Dallas Cowboys’ center Phil Costa had one of the worst performances of his short two year career on Monday Night. Maybe one of the worst in NFL history. Against the Washington Redskins, Costa’s snaps to QB Tony Romo were in a word: inconstant. And that’s being nice. Despite winning the game, many Cowboy fans were calling for Costa’s head! But one call he didn’t expect to get was from the very man he replaced.
In the preseason Costa replaced veteran and five-time pro bowler Audre Gurode as the Cowboys’ starting center. Gurode was released and bounced around a bit before landing in Baltimore with the Ravens.
After Costa’s terrible performance, Gurode called him with some encouragement and advice. Although he wouldn’t go into details, Costa praised Gurode for being a good guy and someone he could learn from.
No matter how much advice Costa got from Gurode, I’m not sure it’s going to help much with the Detroit’s Lions Ndamukong Suh staring him down this Sunday. One thing is for sure: There will be a microscope on Costa’s play this week. If he has a similar performance against the Lions, Costa may have more free time after the bye-week then he anticipated.