Oakland Raiders

Asomugha, One on One With the Best

Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha prevents a touchdown by perfectly deflecting a pass away from St. Louis wide receiver Torry Holt in the Raiders 20-0 loss to the Rams on Sunday, December 17, 2006 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by K. Terrell/Getty Images)
Jon AndersonContributor IJuly 20, 2009

With just over a week until the beginning of training camp, Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha spoke out on the Raiders upcoming season.

Specifically the defense this season run by new DC John Marshall.

"He's got a few more coverages than we've had in the past, so he might be able to use that," Asomugha said of Marshall.

We need Asomugha to come out and tell us fans how the defense is running, especially since Al Davis believes in the "one voice" policy in his interaction with the media. Only Coach Tom Cable is allowed to speak, leaving a lot of questions unanswered in the media and fan base.

"(Marshall is) still a dominant man-to-man guy. He never has been, but coming here he understands that's the way Mr. Davis likes it. And he sees the talent that we have and the speed so he's fallen into that. So we're still going to do man, still going to free up linebackers and other guys like that. But he's got a lot more blitzing, a lot more coverages, so we should be fine."

Looks like Marshall has accepted Davis—ball, but with his own twist that Rob Ryan did not provide.

With Marshall's new plans, there has been talk that Asomugha will be freed up to shadow opposing team's No. 1 receivers. Asomugha would face these rumors Sunday.

"It may happen," he said. "This has never been something that we here have done. We've always just kept me where I am (on the field) and then double team whoever's on the left. I think if it's someone that's really dominant then we (move me) but nowadays the No. 2 receiver is almost as good as the No. 1. So you never know who to take."

Throughout all of last season the Raiders left Asomugha to shut down the right side of the field, leaving whoever was at left corner back (usually DeAngelo Hall or Chris Johnson) safety help over the top.

Now that Asomugha is the highest paid defensive back in NFL history, the Raiders may call on him to shut down the opposing team's best of the best.

That could be bad news for intradivision rivals Dwayne Bowe, Vincent Jackson, and Brandon Marshall.

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