The Oakland Raiders are considered by many to be the home of dysfunction; yet, since Nnamdi Asomugha left, he has been anything but stable. While he was a member of the Raiders, he was considered by most experts to be one of the top two cornerbacks in the NFL. Since leaving, his play has been marginal at best and sometimes he looked downright confused on plays.
According to NFL.com, Asomugha has not impressed his new defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio.
“We didn’t really know what we were getting when we got Nnamdi. He’s had some good days out here and some days where you weren’t sure if he was going to still have it,” Fangio said, via The Associated Press. “I think we’re kind of in between with him right now. Hopefully he’ll be able to still have some gas left in his tank to go out there and play like he did prior to going to Philadelphia. So, I think the jury is still out there.”
When the San Francisco 49ers signed Asomugha, they thought they were getting an upgrade at cornerback and instead there is a chance he may not make the team. How does a player go from All-Pro to on the bubble of making a roster when he should be in his prime?
Maybe Skip Bayless had it right all along, Asomugha was overrated. Love him or hate him, Bayless calls things the way he sees them and on this one he may have been a prophet. No one else questioned Asomugha’s talent. No one else dared say the system in Oakland made him look better than he was. Eagles’ management agreed with Bayless and cut bait with him the first chance they had. It appears the 49ers are thinking about going that route as well.
Asomugha may not be done, but his days as a top tier player may be in the rear view mirror. He certainly can still play in the league, but who thought just three seasons ago that he may be relegated to playing only in nickel and dime situations?
Hopefully, for his sake that is not the case. Was Baylesss right? You decide:
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