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January 23, 2012

Jones hints Newman slump might have been combination of injury, skill drop-off

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said if cornerback Terence Newman was playing hurt late in the season, it might have hurt his performance. But if he was hurt, it wasn’t any more than any other “healthy” NFL player at that point in the season.

Newman’s slump was highlighted in the season finale against the New York Giants, when the veteran cornerback was hurdled twice by a tight end, was outrun by receiver Victor Cruz and was an ineffective tackler.

 “I don’t just point to him. I would point to several areas of our team,” Jones said Monday at the Senior Bowl. “But usually there’s combinations of some type of compromise, whether it be drop-off because of injury, because of nicks, which can happen at the end of the season – but everybody has it, that’s the NFL. Every team goes through that. These teams that are in there right now, especially the Giants, are a great example of how to keep competing with that in the face of injury.

“And then we had some skill level drop-off, and that’s part of what, one of our big challenges are, and then we’ve got to also evaluate what we did, how we’re doing it.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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“People said Jason Kidd was too old,’’ President Obama said of the 38-year old Mavs’ playmaker. “I will say that this is the first time I’ve been with some world champions who are my contemporaries.

“They said JJ Barea was too small, that Dirk Nowitzki was too slow.’’

At that moment, President Obama turned around and looked at Nowitzki and said: “They did say that, Dirk. That’s what they said.

“They said you had a great jump shot, but. . .’’

President Obama also said: “They said DeShawn Stevenson was too crazy. They said the Jet (Jason Terry) was terrific, but they weren’t sure whether that tattoo was such a good idea.’’

Before last season, Terry had a copy of the Larry O’Brien NBA championship trophy tattooed on his bicep.

“In fact, before the Mavericks played a single game last season, when Jason got his tattoo, he said when you do something as crazy as I did you’ve got to back it up,’’ President Obama said. “And he did, by the way, score 27 points to help win the deciding Game 6 (in the Finals against Miami).’’

“People said Jason Kidd was too old,’’ President Obama said of the 38-year old Mavs’ playmaker. “I will say that this is the first time I’ve been with some world champions who are my contemporaries.

“They said JJ Barea was too small, that Dirk Nowitzki was too slow.’’

At that moment, President Obama turned around and looked at Nowitzki and said: “They did say that, Dirk. That’s what they said.

“They said you had a great jump shot, but. . .’’

President Obama also said: “They said DeShawn Stevenson was too crazy. They said the Jet (Jason Terry) was terrific, but they weren’t sure whether that tattoo was such a good idea.’’

Before last season, Terry had a copy of the Larry O’Brien NBA championship trophy tattooed on his bicep.

“In fact, before the Mavericks played a single game last season, when Jason got his tattoo, he said when you do something as crazy as I did you’ve got to back it up,’’ President Obama said. “And he did, by the way, score 27 points to help win the deciding Game 6 (in the Finals against Miami).’’

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This JJ just wants to raise TNewman's stock price for trading. No NFL GM out there is that stupid. Please fire yourself.

No Jerry..it wasn't any slump that slowed Newman down. It was both those HUMONGOUS contracts you bestowed upon him. Newman has had only ONE injury free season since you wasted that first round pick on him when you should have taken a quarterback at that time. You got what you paid for in this guy and we..the fans..have been suffering and then some ever since.


My respect for this person is rapidly declining. GET OUT OF THE GM BUSINESS...you blow at it.

Newman either needs to be traded or released. I know others have lasted longer than he has. It could be because he is sick and tired of not being in the post season play. There is a wide variety of reasons.

Lose him now. Better yet, lose the GM now and your team would be better off.

No kidding, brillant deduction Jones.

The Cowboys need to change the "mentality" of the how the players think and releasing Newman is a start. The Cowboys need more physical and vocal players, two things that Newman never was eventhough he should have been more vocal on the field. Time to move on. Thank you Newman for the good job!

Newman has lost his skills, either due to injury, age or mindset. I'm thinking it has to do more with his mindset, in that he knows he is older, slower and more injury prone, therefore he does not play as "hard", tackling, as he may have in the past. He was never that physical, however, this does not take away from the fact that early in his career Newman was a "good" corner, although for being drafted high in the first round, one would want that player to be "great", but this was never the case with Newman.

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