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Assante Samuel best Corner back in 2010

BY Brian Swartz

In 2010, Asante Samuel tied for the NFL lead with seven interceptions, despite missing five starts due to injuries.

He victimized Peyton Manning for two interceptions, including the game-winner, and victimized Eli Manning for two interceptions, including the game-winner.

He also defensed 14 passes, forced and recovered a fumble, and picked up 22 tackles.

He earned his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl selection, and his third as a member of the Eagles.

But was Asante Samuel really that good in 2010? Or did his stats just appear to be great because he had a bunch of interceptions, most of which came in a two-game period?

According to Pro Football Focus, Asante Samuel was targeted just 41 times in 2010, an average of about four per game. He allowed 19 completions, meaning opposing quarterbacks completed 46.3% of passes thrown in his direction.

Those completions traveled 141 yards, just 7.42 yards per catch and only 3.44 yards per pass attempt. He allowed two touchdowns and intercepted seven passes.

And Asante Samuel allowed a passer rating of 31.7. That’s unbelievable. He was significantly above average in all four criteria used to judge passer rating: completion percentage, yards per attempt, touchdown percentage, and interception percentage.

By comparison, Oakland Raiders star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha posted the following statistics:
13-33, 205 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 60.8 passer rating

And New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis allowed:
19-56, 340 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT, 79.5 passer rating

Samuel dominated both Asomugha and Revis in yards per catch, interceptions, and most importantly, passer rating.

You can make the argument that teams constantly picked on opposing cornerbacks Dimitri Patterson and Ellis Hobbs because Samuel was such a shutdown corner, and that’s definitely true.

However, the numbers don’t lie. Samuel intercepted over 15 percent of all of the passes thrown to him. An interception is the best play for a defense to make, and Asante provided it seven times, including twice to win the game.

Asomugha was targeted almost as many times as Samuel. Revis was thrown at more times than Samuel. Neither picked off an interception. Not one.

Football Outsiders analyzed cornerbacks in 2010 for their performance in three different categories: yards per pass, yards after the catch, and success rate. Success rate is defined as the percentage of passes that don’t get 45 percent of the yardage needed on first down, 60 percent of yards on second down, or 100 percent of yards on third down.

Samuel topped the NFL in success rate at a dazzling 78 percent. Revis ranked second at 70 percent, while Asomugha failed to crack the top ten.

Samuel also finished first in the NFL in yards per pass, allowing just 141 passing yards all season. That’s a paltry 3.44 yards per pass.

His 31.7 passer rating allowed is miles ahead of the other three cornerbacks for the Eagles: Dimitri Patterson (93.0), Ellis Hobbs (102.2), and Joselio Hanson (104.1).

It was the best in the National Football League in 2010.

Samuel has been criticized for his all-or-nothing style of play as a cornerback but in 2010, he was simply incredible. He was a total shutdown cornerback. And he was a playmaker.

He was the most valuable member of the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense, and the best cornerback in the NFL in the 2010 season.

Christmas In July

By Terrell Whitby

Joy is the feeling of grinning inside.” When your eyes meet the first tweet, or your ears first heard the most stunning announcement in Philadelphia since Viagra went on sale, Wilson Goode ordered a bombing in a residential neighborhood or the Phillies had signed Cliff Lee, if you are or were a lover of football than internally you had the greatest grin since you realized the illegitimate reason for Christmas. The answer too many Philadelphia football prayers were delivered in a press conference in a small Pennsylvania town called Bethlehem. The Philadelphia Eagles known to most Cowboys fans as the team that has never won a Super Bowl signed Nnamdi Asomugha. So Let it be written, so let it be done. There will be time to analyze the ramifications of this bold move in the upcoming days. For now we must only exhale at this stunning revelation from Andy, Howie, Jeffery and Joe As a side note the Eagles in addition signed Vince Young, Johnnie Lee Higgins, Jason Babin and Donald Lee. Who said Rome was not built in a day? The only thing passed the feeling of surprise is that Philadelphia is once again the benefactor of the spurning of Dallas and New York. It is in the sports realm no longer the bastardized step child of the city that never sleeps. As for proof: the Phillies just got Hunter Pence!!

This will go down as one of the greatest days in Philadelphia sports talk radio and sports history. There can be no more Cataldi pre dawn cries, no more excuses in Bird land, no more caviling of Coach Reid and the Eagles’ Front Office. It is simple a beautiful moment in time. This is a chance to exorcise the decades of losing, Bramanian frugality and the January 19, 2002 football debacle at the Vet. This one move coupled with the acquisition of Dominic Rodgers Cromartie allows every card carrying member of Eagle Nation to believe that a Super Bowl victory is within their grasp. The 51 year crusade lead by football crazed Great Grand Fathers and their sons, farmers, flower vendors, pharmacists, home makers, street cleaners, barbers, factory workers and et al in the town unfortunately known for booing and smacking a dirty and drunken Santa with snowballs. This is the bliss of being a sports fan; it is an imaginary balm for the wounds of your world. A mental deep breath from the toils of adulthood and its omnipresent responsibilities. Nnamdi Asomugha is now a member of the Birds. The game is not played on paper nor will the Lombardi Trophy be given to the winner of the Free Agency period. This move only affords 16 Sundays of pure excitement, 16 times to beat and exude our chest with Civic Pride. This move allows us to craft celebratory songs, to know victory more than we know defeat and to have three hours of uninterrupted football pleasure. In ancient times there were odes written and paintings dedicated to brave and savage warriors who brought honor to their homeland by vanquishing an inferior opponent. Two years ago Philadelphia’s football team lost a great defensive mind and man to Cancer. Jim Johnson was vanquished by an unconquerable opponent; this is an ode to his former colleagues at the Nova Care who skillfully remade the defense that he made famous.

Today a football team in Philadelphia became complete. It is a team that is replete with speed in all areas, dynamic playmakers at most positions and a cadre of experience and know how on its sidelines. The time is now for this team to work hard on and off the field. Today men who are traditionally ridiculed and tormented by false know-it-alls must be given their just praise and props. Today for 60 million dollars over 5 years a town was redeemed and the greatest non championship sports day was birthed. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. E-A-G-L-E-S

DeSean Jackson is Homophobic?

By Terrell Whitby

DeSean Jackson's recent foray into talk radio has created a mini firestorm during this age of football darkness known as the NFL lockout. During a June 30 appearance on the All Out Show with Rude Jude and Lord Sear; DeSean Jackson was greeted by a caller from Tennessee who challenged Jackson's manhood with a question that made reference to Jackson's penis being knocked in the dirt. Mainstream media instantaneously labeled DeSean’s response as a Homophobic slur. The tentacles of liberalism were raised and the seeds to paint another African American athlete as some homophobic hate spewing jock were sown. A careful examination of this issue must be had. DeSean's comments were not were not well thought out, politically correct nor laced with any hatred. Having danced the unfortunate dance that Kobe Bryant danced several months ago DeSean Jackson's hip hop inspired bravado must be understood by those who live outside of the ambiance of the inner city.

Historically the term faggot began somewhere in the 1300's in an European culture blackened with witch and heretic bigotry. The term faggot or fagot, meaning bundle of sticks, appears around 1300 in English. It almost certainly came from Old French, possibly going back to Greek phakelos. These were bundles of sticks were mainly used for fires, it's not surprising that the term came to mean burning sticks. In medieval times there was a malodorous business where heretics were burned at the stake. In the inquisition of Europe, when witches were being burned, among those sought out for burning were gay people. They were required to gather the very "bundles of sticks" (the real meaning of a faggot) with which they would be burnt. When the faggots (sticks) were running out, gay men were thrown on the fire to keep it going for the witches. The first known published use of the word faggot or fag to refer to a male homosexual appeared in 1914 in the U.S. It referred to a homosexual ball where the men were dressed in drag and called them "fagots (sissies)." Ernest Hemingway, in The Sun Also Rises (1926), included the line, "You're a hell of a good guy, and I'm fonder of you than anybody on earth. I couldn't tell you that in New York. It'd mean I was a faggot." A 1921 cite says, "Androgynes [are] known as 'fairies,' 'fags,' or 'brownies.' We dealing with the true definition of the word faggot in its proper context there is no denying that it is a word that should never be promulgated. It is a word that is rich in terror and fear which haunts the eyes and ears of those who are desecrated by its use.

Desean Jackson is hip hop a living blur of dazzling speed, swag and gridiron grandiloquence whose personality exudes every element necessary to survive in the urban cadres christened as the "hood"," ghetto" or "inner city." It is here that souls soaked in poverty lean on a culture that is steeped in being strong and masculine. It is here that boys learn manhood in its barest terms from strangers, peers and minds that fully embrace the true tenets and truisms of " Thug Life". Here to be weak is to be victimized. The laws are simple life's a bitch and then you die and get rich or die trying. The effeminate qualities exuded by SOME male homosexuals in this world are the silver bullet to the werewolf or the wooden stake drove through the heart of Edward Cullen for these young African American males. The proper context of the word faggot is like the mythical city of Lemuria lost in the consciousness of these superbly blessed athletes who lived by psalms of 4.3 forties, 6'7 free styles and 360 degree between the legs dunks. The ramifications of bundle stick etymology and its inherent Inquisition inspired terror has gone lost somewhere between the halls of Long Beach Polytechnic High School and the sprawling campus of the University of California Berkley. It must be noted that in this setting and perspective the word faggot means to be soft or lacking the necessary essential needed to survive this hostile world. When this word is said from the mouths of those that have known terror, persecution and injustice for four hundred plus years it is said without malice or disrespect. it is said free of hatred but not uncomfortable ness. Desean Jackson on July 9, 2011 clearly stated, "I have made a mistake and would like to make it clear that words I used meant no disrespect to the Gay and Lesbian community. "Intolerance is unacceptable and I apologize to anyone I have offended." There has to be an understanding and a sensitivity afforded to the Gay and Lesbian community as well as to the community that help shaped the perspective which allowed DeSean Jackson to utter those hurtful terms in the first place. Aren't you ready for some football?

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