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Lions defensive coordinator compares Nnamdi to Deion, in a bad way

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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.

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39 Responses to “Lions defensive coordinator compares Nnamdi to Deion, in a bad way”
  1. offsideburns says: Aug 18, 2011 7:08 PM

    I’ve seen him tackle plenty, it’s just he usually doesnt have to because it’s an INCOMPLETE PASS

  2. frankrizzo51 says: Aug 18, 2011 7:10 PM

    And Gunther is the crybaby who complained about Gary Crowton’s offense having too much razzle dazzle in it. First time ANYBODY complained about the Bears offense being creative.

  3. raidermark says: Aug 18, 2011 7:12 PM

    That kills me to see him in a Eagle uniform…Thanks Al!

  4. Soulman45 says: Aug 18, 2011 7:14 PM

    Frist to say The Gun make great sense it always the way the game is call the little fellow get away with more.

  5. r8drbehindenemylines says: Aug 18, 2011 7:19 PM

    Maybe Gun needs to clean those goofy shooting glasses he wears. He can go to YouTube and check Nnamdi lay the wood to some hapless Chiefs. You remember them don’t you, Gun? The team that whacked you as HC because you had a losing record against the S&B.

  6. hobartbaker says: Aug 18, 2011 7:20 PM

    “Nneon” Nnamdi.

  7. doe22us says: Aug 18, 2011 7:21 PM

    Yeah sure, i am sure old Gunther will be doing cart wheels if Nnamdi was on his team

  8. kcflake says: Aug 18, 2011 7:21 PM

    does anyone even listen to or take gunther seriously anymore. he has been saying stupid things since showing up in detroit.

  9. polegojim says: Aug 18, 2011 7:21 PM

    @ Flor and Frank – Gunther wasn’t even remotely whining or complaining…. he gave the guy respect, but facts are facts.

  10. gottapoop says: Aug 18, 2011 7:22 PM

    I thought when you played for the raiders you dont have to tackle

  11. phillyfan4ever says: Aug 18, 2011 7:27 PM

    waaaa waaaaa take a hike Gunter lol

  12. johnnyoclock says: Aug 18, 2011 7:30 PM

    You’re right, Cunningham is clearly trying to lure him away from the Eagles to the Lions and is now clearly caught.

  13. wyrdawg says: Aug 18, 2011 7:32 PM

    I wish Gunther was my head coach.

  14. sieg1234 says: Aug 18, 2011 7:37 PM

    You people are clueless. Gunther is 100% correct, and it wasn’t a knock on Nnamdi but rather a knock on the rules in place…Nnamdi also is not as good as you all think, he’s just not.

  15. thetruth619 says: Aug 18, 2011 7:38 PM

    lol One of the arguing points FOR Aso over Revis was that he was a better run stopper at the CB position. I guess when you have the amazing CB play that Detroit typically has…you can give negative commentary on arguably the best CB in the league.

  16. jssgriffi17 says: Aug 18, 2011 7:39 PM

    Sounds like he as everyone else is drinkin that eagles hatorade. You don’t need to tackle if they don’t throw your way! Hate on!

  17. macjacmccoy says: Aug 18, 2011 7:43 PM

    WHAT!?!?!?!? Nnamdi is one of the best tackling corners in the entire league. Wow I cant believe he said that. That was 1 of the reasons why he was one of the most saught after players since free agency started. Sounds like sour grapes to me.

  18. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 18, 2011 7:45 PM

    I’m a Raider fan, not that it matters, and I think he’s 100% correct. Nnamdi’s always been kind of a pitty-pat CB. Doesn’t like to get dirty. Great cover man, but un-willing to mix it up and get physical.

    He was good with the Raiders because there was always a weak corner on the other side. Teams didn’t need to go his way. I think he’s going to get slightly exposed in Philly.

    I also thought it was asinine for Davis to tie so much cash up in him the last two years. He’s NOT a game changing player. Can’t say that he made enough of an impact that he earned all the money he was paid in 2009-2010.

  19. nothingman20 says: Aug 18, 2011 7:48 PM

    “Nnamdi also is not as good as you all think, he’s just not.”

    Your argument is so fact filled and convincing that I’ve totally reconsidered the conclusion of pretty much every expert on football that he’s one of the two best corners in the game.

    I’m sorry he didn’t sign with your favorite team and you are sore about it.

    Wait…no I’m not.

  20. jacksaysfu says: Aug 18, 2011 7:49 PM

    As a Eagles fan who was just at lehigh watching Asomugha drill person after person and not whiff on one tackle I can easily say , Gunther is crazy !!

  21. rundmc20 says: Aug 18, 2011 7:55 PM

    Are you kidding me ???? I have seen every game this guy has played and he makes some great tackles. Did this guy forget Nnamdi was a safety when he was drafted ?

  22. jacksaysfu says: Aug 18, 2011 8:00 PM

    Asomugha is overrated ??? he gave up 13 catches last year , and he gave up 0 , yes 0 TD’s last year . Ill bet ANYTHING sieg1234 is a fan of the cowboys,giants,or skins . Newsflash cown , you couldnt win the division befroe we got this awesome free agent class , so rest those girly fingers , your gonna have a long year hating !

  23. nothingman20 says: Aug 18, 2011 8:02 PM

    Also: if you want to get on an Eagles Cb for not tackling, Asante Samuels is —————————–> that way.

  24. GG Eden says: Aug 18, 2011 8:03 PM

    Nnamdi Shnamdi

  25. thespeaker08 says: Aug 18, 2011 8:20 PM

    It works for him so the issue here is…?

  26. raiderraffeal says: Aug 18, 2011 8:34 PM

    Gunther needs to check his history. Nnamdi is a converted Safety out of Cal. U DON’T PLAY SAFETY AND NOT TACKLE!!! HEY GUNTHER, PULL UP SOME NNAMDI FOOTAGE AND STUDY HOW A REAL CORNER WORKS!!! Maybe just maybe you’ll learn something. Just a thought.

  27. keyshawn22 says: Aug 18, 2011 8:41 PM

    Thats why he is the SECOND best CB in the NFL after Mr. Darrelle Revis!

  28. staffordsyear says: Aug 18, 2011 8:44 PM

    Gunthers Been in this league a long time, he does have a point,personaly I would like to have nnamdi on my team..but not for that amount of money.

  29. orthodoxdj says: Aug 18, 2011 8:45 PM

    I’d rather have Richie Cunningham coach my team’s defense. Gunther’s a joke.

  30. cdallen77 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:00 PM

    I don’t have a problem with what Gunther said. He wasn’t dissing him, from what I read. Asomugha doesn’t really have to tackle though as nobody throws his way!

  31. bcar1023 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:33 PM

    Its going to be fun watching Philthy miss the playoffs. They’re already starting to fold under the pressure according to Vicks article in yahoo. Didn’t y’all learn from Snyder in Washington? You can’t buy the Lombardi.

  32. tatum064 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:43 PM

    gottapoop says:
    Aug 18, 2011 7:22 PM
    I thought when you played for the raiders you dont have to tackle
    =======================
    Never saw Tatum, Howie Long or Matt Millen play did you?

    Yeah, the current generation of Raiders are that way.

  33. lofton18 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:43 PM

    its not his fault, he watches suh tackling all the time of course it makes everyone else look bad.

  34. nyjalleffingday says: Aug 18, 2011 9:51 PM

    Of all the criticisms of Nnamdi, the non tackle one makes the least amount of sense. He’s a great tackler. If you wanted to discredit him, say that he doesn’t cover #1 WR’s over 70% of the time.

  35. staffordsyear says: Aug 18, 2011 10:13 PM

    Don’t ever mention Matt millens name, I might crap myself in anger.

  36. iminyrhead says: Aug 19, 2011 9:22 AM

    Nnandi, Darrelle …… PEOPLE!!! Stop comparing these two GOOD CB’S to the BEST CB to ever play the game! The comparison to Deion is almost a slap in the face to Deion. Nnandi and Darrelle DO NOT pose the threat that Deion did, returning that pick for a TD. Passing schemes were changed due to Deion … Oh, and lets not forget the jewelry Mr. Sanders holds (Super Bowl and World Series) … Sanders was the GREATEST athlete seen in quite some time!

  37. souldogdave says: Aug 19, 2011 11:08 AM

    Nnamdi tackles more than Deon did.You will see Nnamdi emulate his mentor, Charles Woodson.

  38. raiderapologist says: Aug 19, 2011 8:24 PM

    Asomugha didn’t shy away from contact when he was with Oakland. And why is Gunther still working? Bad investments?

  39. jknow56 says: Aug 19, 2011 10:58 PM

    I’d bet Gunther wouldn’t say anything if Nnamdi signed with Detroit. However who wants to go to Detroit?

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