One of the more underrated signings during the 2015 offseason by the Minnesota Vikings was the addition of former Cowboys and Bengals cornerback Terence Newman. Newman has been a part of Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer’s defense for many years now, stemming all the way back to his time with Dallas.
In a recent interview on Vikings.com, Mike Wobschall spoke with Terence Newman about his familiarity with Mike Zimmer and why he made the decision to come to play for the Minnesota Vikings in his 12th NFL season. Here is Newman said:
"“I just know exactly what to expect from him as a coach, as well as everybody else in this locker room. You play your best football under him.”"
Dec 7, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman (23) rushes the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 42-21. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
And if anyone would know this, it would be Terence Newman. He should be well prepared for anything the team throws his direction and he can use his experience and knowledge to help the other players in Minnesota’s defensive secondary to help grow and understand things as well.
Terence Newman continued to praise Mike Zimmer, talking about his desire for intelligent football players that are aware of not only their job but the job of the players around them. He stressed being both physically and mentally tough in order to make everyone around him better.
"“He likes guys that are smart. They know what they’re doing. It’s important to know what you’re doing and what the guys around you are doing, to be tough, guys that are going to go out and do everything they can do to help improve the team and the defense and offense, whatever it is, and guys who are tough-minded. Not everything goes well during a game, so if something bad goes there, how are you going to respond to that?”"
Newman may be 36 years old, but the former #5 overall draft pick has had a successful NFL career including 36 interceptions, 148 passes defended and 587 total tackles. He will provide a veteran voice in the locker room and help bring experience to a Minnesota Vikings secondary that is very young. Hopefully, Terence Newman can bring some of that success to an up-and-coming defense.
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