There is a saying out there that should apply to this weekend’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then say nothing at all”. Apparently the parents of Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman need to reinforce that into his head. According to Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News, Newman said on Tuesday that a fine will not be a deterrent should he get a chance to clock Detroit Lions quarterback Jon Kitna this Sunday. Those comments came a day after team linebacker Bradie James said that he’s looking forward to making Kitna pay for comments he made in January about the Cowboys’ defense.
To recap, Kitna, in a radio interview with a Seattle radio station shortly after the Lions win over the Cowboys in last season’s finale, Kitna called James “ineffective” and said that he didn’t think that Newman was as talented as Seattle cornerback Marcus Trufant. Trufant’s reply? In a conversation with SIRIUS NFL Radio, Newman replied, “Your mouth can’t write checks that your ass can’t cash. That’s what it comes down to. Everybody’s going to see those quotes. He better just hope I don’t blitz off the edge because I’ve got 15, 25, 30 (thousand dollars) however much it would be for a fine. I’ve got that much for one fine. Revenge will be sweet, definitely.”
The NFL routinely hands out $15,000 fines for flagrant, helmet-to-helmet hits on QB’s and specifiically told officials to eject players who are guilty of that infraction. Those idiotic comments by Newman aside, the odds of Kitna being hit are good, considering that the Lions have allowed a league-high 50 sacks – 47 taken by Kitna. Also consider that the Cowboys have sacked the QB 33 times – tied with Pittsburgh for 5th overall.
About Newman and his comments: Terrence, first of all, everyone and their brother will read these comments – especially the Lions. Your comments aren’t too terribly bright considering the fact that the league is proactive as far as what you have in mind. The same applies to James. If Newman truly believes what he is saying, then at the very least he should keep his mouth shut. I’m certain Cowboys coach Wade Phillips will catch on to this and ensure that none of this underhandedness takes place. And without a doubt, Jerry Jones will find out, as well.
I hope that none of this transpires, because first of all, it is childish. If anything, it should motivate you and provide a challenge. Also, the Lions, for all intents and purposes, even though this is truly a must-win game for them, they will probably be mindful of Kitna’s comments and may even dress him down for putting his foot in his mouth. Anyways the bottom line is this – and I am stealing this from ex-WWE wrestler The Rock – shut your mouth and know your role. That means keep your comments to yourself, and if you want retribution, do it by playing the kind of defensive game you’re capable of, so Kitna can eat those words after the final whistle blows.