After center Phil Costa had four bad snaps in the home opener against the Redskins, the Cowboys had artificial noise piped in at practice to try and simulate game conditions.
"Anything close to game [conditions], the more realistic it is," said Costa, who declined to answer questions about the snaps, whether the Redskins were simulating the snap count or former teammate's Stephen Bowen declaration that Costa is a "liar."
In previous seasons, the Cowboys have prepared for road games by using music or artificial crowd noise during practice. But until Thursday, they had never done that for a home game.
"This is probably the first year I’ve seen it [for a home game]," Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said. "...What we’re trying to do is simulate a game-like atmosphere as much as we can during practice. However that’s going to happen. If you can’t talk on game day, if you can talk, if you signal, whatever we’re going to do, that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to put ourselves in that situation as many times as we can."
After the game Monday night, the Cowboys accused the Redskins of calling out the snap count, getting Costa to snap the ball early. The Redskins have denied the allegations.
Costa heard from Ravens center/guard Andre Gurode, his mentor last year with the Cowboys, who told Costa to keep his head up. And Romo defended Costa on Thursday, saying his second-year center will be "fine."
"He did real good today [at practice]," Romo said. "Costa will be fine. He’s a smart guy; he gets it; he’s had a good camp. He’s been doing a lot of good things for us. Obviously, everyone is going to want to talk about the snaps, but we’re moving forward past that. I think going forward he’s going to be just fine."
-- Charean Williams