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22 Sep 2011

NY Times: A Disruptive Force for Opposing Offenses

Our own Robert Weintraub wrote this feature story for the New York Times about Nnamdi Asomugha.

Posted by: Robert Weintraub on 22 Sep 2011

9 comments, Last at 24 Sep 2011, 9:34am by Tim Wilson


by Jonadan :: Thu, 09/22/2011 - 9:41pm

No matter how many times the stat's repeated, I just find myself asking repeatedly: how can a corner be good enough that he gets thrown at less than twice a game (which is what that 88 from 08-10 works out to)? Any chance that figure's "exaggerated" by Oakland having a terrible corner on the other side?

"When you absolutely don't know what to do any more, then it's time to panic." - Johann van der Wiel

by chemical burn :: Thu, 09/22/2011 - 10:00pm

Yeah, but Oakland has actually had a decent CB starting opposite him - it's not like it was say Asante Samuel opposite Dmitri Patterson where every single pass should have gone to Patterson's man...

by some guy (not verified) :: Thu, 09/22/2011 - 10:02pm

Your question confuses me. Yes? Obviously? Very obviously? Oakland also has terrible coverage from linebackers and safeties so there was no reason to ever throw it towards him? Why are you asking? What is your point?

by BJR :: Fri, 09/23/2011 - 8:17am

Oakland also stubbornly used to leave him on one side of the field the whole time so he was easy to scheme around. I have no coaching credentials whatsoever, but that doesn't seem to make any sense to me. But, hey, its the Raiders.

by The Ninjalectual :: Fri, 09/23/2011 - 9:59am

The flip side of this is now the Raiders can make a scheme that leaves Nnandi on an island, and focuses everybody else on the rest.

by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 09/23/2011 - 8:57am

It's not that unusual. Champ Bailey and Revis have had similar-looking numbers.

For QBs not named Romo, anyway.

by Arkaein :: Fri, 09/23/2011 - 3:24pm

I'm assuming that you're replying to the top comment, but the article indicates that Revis is thrown to a lot more than Asomugha.

by Tim Wilson :: Fri, 09/23/2011 - 10:16pm

Interesting to see this come out the same week that KC Joyner wrote an article at ESPN making an argument that Nnamdi is one of the most overrated players in the NFL, based on his average YPA over the past 7 seasons.

by Tim Wilson :: Sat, 09/24/2011 - 9:34am

Just read the whole piece...it reads like a Sports Illustrated feature story. All praise, ZERO quantification of Nnamdi's prowess, except one sentence mentioning the number of times he has been thrown at versus the number of times Revis has been thrown at (and no accompanying mention of the possible reasons for this split, such as the horrific CBs that have lined up opposite Nnamdi in Oakland).

Maybe this is what all the NYT articles are like out of necessity to appeal to a wider audience, but really weak stuff in terms of proving that Nnamdi is really one of the NFL's most important defensive weapons.