Richard Seymour is the Leader Nnamdi Asomugha Wasn’t

No disrespect to Nnamdi Asomugha. In my time blogging for the Raiders this will be the closest I’ve ever came to criticizing one of the only true role models in sports. For all Asomugha did as a player he failed miserably as a leader.

You see there are two types of leaders. There are those that lead by example. Then there are those that lead from the front like a general.

Asomugha was the former. Richard Seymour is the latter.

Don’t get me wrong. Asomugha’s dedication, work ethic and commitment are vital to any team with championship aspirations. Too be sure Seymour’s talent combined with his dedication is vastly important for the young Raiders as well.

Still there is something to be said for a player that rallies the team.

During Asomugha’s tenure in Oakland the team needed a vocal leader. Someone to unite the locker room and inspire the roster. While his play spoke volumes his voice was often unheard. Since his departure there have been rumblings of Asomugha being a bit of a loner that stuck to himself and rarely interacted with his teammates outside of the facility. That’s not hard to believe at all.

From his unfulfilled playoff guarantee to organizing one of the best camps during the lockout, Seymour has been every bit the leader this teams has so badly needed. Seymour sets the tone with his play but follows through with his words as well. In many ways he’s the exact opposite of Asomugha.

Before this turns into an unmotivated bashing of Nnamdi let’s make something clear: Seymour came from a winning culture.

It is easy to talk about leading but unless you’ve seen it first hand in an NFL locker room it’s all just talking head speak. Nnamdi just so happened to land in the East Bay during the worst seven year stretch in franchise history. Seymour, on the other hand, just so happened to be in New England during one of the most successful stints any franchise has ever experienced.

After seeing how the vets led from the front as a Patriot, Seymour was more than happy to do the same as a Raider.

In addition Seymour is the perfect compliment to Rolando McClain.

McClain was drafted to play a position where leadership is as much a part of the job as knowing how to read an opposing offense. McClain is still growing into the leadership role. He’s never been one to be vocal as Jerry McDonald points out. The nice thing is he’s got Seymour to show him how it’s done.

Many openly questioned why Al Davis would allow Asomugha to walk while committing so much cash to Seymour. Sure, he might not be in his prime but he still plays at Pro Bowl level. Plus there is just no substitution for true leadership. For that quality there is no price tag.

Topics: Al Davis, Oakland Raiders, Raider Nation, Fans, Popular, Featured, Nnamdi Asomugha, Richard Seymour, Rolando McClain

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  • FrankTheApachetankAguirre

    Nnamdi was a great shutdown corner for us but he wasnt a leader anyway you look at it, Seymour in the other hand, he made everyone else better being around him, he brought back that Raider meanness to the team Seymour had that effect on our whole Defense Nnamdi did not sorry GO RAIDERS!!!

  • FrankTheApachetankAguirre

    Nnamdi was a great shutdown corner for us but he wasnt a leader anyway you look at it, Seymour in the other hand, he made everyone else better being around him, he brought back that Raider meanness to the team Seymour had that effect on our whole Defense Nnamdi did not sorry GO RAIDERS!!!

  • dkraiderfan

    I think Seymour is exactly what the Raiders ddefense needs, a good mix of good and bad. I do not want to condone, on filed fighting, but there are times when it is a good thing to see from the fans standpoint. It is nice to see a Raider show emotion on the field when things are not going well. It makes fans think some ofthe players actually care about the winning ways of the Raider franchise. Alot of players look as if they do not care win or lose, which is disheartening for true fans. I will take an ejection once in awhile, if it is at the right time and place. Seymour is alot like past Raiders, and it would be nice to see that return. And as much criticism Al Davis takes – this is all he wants to see too!! I truely believe no owner in all of pro sprots loves his team and fans more than A.D.!

  • dkraiderfan

    I think Seymour is exactly what the Raiders ddefense needs, a good mix of good and bad. I do not want to condone, on filed fighting, but there are times when it is a good thing to see from the fans standpoint. It is nice to see a Raider show emotion on the field when things are not going well. It makes fans think some ofthe players actually care about the winning ways of the Raider franchise. Alot of players look as if they do not care win or lose, which is disheartening for true fans. I will take an ejection once in awhile, if it is at the right time and place. Seymour is alot like past Raiders, and it would be nice to see that return. And as much criticism Al Davis takes – this is all he wants to see too!! I truely believe no owner in all of pro sprots loves his team and fans more than A.D.!

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