COVERING ALL THINGS SILVER AND BLACK

New Scheme for Nnamdi

By Joe Kukura
|  Monday, Aug 16, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 AM PDT
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Oakland Raiders' cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is arguably the best cornerback in football.

So you can see why he got frustrated last year when stuck covering the opponent's second or third-best receiver. The Raiders' scheme typically kept Nnamdi on the right side of the field, no matter who the opponent.

"We’re a team that chooses to be who we are regardless of who we’re playing against," Asomugha complained at the time. "We’ve got one way of doing it and that’s what we do, and teams can get us into some tough situations. And teams know that."

Well, other teams, consider yourself put on notice -- Nnamdi Asomugha is no longer playing just the right side of the field. Nnamdi will switch to typically covering the opponents' No. 1 receiver this season, a move which should neutralize that receiver while also bringing Asomugha more interception opportunities.

"We're doing more things, and I love it," Nnamdi told the Mercury News, a much happier camper. "I've been playing all over the field pretty much."

"And that's great," he said. "It gets me more involved."

More importantly, it gets guys like Dwayne Bowe and Eddie Royal less involved.

Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who congratulates NFL.com on the funniest one-liner of the weekend.

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