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Asante Samuel plans to prove he’s not in “steep decline”

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Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel has heard the talk that the Eagles traded him because Andy Reid thought he was in “steep decline,” and he takes issue with that assessment.

Asked about that report, Samuel first told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “No comment.” But then he proceeded to offer a comment, noting that the Falcons play at Philadelphia on October 28.

We’ll see who’s in steep decline,” Samuel said. “We’ll figure out who’s in steep decline then.”

Samuel said that despite his old team deciding to move on without him, and despite having to take a pay cut with his new team, he isn’t lacking confidence.

“You have to step on the field with confidence,” Samuel said. “Being a little cocky, being arrogant, but being humble at the same time. It definitely is the way to be out there as a cornerback. If you are just out there going through the motions, you’re going to have a lot of bad plays.”

And Samuel wants to have a lot of good plays. Especially when he plays the Eagles.

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16 Responses to “Asante Samuel plans to prove he’s not in “steep decline””
  1. phillyfollower says: Aug 1, 2012 5:25 PM

    I’d just like to point out that Reid was never directly quoted as saying “steep decline”.

  2. fmwarner says: Aug 1, 2012 5:37 PM

    I still think Asante was the best corner on the Eagles. If it was a salary dump, then fine. But it’s ludicrous to suggest that he had lost his skills.

  3. geniusfan says: Aug 1, 2012 5:38 PM

    I watched every Eagles game last year and Asante is not in steep decline whatsoever he was excellent last season.

    However the Eagles want to play press coverage that’s what both Rodgers-Cromartie and Asomugha are best at Samuel is one of the least physical players in the NFL he excels in off coverage/zone.

    The Eagles traded Asante so they could lock up Lesean Mccoy and implement a scheme on defense that will allow them to maximize the talent they have. Not sure why Andy said he’s in “steep decline” he just didn’t fit the scheme the Eagles will be running this season.

  4. upperdecker19 says: Aug 1, 2012 5:42 PM

    He can’t dispute that his hairline appears to be in steep decline.

  5. ishouldabeenalongsnapper says: Aug 1, 2012 5:45 PM

    We can expect to see a lot of screens, bubble screens, and pitches designed to run the ball right at Asante. He wants absolutely nothing to do with stopping the run.

  6. vysethelegend says: Aug 1, 2012 5:49 PM

    He’s right though. He’s just in a slightly steep decline.

  7. iwantrudytodressforme says: Aug 1, 2012 5:53 PM

    His paycheck proves otherwise

  8. elmaxoh says: Aug 1, 2012 6:19 PM

    Thanks for everything in Philly I wish you luck in your new team . And don’t worry for us DRC is doing an amazing training camp.

  9. schmitty2 says: Aug 1, 2012 6:20 PM

    I wonder if he had it written in his new contract that in practice he wont go within 10 yards of a tackling dummy

  10. newagerocker says: Aug 1, 2012 6:20 PM

    I actually like Asante but his next tackle will be his first. T Rex can wrap up a receiver better.

  11. jacksaysfu says: Aug 1, 2012 6:42 PM

    Asante was & is a very dangerous Cornerback , but let’s be realistic here . Samuel only excells in one type of coverage (zone) and stays away from tackling like it was the plaque . I don’t believe that Reid thought #22′s game was in “steep decline” , I just think that Samuel fit the defense wanted to play . The Eagles wanted to play more man , they wanted to put Rodgers-Cromartie back on the outside , and they wanted to give extensions to they’re core group , and Asante’s $9M cap hit tied the Eagles down too much . I’ll miss the energy that he brought to training camp , but DRC is lighting Lehigh up right now . The Philadelphia Eagles fans would much rather Asomugha & DRC manning the outsides with a real slot like Boykin or Hanson playing inside . Enjoy Atlanta 22 , we’re good here !

  12. jpb12 says: Aug 1, 2012 6:48 PM

    Been in decline since the Super Bowl loss to the GMen

  13. fmwarner says: Aug 1, 2012 7:23 PM

    schmitty2 says: Aug 1, 2012 6:20 PM

    I wonder if he had it written in his new contract that in practice he wont go within 10 yards of a tackling dummy

    newagerocker says: Aug 1, 2012 6:20 PM

    I actually like Asante but his next tackle will be his first. T Rex can wrap up a receiver better
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    He’s not a hitter, granted. But who cares? The point of a corner is to defend the pass. And by pretty much any metric Samuel does that better than the vast majority of NFL corners. Unfortunately, the only metric lots of Eagles fans care about is hard hits.

  14. homerunharrigan says: Aug 1, 2012 9:04 PM

    fmwarner says:
    Aug 1, 2012 7:23 PM

    He’s not a hitter, granted. But who cares? The point of a corner is to defend the pass. And by pretty much any metric Samuel does that better than the vast majority of NFL corners. Unfortunately, the only metric lots of Eagles fans care about is hard hits.

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    Perhaps the primary point of a corner is to defend the pass, but the point of playing defense is to, you know, defend. Sometimes, that means a cornerback has to tackle.

    By your logic, D-lineman shouldn’t try to deflect balls at the line of scrimmage.

    Asante may have made some big plays with INTs and pick-sixs, but he also got beat plenty on double moves. He takes a lot of risks out there. I’m not sure that he’s better than a vast majority of other corners.

    All I care about is winning. And you can’t win if you don’t tackle (see 2011 Eagles Defense) . Hard hits really don’t have anything to do with it.

    And why did you feel the need to use the word metric so many times? What, are you from London? Maybe you should stick to the other “football”.

  15. mojosmagic says: Aug 1, 2012 9:47 PM

    Samuel is a good instinctive cover guy but he has issues the Falcons will soon find out about. Samuel free lances, doesn’t play within the scheme, and can’t tackle to save his life. Add to that he makes 10M a year and that translates to the Eagles getting a 7th round draft pick for him.

  16. melonheadsdaddy says: Aug 1, 2012 10:20 PM

    He takes calculated risks. And loses. He squares up. And misses. Enjoy ATL you scrub.

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