By Rich Tandler
Usually the team that wins the game has little to complain about. Winners normally let the scoreboard do the talking.
Not the Dallas Cowboys.
There were two major areas of complaint that the Cowboys had after their 18-16 win over the Redskins on Monday night.
One was a claim that the Redskins defensive line was imitating the snap count. On several occasions center Phil Costa snapped the ball before it looked like quarterback Tony Romo was ready. According to Romo, the Redskins were trying to fool Costa.
“Costa said the D-line kept calling out the snap count,” said Romo. “We’ll get that worked out. We’ll tell the league and see if that’s something that can be fixed because you’re not supposed to be able to do that. So we’ll see.”
Coach Jason Garrett echoed what Romo said. “They were making noise on the other side of the ball,” he said. “It was pretty obvious Tony wasn’t even close to being ready, and they were saying some things that sounded a lot like our cadence.”
We don’t know if this really happened or not. The ESPN microphones did not pick up anything but that is not definitive. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that a team tried to trick a first-year center.
But as the old saying goes, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. At some point, doesn’t Costa figure out that the snap count is coming from in front of him and not behind him? At some point shouldn’t Garrett or Romo or somebody talk to the referee about the situation?
And DeMarcus Ware had some issues with the way that he was being blocked. "If you had guys with some hands that could snatch me down, pull me down, that's what they did,” he said.
There is no doubt that the Redskins sometime resorted to tactics outside of the rules to try to keep Ware away from Rex Grossman. Trent Williams did indeed tackle Ware on one play and no flag was thrown.
But Ware clearly was offside on a play where the Cowboys intercepted a Grossman pass. And Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan were restrained with choke holds on a few occasions themselves. It was a poorly-officiated game and the bad calls and non-calls went both ways.
Maybe I’m old fashioned because I think that the winning team should just celebrate and then go home. Or maybe I’m normal and the Cowboys have a higher-than-normal number of complainers on their team.
You decide and let me know in the comments.