All-22 Review: What It Tells Us About Nnamdi

With all the talk surrounding Nnamdi Asomugha‘s play Sunday night, we thought we would switch on the coaches tape to see what it revealed. The question being debated: Was Asomugha burned on a couple big plays against the Giants, or was he let down by his safeties?

Let’s zero in on back-to-back strikes from Eli Manning downfield midway through the fourth that set up the go-ahead score for New York.

The first is a 31-yard completion to Ramses Barden along the right sideline. Asomugha lines up right over him in press  coverage. Kurt Coleman (in the blue box) is positioned 10 yards back on that side of the hash marks.

The Giants run play action, drawing Coleman closer to the line of scrimmage. Barden makes it past Asomugha’s jam and is off to the races on a fly pattern, staying a stride ahead of the corner. You can see in this next image that Coleman is just starting to reverse his momentum as Manning gets set to deliver the throw.

There’s no time to make up that ground, and Barden has plenty of space to haul in the pass.

So it’s on Coleman, right? Not completely. Going into each play, each Eagles safety has either a run or pass priority. On this occasion  Coleman was supposed to look run first, which he did.

“But I have to be in a position to be able to help,” said Coleman. “He got me on that one.”

Putting all the information together,  it wasn’t a matter of Asomugha looking to hand off coverage on this particular play. Barden got a step on him, the play-action was successful, and Manning nailed the throw. Call it shared responsibility.

The second play is a 41-yard completion to Domenik Hixon over the middle.

This is also a play-action pass. Asomugha seems to offer free release as Hixon makes a move inside and bursts up the seam. Here is the alignment to start:

Coleman will move all the way down towards the line of scrimmage as the play-action comes to his side. Nate Allen, as you’ll see next, also bites.

Allen hasn’t started reversing field and Manning already has the ball cocked. Look at all the daylight that leaves Hixon.

Coleman said that his first priority was run on this play as well, which helps explain why he was so close to the line. It stands to reason that if Coleman was primarily responsible for the run that Allen would be looking pass. But he got sucked in. Asomugha, meanwhile, seems to be in a trail position, which Andy Reid talked about on Monday.

“He challenged, that’s what he did,” said Reid. “And some of those, when you guys have a chance to look at the tape, you’ll see that when you have help over the top and you are in a trail position, sometimes it looks like you might be getting beat down the field. But there are reasons as you look at it that you’ll see.”

Asomugha was strong overall when he was in. (He missed some snaps with an eye injury). The criticism is mainly coming from these two plays, as far as I can tell. The first play falls partly on him. The second is debatable. Bottom line, he was very sound but not flawless. Few are.


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  • Scott J

    He’s not going to be a shut down corner here because DRC is on the other side. At Oakland, the other corner sucked so Aso wasn’t thrown to. We have 2 great corners who will make great plays and occasionally get beat.

  • daveH

    superior analysis!! glad u guys are writing! also appreciate the mentions of TOmmy Lawlor’s IgglesBlitz. great stuff

  • 85

    This makes me question the calls coming in from the sideline during this point in the game. The defense had been fantastic against the run all night. The Giants ran for about 50 yards on the night. So why, when the Giants absolutely needed points and time was a factor, is the staff having their safeties play run first? Seems like they should have been inviting Manning to hand off rather than daring them to try to buy a flag.

  • abe

    Nnamdi 6 receptions allowed
    DRC 8 receptions allowed

    Top CB tandem in the league!!!!!!!!!

  • Al

    Doing a nice job holding down the fort Tim, can’t be easy. Congrats to Sheil, by the way!

  • SASmith

    Really enjoy the All-22 breakdowns… any chance you guys can incorporate All-22 for special teams… the 3rd phase of the game? Looks like there were some good opportunities in the Giants game to evaluate that the team will hopefully fix soon.

    • xlGmanlx

      Yes please! ST is getting killed, would love to see some analysis there as well

    • Cranky Caucasian

      Agreed, would be a great addition. Heck, the more you share these the better.

  • Al

    Nice job holding down the fort Tim, can’t be easy. Congrats to Sheil, by the way!

  • daggolden

    Stop trying to sugar coat it. Nnamdi just isnt elite and we have to just face that. Just cover your damn man and stop worrying about what the safety is doing. Why doesnt DRC have these issues? In the photo above Nnamdi is 5 yards away from his reciever, what else does he think he has to do? Just because he thinks h has inside help doesnt mean he stays 5 yards outside of him. lol DRC is on his recievers ass.