I have but two words for opposition offenses that seek to throw at the Oakland Raiders this season – good luck!
With all the buzz surrounding the resurgence of the Raiders perhaps the biggest news has been the expanded role Nnamdi Asomugha will take on in 2010. The bar none best cover corner in the game will no longer be relegated to exclusively covering the right side of the field.
Yahoo! Sports detailed the variety of ways in which the Raiders are putting Aso to use during training camp with an eye on letting the best in the biz do his thing all over the field. Asomugha is exited at the prospects of blanketing receivers in his new capacity.
“Every year there are times when it happens but this year I just think it will happen more because we’re doing it (in practice) more and they’re allowing it to happen more. Me being able to play in the slot on third down … I’ve wanted that for a while.”
Playing cornerback in the NFL is a thankless job. The only time most fans even notice a corner is when they come up with a timely interception or when they’re burnt like an unprotected evening with Pam Anderson. For true shutdown corners like Nnamdi, praise is something that comes from fellow professionals instead of glory in the form of SportsCenter Top 10’s.
“There are so many times when I feel like I’m having the game of my life and no one knows it. That’s rough. No one sees it. The offenses see it, the people that watch film see it but the fans don’t see it.”
With the way the defensive line played against the Cowboys last week, the prospects of the Raiders’ defense taking center stage in 2010 seems very possible. Of course much of what made the front seven so effective had everything to do with the secondary meaning Asomugha’s performance will have as much an impact on the team as Jason Campbell’s this year.