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Asomugha a hit on MMQB

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, June 14th, 2010 at 9:03 am in Oakland Raiders.

If you’ve spent even 10 minutes talking with Nnamdi Asomugha, it’s no surprise his one week stint as a pinch-hitter for Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” column on CNN-SI was a success.

No athlete is more thoughtful and introspective, with the bonus being Asomugha has good sense of humor and a better sense of people.

A few observations:

– Take Asomugha’s tips on how rookies can make a smooth transition to the NFL and apply them wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and it’s a much better explanation as to why DHB is making strides in Year 2 than the ponderous release issued by the Raiders Sunday.

“When I was a rookie in 2003, I was not only making the transition from college to the NFL, but also being asked to make the move from safety to cornerback. It took time for me to get comfortable, and realistically, it wasn’t until my third season that I began to feel at home,” Asomugha writes.

“Players often get a bad rap during their first or second year if they struggle with this transition, especially if they are high draft picks. I think it’s important to look at a young player’s work ethic, his football intelligence, and his desire to become great. Even if a player gets off to a slow start, it is those traits that will allow him to eventually become successful in his career.

– The explanation of Asomugha’s “Quote of My Career” was better than the quote itself.

“It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.”

Indelible words from my then-defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to me, as I was walking onto the field for the first practice of my second year in the NFL. He told me this just after another coach told me, “I would have never drafted you.” It was right on time.

Wonder if that motivational ploy ever got back to Al Davis, the guy who drafted Asomugha (considering some teams didn’t have Nnamdi going within the first three rounds, it was one of the best picks he ever made) and how long it took the coach to hear about it from the boss.

– Asomugha, having played in the Bay Area, has a handle on the differences between the Raiders and 49ers and their respective fan bases.

“I think that Raiders fans and the 49ers fans would not be happy campers if they had to share a stadium together. There has been some talk lately about the possibility of the Raiders and 49ers following the examples of the Giants and Jets and sharing a stadium. Aside from the reasons why this merger may make financial sense, let’s discuss the fans. When it comes to fan bases, these two are polar opposites. Even if they never see each other, the concept that someone else will be sitting in their seats during away games may not sit too well with them. This will be interesting.”

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  • Raider E

    thats on the real RR….

  • Raider E

    Lets make a push for Brad Hoover? It worked with J. Henderson?

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    The DHB press release was weird, no?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Lets make a push for Brad Hoover? It worked with J. Henderson?

    ***

    I agree with E!

    sign Brad Hoover!

    asking for Kevin Mawae, Flozell Adams & Shawn Andrews at this point might be asking a bit much …

    we have added Jared Veldheer, Bruce Campbell, Allen Smith, Alex Parsons & Daniel Loper

    then re-signed Elliott Vallejo, Brandon Rodd, Khalif Barnes & Langston Walker

    Chris Morris got tendered

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    BSJ: you hearing this?

    you got about 30 days to give your daughter “the talk”

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    She’s had it, and is only going into eighth grade. Nevertheless, I am starting to research a new shotgun. LOL.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    RRS, storm is moving east of Joplin…

  • Nnamdi21

    Watching that Steelers win showed exactly how the Raiders CAN win with a less than average QB.

    Same with Frye’s win over Denver.

    They even got it done with a patch work O line.

    Watching Campbell yesterday showed he throws a pretty ball and does his home work.

    The bad news, he hold the ball too long on occasion and throws picks when pressured.

    Same can be said for Tom Brady and Brett Favre too though…

  • Thec07

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/06/14/logan-mankins-wants-to-be-traded-plans-to-sign-tender/

    Mankins has requested a trade from NE…. You guys want the org to take a run at him????

  • Nnamdi21

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    BSJ: you hearing this?

    you got about 30 days to give your daughter “the talk”

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    She’s had it, and is only going into eighth grade. Nevertheless, I am starting to research a new shotgun. LOL.

    Might I suggest…

    http://www.wilsoncombat.com/index_sgt.htm

    Ghost ring sight is superb in low light

  • Seymour Bush

    # MistaBrown Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Amy Trask.
    ____

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 11:23 am
    I wonder which 2004 coach said he would never have drafted Nnamdi…
    =================================================

    I don’t think Amy Trask is a coach.

  • Nnamdi21

    Thec07 Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 1:42 pm
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/06/14/logan-mankins-wants-to-be-traded-plans-to-sign-tender/

    Mankins has requested a trade from NE…. You guys want the org to take a run at him????

    =================

    Don’t know…seems like the Pats always have around 50-54 sacks a year and not sure he was as good without Nick Kazcur’s OxyContin.

  • Thec07

    He started 16 of 16 last year at G… He wants outta NE…

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Nnamdi, the key is the sound when you pump it. It should bring to mind the phrase “amateur vasectomy”.

  • Seymour Bush

    # Thec07 Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/06/14/logan-mankins-wants-to-be-traded-plans-to-sign-tender/

    Mankins has requested a trade from NE…. You guys want the org to take a run at him????
    ===========================================================

    Yes. Mankins is arguably the best athlete on their offensive line. He stepped in as a rookie and has not stepped out. He is still young, is from Fresno so he has California roots. Smart tough hombre. Kind of a match made in heaven if you ask me.

  • RaiderRockstar

    only going into eighth grade. Nevertheless, I am starting to research a new shotgun.

    ***

    BSJ: be on the look-out for Steve Alford, too …

  • Nnamdi21

    63. LMAO! Exactly…

  • Nnamdi21

    Thec07 Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 1:45 pm
    He started 16 of 16 last year at G… He wants outta NE…

    ================

    1st team All Pro. I think he wants more money (rightly so) than out neccessarily.

    We still need some one to beat Carlisle out of RG. Man, he’s almost as bad as Satele.

    Neither can pick up late stunts.

  • Raider E

    maybe try Barnes there? if not Campbell?

  • Raider E

    Campbell is definitely athletic enough to pick up stunts, but is he “football” smart enough to win the POA every play? Stay tuned Nation….

  • Pretty Rick

    DMAC,,,,So true,,,so true about Madden. They’ve been butchering his name for years & you would think they’d get it right by now,,but hey,,they jerked us on the team rating with a 71 so they’ll probably keep jacking Asomugha’s name up too.

  • YoungAmerican

    Logan Mankins, anyone?

  • Raider E

    people butcher his first name in here lol. they drift towards the Nmandi, when it is actually Nnamdi lol:)

  • Raider E

    BRAD HOOVER

  • Seymour Bush

    I don’t really see Mankins coming here tho. NE paid a lst rounder for him, so they would probably want AT LEAST that back, he is just now becoming fantastic, and we don’t have a lst rounder next year because, uh, New England has it.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Mankins has been good every year at LG. Get rid of Gallery?

  • YoungAmerican

    I don’t know why, but I thought Mankins played RG. Either way, having a legitimate mauler on the inside of the offensive line would certainly help the running game…

  • Pretty Rick

    Am I the only one who thinks Cable needs to allow Bruce Campbell develop at the Tackle position instead of Guard? When are the Raiders gona stop playn switcheroo with the O-line?

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Trade DMAC and Jon Condo and Johnathan L. Higgins for Logan Mankins!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Carlisle, Campbell & Barnes will compete for the RG job when it’s all said and done.

    the hope is for Langston Walker to get healthy and seize the RT spot.

    Satele or Morris at center? weak.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Gallery would probably be just as “above average” at RG…

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  • YoungAmerican

    I wonder if Johnnie Lee Higgins will even make the roster with Yamon Figurs and Jacoby Ford around.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    We need a far better athlete with quicker feet at RT. Walker is a sow. He MIGHT be servicable at RG, with Barnes and Campbell (better athletes) perhaps at RT.

    And RRS, don’t give me any of those previous OTA quotes about line positions. It is too early to pencil anyone in yet, regardless of where they were getting snaps in May. This is what-if season…

  • YoungAmerican

    I could see Langston Walker being in the mix at RG. His play seemed to improve at that position later in the season. Hell, Cable turned another high-round LT bust (Gallery) into a serviceable guard, maybe he can do the same for Walker. I have a feeling Barnes will be RT going into this season, but Campbell will eventually move from a backup RG to RT – maybe not this season, but eventually.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    YoungAmerican Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 2:17 pm
    I wonder if Johnnie Lee Higgins will even make the roster with Yamon Figurs and Jacoby Ford around.

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    I wonder if DMAC will make the roster with Cartwright and Reece around.

  • Just Fire Baby

    BSJ: be on the look-out for Steve Alford, too …

    ***************************

    LMAO!!!

    Too cold Rockstar

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell
  • Just Fire Baby

    Just had a good job interview, do I go play golf or sit here and play poker?

    Decisions-decisions…….

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  • Hollywood21

    What up Nation,

    First time poster so take it easy on me.