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Philly fingers start to point at Asomugha

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As the Eagles try to process their failure to win the kind of game that coach Andy Reid always seems to win, there will be plenty of blame to go around.

One guy who will no longer be escaping the accusations is cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

The crown jewel of the 2011 free-agent class, Asomugha surprisingly picked the Eagles over the Jets.  At the time, it was viewed that Asomugha was on the same plane as Darrelle Revis.  Since then, Asomugha’s play, and in turn his perception, has fallen off sharply.

Last year, excuses were made based on the way the Eagles were using him and the other two premier corners, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Asante Samuel.  This year, more and more folks are pointing to the belief that Asomugha, who turned 31 this year, no longer is the guy that he used to be.

There’s also a theory making its way through league circles (and the locker room) that Asomugha doesn’t care about the game like he used to.  Regardless of how he feels about football, he no longer plays like he used to.  And at a time when quarterback Mike Vick has become the pin cushion for criticism whenever things go wrong, look for more of the blame to be directed to other key players who aren’t playing to the level that most presumed they would.

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  1. jjb0811 says: Oct 29, 2012 6:28 AM

    Hard to fault a guy who has played 10 years and never seen the postseason. I’m sure at some point ‘the game’ turns to ‘a job’ and people inevitability get tired of their jobs or for pro’s losing.

  2. djstat says: Oct 29, 2012 6:29 AM

    I can’t stand Vick but he is not to blame for a game like yesterday. Te defense let up 30 points and his head coach does not run the ball

  3. goraidersgospurs says: Oct 29, 2012 6:32 AM

    Ahaha, from the Black Hole!!!

  4. dawsonleery says: Oct 29, 2012 6:34 AM

    Asomugha is a very busy guy outside of football but I highly doubt he doesn’t care about the game anymore, he’s not that type of person. The Eagles defense as a whole is rather disappointing.

  5. inthearex says: Oct 29, 2012 6:38 AM

    Dream team!

  6. joetoronto says: Oct 29, 2012 6:39 AM

    Nnamdi never had great wheels to begin with but now, he’s definitely lost a step or two.

    He’s strictly a bump and run CB who needs to be physical with WR’s.

    As much as I enjoyed his time with the Raiders, it was obvious he was on the way down before he left.

    Great guy though.

  7. boknowsvt says: Oct 29, 2012 6:42 AM

    The grass is always greener, isn’t it Nnamdi? Just ask Kevin Boss and Stanford Routt.

  8. rockthered1286 says: Oct 29, 2012 6:45 AM

    Said this a month ago. He can’t keep up with most routes, holds a ton of times (and gets away with most) and doesn’t seen to have his head in the game. Plenty of top tier CBs out there that are better or at least cheaper.

  9. garryjercia says: Oct 29, 2012 6:45 AM

    Bout time it was said

  10. tdotbronco says: Oct 29, 2012 6:46 AM

    Champ bailey is the man, best DB in the league.

  11. vegaskid21 says: Oct 29, 2012 6:47 AM

    Overpaid and Overrated

  12. xxakshunxx says: Oct 29, 2012 6:52 AM

    The Eagles have a weak secondary all around. Nate Allen is soft and injury prone, Coleman is too small and slow, Nnamdi doesnt care and his contract hurts the team, and DRC is a good corner but noones scared to throw his way.. Asante wasn’t the answer either, and the blame should mostly go to the Front Office who put these guys together.

  13. eagleswin says: Oct 29, 2012 6:54 AM

    While there’s no denying that Vick is also part of the problem (when you spend your 2 off weeks simplifying your offense and go ultraconservative just so your $100 mill QB doesn’t set a new league record for turnovers he is part of the problem), there’s no denying that there were several shots of Aso getting burned by WRs. Chasing Jones from way behind and not gaining on him for a wide open TD comes to mind.

  14. 1uniquename says: Oct 29, 2012 6:59 AM

    This is the type of guy who will live off his NFL earnings the rest of his life and perhaps even make more money outside of football. Problem for eagle fans is he may be ready to chase his dreams outside the game now that he has his big contact. Good for Asomuagua (sp) but bad for the eagles.

  15. bathroombenlovemachine says: Oct 29, 2012 6:59 AM

    Time for the Eagles to start inflicting injuries to opposing teams. Next weeks Monday Night game will be the last of Drew Brees career. He will suffer a career ending knee injury.

    Eagles will win their last nine games and will win Super Bowl 47…………….. Bet on it BEYOTCHES

  16. pflynn20 says: Oct 29, 2012 7:04 AM

    Little known fact: Nnamdi Asomugha means “burnt toast” in Nigerian.

  17. scottieplongballs says: Oct 29, 2012 7:10 AM

    Its those stupid glasses!

  18. bobbyhoying says: Oct 29, 2012 7:46 AM

    Wouldn’t the secondary look better if the opposing QB was worried he might get hurried, or worse yet, actually sacked?

  19. vincentbojackson says: Oct 29, 2012 7:46 AM

    The era of the high-priced shutdown corner was over 2-4 years ago. Good offenses go 3 and 4 wide on top of pass catching tight ends. It’s better to have a solid group of corners and safeties than one “shutdown” guy eating up all the money.

    Keep in mind, teams were still moving the ball at will against the Jets well before Revis got hurt.

  20. jmclarkent says: Oct 29, 2012 7:52 AM

    Hindsight is 20-20, but they should have kept Asante and DRC and used that 10-Mill or so that Nmandi is making on a linemen.

  21. jetblackninja says: Oct 29, 2012 8:24 AM

    He took a huge check to go to a “star studded” team with no heart, and no guts, and after they started losing…. everyone started phoning it in.

    People like Samuel and especially Vick are going to rub off on the guy too.

    Eagles are a disaster.

  22. ralphiepower says: Oct 29, 2012 8:30 AM

    i knew Nnamdi was bad a few years ago when i saw Brian Slobsike burn him in preseason

  23. FinFan68 says: Oct 29, 2012 8:48 AM

    He is a good player in the right scheme. Didn’t he play on one side (only) of the field in Oakland? Sure, he is getting older but I doubt he lacks the “fire” he used to have. Put him on the same side he is used to playing because that worked very well.

  24. bluewinger says: Oct 29, 2012 8:48 AM

    Asomugha is to busy thinking about how he’s going to spend all that money the eagles gave him.

  25. mjacobs45 says: Oct 29, 2012 8:55 AM

    Worst free agent signing in this era….and that includes Jevon Kearse.

  26. borophyll says: Oct 29, 2012 9:00 AM

    Maybe he was just over-hyped to begin with by the East Coast Media Machine.

  27. tannethrill says: Oct 29, 2012 9:04 AM

    If the case is he was looking for that one big contract then you have to give Al Davis a lot of credit for stringing him along for a few years.

    Those one year franchise tags likely kept him motivated.

  28. kinguga says: Oct 29, 2012 9:05 AM

    Ain’t too many guys who can catch Julio Jones in a foot race. Matt Ryan carved the Iggles up in that first half. One great stat from that game? Ryan had completed passes to seven different receivers before Vick completed his first pass. When a QB is that hot, it’s damn near impossible to stop him.

  29. mustbechris says: Oct 29, 2012 9:06 AM

    Oh, they’re not starting to point at Asomugha, they’ve BEEN pointing at him. The problem is that any fingers that are pointing at Asomugha would be better used by pointing them at Reid.

  30. tigrrrr says: Oct 29, 2012 9:12 AM

    Stop pointing fingers at others, clearly vic is the problem on this once proud franchise.
    Dont be surprised at his win/loss fall off, he was paid. History tells us what he does after being paid.
    Your team bought into his bs, now he brings you down!

  31. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 29, 2012 9:13 AM

    Havent we been here before? I seem to remember a lot of finger pointing at Terrell Owens (deservedly so mind you). Then there was finger pointing at Donovan McNabb. Apparently nothing has changed despite all the finger pointing. Same Eagles

  32. iprobablybangyouruglyasswife says: Oct 29, 2012 9:17 AM

    If he had picked the Jets when signing last offseason he would have been part of the best secondary in NFL history and played under a great defensive mind in Rex Ryan. Instead the fool gooes to slapdick central philly and plays for an offensive line coach and wastes years of his prime.

  33. joeyd524 says: Oct 29, 2012 9:28 AM

    You see the way jones ran by him? It was like I was covering him,me..6ft white guy and slow as hell..

  34. midnightgreen12 says: Oct 29, 2012 9:28 AM

    Nnamdi is not that bad he gets more targets here yes but there is no way he should have covered Jones… And his4.3 forty time DRC should have had him all game! Now Nnamdi has gotten beat yes but he’s been fine if u watch close enough the D Line right now is to blame…… And Vick then Reid the Eagles have talent but Reid is too predictable people need to get a clue corners get beat ill admit he’s struggled at times but he’s also had some good games that he got “Burnt” in but really weren’t his fault !!!! When its cover 2 deep is the safety’s responsibility and Coleman and Allen have let us down a lot!!! Anyway right now the weakness is lack of pressure from our D Line….. Qbs have 5 mins back there at times lol and Vick is killing us….. Last but not least Reid he has one of the best backs in the league and under using him…… Oh the O line needs to improve ok my rant is done

  35. mtntrouter says: Oct 29, 2012 9:33 AM

    No offense to Eagles fans, but this guy was a bad signing from the get-go. When he was in Oakland, he was only able to defend one side of the field. Its true that QBs shied away from challenging him, which led to him having low interception #’s. He’s decent playing the run, but in my mind, to be considered one of the best, you need to generate turnovers and he never really did that. Personally, I would have kept Asante-all he does is make big plays. Sure, he is a gambler, but he is also a game-changer. Same for Revis, Champ Bailey, etc. When I watch Aso, he is always behind the receiver trying to run him down after giving up the completion. I also seeing him whiff on tackles in the open field when the opposing team’s running back makes it into the second level. To me, Boykin looks like he might be something. Hopefully we find another young stud in the draft

  36. mullman76 says: Oct 29, 2012 9:38 AM

    The eagles have not used Asomugha properly. Trying to fit a player into your scheme instead of playing to his strengths rarely works.

    Nnamdi should have taken less money to stay in Oakland- too bad Al wasn’t even offering a contract knowing his agent was going for the big $$$ and a chance at the playoffs.

  37. weekendwarriorko says: Oct 29, 2012 9:39 AM

    Asomugha can still cover, there is no doubt about that. At 31, he has lost a step though and is susceptible to being beaten downfield, which is exactly what has been happening. Besides, it is not like he was beaten downfield Tony Gonzalez, Julio can flat out fly.

  38. ncs115 says: Oct 29, 2012 9:41 AM

    It has taken a year and a half to realize this guy sucks? What a joke. He is the worst corner on the Eagles and even if they didnt cut Joselio Hansen, he would still be the worst.

  39. flyeredup says: Oct 29, 2012 9:42 AM

    So you are saying Juan Castillo wasn’t the problem? Hmmmm

  40. r8rnuck says: Oct 29, 2012 9:43 AM

    if you weren’t planning on implementing a M2M defensive scheme, why would you sign him?? to try and change what his specialty is?? aso is not your guy if you’re running zone! simple. fingers are best pointed at the person in control of the hand

  41. chitownjeff says: Oct 29, 2012 9:50 AM

    Wow.. so you are actually looking at the whole football team now.. about damn time..
    Lets also mention Trent Cole.. nice passion trying to fight Tony Gonzales.. but try.. umm sacking a quarterback.. Their are a lot of guys in that locker room not wearing number seven who have stunk up the joint this season..

  42. dolphins4 says: Oct 29, 2012 10:25 AM

    Cole and Babin losing a step are part of the problem too.

  43. otis52gsh says: Oct 29, 2012 10:46 AM

    The entire attitude in Philly sucks. It starts with their coach and it obvious in their players. None of them really care. They have no drive and give up way too easy. Another wasted year.

  44. smalltownqb says: Oct 29, 2012 10:48 AM

    Julio Jones is going to make allot of DB’s look like they lost a step.

  45. Matt says: Oct 29, 2012 10:53 AM

    Nnamdi was never a burner. That’s why the Raiders liked to play him either at safety (where he played most of the time during his first two seasons) or exclusively at one side on corner.

    It is also worth considering that he moved coast-to-coast in the middle of August with literally no prep time from one distinctly unique organization to another. Raiders corners have been known to need adjustment periods when they join other teams. On top of all that, Nnamdi has surely gotta be frustrated because he left the Raiders to join a “better” (ie: win now) organization, right before Al Davis died, the Raiders barely missed out on the playoffs (they woulda got in with Nnamdi) and then Reggie took over. Andy Reid is about to get fired and Nnamdi looks totally duped by the Eagles organization.

    I can’t imagine Nnamdi is as bad as Eagles fans and their beat writers want to scapegoat. He is a great person and one of the hardest working NFL players in the business. I have missed Nnamdi from the moment he left and I know all Raiders fans should feel the same. I would gladly take him back.

  46. rg3isvictory says: Oct 29, 2012 11:03 AM

    The Redskins welcome the Eagles cutting him as he would be a tremendous upgrade to our CB core. Especially when the least of them on our team get thrown out of games for acting like insolent children!!!

  47. r81ders says: Oct 29, 2012 11:23 AM

    I luv it how all these ex-non real Raider players got there glory with us with help from the old man. they all just went for the big money not real players..Asomugha, Miller, Gallery, Bush, Rout, etc…and how people say raiders suck but then why you keep taking our product?? where they at now LMFAO from RAIDER NATION thanks for weaving out the fakes …

  48. deddensrn says: Oct 29, 2012 11:25 AM

    Asomugha is definitely the weakest link on a team with an above average defense and a terrible offense. The Reid era is coming to an end this year. It was a good run…I guess.

  49. vinceofdarkness says: Oct 29, 2012 11:50 AM

    Nnamdi is a stone cold dog!!! He’s even more soft than that punk ASS-sante, but at least he intercepted the ball once in a while and took it to the house. This guy is in the same class as Izel Jenkins, who all Eagles fans know as TOAST. I would cut this no talent burgler (stealing money) and let Curtish Marsh or Brandon Hughes play, God knows they cant be any worse. Get rid of Babin too while your at it, instead of producing sacks, he just produces drive extending penalties that have killed the Eagles and cost them games for two years now. Cut him and activate Vinnie Curry and let’s see what the 2nd rounder from Marshall can do…

  50. pgh15212 says: Oct 29, 2012 11:59 AM

    It is probably because he was never really that good to begin with. He was the only decent player a terrible raiders teams, so why not stay away from him. I mean their run defense stunks, their safeties and other corners stunk and he was solid. So a legend formed when in reality there never was one.

  51. klunge says: Oct 29, 2012 12:08 PM

    Seems to me like the only constant during all the disappointing seasons is Reid. I’m no expert on all things Eagles, but as a Lions fan I’m seeing similarities to our recent past. You guys need to start putting the heat on Lurie to change management. Ford let Millen run the Lions into the ground for nearly 8yrs. When the Ford family couldn’t take the heat anymore, changes happened. Other than winning some more games each year, how has the long reign of Reid been any different? Annual underachiving, except with bigger budget and better players. Sure they made some playoffs & a Super Bowl appearance what, 9yrs ago and beyond? It’s a new decade, and those are distant achievements. Seems like a fresh start is needed, a person who makes better decisions when faced with tough decisions, and holds himself accountable instead of finger pointing to save face.

  52. steevdeadman says: Oct 29, 2012 12:16 PM

    The Eagles are the Jets of the NFC, enjoy last place.

  53. villa41 says: Oct 29, 2012 12:17 PM

    Fact is, Nnamdi doesn’t have the passion that he should. I say this this as a Raider fan who watched all to often his easy demeanor after loss after loss.

    He had some good years in Oakland as an individual player and shut down some of the games top receivers one on one. I was never comfortable with his lack of leafership, though.

    It wouldn’t surprise me to see him retired in a year or two. He has a lot of outside interests, and football isn’t at the top anymore to him. Football needs to be at the top to play at the NFL level well.

    No disrespect to a fomer long time Raider, but we need guys that want to play football all day like Miles Burris. Those are the kind of players we are looking for now.

  54. ajpurp says: Oct 29, 2012 12:18 PM

    Entire defense is just plain soft, it isn’t one guy, it’s teams not being intimidated by them at all, without qb pressure and the threat of to’s the offense can go to town, no intimidation on this team.

  55. spellingcops says: Oct 29, 2012 12:54 PM

    When you take an NFL caliber player off of a glorified high school team (raiders), he’s bound to not look as good once he makes it to a real NFL team. Commitment to excrement.

  56. msf515 says: Oct 29, 2012 1:01 PM

    As an Eagles fan, I am still confused as to why out of our 3 “starting” corners, why we got rid of Asante Samuel… The guy made Peyton Manning’s life a living hell in New England, and he won a few Super Bowl rings… Then we trade him to the best team in the NFC? Sure, why dont we give the Falcons Lesean McCoy too so they can win the next 3/4 Super Bowls… SMH.

  57. ncs115 says: Oct 29, 2012 3:28 PM

    Asante Samuel doesnt have a super bowl ring….he would have one if he didnt drop that interception that Eli Manning gift wrapped to him

  58. teedraper says: Oct 29, 2012 5:09 PM

    Asante Samuel doesnt have a super bowl ring….he would have one if he didnt drop that interception that Eli Manning gift wrapped to him
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    Asante Samuel has TWO superbowl rings you fool! Bwhahahahahahlolololohahahahahahahah

    Not 1 but TWO! How many does the Eagles have under Reid?

    Crickets!

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