Doubt, health have spurred Terence Newman

IRVING, Texas -- Now 33 and in his ninth season, Terence Newman is not supposed to be playing as well as he has this season, especially missing almost all of training camp, four preseason games and the first two regular-season games because of a groin injury.

Newman leads the Cowboys leads the Cowboys with four interceptions and has three in his last two games. With three more this season not only would Newman establish a career high and move into the top five in franchise history with 35.

“A lot of people doubted me and I think that’s easy when you have people that doubt you,” Newman said as he circled the locker room Thursday with reporters following him. “You go out and try to prove people wrong. That’s what anybody would do.”

It’s as close to an I-told-you-so Newman will get, but it was no secret the Cowboys made a big play for Nnamdi Asomugha in free agency and did not hide it by having owner and general manager Jerry Jones hand a cell phone to coordinator Rob Ryan before practice.

But to Newman it’s more than just the doubts that drove him. His health has him feeling better than he has felt in years.

“It makes it simple, you feel good you usually play good,” Newman said. “It’s one of those things.”

Coach Jason Garrett has remarked more than once that Newman’s comfort in Ryan’s scheme has made a difference too. Ryan gives his cornerbacks tremendous freedom before the ball is snapped, which Newman enjoys.

“There’s different parameters,” Newman said. “It makes it easy when you can count on one thing happening and you know it’s going to happen. And when you can’t, I mean you have to play a certain way.”