Asomugha isn't perfect in Eagles debut

Posted: September 12, 2011

ST. LOUIS - If you were expecting perfection from Nnamdi Asomugha, well, you're not going to get it.

He is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, but cornerbacks get beat sometimes, and cornerbacks draw penalties sometimes, and cornerbacks miss tackles sometimes.

Asomugha did all three in yesterday's 31-13 win over the Rams. Got beat in press coverage by wide receiver Brandon Gibson for a 31-yard completion. Got flagged for a 41-yard pass-interference penalty against Gibson that set up a Josh Brown field goal. Also found himself in the wrong gap on Steven Jackson's 47-yard, first-quarter touchdown run.

That said, he also was part of an impressive defensive performance that held quarterback Sam Bradford to 17 completions in 30 attempts for 188 yards and didn't allow a touchdown pass. A year ago, the Eagles gave up a franchise-record 31 TD passes.

"The type of way we play, the type of routes we're going to see are double and triple moves," Asomugha said. "We're going to have to be able to cover those."

Gibson used a double move on the deep ball that resulted in the 41-yard pass-interference penalty and used a double move on the 31-yard completion. Asomugha knocked away the ball on the pass-interference call, but appeared to get flagged for having his arm on Gibson's back.

"I didn't think I did [commit a penalty]," he said. "In that situation, when a guy's giving you two, three moves, you just don't want him to score. The fact that they didn't was good.

"He gave me a double move on the other ball, too. Those are plays you just have to be alert for because you know they're going to try to beat you with them. It's not going to be a simple route or anything. They're going to use a second move or pump or whatever."

Because of the Rams' early run success (90 yards on their first two possessions), the Eagles stayed in their base defense much of the game.

"When we start getting those leads like that, we'll be able to get into [more different] coverages," Asomugha said. "As the season goes on, I think we'll be able to do more of that."

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