Secondary coach Dave Campo made clear last week at the introduction of the Cowboys 2011 coaching staff that he still believes in 32-year-old Terence Newman, who suffered through ankle and rib injuries in 2010.
Campo--who remains the secondary coach after his counterpart in Pittsburgh, Ray Horton, passed on meeting with the Cowboys to accept the defensive coordinator position with the Arizona Cardinals--attributes Newman’s down year in 2010 to these injuries, and not declining athleticism.
“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, per ESPN Dallas.
But has the veteran Newman slowed down somewhat in recent seasons?
“Not when he’s completely healthy,” Campo said. “He can still do everything that he did, as far as I can see.”
Newman finished the 2010 season with 79 tackles and five interceptions. 2011 will be Newman’s ninth season in the NFL.
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