San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is having an easy time so far with his new team's defense. After being released from the Phildelphia Eagles, he's looking to return to the Pro Bowl caliber form that fans saw when he was in Oakland. This time around, he has time to transition to a new team. That wasn't the case in Philadelphia, where he climbed aboard during the whole lockout mess.
Now that he's across the bay, he's finding the learning curve of the 49ers' defensive schemes under Vic Fangio to be pretty easy so far. “The adjustment hasn’t been that hard,” Asomugha said, via the team’s website. “This is a really solid defense all the way around. Since everybody knows the defense, it’s really easy to communicate. Anything I don’t get I can ask anybody on the defense and they pretty much have it down.”
His time in Philadelphia was mostly a disappointent, but many agree that it just wasn't a good fit for the former three-time Pro Bowler. He signed a five-year, $60 million deal in 2011, only to be released in March. Asomugha thinks he's in a much better situation for his talents to utilized effectively, and likes the balance he's seeing.
“There’s a really good mix of zones and man,” he said. “It’s more diverse than you think. You can switch back and forth.”