Tag:Stephen Bowen
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: August 9, 2011 3:24 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 5:00 pm

Stephen Bowen draws inspiration from death of son

S. Bowen is working through the death of his infant son (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For anybody who has children -- especially those who have children who were born prematurely and had to spend significant time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit -- this Associated Press story about Redskins DE Stephen Bowen is heartbreaking and tragic and, at the same time, inspiring.

Bowen, who signed a five-year, $27.5 million free agent contract with Washington this offseason after spending the past five seasons with the Cowboys, is still dealing with the feelings and heartbreak caused by the death of his infant son, Skyler. Now as Bowen attempts to regenerate his football career in a completely new city, he's far away from the rest of his family.

Bowen’s wife, Tiffany, gave birth to twins -- Skyler and Stephen III -- in June, but they arrived about four months early at the 24-week mark of their gestation (this is basically the border of whether a newborn has the chance to be viable). While Stephen III still makes progress in the hospital, Skyler died 10 days after he was born.

Bowen is still trying to come to grips with his son’s death.

“Things are a lot better," Bowen told the AP. "It's still hard. I still think about the son we lost every day. He was just an inspiration for us. While he was here, he was fighting every day to try to be here for us. So the least I can do is just work my butt off and try to be the best football player I can be."

For now, Bowen must wait while Stephen III is released from the hospital -- the family is hoping for next month -- and then, his wife, 21-month-old daughter Trinity and Stephen III will travel to Washington to join Bowen.

Until then, Bowen will continue to wade through training camp, spending his days and nights consumed by football so he doesn’t have to be tortured by the thoughts of what he’s lost.

"I don't think you can know how he feels unless you've been in his shoes," coach Mike Shanahan said. "Words can't express what he and his family are feeling."

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:09 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 7:31 pm

Redskins sign DE Stephen Bowen

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After trading Albert Haynesworth to the Patriots, the Redskins had to wonder just how they were going to replace alllllll of that rock-solid Haynesworth production.

Well, as Rapid Reporter John Keim points out, Washington has signed former Cowboys DE Stephen Bowen to a five-year, $27.5 million deal with $12.5 million guaranteed.

BowenOriginally, Washington set its sights on DE Cullen Jenkins, but that deal fell through, allowing the Redskins to bring in Bowen, who Dallas apparently really wanted to keep.

Instead, he goes to Washington where he should have more of an impact (in his first five seasons in the league -- all with Dallas -- and he’s combined for 5.5 sacks 72 total tackles). Bowen initially had said he wanted to remain in Dallas, but the Redskins were so aggressive financially with Bowen that he couldn’t turn down their offer.

"They separated themselves with salary," Bowen said, via the Washington Post. "It was very hard to say no.

"When free agency hit at 10 am, (the Redskins) called at 10:01."

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