Originally written on theredzone.org  |  Last updated 8/9/13

Despite the constant whining of a few, the Eagles on the contrary have made some very good decisions this offseason. One of them was in regards to letting go the dead weight of Nnamdi. Some have been very critical of the Eagles for cutting this liability lose while at the same time praising other teams for walking away from far better talent. Now the 49ers despite having lost a defensive back to injury and the fact they paid little to sign him (since he’s still making a nice chunk of change from the Eagles) are still doubting he even makes the team!

 

["We don't know what we're getting with Nnamdi," defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Friday. "He's had some good days, had days when we didn't know if he still had it.

"The jury's still out there."

Asomugha, entering his 11th season, made what coach Jim Harbaugh called "eye-popping plays" the past couple days at camp.

"At the stage of his career, some guys start to lose their physical skills and we need to see how he fits in there," Fangio added.]

http://theredzone.org/BlogDescription/tabid/61/EntryId/36420/Jury-still-out-on-Asomugha--49ers--Fangio-says/Default.aspx

I’m sure some people will dismiss this type of talk as just some  “coach speak”, but if the guy is supposed to be one of the best in the game, and all of his troubles in Philly are really, because of his terrible safeties (stupid ASSumption) then why would he need such silly motivations. In truth Nnamdi being good some days and bad others is exactly how you could describe his career in Philly. He was never consistent not even as a tackler. His technique as a cover man was greatly over rated. When Nnamdi supposedly got the type of defense the suited him, he actually played worse to the point of being benched for a guy who was a better running back than cornerback. So I’m going to give my team props for walking away from this guy. I’ve been reading all summer about how teams have been getting praised for getting rid of guys despite the fact their still paying them. Here’s some praise that needs to go the Eagles way despite what the moronic few think.  

16 Comments:
  • Isn't one of the guys you are discussing the same one who ripped the Eagles for not allowing Asomugha to keep his 16 million to play corner?...the same one who thought it would be a good idea to pay him 9 million a year for two years to move to safety (making him the highest paid safety in the league yet)...the same one who rips the Eagles for not getting any better in the secondary yet thinks it would be a bad idea for them to go after one of the best safeties in the league in Jarius Byrd because he is afraid the fans wouldn't appreciate him (mainly because he would rather think that his "great" Raider player was judged poorly by the Philly faithful and the local media and wasn't truly as bad as what we saw for two years)?...the same one who scoffed at and ridiculed barkers who had the notion to move Herremans back to guard?...who also thought the Eagles more pressing need was at guard this off season and along with that wanted them to pay one of the more high profiled tackles (Loadholt) money to move to guard for the Eagles (as if Loadholt and his agent would even consider moving to a lesser paid position to play for the Eagles)?...the same man who thinks one of the Eagles possible starting candidates at corner this year (Fletcher) should get a look at safety (as if the Eagles have an abundance of decent corners besides just hoping he can play there)?...the same man who stated that the only good safety in a deep pool of college safeties was Eric Reid and the Eagles should use their number 4 pick on him (I like Reid but you just don't reach for players and you think he would get that by watching the Eagles drafts in the last few years)...the same man who stated Taylor Mays was a stud (no guarantees in the draft at all) and then explained to me later that he liked him as a linebacker in the NFL (sure, moving a good college player to a position he has never played before is always a good idea when playing against the best in the world...LOL)...the same guy who pretty much guaranteed that McNabb wouldn't be traded in 2010 and that Reid wouldn't be fired this year...the same man who made that Mortal Lock prediction last year (division title with a 13-3 record...and still wants everyone to believe it was only the injuries that prevented it) and predicted similar results in 2011?...the same guy who thinks that Geno Smith would have been a horrible pick for the Eagles at number 4 but somehow thinks it would make sense for the Raiders as an insurance policy at 3 (and on a similar note has tried telling us their bad picks are all on Al Davis and are in the past and the Raiders are moving forward...wouldn't Smith at 3 been a move looked at as just more of the "same old Raiders" reaching for a player?)...isn't he the same guy who thought that Desean Jackson (the best receiver in camp so far from what I've read) could easily be replaced by a combination of a player who isn't even here anymore (Chad Hall) and Riley Cooper (a player who may not even be back and hasn't taken the bull by the horns whenever given the opportunity)?

    I'm not sure who you are typing about. LOL. I typed to someone on here (wasn't the person you are discussing) that although Asomugha could have a bounce back year with a better defense around him he would probably never be the same player he was looked at as in Oakland. Too many bad plays when given the opportunities the last two years to think that he is the same player anymore. Quarterbacks were afraid to throw his way in the past and after the last few years no QB seemed to fear his play at all...they knew he wasn't the same player....they knew they could make plays against him. That fear may have been warranted in Oakland...I never saw any reason to fear him when he was playing in Philadelphia. It was time for the Eagles to move on from "the guy who ate lunch in his car" no matter what the yardbarker "genius" thinks.
  • LMAO great read. I was actually referring to a few different people, but your reply is about one of them. I myself thought it would be better to try and move him to safety, but if he wasn't willing to do that they should cut him. I also believed that he was going to take the money to walk away. It was the most logical solution for him. He didn't want to be in Philly. That was painfully obvious by his comments, demeanor, and actions. Wood went on a rampage about how the Eagles made a huge mistake to let this guy go, but at the same time the Ravens let 3 members of their starting secondary walk, replaced one of them with Eagles castoff Considine and suddenly he thinks they are better? The Eagles ate money by sending this guy packing and all people did was rip them for it meanwhile nearly half the raiders cap is going to players who aren't on the team and they get praised? I have a hard time taking someone seriously who can be that contrasting with the same situation.
  • You wanted to see them move him to safety but did you want them to do it while throwing top safety money at him? I didn't think so.

    I wouldn't question flip if he didn't act like such an ass at times. I get tired of seeing him pull a page back to the forefront and telling us he hit on the prediction (in some claims he's even reaching but does that surprise you?) I have seen him miss on far too many and throw out too many ridiculous comments at times to just sit back and watch him act like he hits on most his comments and predictions. I also wouldn't be discussing him with you so much if he didn't tell us how horrible we were for legitimately discussing a horrible run by the Eagles and then whine about everything Eagles simply because they fired Reid and hired Kelly. His never ending praise for the lowly Raiders just solidified to me what he was doing...setting unfair double standards (unfair because most of them aren't even true) concerning his teams so he can rip on "his" Eagles.
  • In terms of being a fraudulent fans, he and H-Wood are 1 and 1a. They both equally suck. Any time you call for a boycott of your team you aren't truly a fan. If there were a team who deserved to boycotted it most certainly would be the lowly raiders. They stink in every way possible despite how much he wants to pump them up. Anyways I have been hearing and reading a lot about Brandon Boykin, and in fact the defensive secondary has been getting a lot of praise as a whole. So much for the idea that our secondary will suck without those two overpaid underachievers in DRC and Nnamdi.
  • I have read good things about Boykin also. Seems he has been one of the top defensive standouts in camp so far. I saw that he is still "penciled" in on the second team defense...plenty of time for that to change but if Williams and Fletcher beat him out that makes the secondary a little deeper.
  • I have read Boykin been getting some first team reps over Fletcher. I've even heard good thing about Curtis Marsh. I know Boykin seems small, but he's actually the same height as Eric Allen. Receivers in the league are getting huge though!
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  • There is lots of football to be discussed. Lots of Eagle football too. I will be turning the page to some more write ups regarding our beloved green machine. Don't worry.
  • Couldn't stand watching Nnamdi play anymore. He gave up on a lot of plays last year.
  • We all saw it Brink. Some of just chose to blame it ALL on the safeties and the scheme.
  • The scheme was changed just for Nnamdi's sake and he became worse. Asante Samuel played fine with those terrible safeties. Now Nnamdi is playing with better safeties and he might not make their roster. On top of that DRC signed with the team who showed him how bad he was, because he thought it would motivate him to be better. These two guys were arguably the worst two acquisitions of the Andy Reid era.
  • Most of us realize that Asomugha was a mistake. The ones that refuse to admit it and blame everything else for his struggles are just showing us how they can't admit they were wrong.
  • Very few admit to being wrong at least on this site. Some of these guys are so delusional they actually believe some of the garbage they write is better than the professional writers.
  • For the money Nnamdi was making there is no other way to put it. He was terrible, and the idea of blaming the safeties for everything was a joke. It's called Revis island, and not Revis+safety help island. Deon Sanders shut down an entire side of the field regardless of who played safety. Eric Allen was one of the best cover guys in football despite having two guys in Wes Hopkins and Andre Waters who were slow at best.
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  • Yeah, I do believe he did say that. We aren't losing anything with this guy gone.
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