ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9: Center Andre Gurode #65 of the Dallas Cowboys looks down the line of scrimmage before snapping the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Andre Gurode
Let’s just say that Thursday was not Andre Gurode’s day.
Twice, once in the first quarter and once in the second quarter, Gurode botched the snap to quarterback Jon Kitna. The first time, with Dallas in the shotgun formation, Gurode snapped the ball while Kitna had his eyes on the New Orleans defense, leading the quarterback to scramble for the ball; the second time--with Kitna under center, this time--for whatever reason, he came up without the ball.
Later in the game, the entire offensive line broke from their stances, all except for Gurode, who remained crouched, football in hand. The false start was called on Gurode, who was actually the only offensive lineman not to move. Presumably, Gurode was supposed to snap the ball this time, and didn’t.
As Aikman put it, and I’m paraphrasing here, “He’s snapping the ball when he shouldn’t be, and not snapping the ball when he should.”
"When you play a lot of plays, sometimes that stuff happens,'' Kitna said, per the Dallas Morning News. "It's unfortunate that happened, but it did.
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