The arrival of a new secondary coach brings me to the departure of a Pro Bowl cornerback.
When Philadelphia acquired Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie during last year’s offseason, it created a logjam at the cornerback position and forced DRC into the slot. Needless to say, he looked lost and his play suffered.
Now that Asante Samuel is with the Atlanta Falcons, the team has not only saved $20 million over the course of two seasons, but has opened up the outside for the 26-year-old to return.
The former Cardinal is one of the most athletic players the league has to offer and is a much better fit for Philly’s man-to-man press style of coverage they hope to deploy.
In the few instances that Rodgers-Cromartie did line up at his natural left cornerback position, he performed almost as well as Samuel, but has also proven to be a much better tackler.
When you combine all the developments occurring in the secondary, an improvement in play should be all but imminent.