Nnamdi Asomugha: Over Rated Or Under Used?

GoldieContributor IIAugust 27, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders warms up before their game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 15, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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     I have a been a fan of Nnamdi Asomugha for quite a while. Today I began wondering if it's because I was blinded by the fact that he has been the best of the worst on our defense for the past 7 years or is it because he is actually the best corner in the game right now (or at least arguably). It could be debated both ways. Anyone who has ever taken a debate class knows that there has to be a "thesis" and " antithesis" (someone factually debating in favor of the topic and someone countering the argument with opposing facts).  The "thesis" here is that "Nnamdi Asomugha is the one of if not the best corner-back in the NFL" The antithesis is "Nnamdi Asoumgha's is an overrated corner-back who only covers one side of the field." Which argument is correct?

   Thesis: Nnamdi is one of the smartest players in the league period not just one of the smartest at his position. He is the definition of a "shutdown corner" who has shown the ability to  shadow his receiver in man-to-man coverage, play the ball, tackle and not give up big plays. Opposing QB's have a healthy fear and respect for Nnamdi and rarely target him for fear of throwing an interception or having their pass deflected.

   Antithesis: Nnamdi has been in the league for 8 years and has had only one season worth mentioning where he had a breakout year in 2006 with 19 Pass Deflections, 48 Solo Tackles, 1 Sack and 8 Interceptions with 1 of the returned for a TD. With the exception of the previous year where he tallied 14 passes defended, the rest of his career has been forgettable. He has never tallied more than 1 interception or double digit deflection's again and has only gotten 1 more sack. He is very limited as a corner because he can only cover one side of the field well. Teams move their best receiver around the field and he doesn't follow them. He is very average and his numbers prove it.

   As you see, a case can be made for both sides. The proof is in the pudding though. With all the talk of moving Nnamdi around more this year and also letting him over the best receiver, Raider Nation will FINALLY get to see if our beloved humanitarian corner back is worth his Pro-Bowl appearances, big money contract and glowing remarks. Otherwise he will be shown up as well liked but overated and average defensive back who is maybe no better than Chris Johnson.

Darelle Revis could have a point! Maybe HE is the best!