Terence Newman, in an interview with a television station, placed some criticism on the shoulders of quarterback Tony Romo. He implied that Romo’s Hollywood status hurt him this year and that he didn’t think he put enough into his game as he did in the 13-3 season.
The comments sent shockwaves through Dallas Cowboys fans across the nation, because the often soft-spoken Newman seemed to outright call out his quarterback.
But he’s turning away from those comments and he is now saying they are being misconstrued. Apparently, Newman and Romo played golf this week–a good sign no matter what.
“I said to the extent it’s not my feelings, but rather it’s what is perceived of him,” Newman said in a phone interview. “Those are not my feelings, at all. But it’s the perception of Tony Romo. That’s where it got to [being] misconstrued. It’s not fair to him that people perceive those things about him. I want to be clear about that. People have it in their heads I’m taking a shot at Romo; I’m not. When you hear his name, it’s about this or that, it’s not about football. That’s not fair.
“When we first lost, a lot of people said it was Jessica Simpson’s fault. It’s funny to me. How can a girl in the stands cause us to lose a game? That’s where it got all turned around.”
I can see the angle Newman is now taking making sense. The media certainly loves all things Rom0-Jessica Simpson, and ESPN will always rattle the team’s cages just because it can. But there is a level of irresponsibility still going on at Valley Ranch that someone needs to pin down and control. Ridding the team of Terrell Owens may or may not have been the answer, but Newman’s candid comments and retractions are proof that there’s still a lot of healing that needs to go on in that locker room if the Cowboys have any desire to catch up with the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ six Super Bowl rings.