The New and Improved Nnamdi Asomugha

Ramone BrownSenior Writer IMay 13, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 29:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders runs with the ball on an interception for a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 29, 2006 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Okay I know what your thinking hes already the best corner in the NFL how can he get any better. 

Simple but in order to understand you need to understand how he was and what has changed or improved about him.

In the past though an elite force on the field Nnamdi was a quiet leader.  He was never very vocal and seemed to only lead by example.

He even seemed to be media shy never seeking out reporters,  if anything he avoided them.

But now things have changed,  it seems like he may not even be the same guy lately.

Lets take a look at what has changed in Nnamdi.

First the obvious,  he is know a very rich man after accepting a three year $45 million contract and $28 million guaranteed.  Is it possible all that money went to his head.

Now Nnamdi is showing to be a vocal leader on and off the field for both the defense and offense.

This was most apparent on the very first day of mini camp where he read 1st rounder Darius Heyward-Bey's eyes jumped his route and dropped the INT.  He then continued to pull the young rookie aside and coach him on how to not give away what route he is running.

Maybe even more importantly Nnamdi has discovered that "Raider Swagger" that has been missing from the team for so long.

This mini camp Nnamdi showed up with well informed Michale Jordan-Esq trash talk.  He even called out former 1st round pick and possible future face of the franchise Jamarcus Russell.  Nnamdi Basically dared Jamarcus to throw in his direction.

If his trash talking continues into the season expect him not only to shut down the receiver lined up opposite of him but to also get into their head maybe even the QBs to.

Also this once shy defender may very well have turned into a media whore.  He actually aproached reporters and was reported to have stayed and answered questions until they ran out of things to ask him.

So in conclusion it was easy for Nnamdi to improve from what he did last season,  he improved simply by coming out of his shell.  Nnamdi is now the leader of the Raider Defense not just by example but now a vocal leader.  He is also a bigger presence in the locker room and may even improve Raider Ties to the media.

Regardless of what others say Nnamdi and the Raiders have vastly improved