Posted by Josh Katzowitz
We’ve talked so much about Darrelle Revis this offseason, we need a break. So, let’s go to news regarding the second-best (and the best-paid) CB in the league, Nnamdi Asomugha. The Raiders, as they should, are planning to move Asomugha around a little bit more this year rather than keep him in just one spot.
Before, he was anchored to the right side of the field to cover whomever made their way over to him. Now, he’ll get to follow the opponent’s top WR, wherever he may roam. Considering hardly anybody threw to his side of the field last year – especially when the offenses he faced chose not to move their best WR onto the side opposite Asomugha – this should have an impact on Oakland’s ability to slow down the opponent’s pass attack.
What a concept, huh? Let your best defender play against your opponent's best receiver. Now, Asomugha can actually … gasp … play against the slot on third downs. Perhaps he can prove he’s better than Revis (this will be much easier to prove if Revis doesn’t play this year).
From the AP :
In 2009, quarterbacks attempted 28 passes in Asomugha’s direction compared to 111 for Revis. The lack of action cemented Asomugha’s reputation in the eyes of some but created doubt among others.
“There are so many times when I feel like I’m having the game of my life and no one knows it,” Asomugha said. “That’s rough. No one sees it. The offenses see it, the people that watch film see it, but the fans don’t see it.”
Asomugha is also excited because it gets him more involved in the game. So yeah, it makes sense to unleash the second-best CB in the game and let him earn his $15 million salary against the best.
Man, the Raiders should have thought of this years ago.
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