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Asomugha, Lechler named AP All-Pro

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, January 24th, 2011 at 2:21 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Punter Shane Lechler and free-agent-to-be cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha were both named to the Associated Press All-Pro team Monday as selected by a panel of 50 media members.

Lechler’s selection comes as a mild surprise in that lost out to Mat McBriar of Dallas in terms of both gross punting (47.9 to 47.0) and net punting (41.7 to 40.8). Lechler did have fewer touchbacks (8 for McBriar, 4 for Lechler) and placed 27 punts inside the 20 to 22 for McBriar.

Asomugha was teamed with Darrelle Revis as the All-Pro cornerback on the basis of his reputation as a cover corner. He did not give up a touchdown pass this season despite struggling through part of the season with an ankle injury, missing one game outright.

The only Raider who merited second-team mention was free safety Michael Huff, one of seven players to tie for the second safety position along with Green Bay’s Nick Harris. Huff, Antrel Rolle (Giants), Eric Weddle (Chargers), Malcolm Jenkins (New Orleans), Quintin Mikell (Eagles), Chris Harris (Bears), Michael Griffin (Titans) Darren Sharper (Saints) were tied, meaning each probably received a single vote.

Asomugha is also a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, which recognizes community service as well as on-field play. The winner will be announced before Super Bowl XLV. Other candidates are Israel Idonije of the Chicago Bears and Madieu Williams of the Minnesota Vikings.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    or how about Butte JC (Rodgers)? Did you drive by that place?

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

    Butte JC bred myself.

    There are many proud Road Runners today, and Butte JC and Chico, CA will enjoy it’s 15 minutes of fame these next two weeks with Aaron.

  • J Hill

    Routt and CJ37 were decent in games that Nnamdi missed.

    Either Nnamdi takes a paycut, or he can take a hike.

    Nothing personal, just can’t afford him.

  • SnB Production

    Dr Death,

    Nnamdi Asomugha turns out to be a pretty remarkable person in that he’s very intelligent, hardworking and SELF-MOTIVATED.

    The Raiders don’t excel at attracting guys like that.

    Nnamdi’s early struggles were most likely due to him having to LEARN A NEW POSITION…which is not unusual for Raider draft picks to have to do.

    Guys like Nnamdi are infrequent in the league and down right rare to statistically non-existant in Oakland.

    If the Raiders had a competent development plan, I could buy losing Nnamdi. but the Raiders rarely develop guys.

    More likely to have a parade of Philip Buchanon’s than another Nnamdi to step up.

    Just my opinion

  • J Hill

    It’s quite simple that the one guy who needs to step his game up in the secondary is Tyvon Branch. That guy making mistakes = TDs.

    CB is not really the issue, imo. WRs get paid big $. They are going to catch some balls.

    Huff is a more important resigning than Nnamdi.

  • SnB Production

    Routt and CJ miss tackles and give up long 3rd downs…not too mention the PIs.

    In a NORMAL defense…perhaps they are enough. But with the Raiders vanilla looks and strict adherence to man2man….I fear another decade of wasted picks on fleet footed corners trying to find the next Willie Brown

  • J Hill

    If this playoffs are showing us anything, it’s defense, defense, and more defense.

    Reward Wauffle with 2 more full time toys in Wimbley and Groves.

    Kelly
    Seymour
    ShoNasty
    Groves
    Wimbley
    Houston
    Bryant
    NT via draft

    That’s a ridiculous 8 man DL.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Nothing personal, just can’t afford him.

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

    The old, it’s not you it’s me line.

  • SnB Production

    Jhill,

    The Raiders have had a parade of lousy Strong Safeties for a generation….maybe Van McElroy.

    The rest just get abused and run out of town on a rail. Strong safeties constantly racking up 100+ tackles a year…and who knows what else.

  • SnB Production

    You all have to give me a credible plan for losing Nnamdi than…we will just replace him with Walter McFadden or some other green corner.

    Nnamdi gave up 0 TDs. Most likely downhill after that.

  • J Hill

    SnB,

    Over 16 games, no way you can point to CJ37 and Routt as reasons we lost games. I think they would be WAY down the list.

    Routt would get thrown at LESS if Nnamdi is gone, right? How many PIs did he give up this year? I’d bet not many.

    The point is money well spent. Huff, Seymour, and Bush HAVE to be the priority. I’d say getting Gaither and Vincent Jackson would be next. I’d have to see what I have left after that and see if Nnamdi is ok with the change.

  • J Hill

    Routt is back. I think we can all agree on that.
    CJ37 back as well? Is he still under contract?

    McFadden and Ware battle it out for the nickle.

    Wouldn’t put it past Al signing a FA corner.

  • SnB Production

    Jhill,

    This defense, with a dominant CB, still gives up 30+ in just about half the games, and the defense down right blew it against the better teams.

    Not looking forward to seeing this defense with no Nnamdi.

    And if Routt gets fewer balls…its only because the otherside is getting torched.

    CJ was just about run out of town around here and I don’t think there are many wanting to see him start anymore.

    If you move Nnamdi on…then Al Davis has to change the defensive playcalling to protect the secondary…

    Otherwise its 1997 again

  • J Hill

    The communication between the DBs HAS to improve!

    We take care of that ONE area, I say we EASILY cut the TDs in half.

  • SnB Production

    But he won’t change the defense…and as a result the Raiders will be giving up 30+ points in 10 games instead of just 6

  • J Hill

    Ok SnB, let me try it this way.

    Huff, Bush, Miller, Wimbley

    or

    Nnamdi

  • SnB Production

    113.J Hill Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 5:30 pm
    The communication between the DBs HAS to improve!

    We take care of that ONE area, I say we EASILY cut the TDs in half.

    ==================================================
    Big assumption. The other 3 to 4 DBs had to cover 1 side of the field and couldn’t do it.

    Now they will have to cover the whole field…..

  • SnB Production

    115.J Hill Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 5:31 pm
    Ok SnB, let me try it this way.

    Huff, Bush, Miller, Wimbley

    or

    Nnamdi

    =====================================================
    False choice.

    I think Nnamdi +2 guys above. Give me Miller and push on Huff and Bush.

    Wimbley is nice to have but the Raiders don’t blitz enough to fully pay Wimbley what he can probably get

  • DutchRaider77

    The way that A.J. messed up the V-Jax situation, I cannot see him letting him sign with the Raiders?

  • J Hill

    But he won’t change the defense

    ——————————————————

    That’s a pretty tired line.

    The Raiders played several different defenses this year. Zones included. We got beat so bad in zones, that about game 10 Marshall, or Al if you’d like just said F it and went man.

    We were talking about it on this board when it happened and most agreed that it was the correct move. Too many instances of the DBs looking at each other asking WTF.

  • SnB Production

    So give me Nnamdi, Miller and either Huff or Bush.

    Too bad they are paying JaDavis and DHB so much

  • SnB Production

    Jhill,

    There are few corners that can play man the way the Raiders demand and be successfull.

    Sort of like a dominant NT in a 3-4.

    You gotta pay the money to certain positions to run the scheme

  • J Hill

    The other 3 to 4 DBs had to cover 1 side of the field and couldn’t do it.

    ——————————————————

    LOL!

    You’re putting a lot on it.

    WRs weren’t running free all over the place. Cmon mayne. More often than not, the culprit was a play here or a play there. 5 safety formations putting the wrong players on the field. Bogus calls against our secondary.

    Routt and CJ played decent.

  • J Hill

    SnB,

    How did we do in games without Nnamdi this year?

  • SnB Production

    Jhill,

    I just don’t see this franchise doing well replacing consistent pro-bowlers.

    I feel you fight like hell to keep your good players.

    Just not sold on Routt OR CJ as THE GUY

  • SnB Production

    What games did Nnamdi miss?

    San Fran
    KC
    Pitt
    Miami

    The Pitt and Miami games were disasters.

  • SnB Production

    I’ll take a strong defense over the offense.

    So spend the money on that side of the ball.

    With DHB and Murphy with oft injured Schilens…that offense is going to be dependent on DMAC for the most part.

    Defense doesn’t give up 30+ in 6 games and maybe things change a bit.

  • J Hill

    I’d love to have Nnamdi back. I just don’t think he is going to accept our offer.

    Best case scenario is the new CBA gives some type of “Bird exemption”, if you will.

    Or maybe there is no free agency this year at all and these guys can only negotiate with their current team.

    Outside of that, with a salary cap, I just can’t see being able to afford all of our guys. Nnamdi is going to want AT LEAST what Revis is getting. We alread have to pay Seymour.

  • http://atm Raider O

    J,

    You are forgetting about the CBA. Miller & Bush may not be UFAs since they have not played 6 years with the team that drafted them. I’m not sure if that works for Wimbley since he was traded for and not drafted.

    Al never had a problem signing players, so he may find a way to keep most of our FAs.

    I think we should keep Nnamdi, Seymour, Wimbley, and Miller/Bush.
    Huff and Gallery should gives Al a discount.

  • J Hill

    Miami game, Henne completed 17 of 30 passes for 2 TDs and a pick.

    Pitts rant the ball on us to go up 14-3, then the Murphy fumble gave them good field position to go up 21-3. Nnamdi doesn’t help against Pittsburgh.

  • J Hill

    6 years, O?

    What new rule are you making up?

    Link????

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    J Hill Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Huff is a more important resigning than Nnamdi.
    —————————————
    More important to what, winning or Davis’ pocketbook?

  • http://atm Raider O

    J,

    I don’t have a link, but that’s what I hear on NFLN. That’s what happened earlier this season. That’s why Routt, TH, and Kirk were not UFAs.

    I don’t make things up, but I wish I can make my own rules.

    Look it up, and don’t be so lazy!

  • http://atm Raider O

    What I HEARD*…….

  • J Hill

    How am I supposed to look up something you HEARD????

  • http://atm Raider O

    Its called the world wide web for a reason.

    LOL!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    -Try typing: when is a player an UFA under no CBA?

    -now look @ NFL events: Free Agency.
    http://www.NFL.com/freeagency

    That wasn’t too hard.

    You ARE lazy!

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    J Hill Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Huff is a more important resigning than Nnamdi.
    ———————————-
    When did you come to this revelation, Davis’ press-conference?

  • J Hill

    Ran across this SnB …

    3. Stanford Routt Raiders 99(targets) 39(comp) 635(yds) 5(TDs) 39.4(Burnt pct) 13 (pass def)

    6. Chris Johnson Raiders 42(targets) 17(comp) 288(yds) 3(TDs) 40.5(burnt pct) 9(passes def)

  • http://atm Raider O

    J,

    After you go to website, try clicking on CBA questions and FA facts.

    You are welcome.

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

    Mustafa the Rulemaking Monkey….

  • 504 Raider

    95.M Lonetree Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 5:05 pm
    JustFB,

    did you drive by Hillsdale College or Jackson State (Sweetness) to see if those places could breed NFL players?

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    Last year I took a dump in the Walter Payton Rec Center on Jackson State’s campus. Very very clean restrooms.

  • J Hill

    O,

    Routt is 6 years in. Huff met escalators = he’s a free agent. Nnamdi is a FA. Seymour and Wimbley are FA.

    Zach Miller and Mike Bush will be restricted FAs which just means we’ll get some compensation if they leave. But they will still get nice $.

    Salary cap factored in, I still say we can’t afford Nnamdi.

  • SnB Production

    138.J Hill Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 6:50 pm
    Ran across this SnB …

    3. Stanford Routt Raiders 99(targets) 39(comp) 635(yds) 5(TDs) 39.4(Burnt pct) 13 (pass def)

    6. Chris Johnson Raiders 42(targets) 17(comp) 288(yds) 3(TDs) 40.5(burnt pct) 9(passes def)

    ====================================================
    What about the PIs?

  • TerrapinRaider

    I thought restricted FA meant that 1) we get comp if they leave and 2) we have the oppty to match?

  • SnB Production

    SPecial note:

    Boooooo to Bruce Gradkowski. Pretty classless move to call out an NFC Championship QB that had a torn MCL and calling him a quitter.

  • 504 Raider

    Man, watching that video of Hue on the Raiders.com homepage got me geeked up. Also reminded me to get a Foreman grill.

  • TerrapinRaider

    Per wiki: Restricted free agent
    The specific rules of restricted free agency vary among the major professional sports, but in principle it means that a player is free to solicit offers from other teams for new contracts. However, before this player is allowed to sign with the new club, the current club has a chance to match (or come within 10% in some leagues) the terms of the new contract in which case the player must remain with the original team. In some leagues, when a team signs a restricted free agent, they must compensate the original team with draft picks

  • TerrapinRaider

    So in short if they are RFA chances are they will stay Raider if we want them

  • http://atm Raider O

    J,

    I think we keep Nnamdi. Not based on logic or anything else.

    Preppie,

    Did you enjoy your stay in the great state of OH IO? OHIO!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    VittorioTafur Vittorio Tafur
    Al loves em “@ThaAHHKilla: @bydavidwhite Why the hell did he keep Sanjay? Our receivers were TERRIBLE this year.”

    bydavidwhite David White
    by VittorioTafur
    For you Raiders fans, Hue Jackson retained 3 assistants: WRs Sanjay Lal, RBs Kelly Skipper, TEs Adam Henry, all here at Senior Bowl.
    ……..

    Sanjay made the cut… 1 step forward, 2 steps back.