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Asomugha: Coaching turnover has hurt

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, July 17th, 2009 at 12:32 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Highlights of an interview with Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha on the “Petros and Money” show on KLAC (570-AM) in Los Angeles:

Q: How much does the coaching fluctuation play into the team’s poor record over the past six years?

Asomugha: A huge part. It plays a huge part. We can leave football and go to any company in the world. When your head person, the head guy in charge, is leaving every single year, that’s tough for the employees, it’s tough for the focus of the company to move in the right direction, and that’s been one of the problems with us. One of the things that has hurt us has been the coaching changes throughout the year, so it’s great to have Cable back, maybe that will help us a lot more.

Q: What changed when Cable took over? What did he do that caused the powers that be to bring him back?

Asomugha: He didn’t change too much. We were in the middle of the season and he didn’t want it to be like this big shock factor where everything changes and we’re trying to start all over. He was just trying to continue with what he had, and tried to build on it. But what we were able to do in those last two games, what shocked a lot of people, in getting those victories against teams that were essentially playoff teams, so that was one thing that led to the rehiring or bringing him back for this year and guys believe him, guys want to play for him.

Q: Does Al Davis text you up in the offseason, what’s it like working for him?

Asomugha: I don’ even know if he’s even into Twitter and all that stuff. It’s great working for him. First of all, he doesn’t come out all the time. People always want to know if he’s always at practice. He’ll come out every now and then, maybe once a week, just to see how the team is playing, or see how the team is preparing, but Al is a guy who wants to win, and I think that’s what gets guys going. You’re looking for a guy who wants to win so badly, and he’ll go whatever lengths he has to get that job done.

Q: Regarding the AFC West is Jay Cutler worth two first-round draft picks and mortgaging the future as Chicago did?

Asomugha: I don’t know. I think that might say a lot about the quarterback they had before Jay, more than it says about Jay, actually. Jay is definitely a great player and, you throw great around a lot, but he’s one of the top quarterbacks in the league. In my opinion, in our division, he was always one of the guys that was tough to prepare for, because he had the confidence to throw anywhere and to do anything he wanted to do. I think it’s going to be a great fit for Chicago. I didn’t understand Denver’s reasoning for letting him go because I felt he was going to help them out a lot.

Q: Talk about how difficult it is to play cornerback, how you go about handling the position . . .you’ve got to be kind of a cocky, A-hole to play that position . . .

Asomugha: It’s got to be in you It’s got to be in you somewhere. Not necessarily an A-hole but you have to have this air, you have to have this confidence inside of you, because once you lose it, the moment you lose it, you’ve lost the battle. You have to go into every play saying, I’m going to dominate this receiver that’s across from me . . . in the scheme we play in Oakland, it’s man-to-man, 95 percent of the time, and you just don’t see that anywhere else in the league, so it’s a very difficult position to play especially against the athletes that we’re going up against.

Q: Ever feel like you’re on your own out there like a lone gunman, on your own . . .

Asomugha: All the time. There’s time in the middle of the game where you’re thinking, `is anyone going to talk to me?’ The rest of the defense is taking care of business, you’re by yourself. You always feel by yourself. It’s not like a defensive lineman, where you’ve got a guy to the left and the right of him. We’re out there, 10 yards from everybody else.

Q: How important is that defensive line?

Asomugha: Rod Woodson always used to tell me, show me a great cornerback and I’ll show you a great pass rusher on that same team, and I think it works both ways. No one can cover for five, six seconds, four seconds, at that, so any time you’ve got a guy on the defensive line or a couple of guys, as we have now, as we’ve brought Greg Ellis from the Cowboys, a couple of guys that can get that pass rush, you’re going to make life much easier on the corners on the island.

Q: One guy that just is tough, harder than anyone else?

Asomugha: I would say Randy Moss. I’ve said it a few times now, any time I get the question, that’s going to be the answer. There are several receivers in the league that are above everyone else and you’re going to have to always bring you’re A-game for them, but Moss is a guy who always seems to be in his prime. Even as he ages, you wonder when he’s going to slow down, when he’s going to stop with all the tricks on the field. When I say tricks I mean, the mental games that he plays with his guys in terms of changing his routes, changing up his stance and things like that. He’s a guy you’ve got to be prepared for each and every snap. And I played with him for two years, but still couldn’t figure him out the way that I would have liked to. I would say Moss.

Note: According to his P.R. firm, Asomugha will throw out the first pitch Sunday when the Oakland A’s host the Los Angeles Angels.

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  • AZ Raider2

    What the h*ll are you guys talking about!? Lol. People dying and stuff. Where’s the damn scouting report. I really do want to see what a real one looks like. I need to know how to spot these things ya know? :)

  • Mistabrown

    And this is the reason why Rob Ryan pissed me off so much he had his scheme (or Al’s) and players for 5 years and he couldn’t get it done. Head coaches changed but Ryan stayed and the defense sucked every got dam year!

    And the Ryan apologist (priest & oaktit) want to blame the offense for the sorry defense!

    I think Marshall will make substantial strides with Ryans unit.

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Actually, TW — 900+ died in Jonestown of cyanide poisoning. Almost all the adults did it to themselves “voluntarily,” and took 250+ kids along with them for their own good.

    —————
    look further, most shot in the back laid in the South American sun for days, bloated FOR DAYS before anyone from the US carried them off.

  • http://atm Raider O

    AZ,

    Maybe ESPN and SI scouting reports!!

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Many more had needle marks according to the 1st Dr at the scene, but you won’t hear about it because…. look for yourself if you value the truth, otherwise ignore.

  • HayesDaze37

    TW — Waaay off. There’s audio tape of the mass poisonings, and film of the bodies — the overwhelming majority of which were minus bullet wounds or punctures.

    Big differences in what happened at the airfield and at the encampment.

    Now…if you’re a conspiracy theorist by nature, I understand where you might be coming from. But to ignore the horrific recordings is choosing to ignore certain facts — kinda what society does with film of other atrocities at times.

    There are a number of documentaries about Jonestown…NBC had one called Witness To Jonestown, and it was outstanding…with real-time footage of many of the events (it was an NBC news team that lost their lives at the airport while filming all of it).

    So…not arguing your theory…just sayin’

  • HayesDaze37

    So — how ’bout them Raiders?

  • HayesDaze37

    Oh, yeah…the documentary also features eyewitness accounts of the happenings from survivors. It’s a great, incredibly chilling news piece, and I highly recommend it (obviously).

  • NoMoreFargas

    # SnB Defense Says:
    July 17th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Russell takes a lot of heat. The bottom line is that the coaches and organization failed him this year more than anything.

    How Kwame Harris, Ronald Curry, Ashlie Lelie and an injured Javon Walker ever got as many snaps is beyond me.

    Evaluate the QB when he has NFL talent around him
    ————————————————————
    Great post but you also forgot fargas was getting bulk of carries with bush sitting their. We saw how jruss played with dmac and bush.

    GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    What a shame! All what we do due to fear and greed!!

    Where is our compassion, respect, love, understanding, and honor?

    Where is the KoolAide?

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Oh, yeah…the documentary also features eyewitness accounts of the happenings from survivors. It’s a great, incredibly chilling news piece, and I highly recommend it (obviously).

    ————-
    Sorry, Haze, THE documentary? Look closer, where did Jimmy get his money? Follow the $$. How did hee move to SF? $$4 who was his friends? MOST of all how many of the ” survivors” you speak of “died” soon after & look at the % of the chance of “accidents”!!

  • HayesDaze37

    TW — You mean the survivor who became Congresswoman?

    I told you I’m not arguing your theory, just pointing-out that there are a lot of eyewitness accounts, from people still alive…and more than one documentary to look at. There are also Congressional records and statements.

    I never tried to shoot-down your theory about people getting shot and injected involuntarily…in fact, there are records of people not being allowed to leave camp on their own — and even the dozen or so that left with the Congressman’s party wouldn’t have been allowed to leave if it weren’t for his presence.

    But, no matter where the money trail leads (like back to S.F. — where JJ himself used to pick up boys?)…the only thing I mentioned to you earlier was that the cyanide poisonings did in fact take place. Your disputing that was the only debate we had, I thought.

    Wherever else you wanna go with the conspiracy, go for it…but the facts as we know it (and as told by the witnesses who lived through it) show the Flavor Aid poisonings did take place.

    Back to football?

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    the only thing I mentioned to you earlier was that the cyanide poisonings did in fact take place. Your disputing that was the only debate we had, I thought.
    ——-
    True, most deaths were not voluntarily “drinking the Kool-Aid” most were shot running thru the jungles. Your right about the original disagreement, my point being almost no one “drank the Kool-Aid” willingly. Injections or shootings. The bodies were left in the sun to rot before the US got to them. The “official story” was mass suicide that’s what I dispute. Many Survivors were killed soon afterwards.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    ♫ forgive for she knows not what she does…♫

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    i like Brian Jonestown massacre…

  • AZ Raider2

    Margaritas and the raider bong.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    well….

    I better crawl to bed…

    night!

  • HayesDaze37

    RaiderTW Says:
    July 17th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    ——-

    True, most deaths were not voluntarily “drinking the Kool-Aid” most were shot running thru the jungles. Your right about the original disagreement, my point being almost no one “drank the Kool-Aid” willingly. Injections or shootings. The bodies were left in the sun to rot before the US got to them. The “official story” was mass suicide that’s what I dispute. Many Survivors were killed soon afterwards.

    TW — You’re ignoring the fact that almost all of the bodies (and families) were lined up and overlapping, where they huddled at their sorry ends. Who cleaned up all the blood those alleged shootings caused? Their clothing wasn’t even ripped. Hundreds of people shot, and no wounds and no blood. C’mon, you watch more CSI than that.

    The fact the encampment called Jonestown was intentionally isolated 250 miles from a major city had a lot to do with why authorities took so long to get there (and ensure their safety, going into a now-known unsafe environment).

    I know I’m not going to convince you most people in Jonestown went by way of cyanide…I can’t believe we’re even in this debate, actually. But, I’ll promise to look into your conspiracy theory about the survivors not really surviving, if you promise to check out some of the photos and vids of the event. Let your eyes be the judge.

    BTW — I know of reports of 33 survivors…and know of NO reports of survivors being knocked-off, let alone knocked off for being Jonestown survivors after that fateful day. But, I’m open-minded enough to look at whatever story you can point me to, to gain a better education on the sad subject.

    If you’ve got nothin’ except your theory, though, then I guess the discussion’s over…because we’re just not going to convince each other. We should’ve never strayed from football.

  • http://RAIDERS Oakglenn

    # Mistabrown Says:
    July 17th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    And this is the reason why Rob Ryan pissed me off so much he had his scheme (or Al’s) and players for 5 years and he couldn’t get it done. Head coaches changed but Ryan stayed and the defense sucked every got dam year!

    And the Ryan apologist (priest & oaktit) want to blame the offense for the sorry defense!

    ——————————————————

    This is exactly why I don’t come to this site anymore. This is just a stupid idiotic post on soooo many levels. Spagnuolo runs this same scheme. So does Jim Johnson. Urban Meyer just won a national collegiate championship running a similar scheme. But some moron knows more than all of them. John Fox in Carolina has averaged 10 wins a year running a similar scheme, but some ass wipe who couldn’t find his ass with both hands, a road map and a guide dog somehow knows more than those guys who are the best defensive minds in the league.

  • priesttj

    Mistabrown, still looking for that “MODERN” defense called the cover2?

    One of the reasons I see some decent production from DHB is his athleticism his verticleis 40+ inches and his body control. He also seems to play the ball well in flight. Most see him as just a track-star but this is an elite physically tough athlete.

    Our defense should be improved if the pressure on the QB is what I think it will be and the safety play is much better.

    Things I’m anxious to see are the safety play and the WR play. But what might be the most critical is the pass rush. We must get off the field on 3rd down if the defense is going to improve. The pass rush is the key. Many focus on the run defense I personally feel that a competitive offense will change the way teams attack us defensively. I watched a lot of film from last year and tackling was a real problem as well as discipline.

    We will have very young safeties but they are very talented. If Huff can provide some leadership and experience (which I seriously doubt) that could be pivotal in getting them acclimated.

  • priesttj

    As for Russell and garcia, anyone that can’t see that one. Well I think it’s obvious Russell is going to be a good QB and in time maybe a great one. DMC and ZMiller are critical to the season Russell has. The WR’s JLH and Chaz will not allow the triple team on ZM if DHB can bring that fear of the deep ball, it’s OVER.

    So we’ll see…

    Adios!

  • CantstandtheHaters

    Noel, San Diego
    05:39 PM ET
    Who do you think are the teams most likely to make a turnaround this year?

    Willie McGinest, Linebacker
    Minnesota, if they get Brett, could make a turnaround. The Jets could be very good. Chicago is going to be pretty good. They got a better quarterback. The Patriots are going to be back in contention because Tom is back.

    I think the Raiders, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, are going to be a lot better. They have a good RB in place. JaMarcus Russell hopefully is a lot more comfortable.

    http://chat.nfl.com/front/archived_chat/352

    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    the voices of reason are getting louder, and louder as their numbers increase….

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    RIP, Uncle Walter…

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    TW — You’re ignoring the fact that almost all of the bodies (and families) were lined up and overlapping, where they huddled at their sorry ends. Who cleaned up all the blood those alleged shootings caused? Their clothing wasn’t even ripped. Hundreds of people shot, and no wounds and no blood. C’mon, you watch more CSI than that.
    ————–
    According to the New York Times,[5] the first official doctor on the scene was Guyanese Coroner Dr. Leslie C. Mootoo. Although he made no final determination, and examined only a portion of the bodies (187 out of over 900, about 20%[6]), based upon factors such that many people in Jonestown were children incapable of consent to suicide and that many bodies had injection marks, Mootoo speculated that a majority of those dead in Jonestown may have been murdered. The coroners for the few autopsies of Jonestown victims conducted in Delaware were not informed of Dr. Mootoo’s findings.[7] For a number of reasons, some legal and logistical, the bodies were not flown out of the remote jungle location of Jonestown for up to a week, allowing significant decomposition to occur, before being flown to New Jersey. Relatives and New Jersey officials complained about being kept from the remains, and according to the New York Times[8] Dr. Sturmer, President of the National Association of Medical Examiners, sent an open letter to the U.S. Army, complaining about the handling of remains, and the illegal cremations of most of the Jonestown victims.
    —————-
    This is football related Haze, I’ sick of hearing “drinking the koolaid” it’s mostly a misinfo by the media. I’ll drop it but one more thing:
    They baked in the sun for almost a week before examined by the USA. So much for CSI!!!!
    Some cremated before examined.
    Now I’m finished, no more Jimmy Jo. But I will still cringe when someone says “drinking the koolaid” because it is simply disinformation injected into our culture without examination. Kids & babies unwillingly drank, MOST were murdered against their will!!!
    OK got football news???
    hahaha

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    —”ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli warns not to be surprised if Raiders DE Derrick Burgess is traded to New England before training camp. There was some rumblings that the trade talks involving Burgess were dead. But the Pats, who only had 30 sacks last season, appear to still be interested. The Raiders reportedly killed the talks during the draft, so we’ll see if the Patriots have upped their offer.”—

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    So, what’s next Haze?
    Bush never looked for binLaden
    All live news reported explosions before the towers fell
    No one walked on the moon
    Oswald didn’t fire a shot that day
    Bobby Kenn was shot 2″ from the back of his head
    Broncos cheated the salary to win err buy 2 SBs
    NE used Tom Brady to steal signals ever since he was a rookie
    Bret Farve threw the 2nd SB to Elway
    Bret Farve gave a sack to Strahan for the record

    Sorry guys, Raider on!!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    i got home 0630 this morning, man i was wasted… but it was a good night =)

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    RaiderTW, i took my bicycle…

    well, some opens at midnight they can have open till noon, so some club-jumping and plan is needed =)

    wow, weapons and alcohol is a GREAT mix =)

    you might have an american in the yellow in a few minutes =)

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Have you seen several uncooperative drunks at closing time? With GUNS? I think America has invented it’s own brand of eugenics.

  • DirtyRaccoon
  • beeecham

    Wow, the Lady Raccoon is still showing up in the blog despite wimping out of meeting your pal Beeecham – TWICE! It takes a lot of guts – even for chick – to talk all tough on a blog and then hide at home with her tail between her legs.

    Anyway, I guess the Lady Raccoon has learned a valuable lesson – she’s not really a member of the Pink Ladies and never talk tough if you’re wasted on watermelon wine coolers. What a tramp!

    I’ve got a great feeling Charged Down is going to show up today to discuss that awesome Philip Rivers video! Let’s wait and see!

  • HayesDaze37

    TW — Citing other conspiracy theories won’t change the facts that I see. And, I never said the children did themselves in…and I never said everybody went along truly voluntarily. Official findings were that the vast majority of deaths were caused by cyanide poisoning — and gunshot wounds were not found on the majority of bodies. I won’t, and can’t with any confidence, state that things you mention didn’t happen — some of that is well-documented. But what you mention doesn’t show up as the main cause of death for the majority of people there — and catastrophic wounds don’t just disappear over a few days. As I told you I would, I looked, but I still can’t find your claim of survivors being suspiciously knocked-off after the event.

    So, instead of chasing the tail around again… how ’bout we just call it a truce? I know you’re right in a way, and even though I make valid points*, you won’t consider more than your own already set viewpoint. Sounds like the groundworks of a truce to me!

    (*And, no, I sure don’t believe the gov’t reports are as accurate as they’d like us to believe they are…about anything, actually. I just try to look at all options for what/why it happened.)

    If you really want to correct the Kool-Aid record… maybe you should let everybody know that the actual drink of that horrible day was Flavor Aid.

    Next subject!

    It’s a great day to be a Raiders fan. Isn’t it?

  • HayesDaze37

    So — Here’s an interesting question. DHB’s stats are remarkably similar to Louis Murphy’s stats (even though DHB was not on a team known for its Offensive prowess). How is it that some people think DHB will be a bust before they’ve ever seen him as a pro…but the same people think Murph will be a star?

    These kids need to show us something — ANYTHIMG — before any of us can make a claim to their sure-fire success or failure.

    If they both catch somewhere around 30-catches this year, it means they’re both ready-for-primetime earlier than 95% of their peers. It also would mean somebody made some great picks from the front office (as much as it pains some to admit it)!

    Heyward-Bey stats:

    Season Games Rec Yds Avg Lg TD Att YdsAvg Lg TD
    2006 13 45 694 15.4 96 5 5 14 2.8 9 0
    2007 13 51 786 15.4 63 3 5 110 21.4 54 1
    2008 12 42 608 14.5 80 5 15 202 13.5 76 1

    Louis Murphy stats:
    Receiving Rushing Fumbles
    YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
    2005 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
    2006 2 42 21.0 35 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
    2007 37 548 14.8 66 5 1 12 12.0 12 0 0 0
    2008 38 655 17.2 48 7 2 7 3.5 4 0 0 0

  • HayesDaze37

    In each of his 3-years, DHB had a play go longer than Murph had during his entire 4-year career.

    If Schilens and JLH really are “all that,” the Raiders receiver corps could be VERY special. Especially if JaMarcus is ready!

  • Dude

    Yet somehow ONLY Raider fan claims either will be a good pro. Weird!

  • HayesDaze37

    Truth is…if even ONE of the rookie WR’s plays a lot this year, it will be a major success (unless it’s due to injuries!).

  • weaselbit

    Garcia probably got cut loose for being a running the mouth cancer that he’s starting to look like.
    JM will motivate and learn to do things his own way.
    He’s better off.
    When it starts to click he be a bad xxxxx.
    I hate talkers.
    People who talk their way into a job or promotion, and ultimately fail because they didn’t deserve to be there in the first place.
    As I said before, Garcia’s merely adequate.
    They ended the season strong and the coaching stability will push them over the top.
    Wait till a defender tries that one hand tackle poop that works on 90% of NFL QB’s.
    Or when he rolls right and throws far left.
    and it’s going to be sweet when he lowers his head and punishes defenders because he’s big enough to do it and he will.
    He’s gonna throw so hard it’ll be challenging for receivers to catch it and defenders won’t have time to get to it.
    Receivers will have to get used to him.
    And if he doesn’t make mistakes, he’s not taking risks.
    If he really hits the books he could be like a taller Elway/Bradshaw hybrid thing that terrorizes defenses.
    Oh yeah, we got a running game too.
    And maybe a DC who won’t have the defense lay down in the 4th.

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    So, instead of chasing the tail around again… how ’bout we just call it a truce? I know you’re right in a way, and even though I make valid points*, you won’t consider more than your own already set viewpoint. Sounds like the groundworks of a truce to me!
    ————-
    Just sayin’ the first Dr there reported murder from the 100 or so bodies. They sat in the sun for a week which CSI: Guayana wouldn’t find needle marks.
    Fair enough, truce, actually no arguement just talking nonRaiders stuff.Hahaha
    You’re also right about the Flavor Aid, cheap bast@rd, can’t even spring for the real stuff. Hey, would have made a difference in taste!!!lol

  • THREE RING CIRCUS

    8-8 baby