Former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton, a six-time Pro Bowler and three-time Super Bowl champion, joined J Dub City on KESN-FM 103.3 (ESPN Radio Dallas) recently to talk about Jaylon Smith and the Cowboys defense. He didn't mince words.
Specifically, Newton heavily criticized the play of second-year linebacker Jaylon Smith, calling him a "liability," that his instincts are off and he's "missing on all cylinders."
Per the Dallas Morning News, here's the highlights:
What are your thoughts on Jaylon Smith and his development?
Newton: In training camp I said to be where this kid is at right now is a feel-good story, but I said specifically to J Dub city, you don't want to play this kid too much. It isn't going to be nice. Guess what, y'all? It isn't nice.
He's missing on all cylinders. You can see the eagerness in him, but this game's more complex than lining up in the spread offense. If he just had to line up against the spread offense like they do in college over and over again, he'd probably be able to flourish a little bit better. But guys are moving, responsibilities are changing, holes are getting shifted over one more depending on what's the run play, what's the pass play. That's a little too much for this kid. To be able to figure out how he's going to run through these holes, how he's going to take on these mammoth linemen - that's a little too much for this kid.
His instincts are off, he's missing tackles in the hole, he's a liability on passing plays. That's why I told everybody at the beginning of the year when you asked me, "Nate, what's your expectations?" I don't have any. None then, and I don't have any now.