Discussion in 'News Zone' started by cowboyjoe, Aug 1, 2012.
This is the interview I've been waiting for all summer. A must-listen, in my book.
Callahan didn't waste any time complimenting Costa. He must not read the forum.
The man (Callahan) is obviously an "idiot" who doesn't know the sport.
He should know that "Costus" is a horrible, horrible football player, because the "experts" here have shared that with us.
In defense of the experts, we've all watched the games, and what's on film isn't pretty.
That said, I'm sure all of us experts would love nothing more than the Woicik/Callahan magic to rub off on the man, and him to develop into an acceptable NFL center.
The team likes him enough to have not signed a vet or have drafted a center, and at some point fans have to trust the coaches opinion on the matter.
Tough to tell with too many of these young guys with last years' lockout, be them second, or even third year guys at this point.
Gotta root for the man, and that's that. From what I've read, he's worked as hard as he possibly could, so let's see.
....just don't get me started.
Wait, the team is building up now...!:bow: :starspin
A really good interview there...and a couple of things, first, it impressed me that with his previous pedigree, his first comment on himself was that he was here to help out Jason Garrett in what ever Jason needed.
(Oh yea, he was brought in by Jason, and hired by Jerry)
I also like his break down that linemen block. You fire out and block.
He was impressed by the attitude, work dedication, and love of the game by both Costa and Livings. He something positive to add for both Arkins and Leary. Good stuff, and a good interview there.
Well this is the same team that sang the praises of Alan Ball and others over the years
You really think he was going to say anything else?
Costa was awful last year.
What do you want Callahan to say 'gee, he was awful last year and he's a terrible football player, but we have had him penciled in at starter.'
I'm just hoping that whatever they see in the guy pans out. But so far he has yet to prove he's even a below average starting center in this league.
Rich you need to separate the first 6 games of last season (while Costa was injured and Nagy was starting next to him) from the last 10 games when Costa elevated his game to a more "middling" status.
Yes, he graded out as being awful in those first 6 games.
The last 10 weren't nearly as bad as many perceive.
You mean like Wade?
Oh that's right he's gone.
Or Brad Maxie?
Oh that's right he's gone.
Or Dave Campo?
Oh that's right he's gone.
Your straw house just collapsed old-chum.
guess what ostrich
Those were coaches
You really need to try sometime.
PFF claimed that and they are full of crap
Not surprised you would grasp any reason to defend your boy
Everyone knows it but you and a couple others
Trust me we know who's toting around the BS.
I'm looking forward to Bernadeau returning in the next few days and watching Costa playing between legit NFL guards rather than a rookie Bill Nagy and a washed up Kyle Kosier. That matters, especially for undersized centers. You can draw a pretty clear correlation between Mark Stepnoski's performance over his career and the guards he was playing between.
Grading out awful in 6 games is way too many games to grade awful on. Obviously, you hope that the last 10 games will carry over into 2012. But, it wasn't like he was lighting it up in those last 10 games either. And we don't have Holland back this year either. And who knows what we'll do at the right guard spot.
Either way, he really hasn't proven much to me and I would prefer to not take such a chance at him being decent. You take these chances if you think the player is just a few things away from being a really good starter in the league. I'm not even sure that the coaching staff really thinks that as they seem to be in the mode of not wanting to over-value interior O-Line play.
There are two primary problems with the constant Costa gripes:
1. His performance is greatly over-criticized. Yes, he graded our poorly early, but he was not constantly and consistently awful. And he ended the season on an upstreak. People act as if on every play he rolled the ball to the QB, fell on his face and crapped his pants. The reality is that on more plays than not, he did an acceptable blocking performance. The problem is that he had too many mistakes. That's indisputable. It must improve. But he didn't give up 30 sacks like some of you guys act like.
2. It ignores the fact that the guy might actually improve. Costa was a first year starting UDFA center, coming off the messed up off-season. People act like that what he was like last year is a guaranteed result of how he will play in the future. They are ignoring the fact that it was valuable experience and a young player like that can build on that experience, get stronger, learn more, and otherwise improve.
I wouldn't be surprised to see Costa improve to a B- center this year. And maybe the year after that improve to a A- or B+ center. If he were able to do that, do you know what that is called? Developing home grown talent.
The suggestion that Costa is awful and will never be anything more than awful is just poisoned and stunted thinking.
I'm glad no one on here was evaluating Nate Newton, Kevin Gogan and Mark Tuinei's first (SEVERAL) years as starters.
lol, and maybe someone should conceive a stat that explains why the team started to call Phil Costa bulldog. I'm thinking it was from being constantly aggressive, and not from chewing up his wife's house slippers.
Maybe the vocal nay sayers would like to present some kind of observation from the current camp to verify their continued disdain.
And your reference on coaches wasn't lost...but all you really had to state was: Jerry.
I don't think it's very ambiguous. Bernadeau is going to start as soon as he gets cleared to practice, which apparently will be any day now since he's in the very final stages of training and rehab. Word is he was running around the field yesterday during practice. I actually wouldn't be surprised if he practices on Friday after the off day on Thursday.