Call it a failed experiment if you will, but the idea of moving Nnamdi Asomugha around last season had some logic to it. With proven talents like Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie at your disposal, you can sell the notion of Asomugha as a “rover” to try and create matchup advantages.
This season it’s a tougher product to pedal because Samuel now plays for the Falcons. If you’re going to be moving Asomugha all over the field, who will be playing left cornerback in his absence?
The answer at the moment is Curtis Marsh.
On one of the first plays today, Nnamdi Asomugha lined up inside against backup tight end Chase Ford. Last year, playing Asmougha inside was simple because the Eagles had Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the outside. But Samuel’s gone, and the new wrinkle today was that Curtis Marsh lined up outside at right cornerback.
Marsh, a third-round pick in 2011, played only 13 defensive snaps as a rookie. But with Samuel gone, he’s looking to fill a bigger role in his second season.
“We rotate. We have different guys that do different things well. It’s by gameplan,” Marsh said.
How will the Eagles use Nnamdi Asomugha in 2012? Will Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie have the same tackling issues Asante Samuel had? And what are the chances that undrafted free agent Cliff Harris makes the roster? Answering those questions and more in this breakdown of the Eagles cornerback situation.
Among the many who feel Michael Vick needs to tweak his style of play for the Eagles to be successful, we can now count the President of the United States.
Nnamdi Asomugha arrived at Lehigh Wednesday afternoon and discussed how he’s been spending his time since the Eagles ended OTAs and mini-camps in June. The Birds’ starting cornerback spent some time with Barack Obama recently, and the pair actually talked football.
Asked if Obama had any advice for the Eagles, Asomugha, surprisingly, said yes.
“He told me to tell Vick to slide,” Asomugha said with a laugh.