Vikings CB is excelling

Published 9:32 am Thursday, November 19, 2015

EDEN PRAIRIE — In their short partnership together in Minnesota, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman have forged a compromise of sorts when it comes to assembling the team’s roster.

“I get one old guy,” Zimmer has said he likes to tell Spielman, “and you get one little guy.”

Terence Newman

Terence Newman

Zimmer used his “old guy” allowance this year on 37-year-old cornerback Terence Newman, one of the coach’s most trusted pupils over the years, to bring some stability and veteran leadership to a young secondary.

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Newman has rewarded that faith by providing more than just guidance and wisdom. He intercepted two passes in Minnesota’s victory over Oakland on Sunday, including a late one in the end zone, to earn NFC defensive player of the week honors.

“Terence hasn’t lost a beat,” Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. “I told him he’s getting better with age.”