Asomugha Expects More From The Eagles in 2012BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
With the 2011 NFL lockout giving the Eagles almost no time to mesh all of their newly acquired pieces last season, some would argue that Philadelphia was at even more of a disadvantage than the rest of the league. Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha discussed the adjustment the team had to make with the lack of a preseason during a WIP interview.
“Pretty much the first half of the season where we were still in the learning mode of it because that was our eight weeks to get down.” Asomugha said. “I think that compared to where we are right now it’s much more comfortable for myself, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and everyone else pretty much back there. Even Juan Castillo is much more comfortable.”
No, I cannot ignore the fact that the lockout took precious practice time away from the Eagles before the beginning of the 2011 season, but that doesn’t completely excuse their performance last year. Even if Asomugha is right about the Eagles needing the first eight weeks of the season to learn the system, even after their victory over the Cowboys in Week 8, they lost four of their next five games. Lockout or not, 8-8 is unacceptable in Philadelphia and the Pro Bowl cornerback knows it.
“It’s true. The 8-8 in Oakland? We were perennially the last team in the AFC West.” Asomugha said. “We would win maybe two games a year or four games a year. When we got to 8-8 and it was like wow! There is so much improvement. You’re not excited you didn’t make the playoffs, but you’re excited that we were moving in the right direction. I love how different that is over here because 8-8 is not acceptable. It doesn’t matter where you have come from. 8-8 should always be we are playing below where we should be playing. Out here that is the mentality. 8-8 shouldn’t be anywhere near what we are thinking. That was great.”
I’m glad that Asomugha understands that last season was a disappointment, and his ability to welcome the high expectations of the Eagles’ franchise speaks volumes about him as a competitor. I hope that he and the Eagles are ready to not only make their first appearance in the Super Bowl since 2005, but to win a championship for the first time in over 50 years.
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