Let’s not hide our shame. I’ll say it for you, Raider Nation.
Nnamdi Asomugha, we miss you. Our secondary hasn’t been the same since he left. Sure, dude hasn’t played anywhere near the value of the contract he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Perhaps Al Davis knew he got Nnamdi at his peak.
Whatever the specifics, all I know is since Nnamdi left our secondary has been worse than a hangover after drinking box wine and waking up in the middle of the desert with no water in sight.
Sure, the Raiders have tried to replace Asomugha. First they made the classic mistake most do after a tough breakup. Al Davis went with the person he was most familiar with, hoping to spark a new flame with someone unfit for a ring – Stanford Routt. We know how that ended. Davis also committed the other rebound sin of going for someone younger by drafting DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa. We also know how that ended.
Then Reggie McKenzie took over and though he had no Nnamdi connections he too has felt the same pain and made similar mistakes. McKenzie went the opposite way of Davis seeking out experienced vets but that blew up in his face when both vets went down with injuries not even two weeks into the season.
So McKenzie went another route and sought out castoffs with something to prove. That too hasn’t worked and in the last week the cornerback shuffle has continued.
First Shawnate Spencer was shutdown for the balance of the season once it was realized his injury was not healing fast enough. You can kiss him and his one-year deal goodbye. Next up was a man McKenzie himself brought into the fold. Once a starter, Pat Lee is/was a castoff once again after the Raiders released him until the Detroit Lions scooped him up.
The return of Ron Bartell made Lee expendable in the mind of McKenzie and thus another cast of corner has entered the fray with DB Cory Helms joining the silver and black practice squad.
So, what does all this mean?
It means until McKenzie has a budget to play with we should expect more of the same. It also means that until the cornerback shuffle stops there is no chance the Super Bowl shuffle will start.