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Cromartie: I’m better playmaker than Nnamdi

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Antonio Cromartie’s return to the Jets this summer came as a result of their failure to convince Nnamdi Asomugha to sign with them as a free agent.

That isn’t stopping Cromartie from saying that he’s a better cornerback in some respects than the man who wound up with the Eagles. He told Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com just where he sees himself as being a superior player.

“My style of play and his style of play are totally different,” Cromartie said. “I feel I’m more of a playmaker than he is.”

Cromartie did make some big plays for the Jets on Sunday against the Jaguars. He picked off two passes and returned one to the one-yard line to set up a Jets touchdown. He can also make plays as a kickoff returner and the Jets have been giving him on snaps on offense, although that has only resulted in one rush for one yard and some extra tape for opposing defensive coordinators to watch.

There’s a reason why Cromartie gets to make so many plays, of course. Teams don’t much like throwing to the guy covered by Darrelle Revis, so Cromartie gets tested more often as a result. Asomugha has also been a corner left alone by opposing quarterbacks over the years, something that doesn’t give him nearly as many chances to make plays as Cromartie has with the Jets or when he was a member of the Chargers.

Cromartie left something out of his playmaking comparison with Asomugha as well. He left out the part where other teams make a lot more plays against him than they make against Asomugha. The Cowboys beat him twice for touchdowns in the opening game of the season, several other teams did the same thing during his first season with the Jets in 2010 and he draws a fair number of flags in the passing game as well.

The balance between the plays he makes and the plays he gives up still works out as a net positive for Cromartie, but there’s little doubt that you’d rather have a fewer big plays made if it means fewer big plays against you when all is said and done.

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58 Responses to “Cromartie: I’m better playmaker than Nnamdi”
  1. scudbot says: Sep 21, 2011 8:38 AM

    Another day, another Jet yapping.

  2. jw731 says: Sep 21, 2011 8:39 AM

    Just another jackhole who talks to hear himself think…..

  3. jpb12 says: Sep 21, 2011 8:40 AM

    Based on his 6 kids, I’d say Cro’s trouble is wrapping up.

  4. jpiro says: Sep 21, 2011 8:41 AM

    You misspelled “babymaker” in the headline.

  5. ampats says: Sep 21, 2011 8:43 AM

    Sounds like Wake N Bake time in Florham Park

  6. h3min1230 says: Sep 21, 2011 8:51 AM

    Cromartie: I’m a better babymaker than Nnamdi

  7. wtf__seriously says: Sep 21, 2011 8:51 AM

    I was impressed with Cromartie this past Sunday. Excellent kick returner for ST and was able to capitalize on interceptions when the ball came his way.
    He just needs to keep his mouth shut, although I have to wonder if there is more to this interview than has been posted in this article.

  8. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 21, 2011 8:52 AM

    I think he means baby maker. I agree with him.

  9. zimaman says: Sep 21, 2011 8:52 AM

    the other thing your better at than everybody is creating children out of wedlock and being a deadbeat dad

    you are definetly the leader in the clubhouse on that one

    dont wory though Jabba the Jet has your back

  10. umbskinsfan says: Sep 21, 2011 8:53 AM

    Cromartie: I’m better playmaker than Nnamdi

    Cromartie: I’m a better babymaker than Nnamdi

    There, I fixed it for ya…

  11. 4thanddone says: Sep 21, 2011 8:56 AM

    “My style of play and his style of play are totally different”

    -Agreed. You give up big plays. Nnamdi doesn’t.

  12. mdpickles says: Sep 21, 2011 8:59 AM

    What is it with Defensive Backs from NY yapping all the time?

  13. ispysomething7 says: Sep 21, 2011 8:59 AM

    Given who the Jags had at QB last Sunday, I could have picked off 2 balls and return one of them to the 1. Get this guy a muzzle.

  14. mbart82 says: Sep 21, 2011 9:01 AM

    Maybe Cromartie should worry about all of his children’s names and birthdays instead. Clearly the only reason he is making any plays is because they aren’t going to throw to Revis.

  15. pfii63 says: Sep 21, 2011 9:01 AM

    LMAO!!!

    If by playmaker he means he produces more children, then he wins.

    If he things he is anywhere near as good a corner, then he is an idiot.

    But we already knew that.

  16. 420fan says: Sep 21, 2011 9:02 AM

    If fathering at least 9 children from 8 women living in six states and been named in another 5 paternity suits in the last five years is a playmaker, then yes, you are!

    Nnamdi is a better person than you will EVER be!

  17. scoops1 says: Sep 21, 2011 9:02 AM

    Cromartie also forgot to mention he has fatherd more kids then Asomugha

  18. eaglesw00t says: Sep 21, 2011 9:03 AM

    there is a reason the jets went after Nnamdi. Whatever makes you feel better though lol

  19. mdd913 says: Sep 21, 2011 9:08 AM

    Perfect example of a guy who is overrated because he’s flashy…..Ask Chargers fans…apparently his “playmaking” skills don’t include manning up to tackle a running back in the hole IN A PLAYOFF GAME.

  20. mdd913 says: Sep 21, 2011 9:11 AM

    For every Cromartie there are a half-dozen guys out there playing at a higher level who don’t get recognized and that’s sad. Give me a Jabari Greer, Leon Hall or Quentin Jammer anyday. They might not be household names but you’re damn skippy they stick to their assignments and do their jobs well instead of being glory hounds.

  21. zaggs says: Sep 21, 2011 9:13 AM

    Pretty sure Nnamdi can name all his children without help or a 2nd take.

  22. botchedextrapoint says: Sep 21, 2011 9:18 AM

    Play quitter?

  23. richc111 says: Sep 21, 2011 9:23 AM

    They should do the comparison in 15 years too and which one do you think will be broke and living with mom

  24. tatum064 says: Sep 21, 2011 9:23 AM

    Bottom line…Cromartie has won more on both teams he’s been on. He’s flashy, and Asomugha may be a “better person”, but it is an impact position. Nnamdi hasnt held a candle to former Raider Charles Woodson. But he has carved a niche as a top cover corner.

    He will be put to the test in Philly.

  25. nebster21 says: Sep 21, 2011 9:24 AM

    didn’t anyone show him the he got torched in the first game and well the second game speaks for itself.

  26. tatum064 says: Sep 21, 2011 9:25 AM

    jw731 says:
    Sep 21, 2011 8:39 AM
    Just another jackhole who talks to hear himself think…..
    ===================
    if this is the case , can Raider Nation get some NFL fan love on an upset win over the “hated Jets”?

  27. monsterscream says: Sep 21, 2011 9:31 AM

    Who the hell is Josh Alper??!?

  28. bobbinski1229 says: Sep 21, 2011 9:32 AM

    Yea, you’re so much better once they realized they couldn’t sign Nnamdi, they decided to go after ya….

  29. mistrezzrachael says: Sep 21, 2011 9:35 AM

    scudbot says:
    Sep 21, 2011 8:38 AM
    Another day, another Jet yapping.

    LOL,,,Boy does that comment ring true!!! Every day, someone from jets says something to attract attention to himself,,,,they are just pitiful attention parasites.

    Antonio does cover some things…but his many women will agree he doesn’t cover other things.

    Now that he’s met the woman of his dreams and married…WHO KNOWS???…maybe the happy couple will decide to start a family????

  30. jpiro says: Sep 21, 2011 9:37 AM

    Ok, so my “babymaker” joke wasn’t as unique as I thought it was. I did get it in first though, so that’s something.

  31. joetoronto says: Sep 21, 2011 9:44 AM

    When you have 4 kids that are 3 years old, you have problems.

    This joker can’t hold a candle to Nnamdi, not on the field or off it.

    Loser.

  32. psousa1 says: Sep 21, 2011 9:47 AM

    As much as I hate the Jets this is what makes Revis the man. He just lets his play do the talking

  33. huejackson says: Sep 21, 2011 9:49 AM

    Asomough is overated.
    People failed to relize that Stanford Routte was the real shut down corner in oakland.
    Route is the best CB in the NFL. Asomough can not tackle.. SR also plays man to man something that 98% of CBs can not do like Deagnelo Hall

  34. myeaglescantwin says: Sep 21, 2011 9:53 AM

    No body likes to be the second choice..

    hey buddy, there is a reason you were signed days after Nnamdi went to Philly..

    & when has anyone labeled Cromartie a “shut down corner” ??
    The man can play, but at the same time he isn’t as well rounded as, well, Kyle Wilson. Cromartie better keep using that speed to make plays, or wilson might make him expendable.
    cause face it Cro, you are nothing more than a 4.3 & long arms. / if not you would be catching touchdowns instead of breakin up passes.

  35. ice90 says: Sep 21, 2011 10:00 AM

    Who are all these Jets that constantly talk trash? Rex Ryan…. yeah we know he likes to get all the haters fired up.

    Bart Scott…. yeah he talks a little trash.

    Cromartie…. look, he had a good game and is beating his chest a little bit. He wouldn’t be the first.

    Other than them, I don’t know who else is “yapping” on the Jets?

  36. btowngetsdown says: Sep 21, 2011 10:01 AM

    I read the title of this article and thought,
    “wow, how dumb is Cromartie, he can’t even speak properly.” Then I read Cromartie’s actual quote, and realized, “wow how dumb is Josh Alper, he’s a writer and can’t even write properly.”

    It goes without saying, the title of Alper’s next article should be, “I’m worse speaker than Cromartie.”

  37. dukemarc says: Sep 21, 2011 10:09 AM

    Cromartie’s right, he is a better playmaker – the couple of plays he makes and the many more he gives up.

  38. steelerfan999 says: Sep 21, 2011 10:15 AM

    they need to test the water the giants and jets are drinking because between the giants and jets players they are saying some pretty stupid things,elis an elite qb,burress is double teamed,etc. etc.

  39. ihatethejets23 says: Sep 21, 2011 10:20 AM

    Like the rest of the Jets, Cromartie is delusional and overrated.

  40. terrellblowens says: Sep 21, 2011 10:21 AM

    Cromartie is a turd. Nnamdi is a class act. That alone makes him more valuable than Cromartie. Not to mention the whole shutdown corner thing.

  41. joetoronto says: Sep 21, 2011 10:29 AM

    ice90 says: Sep 21, 2011 10:00 AM

    Who are all these Jets that constantly talk trash? Rex Ryan…. yeah we know he likes to get all the haters fired up.

    Bart Scott…. yeah he talks a little trash.

    Cromartie…. look, he had a good game and is beating his chest a little bit. He wouldn’t be the first.

    Other than them, I don’t know who else is “yapping” on the Jets?
    ************************************************
    Ofv the top of my head, Revis was yapping just the other day.

  42. nogoodell says: Sep 21, 2011 11:20 AM

    And Vick is a better play maker than Brady

  43. nyjalleffingday says: Sep 21, 2011 11:27 AM

    @joetoronto

    In response to the media, who brought up the question because Jason Hill started yapping. Huge difference.

    The Jets hardly ever talk trash, generally they’re taken out of context by terrible reporters such as Mike F, and that terrible reporting is swallowed by fools like you looking for another reason to hate the Jets. Rex may talk about how he thinks he’ll beat the Patriots, and then will say how much he respects the Pats, TB and BB in the aame sentence. In addition, Rex lets his guys say whatever they please, as long as they’re accountable for what they say. You can’t hold the words of one person against an entire team. There is a difference between confidence and talking mess. Learn it.

  44. johntonioholmes says: Sep 21, 2011 12:06 PM

    He certainly makes more plays, but kind of like Ty Law used to–mug the receiver with impunity.

  45. hellrelle24 says: Sep 21, 2011 12:46 PM

    I’m hysterically laughing that someone posted stanford routte is the beat corner on the NFL!!!! Haha Revis is in his league of his own this isn’t even debatable. And I think nmandi gave up two or three scores
    This year already?

  46. ice90 says: Sep 21, 2011 1:21 PM

    Thanks nyjalleffingday. I was thinking the same thing. By far, the biggest trash talkers in the league are in Baltimore and Pittsburgh. If you want to give them a pass because they have Super Bowl rings, fine. I know…. the Jets haven’t won for 40+ years, blah blah blah, we’ve heard that once or twice.

    But hell, there are more trash talkers on the friggin Dolphins than on the Jets.

  47. pigskinswag says: Sep 21, 2011 2:46 PM

    Poor little Antonio, still has his precious feelings hurt because the Jets wanted to UPGRADE at the cornerback position by replacing him with Nnamdi. Poor Antonio was heartbroken because he was the Jets second choice. Boo hoo hoo. What a vagina.

  48. jacksaysfu says: Sep 21, 2011 5:24 PM

    @hellrelle24 Actually Asomugha hasn’t given up any TD’s this year and its 100% debateable who the best CB is . Nnamdi plays opposite the best play-making CB in the league in Samuel while Revis gets to sit back and watch everyone throw to the baby making machine .

  49. drew05 says: Sep 21, 2011 7:38 PM

    I thought they meant DRC…

    Wrong Cromartie…oops.

    Go Eagles.

  50. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 21, 2011 10:21 PM

    Like it or not, and I have come to LOATHE Jets fans (the players I do not mind), he’s RIGHT.

  51. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 21, 2011 10:22 PM

    drew05 says: Sep 21, 2011 7:38 PM

    I thought they meant DRC…

    Wrong Cromartie…oops.

    Go Eagles.
    ————-

    DRC ain’t shiet.

  52. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 21, 2011 10:23 PM

    acksaysfu says: Sep 21, 2011 5:24 PM

    @hellrelle24 Actually Asomugha hasn’t given up any TD’s this year and its 100% debateable who the best CB is . Nnamdi plays opposite the best play-making CB in the league in Samuel while Revis gets to sit back and watch everyone throw to the baby making machine .
    ————–

    Samuel is a gambler who doesn’t tackle and gets beat 3 times for every INT he makes. Best playmaker my ARSE.

  53. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 21, 2011 10:30 PM

    johntonioholmes says: Sep 21, 2011 12:06 PM

    He certainly makes more plays, but kind of like Ty Law used to–mug the receiver with impunity.
    ——-

    That’s what CBs are SUPPOSED TO DO. Deion did it and despite the blither about him not being physical,

  54. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 21, 2011 10:38 PM

    tatum064 says: Sep 21, 2011 9:23 AM

    Bottom line…Cromartie has won more on both teams he’s been on. He’s flashy, and Asomugha may be a “better person”, but it is an impact position. Nnamdi hasnt held a candle to former Raider Charles Woodson. But he has carved a niche as a top cover corner.

    He will be put to the test in Philly.
    ———–

    Nicks is gonna body him like Charles Barkley in the paint all day Sunday. The Eagles better HOPE Manningham can’t go Monday, because he’s gonna run free with those awful safeties the Eagles have — one constantly helping Asomugha over on Nicks.

  55. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 21, 2011 10:40 PM

    And these limpwrist hacks bringing up Cromartie’s children are the same pissants who take their ball and run home when they don’t get picked for a pickup run at the courts.

    What the HAYLE does what he does off the field have to do with the subject at hand? You clowns are pathetic.

  56. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 21, 2011 10:41 PM

    myeaglescantwin says: Sep 21, 2011 9:53 AM

    No body likes to be the second choice..

    hey buddy, there is a reason you were signed days after Nnamdi went to Philly..

    & when has anyone labeled Cromartie a “shut down corner” ??
    The man can play, but at the same time he isn’t as well rounded as, well, Kyle Wilson. Cromartie better keep using that speed to make plays, or wilson might make him expendable.
    cause face it Cro, you are nothing more than a 4.3 & long arms. / if not you would be catching touchdowns instead of breakin up passes.
    ———

    No one called him a SHUTDOWN CORNER. He said he is a better playmaker, and as someone who actually SCORES, no… actually INTERCEPTS A PASS… he’s right.

  57. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 21, 2011 10:42 PM

    4thanddone says: Sep 21, 2011 8:56 AM

    “My style of play and his style of play are totally different”

    -Agreed. You give up big plays. Nnamdi doesn’t.
    ————

    Asomugha has been beaten just as much as Cromartie has the past three seasons. Non-Raider fans/non-Oakland regional coverage/Sunday Ticket subscribers who HONESTLY watched Oakland the last 3-4 years know that.

  58. edcol3 says: Sep 21, 2011 11:51 PM

    The only thing Cromartie knows how to cover really well are WOMEN…lol…

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