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The Ike Taylor rumor sounds like total BS. We’re going to assume the Eagles D-backs are going to be in zone coverage every play of every game all year long? I doubt that. I don’t see how Nnamdi Asomugha isn’t qualified now because Ike has more experience in a zone defense.
You’re telling me the best man-on-man corner in the game can’t cover an area of the field just as well as he can cover a man. The field’s not moving, all he has to do is compensate for people in his zone. And regardless of who the new CB is, they’re going to have to learn all new terminology—what little experience Ike has over Nnamdi won’t mean much when everyone’s starting from scratch.
What happens when the Eagles do man-on-man coverages? Might wish we had Nnamdi right about then. I’m not saying Ike can’t cover man-to-man, but do you really want to find out in the middle of a game? Just get Nnamdi.
I can’t support a move for Ike Taylor. How could a coach justify avoiding signing a high-caliber player like Nnamdi Asomugha (who just turned 30) by signing the 31-year-old Ike Taylor whose skill set is noticeably less spectacular.
Adam Caplan can talk all he wants about the possibility of the Eagles defense playing more zone coverage next season; I can’t see Reid going after Taylor, because Reid is well known for cutting people loose after they turn 30.
Now, if we’re going to assume that Reid is capable of overlooking his usual deal breaker, most of us would assume he could only overlook it for a truly special player. The idea of passing on Asomugha to sign the older (sooner to be, if not almost already, over the hill) Taylor is ludicrous. That’s a bandaid move, anyway you look at it.
I encourage people to try to sway me on Ike Taylor’s superiority to Nnamdi Asomugha.
When you settle for the basic economy model instead of spending extra to get the sure thing, what usually happens? You end up stranded in the middle of nowhere basking in the scorching heat as vultures circle over head but, hey, at least you got that extra money in your wallet. I guess the Eagles could try to paper-mache the money they save into a makeshift football player, give him a jersey and send him out to play at right cornerback.
Bottom line, you get what you pay for. If you want quality, spend extra—it’s just that simple, and there’s no escaping that.