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7/05/2007

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Newman Overrated? I Don't Think So.

I was perusing some news articles and stumbled across this article by ESPN's KC Joyner, and I could not help but laugh out loud over his notion that Terence Newman is overrated. You gotta be kidding. Yet he has Charles Woodson and Nathan Vasher as underrated cornerbacks? This article is all backwards if you ask me.

Here's what he said:
Terence Newman: He is considered much better than his Dallas teammate Anthony Henry, but Newman's 2006 overall YPA was only .4 yards higher than Henry's. He also ranked 57th in the missed pass percentage category, so luck was on his side.

Newman is a shutdown corner, plain and simple. There isn't a team in this league that would not want Newman as their main cornerback. There is no luck needed in Newman's game.

Yes, this article is entertaining to some degree and so are the rest of Joyner's articles in this series, but this one is not gonna fly for me. You're wrong KC, sorry dude.

One player who is definitely underrated is TE Jason Witten. If you're in fantasy football, you may want to take Witten in the top 6 rounds, he's gonna score and get yards at the same time.

SportingNews is showing Witten some love by ranking him #1 amongst tight ends in the NFC, and I would agree:

1. COWBOYS Jason Witten is too fast for linebackers and too big for safeties, and he has excellent hands. Anthony Fasano lacks speed but has good hands and is a willing blocker.

He works the middle of the field and gives Dallas a good third-down target. Strangely, he scored only one touchdown last season.

Crumpler, Shockey, and Cooley round out the top 4 TEs in the NFC.

Dennis Dillon at SportingNews takes on the role of Nostradamus and has the Cowboys as the #2 Seed in the NFC for the playoffs:

6. Seattle. As long as Mike Holmgren is their coach, the Seahawks always have a chance to get to the postseason.

5. San Francisco. Frank Gore is the league's next big star at running back, and the defense finally has the pieces in place to become a full-blooded 3-4.

4. Philadelphia. As long as Andy Reid is their coach, the Eagles will be one of this conference's powers. Their chances will be much better, of course, if Donovan McNabb can stay on the field.

3. Chicago. All eyes will be on Rex Grossman, but this team has enough talent to win even when its quarterback isn't at his best. The gap between the Bears and the other three teams in their division still looks as big as the Grand Canyon.

2. Dallas. The Cowboys' players are sold on the 3-4 according to Wade Phillips -- and so am I. Tony Romo regressed a bit toward the end of last season, but he has the makeup to become a star.

1. New Orleans. There's a lot to like about this team, beginning with Sean Payton, its young, innovative coach. I especially give the Saints props for already putting last year's improbable season behind them and turning their focus to what they need to do to take that next step -- to the Super Bowl.

Interesting picks in the NFC side, I don't see the Saints as the #1 Seed though, and moreover, I don't see the Bears making it to the tournament this year anyway, but to each their own.

Shoot, I might as well take a shot at it:

6. Cardinals
5. Detroit
4. Seattle
3 .Philadelphia
2. New Orleans
1. Dallas

How's that for some controversial picks! Let's see if this comes true.

1 Comments:

  • At 8:35 PM, Blogger Dallas Cowboys Blog said…

    Hmmm.... I am not 100 percent sure I can agree with you that Newman is a shutdown corner. I was really disappointed again with the secondary last year. And theyear before. Quite honestly, for the past 6 years I have had a problem with our secondary and mainly the deep ball pass defense. But, with that said, I still like Newman.

     

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