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Has Terence Newman lost a step?

2/22/2011

As some of you know, the Dallas Cowboys held a media meet-and-greet for their assistant coaches last week. Secondary coach Dave Campo was asked about starting cornerback Terence Newman's performance in 2010. As Tim MacMahon points out on ESPNDallas.com, teams averaged 9.3 yards per attempt against Newman, which isn't good.

"To be honest with you, I don’t know that he had a great year, but I do know that he played through injury this year that in some other years he was not able to do,” Campo said of Newman.

Newman is set to make $8 million next season, so the Cowboys will have to make a decision. They're not going to pay that type of money to a third cornerback. And if Dallas selects a corner with the No. 9 pick overall in April, that's probably what Newman would become.

I think new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has tremendous respect for Newman, but surely he knows the Cowboys need to add more talent in the secondary. We'll know a lot more about Newman's future once the Cowboys make that first pick.

And Campo's quote about Newman is pretty interesting. He seems to be suggesting that Newman had trouble playing through injuries in the past. Maybe Campo didn't mean it that way, but it came across as faint praise.

I know that Jerry Jones once brought a Prince to the sideline. Now it's probably time for the Cowboys to draft another one.

And by the way, it's not like Newman was the only player struggling in this secondary. Former Pro Bowler Mike Jenkins is coming off an awful season.