Nnamdi Asomugha played for the Raiders from 2003 to 2010, and the best record the team ever had came in his final season with the franchise, when Oakland went 8-8. Then he played for the Eagles in 2011, when Philadelphia went 8-8. And he noticed a very big difference in the reaction of the locals to those 8-8 records.
“The 8-8 in Oakland? We were perennially the last team in the AFC West. We would win maybe two games a year or four games a year. When we got to 8-8 and it was like wow! There is so much improvement,” Asomugha said on WIP, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “You’re not excited you didn’t make the playoffs, but you’re excited that we were moving in the right direction.”
In Asomugha’s first seven seasons in Oakland, the Raiders went 2-14 once, 4-12 three times and 5-11 three times. So it’s easy to see why 8-8 feels like the right direction for the Raiders. But when Asomugha arrived in Philadelphia last season, and the so-called Dream Team went 8-8, it was devastating. Asomugha likes that.
“I love how different that is over here because 8-8 is not acceptable,” Asomugha said. “It doesn’t matter where you have come from, 8-8 should always mean we are playing below where we should be playing. Out here that is the mentality, 8-8 shouldn’t be anywhere near what we are thinking. That was great.”
So that’s the one good thing about going 8-8 in Philadelphia: Seeing how high the standards are.