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Nnamdi checks in at No. 18

Great segment on the NFL Network’s Top 100 series on Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who ended up ranked No. 18 by his peers in ranking the league’s top 100 players.

Denver wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, one of the NFL’s better talkers when in the mood, “presented” Asomugha well, and the NFL Network did its usual terrific job with clips to support the ranking.

For what it’s worth, Asomugha was ranked as a better player than Philadelphia’s Michael Vick (No. 20) but just behind Baltimore’s Haloti Ngata (17) and former Raider Charles Woodson (No. 16).

Asomugha’s street cred was in evidence, particularly in clips involving wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who at one point bemoaned Asomugha’s long arms and later couldn’t believe Michael Huff had arrived in some form of late double coverage because “Nnamdi, he’s the best in the league, man!.”

I’ve made this point before, but I’ll do it again now. For all of Asomugha’s excellence, how much did it really help the Raiders’ bottom line?

Play man-to-man defense as much as the Raiders, and he’s essentially covering 20 percent of the eligible receivers, giving the quarterback 80 percent of the field to work with. So let’s have none of the “Nnamdi takes away half the field” nonsense that seems to arise regularly.

Many smarter people than myself, however, will line up to pay him big bucks at the conclusion of the NFL work stoppage, and actually I’m looking forward to seeing Asomugha play for someone else.

Not because I want him gone. The guy is a class act and a delight in every way to deal with, and unparalleled as a cover cornerback.

From a distance, I want to see Asomugha in a situation when he’s not locked on a receiver all the time, if he can come off his man and gamble, or break on the ball in a zone and make a play. He probably can do it, it’s just that we’ve seldom seen it because of the way the Raiders play defense.

I can assure you he’s cast an admiring glance at what happened to Woodson in Green Bay. The two talk often, and any discussion regarding Woodson over the past two years has resulted in only a Cheshire cat grin from Nnamdi when asked about how he would fare in a different system given the opportunity to make more plays.

As for those of you who think he may remain in Oakland, the day the Raiders paid big money to Stanford Routt and Richard Seymour meant Asomugha was probably headed out the door. Not because Al Davis doesn’t like or value Asomugha, but because he doesn’t value him as much as other teams are going to value him.

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  • Bree Fool

    Hustling dime bags in the parking lot, don’t make you the Raiders Homecoming Queen, ok?

  • KK the clown left 45 mins ago to show some property and raced back to his janitorial closet to post on Jerrys blog that Bauce is a leach?

    lmao

  • Bauce Rules

    Kell i have perfect straight white teeth and never have had braces in my life…..try again

  • Bauce

    I bet you don’t even have a girlfriend.

  • Master Beeecham

    Krappy, seems while I’ve been away on my luxury Reggae Party Boat cruise to Coronado and all points in between, you’ve been getting hammered on the blog.

    Not surprised, just wondering why you don’t come down to Marina Del Rey to work my boat.

    $30 a day, old fool, to serve my guests and I shrimp cocktails and operate the PARTYDUDE 8000 Margarita Machine. Not bad, considering you’re flat broke, overweight and out of options.

    Time to turn a page, sad old fool – the future is now!

  • Bauce Rules

    Lol i dont sell weed….i learned years ago when u brun too much tree game and sell….u dont make shhhht

  • Wow, I guess you guys have seen this:

    Former Raiders captain Warren Sapp remembers Huff well from early in his career.

    “Michael Huff leaves something to be desired,” Sapp said on KESN-FM via the Dallas Morning News. “I watched Huff for two years, not pick a pass off in practice. I seen him make a couple plays, lately. I’d really be interested to see his tape and watch his last couple of years because his first two make you want to throw up watching him practice.”

    Sapp said that Huff was often the last to practice and the first to leave.

    “I went so far with Michael Huff, and you can ask him this, that my last day in Oakland, I waited in the parking lot for Michael Huff,” Sapp recalled. “I waited in the parking lot because I wanted to talk to the young man because he made me want to throw up watching him practice. I mean, the scout team would complete ball, after ball, after ball. I’m like, ‘You’re not going to make one play? I mean, you’re not even going to put your hand on it and knock it down?’”

    Huff is probably going to strike it rich this offseason. Perhaps he’s matured. But Sapp’s words make you wonder if Huff only grew up because free agency was around the corner.

  • Bauce Rules

    Haha Kell…girlfriend or not I bet ive lambed a woman more recently than u have….and if u must know i have a few women who i deal with from time to time

  • Bauce Rules

    Thanks for reposting nothing kell….idiot

  • Twocents

    If you talk politics, you know I will show up.

    “…libertarianism is solely a political philosophy. It asks one and only one question: Under what conditions is the use of violence justified? And it gives one and only one answer: violence can be used only in response, or reaction to, a prior violation of property rights.” Walter Block

    Block does not limit the definition of “private property” to land ownership or even physical property in general. Instead, property includes all of one’s life, liberty, and justly acquired possessions.

  • raiderfankirk

    Preist, you would’nt look at a 5 11qb? How tall is Brees? The only thing that I will probably ever agree with MR on is that it is dumb not to bring back Bruce. If he is not hurt last seasom he finishes as the starter and JC is out the door. Someone posted Bruce wont be in the league in 2011.Lmao. Jc has all the physical tools, but QB has alot to do with the brain. Thats his down fall. Bruce is a far better qb imo. Cover two can be beat every time w the right call. Three routes to the same side, d has to pick its poision. Thats what you can learn from a video game.

  • Bauce Rules

    Ignorant?….u can hardly explain an tents on socialism u dummy

  • Master Beeecham

    Brian the Genital, dude, stop stealing my blog game! Remember I came up with bragging about my ladies first!

    Ha ha, remember that one, Genital? Too funny!

  • Bauce Rules

    Kirk….exactly what is bruce better at? See his wins? See his td-int ratio? See his comp pct? See his points per game?

  • Bauce Rules

    Well beecher….u saw Kell post about someone having a girlfriend so my post wwas quite relevant….keep up

  • Bauce Rules

    Tenets*

  • Kell told me 0bumba was digging us out of a ditch.

    I asked him for 1 example and he couldn’t come up with one.

    lol

  • Bauce Rules

    Kell youre a joke…..u support heavy govt intervention and support IRS and the FED….u love barry o’s lame healthcare plan….on top of that u blatantly lied on moss vs woodson….even better u love to pump ya black fist and holler racism but u are married tto a white woman…..amazing

  • Bauce Rules

    Mista as if him or MR CAN LOL……..when the bill passes is all i heard…..when? lol

  • Oh boy look at the dummies explaining democracy, Hohooo!

  • Bauce Rules

    Oh yeah outta a ditch with unemployment skyrocketing and economy gettin no better lol…..dont ya know many black ppl now feel duped by Barry O?

  • Bauce Rules

    Yeah Kell be like Barry O and support your big wig upper elite friends that work in wallstreet and the banking system…..no wonder you love the iRS and FED lol

  • Bauce why don’t you go get a job, get a girlfriend. Because, you and BrownStains aint gonna make it.

  • Bauce Rules

    Hahaha kell as if you can explain it

  • Master Beeecham

    I missed that, but I did see your grandpa Krappy brag about his Chalet in Switzerland.

    How come every year the old goat claims he “just bought” that raggedy old hillside?

    Poor confused old fool …

  • Bauce, the bill passed last year. Not a single Dem read the bill, but they signed it in anyway.

    Here’s the good part. It doesn’t kick in until 2012 so we start paying now for something that doesn’t start until later.

    Libtard economics = make them pay now so the projected cost is not as high….its like spreading out a 5 yr loan into 7 years….hey look how small my note is.

  • Bauce Rules

    Lol just have one bz? Naw buddy not that time yet….i do have a job dummy

  • Bauce Rules Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Oh yeah outta a ditch with unemployment skyrocketing and economy gettin no better lol…..dont ya know many black ppl now feel duped by Barry O?
    ——————————————–
    You only speak for your dumbass, and BrownStains dumbass, ok?

  • Bauce Rules

    Mista I know that….im just laughing at MR saying when lol

  • Quite a few, the polls show anyway. KK is an exception!

    mope & change
    _____

    Bauce Rules Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    dont ya know many black ppl now feel duped by Barry O?

  • Yeah, dont pay any attention to the facts!
    lol
    ______

    KoolKell Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    You only speak for your dumbass, and BrownStains dumbass, ok?

  • Bauce Rules

    Wow Kell you that outta touch with blk ppl u didnt know this? lol guess that precious life in Alameda has u blind to certain things

  • Bauce Rules Says:
    June 15th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Fk MLK….Ed Teach that guy was just another hustlin ass preacher. And an admitted Marxist.
    ————————————————
    You don’t speak for black people, ok? BrownStains, yes.

  • Bauce Rules

    Mista…..got a link?

  • raiderfankirk

    Bauce, making plays when things brake down, reading the field, putting touch on short passes, not starring down receveivers, throwing crossing routes, pumping up his team and the fan, quicker release, and I am sure there is more. Imo

  • Bauce Rules

    MLK WAS NOT a hustler ass preacher? They dont have fbi tapes of himl saying he was a marxist? Did he not attend a known commie school in Tennessee?….ur just a liar or in denial…either way you are pitiful

  • Bauce Rules

    Ummm I saw JC MAKE MORE PLAYS WHEN things broke down last year…so ur wrong there….lol touch on shorter passes? grad is firing as hard as possible with that noodle ass arm…wrong again….Grad looks aat one wr then goes out of pocket….he doesnt make progressions….again wrong….pumped up for 1 half of football? lol u lose again

  • Bauce Rules

    Quick release means what when ur 52 pct passing?

  • Bauce Rules

    Bruce pumped up team in STL game…thats it. AZ how pumped was he letting the clock run out at the 1? How pumped were people losing back to back weeks making us 1-3? How pumped was team losing at home vs miami?

  • Bauce Rules

    You folks that favor Grad like him because he reminds you of yourselves. Lisping no talent having injury prone all guts no brains type of ppl lol

  • raiderfankirk

    Said imo, also imo everything you said is bs. Lmao I’m for the guy thats in the game. Take off the blinders.

  • raiderfankirk

    Never should have played miami game hurt, just shows how much faith staff had in jc.

  • Bauce Rules

    “Hi im grathkowthkey I pump my theammathes up and tsssshe fanthz but I truly sssuckth cuz I canth ssssstay healttthhhhhheeee or win gamthesssss”

  • Raider J

    Thanks inoneword & 99lifer for your opinions on Vucevic.
    I read how excited Doug Collins was to draft him, saw the highlights & wanted to get a lil’ more perspective.

    735. The link was a fair assessment of 2010 Raiders. Lets hope Jackson, Campbell and the WRs are ready to open up the offense. A full season with Ford and (hopefully) Chaz will be a significant upgrade

  • Awesome1

    I bet Fitzgerald would sign for Asomugha money