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Terence Newman Going Strong

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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    Posted by Dan Hoard on June 4, 2014 – 11:47 am

    I don’t think I read a single Bengals draft preview this year that did not include a mention of Terence Newman’s age. But even though Newman will turn 36 three days before the season opener at Baltimore, the Bengals are counting on him to be one of their top corners in 2014.

    “We timed them this offseason in a 20-yard dash and he was, like, second on the team,” said defensive backs coach Vance Joseph. “He can still run and with his experience at corner – that’s going to make him a solid player again this year.”

    “I think I was lucky the couple of days that we did that test,” said Newman with a smile. “I just worked in the offseason and tried to get my legs stronger. I had a little issue with my patella last year and obviously the MCL so I got that corrected and I started to feel good. Coming to work every day when you have guys that are 21 or 22 – it’s a challenge in itself to try to hang with these guys. I think I’m doing pretty good.”

    “I love this game,” said Newman. “This is something that I feel privileged to come out and do every day. Knowing people from the outside world that have 9-to-5 jobs and work in corporate America – they would love to be in the position that we’re in. A lot of times you have conversations with people and they just want to talk about football. They tell you, ‘I played in high school but I just wasn’t big enough’ or ‘I wasn’t this or that.’ Well, either was I. I wasn’t the biggest or strongest guy, but I could run. I’ve tried to perfect my craft and I’m still trying to.”

    “To me that’s the challenge,” Newman told me. “You’re constantly being tested by younger players and guys that are bigger, stronger, faster. To me that’s kind of like a whole ‘nother game. I have to play the game at practice every week and then play the games on Sunday.

    “There was a period of time where my body was breaking down. In retrospect, I probably should have taken a little time off. Maybe taken a few less reps – but I just wanted to be out there all of the time. That wears your body down. Now the coaches are forcing me out here, and that’s helping to preserve my body.”


    Read the rest: http://blogs.bengals.com/2014/06/04/newman-going-strong/
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  2. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Just a refresher...but I seem to remember somebody around here saying a few years back that the issue with Terrence was the number of snaps when was playing and not his ability to play at his age in general. Anybody remember who might have said that about a thousand times?

    Can we agree at this point, after two years playing well in a better defense than ours that maybe the noisy majority was dead wrong on this one, too? Or do we have to pretend it never happened like we do with everything else we complain about that turns out to actually be unfounded, like Phil Costa not being and NFL caliber player or Jason Hatcher being Just A Guy or Mike Zimmer not being able to coach or Mackenzie Bernardeau being a waste of money before we even saw him play a single down of football and whatnot?
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  3. the_h0wey

    the_h0wey Well-Known Member

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    He was always one of my favorite players when he was here. I'm glad he was able to continue his career and shake the injury bug.
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  4. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Newman missed 2 games during his last three seasons in Dallas. He has missed 4 games during his two seasons with Cincy.
  5. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    Always liked Newman, but there is no denying that he was getting seriously abused in his last years in Dallas. Glad he's got his body strait again, but I'm sure that CVG pass rush has something to do with his recent play.
  6. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    I always liked Newman. I thought he was very solid for Dallas. He is doing okay with the Bengals, but he isn't doing better there. He has 4 interceptions over his two seasons in Cincy. He had 4 his last year in Dallas. If he was still in Dallas producing those interceptions totals and missing a couple of games in a season there would be lots of folks on the board complaining that he is stealing money.
  7. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Costa was always a JAG. Only those like you ever thought otherwise. Bernie is being forced apparently to joust with Leary after being tossed from his spot- does not say a whole lot about him does it? Hatcher was a top player for 3/4 of ONE season.
    For you that is not too bad- only wrong in 75% of the cases.
  8. casmith07

    casmith07 I'm the best poster in the game!

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    Dat crow.
  9. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Lol. I didn't say Costa was more than JAG. I said he belonged on the roster and we were lucky to get starter snaps at a position of need from an UDFA. There's zero doubt after his extension and signing by another squad that I was 100% right about Phil Costa.

    Bernie has already proven to be well-worth affordable contract he signed. There's no disputing that, either, and especially from a guy who wanted to spend $10M a *year* on an alternative. That's laughable.

    Hatcher was not a top player for only 3/4 of a season last year. Nor was he anything less than a good starter for us the rest of his time here. If watching him play didn't convince you of that, the deal he just signed in WAS definitely should have.

    These three things, burm...we're not going to debate them any more. Nor are you going to be allowed to backslide on what was actually said at they time. They're off-topic, anyway, and I only pointed them out as examples of how easy it is to complain loudly about something, be wrong, and never have to own it down the road.

    To the thread topic, though, yeah, a lot of you guys were wrong about Newman's ability, too. From your response above, it sounds like you're owning that now, so, kudos.
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  10. casmith07

    casmith07 I'm the best poster in the game!

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    I was always a fan of Terence. I think he got a raw deal here in Dallas toward the end and could've still helped this team.
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  11. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    just goes to show how convenient your memory is. Have always been a big Newman supporter. But from you nothing new.
  12. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Ah, I had just made the assumption since you'd replied to the particular post you'd replied to in this particular thread. I didnt remember, one way or another. Bu't if you'd always been a supporter, good for you. The guy got absolutely lambasted on this board here by an awful lot of posters who've got to be struggling to explain what's been going on on a better defense in Cincy the last two years.
  13. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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    I don't follow the Bengals much, but I wonder if they don't have as much of an issue sitting Newman when he was injured than the Cowboys did. There were a couple years where it was reported after the season that Newman played half a season hurt which contributed to his ineffectiveness in some cases.

    Think about it, we know Ware was hurt last year and the team still trotted him out there every week as if his presence alone would stop the NFL's worst defense from being pitiful.
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  14. muck4doo

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    The play that killed Newman's career in Dallas. I liked the guy too, and am glad he found a place. But let's not forget a lot of fans were angry about this at the time.
  15. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    He played between 800-900 snaps his two years in CIN. And started 13 and 15 games. That's more snaps than I figured him for, honestly. I don't remember the numbers his last year in Dallas, but I had it in my head he played almost 1100 snaps his last season, because I had thought that ~750 was a reasonable target for him at his age given how his legs seemed to go out late in the year each of his last two seasons here.
  16. the_h0wey

    the_h0wey Well-Known Member

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    He may have only missed 2 games, but he was injured almost the entire year and you could definitely tell with his play.
  17. DFWJC

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    Just an enormously better defense surrounding him in Cincy. In 2013, they were literally better than us at almost every position.
    Good for TNew. I always thought he was a good guy.
  18. joseephuss

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    And yet he produced more interceptions(4) in that season he missed 2 games with Dallas than he has in his 2 seasons with Cincy. And he has also missed games both seasons with Cincy. He is essentially the same player now as he was then and in truth he was probably a little better with Dallas than he is now with the Bengals. If people liked his play while he was in Dallas then they should still like it now because it is the same. If they hated his play while in Dallas they should still hate it now because it is the same.
  19. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    I always liked Newman. Loved the pick when they drafted him.

    I was ready for him to go though because he was seriously getting roasted his last couple of years in Dallas, ESPECIALLY at the end of his last year in Dallas.

    This is a case where a player needed a fresh start, in a new place, and it's worked out really good for him and I'm happy about that for him.
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