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Friday, August 05, 2005

The chicken or the egg: Cornerback

Hot on the heels of a press release at dallascowboys.com, the Abilene Reporter News has two stories about CB Terence Newman getting his swagger back.

Swagger, swagger, blah blah blah. I get so sick of hearing about swagger. I understand the role of confidence in sports, but isn’t confidence borne of demonstrated ability? Otherwise, isn’t it just hope?

A confident player is one who knows he can. A player that thinks he can may become confident, but will doubt himself until he actually does.

The converse must also be true. Newman didn’t lose his confidence and start playing poorly. He started playing poorly and lost his confidence Cause and effect.. If he was successful before, and thus, confident, he was unsuccessful for a period of time that made him lose confidence.

So if he’s playing well in camp, that’s great. But tell me he’s covering great. Don’t tell me he’s getting his confidence back as if that’s the thing. The play’s the thing.

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