"I've got guys I know in that secondary that I have a lot of respect for, so it's not funny at all," Newman said. "You never want to see your guys get criticized or not perform well or lose games. From that standpoint, I'd love to see my guys do well."
Except for this week, of course. Newman leads the Bengals in pass breakups and intercepted Peyton Manning twice in the same game, bringing his career total to 34. He's fifth on the team with 58 tackles and is right on the pace of his career high of 77 with the Cowboys in 2010.
"Terence was a really, really good player for this team for a long time," Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. "I told him when I talked to him, 'You're going to be playing for a long time and just keep doing what you're doing.' I have so much respect for him as a guy, what he did for the organization. He's playing very well right now."
Newman said he's in Cincinnati in large part because the defensive coordinator is Mike Zimmer, who was in charge of the Dallas defense when Newman was drafted. Because Zimmer grabbed him so quickly, Newman didn't really have a chance to lament the end of his Dallas days.
Besides, the Kansas native and former Kansas State star still calls Texas home. He knows what he'll be doing this coming offseason — playing golf with Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher.
"I think when my career is done, I will look back and say, of course a lot of people say 'I wish I would've done this better or done that better,'" Newman said. "But at the end of the day, I'm where I'm supposed to be obviously, and I'm content with it."
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