Let’s talk about the cornerback who takes up 11 percent of the team’s payroll, who has gotten beat for at least one huge gain or touchdown in each of the first five games.
The Week 2 touchdown to Jacoby Jones was forgivable. Larry Fitzgerald's touchdown in Week 3 was inexcusable.
On the Fitzgerald play, the defense was in a zone that safety Kurt Coleman got lost on. Asomugha was on Fitzgerald, and he saw that Coleman was nowhere near his assignment.
With the field empty behind him, and Fitzgerald on the brink of a huge play, Nnamdi Asomugha indecisively made a move to stay in his assignment instead of on Fitzgerald.
We all know what happened.
That was outrageous. Nnamdi Asomugha is, essentially, the quintessential high-profile free-agent bust. Cornerbacks who make that kind of money need to be good in zone and man coverage.
That’s not to say that he isn’t good—because he is. In fact, he’s played fairly well. We only hear his name so much because of the attention it commands.
When Asomugha first came to the team, his reputation was that of a 1B to Darrelle Revis’ 1A. What he has been is a good press cornerback and a mediocre zone cornerback.
Last year was an outright abomination for Nnamdi. Though this year is shaping up to be an improvement, it doesn’t look like the Eagles will be getting the return they expected on their Nnamdi Asomugha investment.