An Extremely Unbiased Look At Both DRC And Nnamdi.

Posted September 19, 2012

Most people on this site know I have not been pleased with the play of Nnamdi, but recently I have read a lot of positive things about his play. I decided to take a look at both of the Eagles corners and to try and see if I have been too hard on Nnamdi. I decided to go back and look at all of the defensive plays from both games and focus specifically on how often our corners were targeted and how well they performed in those situations. If they gave up some type of catch they were given a negative; however if they made a tackle on that play they also received a positive. Here are my findings:

Verses The Browns

Nnamdi

- Gives Up Big play + Makes the tackle

+ Makes touchdown saving tackle on a reverse

+ Pass Defense

+ Pass Defense

+ Bad Pass Stride 4 Stride cover

+ Zone releases receiver Pass breakup on RB

DRC

- Beaten on play, bad pass no catch

+ Pass Defense

-Gives up 1st down +Makes the tackle

+ Interception

+ Interception

+ Pass Defense

 

Analysis

The Browns made 35 Pass attempts completing only 12. The two corners were targeted 11 total times and gave up only 2 catches. In other words the Browns really wanted no parts of either corner. Nnamdi made 6 positive plays in this game and 2 negative. DRC made 5 positive, but only 2 negative. DRC's plays were more flashy than Nnamdi's, and his negative plays didn't cost the Eagles so he stuck out more, but actually had fewer positive plays than Nnamdi. If I were to give a higher score for turnovers DRC would have the higher score. In any event it's clear both corners had a solid game.

Verses The Ravens

S4S Means Stride for Stride

Nnamdi

-Gives up pass +Makes tackle

- Gives up touchdown pass

+ Bad pass S4S W/receiver

- Declined illegal contact

+ Takes Offensive Pass Interference

- Illegal contact

DRC

-Gives up pass + Makes tackle

+ Overthrown pass S4S W/receiver

+ Bad pass S4S W/receiver

- Gives up big pass play

- Away from play illegal contact

+ Overthrown pass S4S

Analysis

The Ravens made 42 pass attempts and 22 completions. The two corners were targeted 11 time and weren't targeted at all in the first quarter. They gave up only 4 catches between them and 1 touchdown. In other words the Ravens really wanted no part of the Eagles two corners with an even greater passes thrown to wide receivers disparity than the Browns. Nnamdi made three positive plays in this game and 4 negative. DRC made 4 positive plays and 3 negative. Going with the fact Nnamdi gave up the touchdown and got a questionable offensive pass interference to go his way I would say DRC had the better game this week, but it's clear both players only have a small sample size of plays heading in their direction.

Overall Analysis

So far in two games Nnamdi and DRC have been targeted a total of 22 times in 77 passing attempts. They have given up 6 completions and 1 touchdown. THAT IS INSANELY GOOD!!!! The truth is Nnamdi looks bad only because there isn't enough stuff coming his way. People just don't want to throw at him or DRC. On as side note in the two games I watched Kendrick, Ryans, Coleman, Boykin, and Allen just kept sticking out. Those players received far more attention than Nnamdi and DRC and they all continued to make play after play. It appears to me that Allen has fully recovered physically and mentally from his injury, and his solid play has made even Coleman play better as Coleman now has less responsibilities. Kendricks and Ryans have made the defense better as a whole, continuously being around the football. Boykin just off an eye test made HUGE pass defenses in the Ravens game. These guys are seeing a lot of action, because teams are staying away from Nnamdi and DRC and these guys are delivering.

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