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.