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