No Nnamdi, No Problem


Losing the best cornerback in the league could never be a good thing. If the PFT rumors are true and Nnamdi Asomugha has suffered a severe high ankle sprain then chances are he’s going to be out of action. But that is all one big game of  guess. Nothing of great consequence will be known until Wednesday.

Yes, it is a depressing thought to consider all the years Aso has suffered through in Oakland only to succumb to injury just as things were looking up. However this is not a Bo Jackson situation. Nnamdi could be out of action but not permanently out of commission. We can’t get caught up in long term thinking. This team still needs to take baby steps and planning on anything beyond this week is making one giant leap into oblivion.

Where some see misfortune, I see opportunity.

This is the opportunity for the defense to band together in order to discover a new identity. Defending against the pass has been a strength. Perhaps now, in Nnamdi’s potential absence, rushing the passer and stopping the run will become a priority. It worked against Seattle. Why would it be any different against Kansas City?

This is an opportunity for Stanford Routt to earn a new contract. Having been given the highest tender possible, Routt is in line for a free agent payday. Now would be the moment he proves his worth.

This is the chance for Richard Seymour to rip off the franchise tag and slap on a long-term deal. Minus one team captain means a new leader must emerge.

This is the moment Michael Huff could redefine his career. His ability to make big plays is undeniable. Now he could show some consistency in a new capacity as a nickel corner. Of course he’ll be dueling for time with rookie Jeremy Ware who also has something to prove.

Where others see misfortune, I see opportunity.

No, injuries are never a good thing but that doesn’t mean some good can’t come from them. Before busting out the jump-to-conclusions mat we should all wait for the results to come in. But that doesn’t mean certain players on this team shouldn’t be prepared for the opportunity of a lifetime. After all, opportunities such as these come around once if you’re lucky.

Of course, just last year it was widely thought Nnamdi would miss the season opener with a wrist injury. Come Monday Night, there he was suited up and ready to shutdown. Rest assured that if he’s got a pulse, Asomugha always has a chance to play.

Tags: Bo Jackson Jeremy Ware Michael Huff Nnamdi Asomugha Richard Seymour Stanford Routt