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News: FWST: Phil Costa watching tapes of Nick Mangold

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by CCBoy, May 10, 2012.

  1. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    Costa watching tape of Mangold, a former Bill Callahan player, to get ready for bigger responsibilties at center



    Cowboys center Phil Costa said he is watching a lot of tape of New York Jets center Nick Mangold.

    That is the model for Costa as he works under new Cowboys offensive line coach Bill Callahan, who helped develop Mangold into a Pro Bowl player.

    “I’ve watched tons of tape of Mangold,” Costa said Wednesday at Cowboys Golf Club, where he was set to play in the Cowboys’ annual sponsor appreciation golf tournament. “It’s fun to watch him. He does all the calls that we are using now. Watching him on the field and how he applies them and his technique. He’s a great player, so it’s fun to watch him on tape.”

    Costa started every game at center for the Cowboys last year, but he is expected to have competition for the spot this year. Free agent signee Mackenzie Bernadeau and second-year guards Bill Nagy and Kevin Kowalski have played center.

    Read more here: http://sportsblogs.star-telegram.co...for-bigger-responsibilties.html#storylink=cpy
  2. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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    that is fine and dandy but nick is a beast at his position, perfect technique is going to go much farther for costa than trying to emulate mangold
  3. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    How much you wanna bet that Callahan is stressing the technique thing?

    With so many folks not liking this kid... I'm pulling for him. :)
  4. CCBoy

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    IRVING, Texas - Since Laurent Robinson departed in free agency, one of the hottest topics surrounding the Cowboys this offseason has been the impending competition for the role of No. 3 wide receiver.

    In the grand scheme of things, though, the importance of the offense's fourth pass-catcher is probably overvalued a bit. On offense, the only top-of-the-depth-chart role that truly appears up for grabs is the least glamorous job of all: center.

    Last year, the Cowboys gave veteran Andre Gurode the boot in training camp, opting instead to go with the younger, cheaper Phil Costa. A former undrafted free agent, he ended up starting every game in the middle of the line, and his struggles have been fairly well documented. The consensus, however, is that Costa did improve as the year went along, as a full season of experience is helpful for any young player.

    "Definitely," Costa said. "From week to week and from the beginning of the season to the end of the season, just what you can feel and knowing the defense, seeing the position of the Mike linebacker, what kind of blitz they're coming with, it does change it, for sure."

    Still, if Costa isn't able to take another step forward in the Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and training camp later this summer, the position may be changing hands again....


    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/news.cfm?id=38A67FC6-F70A-728B-76B79A2AB6765C57
  5. rkell87

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    i actually don't dislike him, i believe there are guys like him all over the league, but he can be upgraded. I just don't know that watching mangold, who is head and shoulders above costa in terms of talent and ability, is going to help him.
  6. CCBoy

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    Here's the cut to the chase on the second posted article:

    ....Among the players who Costa may have to fight off are 2011 rookies Bill Nagy and Kevin Kowalski, who both earned playing time last year, Nagy at guard, and Kowalski as the utility interior lineman. David Arkin, last year's fourth-round pick, will likely stay at guard, as will Ronald Leary of Memphis, the Cowboys' most prized signing in undrafted free agency this spring.

    The Cowboys will try to field the best possible starting five on the offensive line, though, and the position flexibility of veteran signee Mackenzy Bernadeau could become a consideration if there is a logjam at guard.

    "He's played center," said Bill Callahan, the Cowboys' new offensive line coach who came over from the Jets this offseason. "That's one of the things we asked him and one of the things we knew about him. He played some center in the preseason with Carolina, so he's been exposed to that spot, he's got that position flex, so that's a real plus. Yeah, he has that in him. I haven't seen it as of late, but he did serve as a backup center for them in kind of emergency situations."....
  7. CCBoy

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    This is the off season, when training and film are a huge part of the process to adjust and introduce system changes. There is quite a bit of change occuring up and down the entire offensive line this off season. This highlights intense preparations...but is part of a growing learning process. At center, and with Kyle Kosier gone, this is highly important for Phil Costa in picking up what Callahan is adding to the Dallas system. Actually, a smart move by Costa at this point.

    ...and here's the rest of the story concerning your posting above:

    While his job isn't guaranteed, the Cowboys do believe Costa has the tools and the makeup to continue to get better. He appears to have already added muscle already this offseason, bulking up a frame that was listed as 6-3, 311 pounds last year, and is trying to improve himself in other ways as well.

    One way has been to observe Nick Mangold, the Jets' All-Pro, to pick up on the nuances of playing center for Callahan.

    "I've watched tons of tape on Mangold," Costa said. "It's fun to watch him out there, and just, all the calls that we're using, watching him on the field and how he applies them and his technique.
  8. Bluestang

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    Jason Garrett hinted that Costa's ability to make the center calls was one of his positives because of his preparation and film study. When the QB identifies the mike linebacker, the center is responsible for setting the correct line protection call - a very under appreciated aspect of the position.
  9. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    But if you can't block, it doesn't matter.
  10. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    And we've all heard the stories about Gurode not being able to do that.
  11. rkell87

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    if it helps him learn what the new line coach likes to do that is great, and watching the top player at your position can't hurt, all I'm saying is costa won't be able to handle guys in the same way mangold does because he has short arms and doesn't have short area quickness and over all ability of mangold
  12. CCBoy

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    Center, smenter, if Costa gets even more **** strong, then arm length means bo didly to begin with...and it is apparent that Costa hasn't been working only on his CD's. A posted comment included physical strength and added size from last seasons 311 playing weight.
  13. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    Oh, and how many Cowboy starting centers have you lined head up on and called woosie in their face?
  14. CCBoy

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    :) And we all know that Cowboy centers are a bunch of woosies to start with...which stems directly from no coaching or GM.
  15. Eddie

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    It's nice that he's watching film of Mangold. Hope it helps.

    I can watch Roger Staubach until I'm blue the face. Still not gonna help.
  16. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    This is like having Rob Petitti study tape of Anthony Munoz.
  17. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    Or your effort at humor akin to a Chunky Cheese clown filling in for Red Skelton...
  18. CCBoy

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    Whether the art work becomes an early example of Picasso or not, will be measured out strongly before camp even arrives...but now, art critics are a dime a dozen.
  19. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    but then Petiti was a better tackle then Costa was a center.

    Trying to polish a turd usually just gets your hands stinky.
  20. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    Despite descriptive associations of denegration...you can't argue that Cost has lasted going into a fourth season. Now, how long did Petiti even remain in the NFL?

    I'll just await a decision on Costa, as most negative commentors on site couldn't see a retention of Anthony Spencer prior to this off season as well.

    Did he look bad at times last season? Yea, but there is a reason he is still here and Dockery, Holland, and Kosier are not. If the association is then turd polishing...I'll just pass on by.

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