Vic Fangio: Jury still out on Nnamdi Asomugha


With Chris Culliver lost for the season to a torn ACL, there’s an opportunity for other cornerbacks to earn more playing time in San Francisco.

One of the 49ers vying for those snaps is Nnamdi Asomugha, who signed a one-year deal with no guaranteed money with the 49ers after being released by the Eagles. With no guaranteed money, Asomugha isn’t guaranteed anything else and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said that his play in training camp thus far hasn’t done anything to change that situation.

“We really didn’t now what we were getting when we got Nnamdi,” Fangio said, via Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. “He’s had some good days out here and some days when we weren’t sure if he’d be able to still have it. I think we’re kind of in between on him right now. Hopefully, he’ll still be able to have some gas left in his tank to go out there and play like he did prior to going to Philadelphia. So I think the jury is still out there.”

With the 49ers reportedly back in contact with Eric Wright, the depth chart could get even more crowded at cornerback in the coming days. Based on Fangio’s comments, it doesn’t sound like that would be a good thing for Asomugha’s chances of sticking with the 49ers unless the team starts seeing good days more consistently.

38 responses to “Vic Fangio: Jury still out on Nnamdi Asomugha

  1. As an Eagles fan I unfortunately saw Nnamdi play every game for the past 2 years. He cannot play zone and never at any point in his career was he able to do that. And he can no longer run which prevents him from playing his game which is man coverage. He is spent and has nothing left. Take Eagles fans word for it.

  2. Apology accepted from everyone who claimed he was miscast in the Eagles scheme. He is just one more example of how the expiration date for NFL players(non QBs) is set for 30.

  3. And yesterday Harbaugh said he saw great things from NA, was making “eye-popping” plays. So which is it?

  4. LMAO, Where are the majority of 9ers fans talking smack now? I remember they kept bragging about this signing, saying he will be good in the 9ers D because Aso was used badly in the Eagles system. Looks like you were all wrong. Nnamdi sucks.

  5. The jury may still be out on Nnamdi Asomugha’s ability as a football player, but there’s no denying his taste in women … Kerry Washington is SMOKIN’ HOT !!!

  6. This is not the same Nmandi that played in Oakland. This is, however the Nmandi that they let go.

  7. “b3nz0z says:

    The most disappointing FA I can remember.”
    You must be about 3 years old then.

  8. Wow what an indictment by the coach! Gotta be tough to focus with that incredibly fine woman he married. Ah well…


  9. I saw just about every game he played with the Raiders, and I always thought he was over rated.
    I thought it was smart for AD not to pay him what he got in Philly.
    Good dude, I just never thought he was that great. And it looks like he got exposed on the east coast…

  10. New team, new system, of course it’ll take time.

    But coming from Fangio……this is a little concerning.

  11. Not that long ago, he was being compared to Revis, even by Jets fans like myself who wanted him on the team with Revis. Before he signed with the Eagles, a big raiders fan I work with said the Jets weren’t missing anything (well, they are missing a lot, but that’s another discussion); he can’t play zone. And, sure enough, we see that he needs to be in the right system to take advantage of his skill-set. But the rubber on his shoes might be too worn to be worthy of the word “skill”.

  12. This could be the ole bait and switch move the 49ers play. If he has been so bad why have no reporters said that? We just hear that from the coaches. This could be a move to lower expectations on Nnamdi, if they were to say “WOW the eagles were dumb he is out here looking great!” The first time he is burnt for a pass or td all the hounds will come out. Remember the Niners turned Carlos Rodgers career around and if you go back to training camp with Rodgers thy had the same talk about him being “just ok”, Harbaugh and co mind games should be the name of this article.

  13. He performed grand larceny on the Eagles ! and got away with it.He is the most over rated corner in the past 15 years.Ray Charles could cover better than him.

  14. @jets13: Maybe four or five seasons ago when Nnamdi WAS better than Revis, just stuck on the West Coast playing for the struggling Raiders.

    Go Nnamdi

    Go Raiders

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