It’s kinda fun to see Nnamdi Asomugha struggle elsewhere after 2 years of pedestrian play for the Eagles. Check out this comment from Bill Barnwell.
And on defense, the weak link was nickel cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who has quickly become the liability that other teams try to target when he steps on the field. On Sunday, Asomugha missed a run fill early on and then got caught at the end of the third quarter for a 40-yard pass interference penalty that really changed the game; Seattle later scored a touchdown on that drive to go up 19-3, nearly killing off the game with 13:51 to go.
Bill also has good stuff on the Skins.
That extends to the bigger problem with Washington, one that won’t be solved regardless of who lines up under center in D.C. for the rest of the year: It’s stuck with a roster that just isn’t very good in a lot of places. When it traded three first-round picks and a second-rounder to get Griffin, Washington basically lost the best way to find impact players like Kerrigan to add to its roster on the cheap. On top of that, the league-mandated cap penalty that the team incurred from the Albert Haynesworth fiasco continues to bite them; according to Spotrac, Washington is eating $17 million in cap space this season. It also has $5.4 million in dead money on its cap, including $3.3 million owed to former right tackle Jammal Brown and $1.8 million to Chris Cooley, who signed with the team when it was desperate for a tight end last year after Fred Davis went down. This is too much money.
The result is a team that still can’t fill its major problems with consistent answers. Washington still has a dismal secondary that offers up little resistance when the pass rush doesn’t get home. It has an offensive line that’s still very weak on the right side, and it’s stuck having overpaid for both Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan last offseason, leaving the team with a low ceiling at wideout. Washington is also still lacking for depth, so when any of its stars get injured, it’s very susceptible to massive drop-offs in level of play.
So, Washington fans, lower your expectations and stay the course. You’re not as bad as you looked these past two weeks, and RG3 should get better as he shakes off the rust and gets real pro reps again. A playoff run, though, might not be in the cards.
Jimmy Bama tried to tell Skins fans that the 7-0 finish in 2012 involved some luck. They didn’t want to hear it. I think they might be starting to realize he was right.