Thursday, September 29, 2011
Cowboys react to Stephen Bowen's comments
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING -- The Washington Redskins were pretty upset at the accusations defensive tackle Stephen Bowen confused center Phil Costa into three bad snaps by calling out fake snap counts in Monday's game.
"I lost a lot of respect for Costa," Bowen, who played for the Cowboys from 2006-to-2010, said on Wednesday. "Just be a man and tell the truth. If that was the case, if we were making snap counts, how come no other offensive linemen jumped offsides? It makes no sense because he's lying. He just needs to be a man and stand by his word. Everybody respects a man who could tell the truth."
When told about what Bowen said after Thursday's practice, Costa said, "I’m not going to talk about that. I’m focused on the Lions now."
The Cowboys are working with Costa to make sure the bad snaps don't happen again. Loud music is being played at practice so the Cowboys can work on snapping the ball under loud conditions. Quarterback Tony Romo said it was the first time he's ever done that for a home game. The Cowboys host the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Former Cowboys center Andre Gurode, who is now playing for the Baltimore Ravens, called Costa on Tuesday to offer him encouragement.
"Dre' has always been a good guy," guard Kyle Kosier said. "So he's always been a good friend, an unbelievable player, that's just the type of guy he is. That's Andre."
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said the league should listen to the audio of the game because Costa was miked up for the nationally televised game on ESPN. The NFL controls when the mic is on or off. The Cowboys asked the league to look into the matter. Defenses are not allowed to yell out fake snap counts during games and if caught it's a 15-yard penalty.
Still for Bowen, a well-liked member in the Cowboys locker room, to be this upset adds some intrigued for the rematch, Nov. 20 at Landover, Md.
"I got no comment. I don't want to say anything, I already hear Bo is mad," Kosier said.
Coach Jason Garrett wants to minimize distractions with his football team, especially during the week quickly. He tells his team to move on 24 hours after wins and losses so it can focus on the next opponent.
"The biggest thing that we have to do as a football team and as a offensive line, is we just have to get it rectified, solved the issue," Garrett said. "There's been noise on the line of scrimmage in the NFL since Pudge Heffelfinger was around. So, that's how it works. We just have to understand what the issues are there and we have to focus on whose voices we're listening to and just get locked in and snap the ball the way it needs to be snapped."
FYI: Pudge Heffelfinger, an all-American guard from Yale, is considered the first professional football player. He was paid $500 to play for Allegheny on November 12, 1892.