The Eagles have had all sorts of problems through four weeks, enough to drive their fan base stark-raving mad.
Well, that’s where expectations can get you. The Eagles added all sorts of talent during their offseason shopping spree, led by the prize of the free-agent market, Nnamdi Asomugha. It was the divine cornerback who was to be the cure-all for the Eagles, joining Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to form the greatest set — at the very least the highest-priced set — of cornerbacks known to mankind.
Sarcasm aside, to this point, it hasn’t quite worked out so well.
Much of the heat is falling on Asomugha, who NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi pointed out is having trouble with the Eagles’ man-to-man scheme. Eagles coach Andy Reid admitted as much to reporters Wednesday, saying it’s the team’s responsibility to put Asomugha in positions to succeed. Next came defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, who threw himself under the bus Thursday in saying that he has tried to do too much with Asomugha by using him all over the field.
“I have to be careful with that because Nnamdi is human,” Castillo told reporters. “He’s a great person, but he’s human. I have to do a better job handling him. I think what happens, too, with me is that I have to remember he’s human.”
Just guessing, but Eagles fans might not care about that.
Like many others, Marshall Faulk has plenty of doubt about Castillo — “When you collect like they collected, and these guys have Pro Bowls and they’re making money, and then you put them in a room with a guy who has never been a defensive coordinator, and he’s supposed to put them in position to win?” — but it’s Asomugha who is the poster boy for the big-talent buzz kill.
And then there is NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders, a Hall of Fame cornerback, who pretty succinctly summarized what he has seen from the Eagles’ secondary.
“If you’re not going to tackle, you better cover,” Sanders said on “No Huddle.” “If you’re not going cover, you better tackle. The Eagles aren’t doing (anything). … Give me one or the other.”
For now, Castillo, Reid and Asomugha still have a window to figure it out before the dream becomes a total nightmare. Thankfully for the health of Eagles fans everywhere, the season doesn’t end after four weeks.