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Nnamdi Asomugha says Eagles learned it takes time to build a team

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Although it was Vince Young who gave last year’s Eagles the “Dream Team” moniker, it was Nnamdi Asomugha more than anyone else who epitomized the way the Eagles tried to build a talented roster through free agency a year ago: Asomugha was free agency’s biggest prize in 2011, and when he chose Philadelphia, that’s when people really started looking at the Eagles as Super Bowl contenders.

As it turned out, the Eagles were 8-8. And Asomugha says the lesson they learned is that a great team isn’t built quickly.

“Last year we were coming together and things happened very quickly for us coming together, so there was a lot of newness with players and coaches, and it just didn’t come together as quickly as we would have liked it to,” Asomugha said in an interview for an upcoming Rich Eisen Podcast, a portion of which was played on NFL Network on Friday.

Asomugha says he knows that last year’s Eagles free agency moves were an easy story for fans and the media to talk about, but he thinks this year’s Eagles have a better chance of being a real team because they have time to build themselves into one.

“There was a lot of hype around it, great stories that you could put in before the season started on comments made about the type of players we were bringing in,” Asomugha said. “But I just think it goes to show that it takes time to build a team in the ultimate team sport that we’re playing. In football you just can’t do it overnight. That’s kind of what happened last year and that’s why we’re in this position this year where we’re looking forward to getting back out there.”

The other lesson is, backup quarterbacks shouldn’t make grand pronouncements.

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52 Responses to “Nnamdi Asomugha says Eagles learned it takes time to build a team”
  1. staffordsyear says: May 19, 2012 6:34 AM

    Dont tell that to matt millen.

  2. bathroombenlovemachine says: May 19, 2012 6:37 AM

    The Eagles will dominate this season. Michael Vick will win league MVP and Super Bowl MVP.

    Eagles will win Super Bowl 47……….. Bet on it Beyotch

  3. andyb02 says: May 19, 2012 6:40 AM

    Look out everyone. Here come the trolls to hate on the Eagles and their fans.

  4. bray72 says: May 19, 2012 6:56 AM

    Well, it’s good that someone realizes and verbalizes the truth that a bunch of talented players isn’t necessarily a “team.”

    But that is only half of the story. An organization filled with talented players not committed to the team first but rather themselves FIRST, historically doesn’t do well.

    Building a team through the free agent model has NOT proven to be successful because because often many free agents are more interested in their own fortunes FIRST rather than team success. Building from within and weeding out the non- team type players is not sexy, but generally and consistently more successful.

    I’m a Steeler fan and I know many of you posters don’t like us (sometimes because of some of our own idiot posters which we also can’t stand) but perhaps also because the team is consistently successful. That IS the Steeler model. Other teams also follow that model and are more successful.

    Don’t misunderstand, good players deserve and need to be paid, but if the team isn’t their FIRST priority, the team will suffer.

  5. sooner712 says: May 19, 2012 7:00 AM

    Saying it’s like a dream team, is a grand pronouncement? Not declaring “I guarantee winning the Super Bowl!” is a grand pronouncement. No, the over reaction to dream team, was just tabloid reporting. And a little boring move on, sportswriters!!!

  6. brasho says: May 19, 2012 7:01 AM

    Of course this year’s team has a much better chance of being a real team… last year is over and last year they didn’t have a real team.

    I have a better chance of having relations with because last year it didn’t happen and a .0000000000001 chance is still better than something that never happened.

  7. elmaxoh says: May 19, 2012 7:01 AM

    I hope Nnamdi will have a great season , because he IS the best CB in this league.

  8. randallflagg52 says: May 19, 2012 7:08 AM

    @bathroombenlovemachine

    Mike Vick winning MVP is about as likely as the Eagles winning the SB next year. Slim to none. Dude is a never was, he is exciting to watch but he is old and is slowing. Stick a fork in him, he’s done.

  9. mungman69 says: May 19, 2012 7:12 AM

    The Philly haters are the real idiots

  10. elifan4life says: May 19, 2012 7:26 AM

    Hey Andy we don’t have to hate on the Eagles or their fans, Super Bowl Champs… Nuff said….

  11. bluefan204 says: May 19, 2012 7:43 AM

    andyb02 says: May 19, 2012 6:40 AM

    Look out everyone. Here come the trolls to hate on the Eagles and their fans.

    Sorry, but when those fans keep chirping every single year about “This is the year! Eagles are gonna crush everybody! The Super Bowl is all but a lock!”….

    …..it’s a bit difficult to not find something to hate about it. After 52 years, its bound to get on a few nerves. And lets face it: Mike Vick will never get any love or respect outside of Philly. No one loves or respects a murderer.

  12. selldannysell says: May 19, 2012 7:45 AM

    @bray72

    That is one of the most intelligent posts I’ve ever seen on this board. As a Skins fan, I have seen up close and personal the hazards of trying to build a team through free agency. You’re absolutely right and that process is why, year in and year in, the Steelers are always in the conversation about Super Bowl contenders.

  13. CKL says: May 19, 2012 8:06 AM

    Looking at the situation last year with the lockout and the large amount of FA the Eagles brought in PLUS a new and first time DC…I find it hard to believe anyone really thought they would be a great team last year. This isn’t basketball with just 5 starters, or an individual sport. Reid is no idiot, I am sure he didn’t make all those moves and expect instant success last year either. That was a long term plan, not a one year plan. I’ve said it before but as a Pats fan, I’m very glad they played Philly last year and not this coming year.

  14. pftcensorssuck says: May 19, 2012 8:11 AM

    bathroombenlovemachine says:May 19, 2012 6:37 AM

    The Eagles will dominate this season. Michael Vick will win league MVP and Super Bowl MVP.

    Eagles will win Super Bowl 47……….. Bet on it Beyotch
    ———————————————————-
    The Iggles and their fan base, the NFC version of the Yets.

    Get back to us when they actually WIN something, would you pal?

  15. wayne1693 says: May 19, 2012 8:13 AM

    Without a doubt, the most over-rated CB in the NFL!

  16. noodlecbs says: May 19, 2012 8:24 AM

    1960

  17. pigskin28 says: May 19, 2012 8:26 AM

    What Grand pronouncement? The guy made a tongue in cheek reference to the big names added through free agency. That’s a pronouncement? Joker.

  18. wwwfugu says: May 19, 2012 8:47 AM

    Vince Young did not make a “grand pronouncement”

  19. nfl fan says: May 19, 2012 8:59 AM

    When Victor Cruz burns you more than once, you have bigger problems than needing more time.

  20. stlsteelerfan says: May 19, 2012 9:07 AM

    Guess he doesn’t know about the San Francisco 49ers………………

  21. abninf says: May 19, 2012 9:13 AM

    Philly has found it takes a long time to build a championship team. They’ve been working on it since the AFL/NFL merger.

  22. NancyNancy says: May 19, 2012 9:17 AM

    “The other lesson is, backup quarterbacks shouldn’t make grand pronouncements.”
    ——————
    It was never a “pronouncement.” Young was asked the question of what he would name the team given the free agent signings. Asked and answered.

  23. zack2482 says: May 19, 2012 9:31 AM

    When expectations were high they didn’t win squat last year. When they were officially done and there were no expectations they started to win again. Now the new season is upon us people think they are going to pick up from the end of the season. Expectations are there again, make your own conclusion on how this season turns out.

    Sorry but your QB is injury prone and inaccurate in a West Coast offense that requires him to dink and dunk. 3rd place in the NFC East and no playoffs in 2012.

  24. eagles107 says: May 19, 2012 9:34 AM

    People who say the eagles will never win the super bowl are idiots. I mean it’s not like the Giants dominated the 2 years they won the super bowl. They just got in to the playoffs at 9-7 and had a good run along with the help of kyle williams fumbling 2 punts etc. The eagles have tons of talent a great pass rush and good coaching…. So why is it so impossible for them to win the super bowl …. I’m realistic and am not a fan who guarantees they will win every year but they can play with and beat anyone in the league.

  25. kingcarlbanks says: May 19, 2012 9:34 AM

    The Eagles have always been a talented team, but somehow they fade when crunch time comes. I think they lack the heart to be truly great. Reid needs to infuse
    some testicular fortitude into this team.

  26. strongsidebacker says: May 19, 2012 9:40 AM

    Good thing nobody told the 49′ers this last year.

  27. laeaglefan says: May 19, 2012 9:47 AM

    Nnamdi Asomugha has to be the most overhyped, overpaid player in the league. His play was mediocre at best last year, nowhere near deserving of his inflated salary and reputation. I would love to see the “real” Nnamdi step up this year and show everyone that the Eagles got their money’s worth. But alas, I think we’re just going to see more of what we saw last year.

  28. duncanthecat says: May 19, 2012 9:47 AM

    Dream Teams do take a bit more time to morph.

    Especially if the ingredients aren’t there.

    Please someone give them a pair of safeties who can cover.

  29. eaglesfan723 says: May 19, 2012 9:47 AM

    @bluefan204
    Sorry, but when those fans keep chirping every single year about “This is the year! Eagles are gonna crush everybody! The Super Bowl is all but a lock!”….

    …..it’s a bit difficult to not find something to hate about it. After 52 years, its bound to get on a few nerves. And lets face it: Mike Vick will never get any love or respect outside of Philly. No one loves or respects a murderer.
    __

    Ray Lewis?

  30. sonoco says: May 19, 2012 9:58 AM

    Jim Harbaugh didn’t get the memo

  31. raqaiw says: May 19, 2012 10:25 AM

    @eaglesfan723: Obstruction of justice isn’t murder,just like speeding isn’t vehicular manslaughter.

  32. dawsonleery says: May 19, 2012 10:26 AM

    Andy Reid is still the Head Coach so whatever, good luck.

  33. jimr10 says: May 19, 2012 10:34 AM

    Problem with the Eagles is Andy Reid is still coach… Andy says.. we will have to work harrder to get better..

  34. r81ders says: May 19, 2012 10:42 AM

    Raiders did no worse with MoneyNamdi and he did nothing for the Eagles so now i wonder how good is he really…The Raiders do make good corners/db look @ C.Wood why we let him go ??? Mr.Davis but anyways. MoneyNamdi was banged up just wondering if he lost a steep and will ever be the same??

  35. stv1719 says: May 19, 2012 10:52 AM

    bluefan204 says: May 19, 2012 7:43 AM

    andyb02 says: May 19, 2012 6:40 AM

    Look out everyone. Here come the trolls to hate on the Eagles and their fans.

    Sorry, but when those fans keep chirping every single year about “This is the year! Eagles are gonna crush everybody! The Super Bowl is all but a lock!”….

    …..it’s a bit difficult to not find something to hate about it. After 52 years, its bound to get on a few nerves. And lets face it: Mike Vick will never get any love or respect outside of Philly. No one loves or respects a murderer.

    _______

    Ray Lewis?

  36. The Shoeman says: May 19, 2012 11:04 AM

    nfl fan says: May 19, 2012 8:59 AM

    When Victor Cruz burns you more than once, you have bigger problems than needing more time.

    *********************************************************

    I am SURE you meant to say :

    When LeSean McCoy burns you more than once, you have bigger problems than needing more time.

    good luck NFC East . . . You will need it

    Ha Ha Ha !

  37. jluns275 says: May 19, 2012 11:04 AM

    Nnamdi could have saved a few breaths & simply said:
    “Yeah, we had alot of talent last year, it just took awhile for us to gel-what with a converted offensive line coach turned 1st time defensive coordinator that installed a scheme completely ill-suited to the assembled free agents.”

    Eagles could be a real threat this year if Vick can stay healthy, everyone checks their egos at the door, & Juan Castillo can figure out how to suit his scheme to the available talent, rather than force the available talent into his scheme, which they are not suited for.

    That the Eagles managed to go 8-8 last year despite Vick’s injury & VY’s resulting trainwreck coupled with the aforementioned defensive self-handicapping was a miracle & testament to just how talented that group of players were….
    Notice I didn’t refer to them as a team.
    Ultimately, still too many selfish personalities on that roster.

  38. jluns275 says: May 19, 2012 11:16 AM

    raqaiw says:
    @eaglesfan723: Obstruction of justice isn’t murder,just like speeding isn’t vehicular manslaughter.

    jluns275 says:

    Ray Lewis’ having only been convicted of obstruction of justice doesn’t make him any less of a murderer, just like Ben Roethlisberger isn’t any less of a sexual predator for not (yet) having been convicted of a rape, or other sexual offense. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck….

    It is what it is, whether or not they carry the appropriate nomenclature.

  39. lolb23 says: May 19, 2012 11:22 AM

    Eagles are the Bills of the NFC.

  40. cali49er707 says: May 19, 2012 11:32 AM

    this is the best part about the off season, every fan has a dream filled with hope, every team is undefeated, and then the games start and u realize it was just that…… A DREAM!!!! no run defense, over hyped line backing core with rolle & the ROOKIE kendricks who is instant HOF already to eagle fans, horrible o-line, even worse D coordinator, and andy reid who wont consistently dedicate to the run game, no solid play from the safety’s , are all being overlooked

  41. dallassux says: May 19, 2012 11:43 AM

    …..it’s a bit difficult to not find something to hate about it. After 52 years, its bound to get on a few nerves. And lets face it: Mike Vick will never get any love or respect outside of Philly. No one loves or respects a murderer.

    ———————————————————————————–

    So it’s character issue? Ill bet you were rooting hard on the 80′s for LT. Who may be the biggest piece of trash for a human. How bout Dave Meggett? Bradshaw selling pills? Plaxico??

  42. cleverbob says: May 19, 2012 11:53 AM

    I miss the good old days when PFT comments weren’t completely dominated by negativity.

  43. mikelitoris1 says: May 19, 2012 11:56 AM

    this is the best part about the off season, every fan has a dream filled with hope, every team is undefeated, and then the games start and u realize it was just that…… A DREAM!!!! no run defense, over hyped line backing core with rolle & the ROOKIE kendricks who is instant HOF already to eagle fans, horrible o-line, even worse D coordinator, and andy reid who wont consistently dedicate to the run game, no solid play from the safety’s , are all being overlooked
    ————————————————————————————————–

    ^ This is one of those kids that bases his assumptions of a team from comments by 16 year old PFT trolls.

    Do you even watch football?

  44. bluefan204 says: May 19, 2012 12:08 PM

    eaglesfan723 says: May 19, 2012 9:47 AM

    @bluefan204
    Sorry, but when those fans keep chirping every single year about “This is the year! Eagles are gonna crush everybody! The Super Bowl is all but a lock!”….

    …..it’s a bit difficult to not find something to hate about it. After 52 years, its bound to get on a few nerves. And lets face it: Mike Vick will never get any love or respect outside of Philly. No one loves or respects a murderer.
    __

    Ray Lewis?

    I dont recall him being found guilty of muder. I dont know if he did it or not, but Mike Vick did kill dogs, profitted from it, and admitted as much.

  45. calizcowboyz says: May 19, 2012 12:19 PM

    nnambi is 32 and very average at best. did you not watch his play last year? they traded away their best corner samuels.
    vick is a china doll ALWAYS hurt just breath on him hard enough and he misses games.
    eagles have done nothing not ever and never will!
    wake their delusional fans up because they are STILL and ALWAYS will be just a DREAM! HA HA HA

  46. oldbyrd says: May 19, 2012 12:37 PM

    People forget, a lot of Reid’s problems came from taking people out of position from what they do best. also a new defense with a new DC. Also he completely misjudged the ability of his linebackers. Did he really think Casey Matthews was going to take him to The Super Bowl? The other two LB’S were 7th round draft picks. Every sports commentator on the planet saw that. I wish My Birds the very best in 2012 but, Reids mindset on some things scare me. He has addressed the linebacker problem,,,amen Hopefully the safeties will improve with a full camp and more experience. I see Vick”s backup as a potential problem which could keep them from a 11 and 5 season if Vic goes down as he usually does.

  47. cali49er707 says: May 19, 2012 12:48 PM

    @mikelitoris1

    no i have never seen a o-line coach named jaun castillo decide play D coordinator before, or watch mike vick get battered around because of YOUR weak o-line and miss several games , or marty mornihweg & andy reid call 60/40 pass over run or YOUR defense get gashed by frank gore, fred jackson, marshawn lynch or countless others, or YOUR safety nate allen miss tackles or get burnt, it sure seems like i know more about YOUR team then YOU!!!

    DO YOU WATCH FOOTBALL??

  48. bigpara says: May 19, 2012 1:02 PM

    Here comes more thumbs down, who do you trust more a team that won the Super Bowl a few times or a team that has never won the Super Bowl. Eagles do have a good team but they don’t have the “it” factor. They choke in the big games. Cowboys will win a ring before the Eagles will.

  49. eagles107 says: May 19, 2012 1:26 PM

    It’s not 3 years ago …. The eagles o-line is far from weak and was rated one of the best last year and is also being coached by the best position coach in the business Howard Mudd….. Also did everyone forget about Demeco Ryans …. So yeah with Ryans and a very talented 2nd rounder although a rookie the LBs will be greatly improved along with a great pass rush it will take pressure off the secondary (please see giants 2007 and 2011 … Bad secondaries with a great pass rush)

  50. giantsfaninphilly says: May 19, 2012 7:30 PM

    @eagles107

    The Eagles did upgrade at a few positions and look promisng on paper. The only problem is other teams upgraded as well. Until you get a Quarterback that can win playoff games all you will ever be is PAPER CHAMPIONS!!! LOL….The only thing you have in common with the Giants is your in the same division, other than that no comparison!

  51. ibangrocks4fun says: May 19, 2012 9:10 PM

    Why do people end arguments with ” nuff said ” like it sounds tough or badass?

  52. dcbassguy says: May 23, 2012 1:43 PM

    @randallflagg52 says: May 19, 2012 7:08 AM

    Mike Vick winning MVP is about as likely as the Eagles winning the SB next year. Slim to none. Dude is a never was, he is exciting to watch but he is old and is slowing. Stick a fork in him, he’s done.

    ———————————————————

    Really? 2010 Vick should have been the MVP, not Brady. His past, and games missed cost him that award. He was by FAR the most valuable player to his team that year.

    The Maxwell Club, who doesn’t care what the public thinks, voted him as the NFL MVP that year. Go look at the list of Bert Bell award winners, and you’ll see that the award goes to guys that deserve it, not to guys that bring the best press to the NFL.

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