When cornerback Deion Sanders recently entered the Hall of Fame, he seemed to admit that he didn’t do much tackling.
Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham seems to think that Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha doesn’t tackle, either.
On Wednesday, Cunningham offered up this explanation regarding the perceived problem of small cornerbacks getting away with rough play on large receivers, like Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. Cunningham then tried to explain, apparently, that tall corners like Asomugha get in trouble for getting physical.
“The problem is the way the rules are the 6-2 guys can’t play,” Cunningham said, per the Detroit Free Press. “You’ve got one guy in the league, Nnamdi, and all he does is press. You ever see him make a tackle? He presses the wide receiver, and he’s great at it. But there’s more to playing DB than just pressing wide receivers.”
Cunningham apparently isn’t saying that Asomugha won’t tackle, but that the rules (for whatever reason) prevent him from doing so.
Regardless of whether Cunningham has a point, you’d think that he has learned not to talk about players under contract with other teams. Indeed, Cunningham’s comments about players he coached in Kansas City that ultimately got the Lions busted for tampering.