No, your eyes are not deceiving you. I believe Nnamdi Asomugha—Mr. you won't throw at me, himself—will flop come 2011.
I made sure to include a helmetless photo, because I'm pretty sure most people wouldn't recognize him even if they hit his car in traffic and had to exchange insurance information.
Much like Kevin Boss, a flop for Asomugha would be a career year for most. Unfortunately for the former Cal Bear, he has so much hype that the first time he lets up a first down anywhere near the state of Pennsylvania, the whole universe might implode.
There is no doubt in my mind Asomugha is one of the top corners in the NFL. That said, he lived in relative obscurity playing in Oakland and opposing QBs either made the conscious choice to avoid him, or the opposition was winning by enough already that there was no point even running the risk of tossing it his direction.
Now Asomugha is on one of the best teams in the NFL, playing in one of the toughest divisions and lining up across from another Pro Bowl corner in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Opposing quarterbacks will no longer have the luxury of avoiding him, and there is no way he puts up the kind of numbers, or lack thereof, that he was achieving in Oakland.
In 2006 Asomugha had his career year with eight interceptions. He only has 11 over his eight-year career. This is a man essentially living off of one stellar season. Maybe I expect too much, but with the reputation he has been given, if he can't put up similar numbers in 2011, he will be a flop come season's end.
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