Bengals sign former Dallas Cowboy Terrance Newman: Wizard of Oz in Cinncinnati with former Cowboys.

"No tackle" "No parole" "No cover"

Today the Bengals came to terms with former Dallas Cowboy CB Terrance Newman. Good luck with that Bengals fans. Yes you may have unloaded a weak offensive guard on Jerry Jones in the free agent signing of Nate Livings but we get the last laugh now that you have injury prone, tackle whiffing, and (Giants WR) Victor Cruz’s (B-word) Newman.

As if that isn’t enough to depress Bengal fans, you currently have former Cowboy safety, Roy Williams and former Cowboy, Pacman Jones. Now you have a guy that can’t cover (Williams), a guy that can’t tackle (Newman) and a guy that can’t seem to stay out of trouble with the law (Jones).

It’s like the Wizard of Oz in Cincinnati, a guy with no heart (Williams) a guy with no courage (Newman) and a guy with no brain (Jones). “Follow the yellow brick road” to the bottom of your division.

If there is one thing worse than having to endure the awful personnel decisions of Jerry Jones, it must be having to endure the players that he has moved on from.

Cruz "posterizes" Newman.

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Jerry Jones Speaks and Cowboys Fans go on Suicide Watch

WARNING: READING JERRY’S COMMENTS MAY CAUSE FANS TO CONSIDER TAKING IRRATIONAL ACTION TO HARM SELF. READ AT OWN RISK.

After a disappointing season last year, all indications were that the Cowboys were going to go to work on improving their team right? Brought in new coaches for offense and defense. But don’t forget (no matter how you try) that Jerry Jones is the owner and he said a few things while at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, that give me the impression that Jerry isn’t really sincere about improving his team. Not if it cost money.

First of all, Jerry thinks the Cowboys were Super Bowl contenders last year. That’s not a good sign. Here is Jerry’s logic, we almost beat the Giants, in two unsuccessful attempts, and the Giants won the super bowl therefore we are right there in contention. Jerry lives in his own little world. JERRY

Reality is that in their own division the Cowboys were swept by the Eagles (games not even close) and swept by the Giants while just barely beating the struggling Redskins twice. The only good team the Cowboys defeated all year was the 49ers in O.T. With that win, they went 1-4 against teams that made the playoffs last season. To call them Super Bowl contenders is delusional.

The problems on defense, particularly pass defense, were well documented but Jerry is starting to feel better about how they played evidently. Jerry suggest that Terrance Newman may come back at the right price. NEWMAN. I can just hear the Cowboys fans release a collective groan with that comment.

Jerry went on to defend the play of Newman and Scandrick by implying that they weren’t used the right way in Ryan’s new scheme. Jerry has taken a look at the price of free agent CBs and decided that if he can get Newman cheaper then he represents value. You may have a point there Jerry, if Newman could cover!

Jerry claims Newman still has his speed but if that is true, then Cruz of the Giants is without a doubt the fastest human on earth because he left Newman grabbing air. Jerry is the one who over paid Scandrick on his contract last year so naturally Jerry will defend his play. It’s either that or take responsibility for his poor decision and if you know Jerry, that ain’t gonna happen.

Newman "posterized" by Cruz but according to Jerry's world Newman still has his speed.

Remove all sharp objects from Cowboys fans because there is more from Jerry and it gets even worse.  

Laurent Robinson was a very productive WR last year for Dallas particularly in the high priority redzone and Cowboys fans pretty much agree we need to get this guy signed. Jerry indicates that while Robinson was valuable last year, he could be replaced by a young receiver, Andre Holmes.

Holmes has been on the practice squad and to say the least is unproven as a player. Is Jerry serious? Romo really connected in a unique way with Robinson while they displayed a chemistry that shouldn’t be taken for granted nor assumed can easily be replaced.

The fact is Robinson is looking to get paid and Jerry is looking to get by on the cheap. Could Jerry be bluffing in an attempt to sign Robinson for less? Possibly but we are talking Jerry here and if it sounds too stupid to be true, then you don’t know Jerry like we do.

As Cowboys fans, we have heard this talk from Jerry before in the off season where he says he feels good about the guys he currently has on the roster. Then the team goes out and stinks up the joint missing the playoffs yet again. How many times will we fall for it?

Have hope that Jason can some how influence Jerry to improve his team and for sure stay away from sharp objects during this off season!

THE SECONDARY WOES: ORLANDO SCNADRICK

It is pretty obvious to even the casual fan that the Cowboys need to improve their defensive secondary. And a consensus that Terrance Newman is getting older, slower and not likely to be with the Cowboys next year. It appears likely they will either find a CB in the draft or via free agency to fill his spot.

But what about the other CBs in the secondary?

Mike Jenkins is in his last year of a contract and while he had injuries last year, his play was fairly solid for the Cowboys considering the poor play around him. Pro Football Focus ranked him 40th out of 109 CBs last year.  If healthy, I expect Jenkins will be back next year and I think he will play well as do most NFL players who are in the last year of their contract.

Remember that Jenkins suffered a shoulder injury and is having surgery on it. That means he will miss the off-season program and possibly will be eased into things in training camp. It remains to be seen how healthy he will be at the start of the season.

OK well we have Orlando right? Yes we have him whether we like it or not. Let me explain…

With the contract Scandrick scored from Jerry, we are probably going to see more of this.

Orlando Scandrick struggled last season but since Jerry Jones gave him a big contract prior to the season, the Cowboys are kind of stuck with him for now. Orlando signed a six year contract for $28.2 million with $10 million guaranteed and then he went out, as most NFL players often do, and had himself a season that would make you feel like you got ripped off. Too often we see NFL players get their big pay day then not play up to that contract level the next year. It’s a reoccurring problem facing all NFL organizations.

Pro Football Focus has Scandrick ranked in the bottom 10 for completion percentage allowed. Last season 69% of passes thrown Scandrick’s way were completed. Scandrick does cover the slot receiver which means he will naturally be targeted more by QBs so you can say that he gets a tough assignment. But hey if you were the QB, wouldn’t you target a guy allowing 69% of passes to be completed? Just saying.

Do the Cowboys have any options since they signed Scandrick to a six year contract last year? The Cowboys could possibly look to bring in a CB to take over the tough assignment of covering the slot receiver while moving Scandrick to another area of the secondary. That would mean getting a free agent with enough experience and skill to do it. However top free agent CBs can cost you. Remember when Dallas looked at acquiring Asomugha before the season? But the Eagles showed up with more money and “cha ching” the Eagles had him and the Cowboys didn’t.  It’s difficult to imagine a rookie capable of taking that spot. We have Scandrick and while he isn’t that great, he is all we have.

Hopefully the new secondary coach, Henderson, will be able to get the most out of Scandrick and elevate his performance next year. And that goes for the entire secondary for that matter.

The Cowboys will need Jenkins and Scandrick to step up their games since the guy replacing Newman will most likely be a rookie.

Wish I had better news, but the reality is fixing the Cowboys secondary will be tough to do in one offseason. Unfortunately it is going to take some time.