Who remembers playing Madden? My apologies — of course you remember. You’re likely still playing. Let me say that again: when I still had time to play, Nnamdi was always the first cornerback I drafted in my franchise/fantasy mode.
He was the best corner in Madden and the best corner in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders at that time, with emphasis on that time. Now? Yeah, not so much. Philadelphia Eagles fans will never forget the day he signed with the Birds. He was the exclamation point on that so-called “Dream Team”. We all know the ending to that story.
Some might say that the Eagles used him incorrectly, that they tried to make him into Charles Woodson by moving him all around in the secondary. Asomugha would lineup in the slot, safety, zone coverage and press coverage at times. When he was in Oakland, he was straight up man-to-man.
I do understand that he had two different defensive coordinators in the two years that he was in Philadelphia and both seemed overwhelmed. I get it. Regardless on how the Eagles used him, the thing that bothers me the most was his effort. He would give up plays, shy away from tackles and just look flat-out clueless. He seemed disinterested, like he wanted to be somewhere else. Well, obviously he got his wish, and good for him.
He can now sit in the car by himself in San Fran. He can compete in spelling bees and read poetry. He can work on his theatrical career now as well. Just don’t give me any sob story. Yes, he was used incorrectly, but he also didn’t help his case either.