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Terence Newman wonders if the Cowboys practice hard enough

At 0-2 and facing a matchup against the Texans, the Cowboys have to solve their early problems now.  Cornerback Terence Newman thinks they can do it in practice.

“Like I said, I don’t know if you heard me, but I think that things
[in practice] kind of got let go [by the players] in practice,” Newman
said via Matt Mosley of ESPN.com’s NFC East blog. “It’s things that . . . it’s not our coaches. They don’t really know
some of the things that were going on. But as players, we have to crack
down and make sure that some of the stuff that has been going on
doesn’t go on.

“We have to make it a game situation in practice.
That’s just what it is. We go hard in practice, but maybe our intensity
needs to go up a little bit. We’ve got to do that as players and not
worry about the coaches.”

We could go in a lot of directions here.  Newman is trying not to criticize the coaches, but saying the coaches “don’t really know” what’s happening and the players need to police themselves better says a lot.  Among other things, it says the Cowboys need better leadership.

Defensive end Marcus Spears says Newman should voice his concerns, but talking won’t accomplish much.

“That D-line group that I’m in and that room that I’m in, we
go to work every day,” Spears said. “So I can’t agree with that comment from my
perspective. . . . Push the panic button and say these guys need to come together and
talk. That’s not the issue, man. We’ve got
to play better.”

ESPN’s Ed Werder also said other Cowboys referred to unnecessary “drama” on the team.

“I mean, you can talk about this until you’re blue in the face,” Spears said. “And
you can keep talking and keep talking and end up 0-16. And all you’ve
done the whole year is had a bunch of team meetings. We need to meet on
the practice field and meet on Sunday and win games. That’s the cure-all
for everything.”

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51 Responses to “Terence Newman wonders if the Cowboys practice hard enough”
  1. joetoronto says: Sep 20, 2010 12:42 PM

    Oh boy. The gloves are off now, run, Wade, run!

  2. cow1boys says: Sep 20, 2010 12:47 PM

    They can do what they want in practice, until they get an offensive coordinator that has a clue what is going on, we are never going to be any better than we are right now. Jason Garrett sucks

  3. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Sep 20, 2010 12:50 PM

    Thats it Spears..call him out in the media specifically!! that should bring the locker room together!!

  4. Reginald says: Sep 20, 2010 12:54 PM

    When is someone just going to come out and say Dallas sucks? That’s all there is to it. They suck.
    they’ll be 0-3 next week.
    Enjoy being bad at football.

  5. philgrek says: Sep 20, 2010 12:55 PM

    Get a kicker who doesn’t miss regularly inside the 30 or start getting into the endzone. Put Roy at #3 (or #4), and stop abandoning the run the moment you’re behind. Realize that you’re nobody special and every game is a big game. Walk into Houston, grab a win, and spend the next 2 weeks practicing physical football and try to get back to .500 against Tennessee. Even at 0-2 you’re only 1 game back from the entire division. Jesus, please stop embarrassing yourselves

  6. The Real Shuxion says: Sep 20, 2010 12:56 PM

    A red flag was raised when Wade Philips extended nap time from 30 min to an hour.

  7. tx_tuff says: Sep 20, 2010 1:05 PM

    After next week the Girls will be 0-3, damn I’m loving it!

  8. Chapnasty. says: Sep 20, 2010 1:10 PM

    Great

  9. Polo3 says: Sep 20, 2010 1:10 PM

    The quicker the Cowboys realize they are not as good as the media make them out to be EVERY year then the quicker they can start winning games. This team stink like a babys diaper but for some reason their arrogant fan base along with the arrogant owner seems to think their good! Wake up Cowgirl fans your team stinks, save yourself alot of heartache and get the freaking superbowl out of your head. The way your sucky ass team is playing you will be lucky to make the playoffs!!
    Boyswillroll where the hell are you??? YOUR TEAM STINKS and after next week your freaking 0-3!! LMAO!!!!

  10. Bwa Ha Ha says: Sep 20, 2010 1:11 PM

    I’m gonna send a skid of Hamburger Helper to the new Texas Stadium (if that’s what they call it) I hear there are a lot of dead cows to cook up.

  11. ParkerFly says: Sep 20, 2010 1:12 PM

    It’s not the coaching? Really? I really don’t think we’d be hearing this if Parcells was still there. The coach is in charge of practice, they better no if someone isn’t going hard.

  12. Chapnasty. says: Sep 20, 2010 1:14 PM

    @ reginald
    As a Cowboys fan I am obviously biased but the Cowboys do not suck. In fact they are quite good and could be great if they had a leader either on offense, defense or on the sidelines. One of my buddies made a great point that if Belicheat were coaching the Cowboys would likely be 2-0. I can’t confirm or really deny that but I am damn sure that when I have to look at Wade Phillips’ stupid ass look after every play I can tell there is no guidance or leadership anywhere on that team.

  13. mcarey032 says: Sep 20, 2010 1:17 PM

    The cowboys should up for the show “Soft Knocks” with Kenny Mayne. Ware seems to be the only player who has any intesity and there is no consistency in play calling. When you have a great running game and it is entirely ingnored, you are going to lose a lot of games.

  14. boysrollsmokespole says: Sep 20, 2010 1:22 PM

    @Reginad:
    Dallass sucks

  15. aligreene says: Sep 20, 2010 1:23 PM

    Talking proves nothing,its doing that gets the job done ,work hard in practice and play like your life is on the line,and stop the turnovers and limit the penalties then you have a shot

  16. Krashie21 says: Sep 20, 2010 1:23 PM

    If Jerry wants to see another SB in his lifetime, he needs to (again!) let go and give control (which he won’t) to a disciplinarian and a coach with some edge (Bill Cowher….PLEASE!?!?).
    The talent IS there…..but the structure of the organization has the Cowboys slowly becoming the Raiders……
    The Cowboys are MY TEAM…..but Wade, Jerry and Jason G. will combine to see this undisciplined, poorly coached and listless team finish 5-11 or 6-10.

  17. magsdad1 says: Sep 20, 2010 1:24 PM

    This is going to get REAL ugly.

  18. dlmcc0909 says: Sep 20, 2010 1:32 PM

    I’m a huge Cowboys fan and I have to say honestly, this coaching staff to me is the problem. Jason Garrett is not the hot shot coaching prospect people make him out to be. Some of the calls are just mind boggling. Dez Bryant needs to be involved much more in this offense along with Felix Jones. Last weeks fiasco is still fresh in my mind. This is even worse because the Bears are a terrible team.
    Im seeing the same stupid plays for Jason Witten where it doesnt look like him or Romo know the correct route. and the players dont look like they care. Wade Phillips is a players coach and it looks like they have the same swagger they did in the 90′s when they were a dynasty. The difference is these guys havent won anything. And they never will playing for a coach who cant seem to get 100% effort from them.

  19. Hap says: Sep 20, 2010 1:32 PM

    Spare us of ANYTHING Ed Terder has to say. He’s a bigger joke than anybody in the league, and he’s been trying to bring down the Cowboys since somebody from northEastSoxandPatriotNetwork told him to go do so. He’s transparent, like the rest of espn.

  20. OldDominionRedskins says: Sep 20, 2010 1:38 PM

    Team implosion: enjoy it Cowboys. We had ours last year.

  21. Horatio says: Sep 20, 2010 1:40 PM

    What do people expect from Wade Phillips’ Fun & Football Playtime Camp? He’s never been a disciplinarian, and eventually loses the respect/fear of his players. That’s what you get, Jerruh, when you place more importance on having a coach who will submit to your gigantic ego.

  22. _ROCKSTAR_ says: Sep 20, 2010 1:41 PM

    Don’t tease me… Cowboys 0-3 is a wet dream.

  23. Tinbender says: Sep 20, 2010 1:44 PM

    If they practice too much they’ll go blind.

  24. roobelle says: Sep 20, 2010 1:50 PM

    The problem with the Cowboys is Il Divo Romo.
    They’ve changed just about everyone else up in the line up and the problem is still there.
    Time for Jerry Jones to get his head out of la la land and see that Romo needs to ride the bench, and let their backup quarterback give it a go.

  25. Grulks says: Sep 20, 2010 1:58 PM

    T New sort of gets it. If he was fully getting it, he’d have said “there are some problems on this team, they are correctable, but they are a team matter, and I will correct them in practice”. If pressed further, he should have said no comment.
    As I commented in a previous post,
    “The complete lack of discipline, and total lack of outspoken leadership on this team is killing them.
    It is absolutely unforgivable that they are playing without any heart. For some reason, they seem to think they are entitled to winning, instead of going out there and actually earning it. In two games, I haven’t seen anything from either the players or the coaches that makes me think they took either game serious.
    I’m just a single fan, so my opinion and loyalty don’t account for much in the overall scheme to the owner/players/coaches, and that’s really too bad, because the sh*tty execution of this team is infuriating and frustrating (adding the words of ShootahCowboy:) and also embarrassing.
    At this point, I do not see Dallas accomplishing much (let alone making the playoffs) until they get rid of Phillips and Garrett, and get someone in there who can instill discipline and desire. Unfortunately, Jerry Jones’ ego appears to be too big to relinquish that kind of control. ”
    I hope my team gets their act together, but I’m fully prepared for them to finish with a losing record this season, looking up from the lower end of the division, and missing the playoffs.

  26. NationalFelonLeague.com © says: Sep 20, 2010 2:04 PM

    Jay Cutler 2010 MVP.
    He’s the real juggernaut bitch!

  27. TryTheVeal says: Sep 20, 2010 2:04 PM

    Damn, i hope Philips and Garrett don’t get rope burns when the Skelator starts yanking on their puppet strings….

  28. CaptainObvious says: Sep 20, 2010 2:04 PM

    # cow1boys says: September 20, 2010 12:47 PM
    “They can do what they want in practice, until they get an offensive coordinator that has a clue what is going on, we are never going to be any better than we are right now. Jason Garrett sucks”
    Ah c’,mon, everybody outside Dallas knows Jerry calls the plays. Philips & Garrett are both just sock puppets. You’ll never see either of them talking without Jerry’s lips moving.

  29. jjared1101 says: Sep 20, 2010 2:05 PM

    I agree with Newman. This team doesn’t look not prepared to do what they are supposed to do, but rather unprepared for the physicality and speed that comes on Sunday. They look surprised or numb to how fast other teams are playing. Maybe practicing at a higher pace (regardless of injuries), is the key to them becoming more of a team or something that resembles one.
    Being a Cowboys fan, i’ve seen the play calling from Jason Garrett become worse and worse. 2007 was a great offense that had balance to it. But ever since then, Garrett wants the throw the ball far more than he should. Yea, the Cowboys will put some yards on you, but Garrett likes to continue to pass in the redzone and the defense has less space to contend with. This is why the Cowboys were #2 in offense last year, yet middle of the pack in points scored.
    Wade has zero emotion. Yes yes, we all see him look happy and sad at the outcomes of plays, but ask yourself (fellow Cowboys fans), when was the last time you saw Wade Phillips chew someones ass out? No one fears the coaches, but there are not strong enough leaders within the players to counteract that lack of fear.
    There is still hope for the Cowboys. A week 4 bye might come in just in time, but only if they beat Houston next week.

  30. nigel_hugginsworth says: Sep 20, 2010 2:07 PM

    These were the supposed easy 2 games of the season.
    This Dallas team could end up 6-10. Jerry Jones is the only one to blame since he didn’t go after a real head coach.

  31. omegalh says: Sep 20, 2010 2:18 PM

    Who is Romo dating? Let’s blame her. Yoko Romo 2.

  32. Chapnasty. says: Sep 20, 2010 2:20 PM

    @ olddominian
    We all know it is coming and since we rubbed it in to you guys last year, feel free to reciprocate

  33. Codebeard says: Sep 20, 2010 2:22 PM

    dlmcc0909 says:
    September 20, 2010 1:32 PM
    I’m a huge Cowboys fan and I have to say honestly, this coaching staff to me is the problem. Jason Garrett is not the hot shot coaching prospect people make him out to be. Some of the calls are just mind boggling. Dez Bryant needs to be involved much more in this offense along with Felix Jones. Last weeks fiasco is still fresh in my mind. This is even worse because the Bears are a terrible team.

    Big Cowboys fan, but not much of a football fan it seems. A “terrible team” won’t be putting up 385+ yards of offense a game while generating 6 takeaways in two games while having the highest rated QB in the NFL. Might want to look a little bit beyond Texas for your football knowledge. However, you’re right, the coaching regime needs to change in Dallas.

  34. DanSnyderSux says: Sep 20, 2010 2:34 PM

    Jean-Jacques Taylor said it best in the Dallas Morning News this morning: “Right now, no matter how you rationalize it, these Cowboys are a bad football team. They’re overrated. And overhyped.” Dan Snyder finally “found religion” and hired REAL football people to handle the on-field product. Sounds like Jerrah needs to do the same before he sinks that franchise into the ground. Of course, it looks like it’s already on its way there.

  35. BC74 says: Sep 20, 2010 2:48 PM

    Time to jump off the Botox Barge, its sinking fast. Texans vs Cowboys game of the week in the NFL

  36. BC74 says: Sep 20, 2010 2:57 PM

    Next coach for the Cowboys will be a “SHEEPMALE” on BOTOX for Jerry. The EX-STEELER Coach Cowher would be the perfect Coach for the Cowboys.

  37. bringbacktheflex says: Sep 20, 2010 3:05 PM

    I see there are just as many clueless fans on this site as there are on the Cowboy site. This game was lost by the receivers – 2 off the hands result in interceptions, and the fumble by Williams (should have been overturned – his forward progress had been stopped by a long shot). Plus numerous drops by the receivers.
    The defense had lapses, and the playcalling could have been better. Other issues are speculation. Fact is Romo was on target most of the time. The problem is not Romo or Phillips.

  38. bringbacktheflex says: Sep 20, 2010 3:09 PM

    Yeah, Phillips needs to go. We can’t take all these winning seasons and division titles. He’s got to stop that.
    And what’s with winning a playoff game? I mean, was he just trying to show up Parcells (who didn’t win one in 4 years here).
    Yeah, obviously Phillips is the problem.

  39. johnmaine says: Sep 20, 2010 3:09 PM

    Who has a higher IQ between Peyton and Eli Manning? Their Wonderlic scores tell all. http://bit.ly/b4XYPS

  40. CowboysFansAreAllBandwagonFans says: Sep 20, 2010 3:12 PM

    DanSnyderSux says:”Dan Snyder finally “found religion” and hired REAL football people to handle the on-field product. Sounds like Jerrah needs to do the same before he sinks that franchise into the ground. Of course, it looks like it’s already on its way there. ”
    ————
    Jerry Jones will never do that. his teams always seem to do JUST good enough to appease the fan base into thinking next year will be awesome. However, that has never materialized since Jimmy Johnson left. (’95 was still Johnson’s team, Cowboys fans.. face it)..
    Until you people revolt enough like the Redskins fans did, Jerry will NEVER do anything like what Snyder has done.
    Ever.

  41. jb1996 says: Sep 20, 2010 3:23 PM

    new coach new oline new qb get younger linebackers with potential maybe in a year or 2 you actually fulfill your expectations

  42. superb owl says: Sep 20, 2010 3:26 PM

    it’s a country club. the cowboys AND vikings both thought they could waltz in and take it.
    vikings 19 points in 2 games. dallas 27 points in 2 games.
    when you cant get guys into camp and/or you dont call enough run plays, you wont win.

  43. T-Money says: Sep 20, 2010 3:30 PM

    Whether they want to or not, it looks like the Cowboys are going to be putting themselves in the Jake Locker Sweepstakes.

  44. Really? says: Sep 20, 2010 3:34 PM

    YAY!
    Where are you, Vox?

  45. Scott Robinson - On Further Review says: Sep 20, 2010 3:48 PM

    As a Texan fan living in Austin, I’m taking great delight witnessing the implosion at Valley Ranch.
    After the Texans send them back to Arlington beaten and humiliated Sunday, the only thing that would be worse for Jerry is the Texans playing in his house in February. And if that happens my friends? I’m done. Retired. That would be the penultimate having witnessed a lifetime of Cowboys smack.
    Oh Dear God, please let it be…

  46. Heywood Jablowme says: Sep 20, 2010 4:02 PM

    Hehe, loving every minute of it.

  47. TX_Redskin says: Sep 20, 2010 5:30 PM

    Top Ten Reasons the Cowboys are giving for their crappy start.
    10- “I don’t know why were loosing, who’s Romo dating let’s get that slut in here and blame her” – Jerry Jones
    9- “It’s TOs fault, he hasn’t shown up for a game in two years” – Tony Romo
    8- “Dez Bryants mom is a prostitute, can we just focus on that” – Wade Phillips
    7- “If we practice too much we will go blind….Duh” -Keth Brooking
    6- “We are saving our energy for the Super Bowl” -Every Cowboy fan in San Antonio,TX
    5- “We want to be the first team featured on HBO’s Soft Knocks” – Dave Campo
    4- “This crap did not happen on my season of Madden 11, my plays work there” -Jason Garrett
    3- “Were too busy laughing at Keith Brooking’s stupid ass pre game hype up speech, have you seen it?” – All Players
    2- “What the hell are you talking about the Oklahoma St. Cowboys are 2-0,dumbass……Oh the Dallas Cowboys…..umm did you know my mom is a prostitute” – Dez Bryant
    1- Wade- “Don’t worry its just pre season, just wait until the season starts”
    Reporter- “Coach the season has started”
    Wade- “SON OF BITCH, not again it’s Denver and Buffalo all over again”

  48. FumbleNuts says: Sep 20, 2010 5:44 PM

    Welcome to camp cuupcake and the clueless clowns.
    Take a seat, grab some deserts and enjoy the show!!
    hahahahahahahahaha!!

  49. smootysmoot says: Sep 20, 2010 6:44 PM

    Practice is not the problem. Everyone greatly overrated the talent on this team. The fact is, they r not that good. Deal with it Cowboys fans.

  50. BIG JB says: Sep 20, 2010 9:31 PM

    APP ON VOX!

  51. joetoronto says: Sep 21, 2010 6:41 AM

    bringbacktheflex says: September 20, 2010 3:09 PM
    Yeah, Phillips needs to go. We can’t take all these winning seasons and division titles. He’s got to stop that.
    And what’s with winning a playoff game? I mean, was he just trying to show up Parcells (who didn’t win one in 4 years here).
    Yeah, obviously Phillips is the problem.
    *********************************************************
    Whatever you say, Vox.

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