Posted on: September 28, 2011 8:34 pm
Posted 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
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
Posted by Andy Benoit
Tags: Aaron Ross, Alex Henery, Andre Carter, Barry Cofield, Curtis Marsh, Dallas Cowboys, David Akers, DeMarco Murray, Dmitri Patterson, Doug Free, Draft Truths, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Jerrel Jernigan, Lorenzo Alexander, Marc Colombo, Marvin Austin, Michael Johnson, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Prince Amukamara, Quintin Mikell, Ryan Kerrigan, Sinorice Moss, Tyler Sash, Tyron Smith, Washington Redskins
Posted on: April 1, 2011 6:57 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
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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