures….money!
    Who stayed..Harrison, Bruschi, Vrabel without
    the mega-contract. Even the O line, they take less than the market to stay! How’s Deone doing in Seattle? Ty Law has bounced around. He would love to come back and retire as a Pat. Maybe he’ll get a ceremonial contract?
    It’s not personal, it’s business…

  59. CKL says: May 4, 2010 5:08 PM

    Shadenfreuder says:
    May 4, 2010 3:46 PM
    If only Asanti had come in to help Rodney Harrison clean up on David Tyree the Patriots would have been undefeated…not to mention that he had a pick 6 go right through his hands on that same drive.
    ________________________________
    Actually, IIRC the coverage on Tyree was AS’s responsibility to begin with and RH was only put in that position to try to prevent the crazyvelcrohelmetcatchfromhell because AS was off doing god knows what. That penchant of his what drove me crazy about him besides his refusal to tackle. I am more pissed at him for that than I am for the INT he couldn’t hang onto. That INT would have been a tough catch.
    I always liked Hobbs better than I liked AS. He was never afraid to get physical and he was better at man to man than AS. Hobbs got burnt on the Plax TD because the Pats sold out on the blitz and as per usual the past few years didn’t take the QB down. Yes he bit on the inwards fake by Plax though.

  60. ceetown22 says: May 4, 2010 5:13 PM

    # tombrookshire says: May 4, 2010 2:05 PM
    What position does Samuel Philadelphia play? Don’t remember seeing him on the team. Oh, I think maybe he’s an undrafted free agent.
    equals
    dumbass
    I just had to say it
    HAIL SKINS!

  61. Reggie'sBush says: May 4, 2010 5:44 PM

    Terrific knack for picking off passes is true, ask Eli about that pass he clanked off of Asante’s hands in the Superbowl, oh wait… Lol

  62. fuhgyou says: May 4, 2010 5:51 PM

    I don’t see him miss many tackles. The bubble screen thing was bad, but I don’t know what his assignments were on those plays, and that was up to his position coach to correct or the D coordinator to correct after it happened a few times. So perhaps that was the D coordinator playing stubborn defense, thinking that the scheme would work in the end. (he forgot that his scheme is supposed to blitz on third and long…)
    The fact is, he’s a great, play making, ball hawking corner, the best in the league at that. He is everything Deion Sanders was known as great for, including that return ability.
    He got burned on a touchdown against Plaxico Burress once? A lot of people did. Notice: Eli Manning is nothing without him.

  63. fuhgyou says: May 4, 2010 5:53 PM

    I remember the game that the Eagles, quarterbacked by A.J. Feeley, lost to the undefeated Patriots in 2007. Samuel was 100% the reason the Pats won, from his game opening pick six, to his game ending, touchdown saving int in the end zone. When the Eagles signed him the following off season, I was very happy.

  64. mzezulak says: May 4, 2010 5:56 PM

    They need to let him work with the LB’s during training camp taking on RB’s head on in drills until he shows he can tackle and earn his way back into the secondary. Players will get away with what the coaches let them het away with. This just shows poor coaching.

  65. andy reid's belt says: May 4, 2010 6:33 PM

    emoser says:
    May 4, 2010 3:06 PM
    I’m with Asanti on this one. Our city really is full of hack writers.
    ————————————————–
    **************Newsflash!********************
    Philadelphia is full of hack writers and hack football players. Ass-ante makes Deion look like Dick Butkus as a tackler

  66. Route36West says: May 4, 2010 6:42 PM

    The actually have video of him messing with the guy on the team website.
    It was done in jest it wasnt like he was out there going insane. He was like wheres Paul wheres he at I heard what he said about me wheres Paul. I thought it was more funny then anything.

  67. buddha says: May 4, 2010 6:48 PM

    MZEZULAK, yeah, thats a F’n great idea!! Lets go get our top CB killed by our LBs in a practice drill. That would be great coaching! HaHa! You’re a F’n idiot!!

  68. D3Keith says: May 4, 2010 6:53 PM

    We know Asante can’t/doesn’t tackle. He’s here to generate turnovers.
    What would be nice is if he played this season with a chip on his (healthy) shoulder with regard to tackling.
    I’m with Domo on this one. But I’d also like to see a journalist floor a mouthy athlete/coach at a press conference one of these days, so I’m biased.

  69. Colts18 says: May 4, 2010 8:16 PM

    I believe the eagles got marlin jackson did they not? this man might not put up the most eye catching numbers but he is a solid player. If reid can coach him up, he wont be sitting deep on the DC. Plus, boy can tackle.

  70. Qwest336 says: May 4, 2010 8:55 PM

    Well, one thing is for sure. If Asante wants to work hard and improve his tackling, he might be able to. Domowitch can’t do anything about his lack of writing skills.

  71. JoeSixPack says: May 4, 2010 9:23 PM

    People are criticizing Belichick’s choice of Devin McCourty in the 1st round, but McCourty is the anti-Samuel…
    Samuel isn’t interested in tackling… he wants to showboat, take risks, make INTs to fluff up his stats, while letting points on the board.
    Can’t blame him – it worked and the Eagles ponied up big $$ when the Patriots were smart enough not to.
    McCourty’s big knock was that he lacked INTs in college – but he was a solid CB who isn’t afraid to play his zone and make tackles – even if that doesn’t show up in the stats.

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