Whitner on Asomugha: 'He'll have a great year with us'

Whitner on Asomugha: 'He'll have a great year with us'
April 2, 2013, 7:00 pm
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He’ll get up in a lot of wide receivers’ faces and have an opportunity to use our pass rush, and let those guys work for him.
—Donte Whitner on Nnamdi Asomugha

The 49ers agreed to terms with Nnamdi Asomugha on a one-year contract Tuesday afternoon, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

On Tuesday evening, 49ers safety Donte Whitner appeared on the NFL Network's NFL Total Access and discussed the team's acquisition.

On the 49ers signing of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha:
“It’s a pretty good pickup for us. We have a young corner in Chris Culliver, veteran guys in Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers, and a great defensive coordinator in Vic Fangio. If he comes in and really learns our defense, Vic will do everything that is possible to put all of those guys on the field to make plays at the same time.”

On what he has seen of Nnamdi Asomugha the last two seasons:
“In Philly, they played a lot of zone coverage. When Nnamdi was in Oakland, they played a lot of press, man-to-man; let him get up there, use his long body, length and size to cover those wide receivers. If you look at our scheme, that’s what we do: we play a lot of man – probably 70% man. He’ll get up in a lot of wide receivers’ faces and have an opportunity to use our pass rush, and let those guys work for him. I believe he’ll come out and have a great year with us.”

On if Nnamdi Asomugha has something left:
“I believe he has a lot left. I really believe he has a lot left. He’s going to get up there and challenge a lot of receivers. He’s a big, strong cornerback. Just because you go to Philadelphia and you have a bad two years as a team collectively, all of the fingers are going to be pointed at the guy that made the most money and the guy that they say started the ‘Dream Team.’ You have to understand that when you play professional sports, that all of the blame is going to be put on you if you make the most money in a city like Philadelphia. He’s going to come in, he’s going to work, we expect that and he’s going to get out there and play some good football for us.”