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This one goes hand-in-hand with the previous misconception and is—to be frank—laughable.
The media tends to blame Nnamdi Asomugha for the defense's sub-par play at times last season. While he did have his share of disappointments, Asomugha can hardly be labeled a bust.
Much like with draft picks, one cannot label a free-agent signing a bust after one year. Adjusting to new schemes and acclimating to a new living environment is tricky for any player. Worse yet, Asomugha did not have the luxury of a full offseason to learn all the nuances of the Eagles’ defensive schemes.
Also, it was unfair of people to expect Asomugha to be as dominant as he was in Oakland. He earned the reputation as a shutdown corner early on in his career, and as such, became less and less targeted as quarterbacks picked on the Raiders’ other cornerbacks.
When he moved to Philly, quarterbacks were forced to throw at him more because the alternative was throwing to ball-hawk Asante Samuel. More targets meant more opportunities for completions. I guarantee that if Darrelle Revis switched teams, quarterbacks would throw at him more and he would see his completion percentage rise as well.
So, before we all label Asomugha a bust, let us wait and see how he performs in 2012.