Newly signed San Francisco 49ers free agent Nnamdi Asomugha recently gave an interview with Bay Area sport reporters. It was an insightful interview as Niner fans get to hear Asomugha explain why he chose to sign with San Francisco and why things did not work out with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Without a doubt, Asomugha will be closely watched by Niner fans during organized team activities and training camp. It will be interesting to see if the cornerback can recapture how he played with the Oakland Raiders when he was a three-time Pro Bowl selection. If he can, the 49ers defense will get a huge boost in the secondary.
Asomugha said he is “happy to be back” in the Bay Area, so let’s hope that familiarity will allow him to revert back to his how he played while in Oakland. Below are some highlights from the interview and also the full video interview:
Q: Biggest reason why he signed with 49ers:
Nnamdi Asomugha: It being close to home was a big factor. But this team the last couple of years they have been able to do some great things, the winning has been great, knowing the players, the type of guys they are and how hard working they are, and knowing coach Harbaugh. All of that stuff played a part.
Q: The contrast the last two years playing in Philly:
NA: The contrast was I didn’t know anyone out there and it was a new area. Those were the biggest differences. Out here (San Francisco) there is a familiarity with the area, players and with coaches.
Q: Did defensive scheme play a part (in coming to San Francisco)? The Eagles played zone defense and the 49ers play man defense.
NA: I think the 49ers have a good mix in what Vic Fangio does, which I think has been awesome. Over the last two years, as much as I have seen…you know having a chance to do it again, definitely had to make sure the scheme was something that I liked. And I was able to find San Francisco with a scheme that was really impressive.
Q: Do you think you have something to prove coming back here?
NA: You know I never have gone into a season without having something to prove. Always had a chip, the chip might be a little bigger now, but it’s always been there. I am really excited to get back on the field. I know what things could have been better and I know how to make them better. I am excited to go out and show it.
The best part of the interview is when he is asked why things did not work out in Philly as they did in Oakland. Watch the full video interview below: