Cary Williams: ‘I Model Myself After Nnamdi’

Cary Williams knew his answer might raise a few eyebrows, but when the new Eagles cornerback was asked Friday who he modeled his game after, he delivered an honest reponse.

“You might not like this, but I model myself after Nnamdi [Asomugha],” Williams said. “He didn’t have much success here, but I don’t plan on going down that path. I always see myself as him because he’s a taller, leaner guy, and a guy that I actually liked with a skill set.

“When he was in Oakland, everybody in here knows he was a force out there. As a guy growing up watching the guy, that’s the guy who I watched was Nnamdi. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to duplicate that success here, but I plan on doing otherwise.”

Asomugha, of course, was released on Tuesday after two highly disappointing seasons with the Eagles. But Williams was obviously talking about the Asomugha who played in Oakland, the guy who made the Pro Bowl three times and was considered an elite cornerback.

As for size, the two are similar. Asomugha is listed at 6-2, 210, and Williams is 6-1, 190.

One area where the two are definitely different is on-field demeanor. Asomugha is low-key and sometimes shies away from contact. Williams, meanwhile, has never been afraid to mix it up.

“Intimidation is huge in this game,” Williams said. “I think it’s one thing to intimidate, but also to go out there and play physical each and every week, week-in and week-out, guys look at film, and they notice those things and take those things to heart.”

Considering his aggressive style, it’s surprising that Williams was only called for six penalties last year, according to Pro Football Focus; 18 cornerbacks were flagged more (including both Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie). In 2011, Williams was only called for five penalties (tied for 22nd).

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  • http://twitter.com/THEKID_ Mike Jehle

    I mean….Champ Bailey, Deion, Woodson…”heck”, Troy Vincent! But he says Nnamdi…
    Let’s hope he’s just a tad more productive than the great savior from the west…LOL

    • Richard Colton

      Not sure Deion would have made the fans happier. Last year’s secondary was non-violent enough. We had Ghandi playing CB.

  • Mike aka Wazdakka777

    I for one think his attitude will be a welcome addition to a secondary that acted like a bunch of five year old’s last year who tried to get an Offensive pass interference called more than they tried to actual make a play.

    • grn_mtn_phan

      Totally agree!!!!!

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    Before we go all crazy on Mr. Williams lets not forget that at one point, Nnamdi was actually good. In 2008, when Williams was drafted, Nnamdi allowed only 8 completions all season.

  • hillbillybirdsfan

    Let’s just hope he meant Oakland Nnamdi

    • BrickSquadMonopoly

      Oakland Nnamdi reminds me of McNabb/Reid era. Did it ever really happen? Cuz all I see is garb.

    • D3Keith

      You don’t have to hope, he says that directly in his quote. *confused look*

  • DutchEagle

    I’m not your guy buddeeeeh!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508479001 Richaud Jeaffreson

      I’m not your buddy friend!

  • BrickSquadMonopoly

    Im getting tired of these articles coming out about 49ers possibly picking up asomugha saying “49ers fans are hoping”. Are there really people that think he is a quality starter still in this league? They probly dont watch football idk?!?

  • grn.mtn.phan

    I still am of the opinion that the half hearted jogging , finger pointing, giving up on plays , shoulder shrugging, avoid contact at any & all costs backfield of last year was the result of possible roofie eating contests between all the d.b.’s pre game. Atleast that’s sure what they looked like. I just hope NO, PRAY, that whatever talent level these new cats bring to the table that they just buy in and go all out on every snap. I can live easier with someone getting beat under those almost forgotten circumstances personally. Oh, tackling would be WICKED cool as well. That is still part of the game. Isn’t it? That stuff happens and I don’t care if he idolized Marie Osmond….

  • truPatriot

    As long as he is going to go out on the field and make plays he can model himself after whoever he wants too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508479001 Richaud Jeaffreson

    SPAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!