Dallas Cowboys Rumors
August 1, 2011 by staff
Dallas Cowboys Rumors, A persistent fly buzzing around your head Terence Newman was a great distraction to the corner of the Dallas Cowboys in his first interview of training camp. “This flight is kicking (butt),” Newman said at one point.
Fortunately for the Cowboys, Jerry Jones “tearing” search last week to land marquee free agent Nnamdi Asomugha did not have the same effect on Newman.
Asomugha, one corner of the end of class, ended up signing with Philadelphia. He had picked Dallas, Newman may have been cut, a scenario that suggests that he has lost sleep.
“All I can do is control what I can control,” Newman said Sunday at the Alamodome. “If they brought someone else in, I know.
“When I was a kid I always wanted to play in the NFL. No matter what the team has to, I wanted to play. I’m here and I’m not going anywhere. I go to work. I’m staying here. That is how you take it day by day. ”
Newman said no one in the organization spoke to him about the offer from the club to sign Asomugha, and that’s fine.
“This is a business,” he said. “As I said, I’m just focused on trying to improve and try to make this team better. That’s why I waited until today (to talk). I thought this would have calmed down a bit, but obviously did not.”
Jones made no attempt to hide the Friday to search for Asomugha. The owner was on his cell phone through practice and at one point even went over to the new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who led Asomugha Oakland.
Newman said he lost everything.
“I was focused in practice and learning this defense … that’s the truth of God,” he said.
So any damage to the feelings?
“For what?” Said Newman. “Having 60 new defenses come in four days? My feelings are hurt about it. My head is spinning. It’s a business. To say Nnamdi arrived. Does that mean I have gone? Does not. So the questions are speculative.”
Newman had a career with five interceptions last season, but was also part of a poor defense that set team records for points allowed. He was blunt when asked to determine what went wrong; essentially saying blame should be assigned to each unit member.
“You want me to give it in layman’s terms?” Said Newman. “We did not play well at all. We did not do things right technically. We did not execute well. You talk about high school, but school is also part of the things that happened in front of us.
“You can point to high school, but my focus is on defense (all)”.
Newman also had a quick answer as to why he and his partner Mike Jenkins was the corner of Pro Bowl selections in 2009 to the objects of ridicule last season.
“I have one better,” he said. “How crazy is that he went to Minnesota in the NFC championship (in 2009) and then the next year was bad as we were? Touché.”
Newman will be 33-04 September and there is plenty to talk about their best days are behind him. But the coach, Jason Garrett, sees a bright future for professionals in the ninth year at Kansas State.
“It does not seem to be declining in all,” said Garrett. “He still works well. It’s fast. He has a good knowledge of the game, and will continue to grow in this system.”
Newman could not blame their problems in 2010 in an injury. He injured a rib in Week 7 and requires injections for pain the rest of the season.
However, did not miss a start and refused to use the injury as an excuse.
“I do not make excuses for anything,” he said. “If you’re well enough to play, then you should compete. I will not make an excuse and say he was hurt. That’s not me. I’ve never done that since I was a child.”
Newman said that being part of a 6-10 campaign last team was “the worst thing I’ve experienced, and it hurt,” but he is confident that the defense is going to recover in Ryan.
“His behavior and his attitude makes you want to be the best they can,” said Newman. “He makes fun of football.”
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