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News: Eatman: Hard Not To Compare Newman’s Career To CB Walls

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    Nick Eatman
    DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer

    You ever heard of Dwayne Robertson? A big’ ol defensive tackle from Kentucky who was going to be the next Warren Sapp?

    Yeah, that’s the guy Bill Parcells actually wanted to draft back in 2003, his first year with the team in his first draft as Cowboys head coach. It didn’t work out though. Robertson went to the Jets at No. 4, one pick before Dallas. The Cowboys ended up with Terence Newman.

    No, Newman never really lived up to those expectations. He was a starter, always a good player but never really great, although he made two Pro Bowls. It was probably about eight shy of the expectations when you’re drafted that high.

    However, when I look back on his career, even though they couldn’t have arrived on the scene any differently, I can’t help but compare Newman to Everson Walls. Yes, Newman was a first-round pick and Walls was an undrafted rookie from Grambling.

    Still, their two careers have a lot of resemblances, especially how things ended here in Dallas.

    Read the rest: http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/a...B-Walls-/579b5493-fed4-4936-b6b7-1ef317db5a53
  2. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Kind of a weird article.
  3. DCBoysfan

    DCBoysfan Hardwork and Dedication Zone Supporter

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    I always considered him a vey good player, his skills declined late in his career.
  4. Illini88228

    Illini88228 Well-Known Member

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    He was always a good player. Anyone who expects 10 pro bowls out of a draft pick based solely on when he was picked doesn't understand the draft.
  5. Aikbach

    Aikbach Well-Known Member

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    Newman was also a 25 year old rookie, meaning Dallas was robbed of 3 or so years of his prime playing years.
  6. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Maybe he lost a step, but I think he lost his confidence, which hurt him a LOT more than that. The guy just played slow, which means he was second guessing himself on every play.
  7. JoeyBoy718

    JoeyBoy718 Well-Known Member

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    Haha. I agree. I read it and was thinking, "Is this guy a professional writer?" It seems like he either didn't know what to write about and just made up this comparison for the sake of meeting quota, or he genuinely felt like the two were comparable but didn't know how to articulate it.
  8. percyhoward

    percyhoward Research Tool

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    Except that Walls led the league in INT three times.
  9. Sarge

    Sarge Happy Holidays Staff Member

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    Ya, Walls was a special player. Not certain I would give that same label to Newman.
  10. Eddie

    Eddie Well-Known Member

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    Yep, that's usually what happens when we draft a player at age 27.
  11. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    Pretty sure he's the only CB that's ever done that.
  12. CoCo

    CoCo Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. "I'm not saying they're the same, but they're kind of the same..."
  13. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    Uh, at no time in his career here did I ever think to myself, "T-New reminds me of Everson Walls."

    T-New was a 1st round pick. Walls was undrafted.

    T-New was ultra fast. Walls was not noted for his speed.

    T-New was not a ball hawk. Walls was one of our best ever at that.
  14. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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  15. landroverking

    landroverking Well-Known Member

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    Makes you wonder if Eatman ever watched Cubby play.
  16. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    He's a horrific writer. That is about the worst comparison you can make.
  17. ravidubey

    ravidubey Active Member

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    I gotta agree. My impression of them has always been as near opposites. Combine the skills of both, and you'd have one of the greatest corners to ever play.
  18. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    Honestly I don't get this comparison in the least.

    I liked Newman, a lot, for a lot of years. He was vastly under-rated for a long time but he got old and he lost some skill and totally lost his confidence here.


    But at no time was he ever someone you'd mention in the same breath as Walls.

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