Last year was certainly a whirlwind for Nnamdi Asomugha. Thanks to the lack of an offseason and the abbreviated camp, he was signed one day and in camp the next. Wasn't allowed to practice for a few days, had a new coach putting in a new system that had never even coached defense before and pretty much three weeks later the season was underway.
Suffice to say, that's not normal. Nnamdi said that coming into camp this season has been a different experience.
"It is a little bit different. I drove in and I know my way a little bit. Everything is familiar and completely different. Last year was kind of a rush deal so it is good."
Of all the new things he was digesting last season, perhaps the most noticeable for him was that there were fans. Lots of them at every practice.
"Just the fact that we had fans here was new to me. I had never been around a training camp where there were actually fans allowed to be there. But it is great. It kind of gives you a game type feeling and the competitiveness goes up a lot."
On the actual football front, Nnamdi says he feels more comfortable coming into year two which will not only allow him to work in this system, but also take on more of a leadership role.
"The second year is completely different than the first year. Even for a rookie that is going into his second year from his rookie season. I think the biggest jump is those years. I think the comfort level will be much better as far as taking on that role and guys listening to you. You really want to know what you're doing before you step into that role."
I can imagine its pretty tough to teach younger guys and help them along, when you yourself barely have any idea of what you're supposed to do... which was clearly the case with Nnamdi and basically the rest of Eagles secondary not named Asante Samuel. And to be clear, Asante may or may not have known what he was supposed to do, but I don't think that's ever really mattered to him.