Asomugha shrugs off latest Sapp blast

Warren Sapp has kept up a running commentary concerning the Raiders which his former teammates either ignore or laugh off as it simply a case of Sapp being Sapp.

During this week’s episode of Showtime’s “Inside the NFL,” when panel members James Brown, Cris Collinsworth and Phil Simms were discussing the Raiders and any confidence gained from a 24-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers, Sapp had an interesting take.

“Oakland plays worse when they have confidence,” Sapp said. “Oakland plays worse when they feel good about themselves.”

Having been through some embarrasing face plants following infrequent victories, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha didn’t disagree.

“Absolutely,” Asomugha said. “Sometimes you go out and play a great game, whether you win or lose, and then the next week it’s like, `What happened?,’ because you’re still resting on that win or that effort.”

Asomugha didn’t see overly concerned about Sapp’s on-air assertion that the Raiders season is already over, along with the seasons of Detroit, Kansas City, Cleveland and St. Louis.

Asomugha asked if Sapp said that before or after the San Diego game. When told it was after, he expressed little more than mild surprise.

“Oh, you know, it’s his opinion. The guys here, it’s not like we would hear that and, ‘well, ya know, Sapp’s right,’ That’s the guy’s opinion and that’s what we have to deal with. You put that out of your mind and focus on the task at hand. It’s not a big deal at all. And if you didn’t tell me I wouldn’t have even known. That’s pretty much how it is. Guys don’t listen to that stuff.”

It’s not as if Asomugha and teammates who played with Sapp have heard his bombast before.

“That’s the way he is,” Asomugha said. “He’s going to be outspoken and he’s going to speak his mind. Doesn’t mean that everything he says is right.”

More to come following practice and briefing with coach Tom Cable and scheduled interview with defensive coordinator John Marshall . . .

Note: Punt returner Johnnie Lee Higgins was not with the team at the beginning of practice with a shoulder sprain, increasing the likelihood he won’t play against Kansas City.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Norco – you’re sounding more like MR every day….

    You two should hang out.

  • Norco Bob

    Final score sunday KC wins it 34-17

  • Norco Bob

    mcfadden should return punts,..why not?…what the hell else is he doing?

  • This board sucks. Placing my post way up in the order.

  • I expect to see Seabass on 4th down take it to the house.

  • La to the Bay,

    Just had some work to do that past couple of days…the Pawn Shop is doing well!

  • LA to TheBay

    Dakota, what’s going on?

    Better late than never.

    Coming in with a great post, too. I would love to see Russell play that role that Gannon did, but don’t see it from him, at least at this point. He’s playing like a rookie and acting like one as well.

    I think our leadership comes from guys on the other side of the ball like Ellis, Aso, maybe we’ll see that from Seymour.

    Z. Miller seems to me like a guy that stands up as well and doesn’t take losses lightly.

  • Dmac20

    Nah nah bob, your prediction is that is was not gonna be competitive. You know when giving your prediction you were expecting it to be a rewind of that new orleans pre game. They won but they didn’t deserve it. The score says the won but the play… Different story. We’ve kicked kc’s rear the past two times we’ve played in kc with less talent and ferocity we’ve shown so far, so I have no reason to believe we can’t win… But its good to prepare for the worse like you do so if a upset does happen you’ll be less upset. But sapp has put a fire under their behinds to get em to come out and play with something to prove again. I fear sproles, ladanian, and rivers more than I fear a beat up cassel, larry johnson and jamaal charles.

  • RaiderNation4Life1

    i dont think the chiefs will score more than 30 on us if our d plays like they did monday then there is nothing to worry about except the secondary

  • RaiderRetribution

    Contra stop telling me to slow down~!
    I just lose everything I typed!
    How the hell (it’s in the Bible) am I supposed to know everyone else is typing too fast.

  • RaiderRetribution


  • Norco Bob

    dmac,..I already have my parlay card from tahoe in,..took KC minus 3.5,..also took the over…38.5.

  • RaiderNation4Life1

    3-1 we can beat the texans we really should be 4-0 then maybe we will start loosing but since the whole tuck rule monday we will be 3-1

  • Norco Bob

    Larry Johnson has as many big games vs the raiders as LT. LJ gets about 160 sunday.

  • Dmac20

    And yes louis murphy will possibly have more than 3 cathes sunday. Think he had 4 for 87 yards and two td’s realistically against a team that consist of pplayers such as antonio cromartie, antoine cason, quentin jammer, and eric weddle. Now you name me a credible db on the chiefs team thats gonna pull off four picks before the guys I just mentioned???

  • Norco Bob

    Sad to see some fans still blame refs for raiders choking.

  • Norco Bob

    dmac I dont care bout kc corners,..Im thinking of russell,..he sucks,..4 picks.

  • Terrapin

    OMG, as soon as I post that NFLN shows a sky view of a JR to ZM deep middle throw …and guess what?

    DHB was streaking down the sideline, he pulls the safety to him leaving a ENORMOUS VOID IN THE DEFENSE and ZMiller is WIDE OPEN …you could have parked a tractor trailer in that hole.

    1st down Raiders. Go munch on that haters. Oopps sorry “fans”

  • LA to TheBay

    The Chiefs run defense is questionable.

    Our run game is superior.

    That is the key to winning, as well as being smart and making high percentage plays and STAYING aggresive on defense.

    If Seymour looked that good with no practice, imagine how good he’ll look with some practice.

  • Dmac20

    .Larry Johnson has as many big games vs the raiders as LT. LJ gets about 160 sunday.

    Yea two years ago,beause he aint do sht against the raiders last year. We had em shut down check the stats… And lt has owned us for about the last 11 games but what did he do this passing monday??? So point not valid

  • Happy 82nd. Birthday, George Blanda….

  • Dmac20

    dmac I dont care bout kc corners,..Im thinking of russell,..he sucks,..4 picks.


    Ok bob you say you don’t care about kc’s corners, but tell me, if you know they have lesser talent then what makes you believe jamarcus will throw 4 picks when he din’t throw 4 picks against a team with more talent??? That doesn’t make sense. No matter how weak he is. If you agree their cbs are not as good as sd’s then shouldn’t he have a better game. If you can almost beat your big bro I don’t see why you would have trouble against your little sister…

  • Dmac20

    If Seymour looked that good with no practice, imagine how good he’ll look with some practice.

    Couldn’t hav said it better myself. But yea piece guys I’m gone gotta run.

    ps. Norco remember in the words of rick james… ” Cocaine is a helluva drug, its a helluva drug”lol

  • UCSBPreMedMike

    There’s a difference between CONFIDENCE and ARROGANCE.

    Arrogance is what Russell has. That’s dangerous.

    Confidence includes humility, which is what someone like Asomugha and Morrison have. That’s not a bad thing and never hurt anybody.

    Keep building your confidence Raiders. Majority of the world liked what they saw Monday compared to the past several years. I wish I was there, and more so I wish you guys could pull it off. But, there’s 15 more games and then some this season. Once Russell gets a consistent passing game-whether it be his accuracy or WR’s not running the routes-we wont have to worry about our D.

  • manassamauler

    sapp is a piece of crap. bottomline. sapp made more money in oakland than he could have anywhere else and he sticks a knife in the raiders back. what a POS sapp is. sapp sucked in run defense too.

  • manassamauler

    norco bob must be smoking some good crack. LJ has NO offensive line to block for hIM!!!!! raider D-line shouldn’t have ANY problem with KCs O-line. come back down to reality man.

  • manassamauler

    fakemaddenraider is the weakest excuse for a raider fan possible. go put on your philip rivers jersey and be done with it MR. And i dont care how long u think you’ve been a raider fan, you’re a joke.