Tag:Barry Cofield
Posted on: September 28, 2011 8:34 pm

Redskins refute Phil Costa; say they didn't cheat

CostaPosted by Josh Katzowitz

If anybody was a goat from the victorious Cowboys squad during last Monday’s win against the Redskins, it was center Phil Costa’s ghastly performance whenever he had to snap the ball to Tony Romo. It was, as my CBSSports.com colleague Ryan Wilson pointed out, akin to a Benny Hill skit (albeit without that kick-ass, show-ending music).

Though Costa took the blame for his poor performance -- “There’s no blaming the refs,” he said. “It’s on me.” -- he also said it wasn’t totally on him. Instead, he blamed the Redskins defensive line for cheating, accusing them of calling out the snap count to keep Costa out of rhythm. It is, of course, illegal for a defensive player to try to screw up the cadence of the quarterback, but as CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman writes, teams from around the league (and across history) have performed the same maneuver.

Thing is, we don’t know for sure if the Redskins were cheating, because when they were asked about it Wednesday, they denied doing it in the first place.

 “Honestly, I don’t understand how I could simulate his snap count,” said Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen, who was suspected of such tactics because he used to play in Dallas. “Am I supposed to memorize the colors and the numbers he was saying? Honestly, I lost a lot of respect for Costa. If that was the case, then why didn’t any of their offensive linemen jump offsides? It makes no sense, because he’s lying. Just be a man and stand by your word. Everybody respects a man that tells the truth.”

While Romo said after the game the Cowboys would have to talk to the league about cracking down on this practice, the officials apparently questioned Bowen during the game.

“Even during the game, the ref came to us and asked if we were making fake snap counts, and I looked at Barry [Cofield] like, ‘Huh? Did you make a noise? I didn’t make a noise. I didn’t even hear anything,’” Bowen said. “So for him to say that, I’m disappointed, and I lost respect in him. He’s making excuses for messing up. And they’re trying to make me out to be some guy that I’m not. I’m not that type of person. I just line up and play ball.”

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan also made a good point, saying that when the center is mic’d up, it’s easy for an observer to determine whether anybody other than the quarterback is shouting. According to Shanahan, nobody from his team was saying a snap count.

To make matters even more interesting, Fox Sports’ Matt Mosley reported that Dallas’ Jason Hatcher said Bowen was NOT shouting out his own cadence. Mosley wrote that it could have been a Redskins linebacker instead.

Unless we hear the audio, there’s really no way to determine if Costa is telling the truth or if the Redskins really did cheat. But either way, the blame will be pinned on Costa. If yelling the snap count is a part of the league culture, you’d like to think the center who is playing in his own building could focus a little better than that. And if the Redskins weren’t doing it, then Costa just had one of the worst games out of a center that I’ve ever seen on any level of football.

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Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:35 pm

The lockout really hurts a guy like Cofield

B. Cofield wants to get paid (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Giants DT Barry Cofield has worked hard to get where he is. He was drafted by New York in the fourth round of the 2006 draft, and since then, he’s accumulated 10 ½ career sacks and 210 tackles while making about $4 million in the interim.

So obviously, Cofield isn’t the guy who’s making tens of millions dollars per year* (the old billionaires vs. millionaires argument), and when he reads the Twitter stylings of Reggie Bush ($26 million guaranteed in his first contract) – who, as you’ll recall, tweeted that he’s been enjoying his lockout offseason just fine, thanks very much – it upsets him.

*Yes, I realize $4 million in a five-year span is a good chunk of change.

Especially since Cofield is going to have an uphill fight to keep his job, now that the Giants have drafted defensive tackles in the second rounds of the last two drafts.

“It really pisses me off," Cofield told the Newark Star Ledger. “My career and some other guys, it’s the definition of irreparable harm. I’m not going to get last year back (when he made $1.7 million as a restricted free agent). That’s a year off my career, a year of pounding on my body. And this offseason I’m not going to get back. Doing the draft before free agency, that hurts a lot of guys. It definitely hurt me.”

And you can see why Cofield feels like he deserves to get paid a ton of money – he did, after all, have a career-high four sacks and a career-best 54 tackles last year.

“I just want my fair chance,” he said, “They gave me my fair chance last year. I went on the field and proved it. And now I want my fair chance to go out there and secure my future.”

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Posted on: May 2, 2011 11:15 pm

NFC East draft truths revealed

Posted by Andy Benoit

One of the best things about the draft is that from it we can find out what teams really think about their current players. Excluding examples of teams filling obvious needs, here are some of the more revealing draft picks from 2011, with a quick blurb of what the team was really saying by making this pick.

Dallas Cowboys

1st round, Tyron Smith, OT, USC
Many believe this pick means that our left tackle Doug Free will move to the right side. That could be. But we can cross that bridge later. Right now, we’re just glad to have an upgrade over slow-footed right tackle Marc Colombo.
3rd round, DeMarco Murray, RB, OklahomaP. Amukamara (US Presswire)
The rumors about Marion Barber being on the way out are true.
New York Giants

1st round, Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
We are tired of waiting on Aaron Ross to polish up and stay healthy.
2nd round, Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
Does RFA Barry Cofield want to play hardball for a long-term contract now?
3rd round, Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy
OK! OK! Sinorice Moss was a bust.
6th round, Tyler Sash, SS, Iowa
We haven’t been pleased with the play of Michael Johnson the past few years. Now, thanks to one of the highest rated safeties in the draft falling clear down to Round 6, we can do something about it.
Philadelphia Eagles

2nd round, Jaiquawn Jarrett, FS, Temple
Free agent Quintin Mikell might not be back after all. We historically get rid of defensive players a little too early rather than risk holding them a little too late. Mikell will be 31 in September.
3rd round, Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah State
We need some competition for starting corner Dmitri Patterson.
4th round, Alex Henery, K, Nebraska
We gave David Akers a transition player tag because we don’t want him here past 2011 (if that).
Washington Redskins

1st round, Ryan Kerrigan, OLB, Purdue
We don’t like Andre Carter (he’s a free agent anyway). And we acknowledge that Lorenzo Alexander is a versatile role player, not a starter.
Check back throughout the week for other division’s Draft Truths Revealed. To see all Draft Truths Revealed, click the “Draft Truths” tag.

Posted on: April 1, 2011 6:57 pm

Barry Cofield frustrated by RFA status

Posted by Andy BenoitB. Cofield

Thanks to the labor unrest, Barry Cofield is amongst the group of players who are stuck in restricted free agent status when they should have hit the unrestricted free agent market last season. The Giants defensive tackle acknowledges that if a new CBA is not figured out soon, he could be playing in a one-year RFA contract for a second straight season, as the NFL would likely operate in 2011 under the 2010 league rules.

Last year, Cofield’s RFA deal was worth $1.7 million. That’s about $7 or $8 million less than he could expect to make in a long-term contract’s signing bonus alone.

Thus, it’s possible that he’d holdout once football resumes.

“I don't know if I could be happy coming to work knowing that I should have been a free agent twice," Cofield told Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News.

Many players likely share this sentiment. For some, when football resumes, a whole new battle for money will open up.

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