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Stephen Bowen Vehemently Denies Dallas’ Charge Of Snap Count Shenanigans

By ZAC BOYER | | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Washington Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen vehemently denied the assertion by Dallas center Phil Costa that the defensive line was calling out a fake snap count to disrupt the Cowboys in the Redskins’ 18-16 loss at Dallas on Monday.

Costa, a second-year center out of Maryland, prematurely snapped the ball three times in the game and later told quarterback Tony Romo that the Redskins were imitating their cadence.

“Honestly, I lost a lot of respect for Costa,” said Bowen, who played the last six years in Dallas before signing with the Redskins before the season. “I mean, just be a man and tell the truth. If that was the case, if we were making snap counts, how come no other offensive linemen jumped offsides? It makes no sense. It’s because he’s lying. He needs to just be a man and stand by his word. Everybody respects a man who can tell the truth.”

Officials can penalize a team 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct for simulating a snap count, which is against league rules, but little else can be done.

Bowen said officials asked he and nose tackle Barry Cofield during the game if they were calling out the Cowboys’ snaps. He was surprised even by that question.

“Costa said the D-line kept calling out the snap count,” Romo said after the game. “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.”

Three snaps sailed past Romo, all of which came in the second half. The first, with the Cowboys at their own 48-yard line, went back to the 21 before Romo picked it up and found Laurent Robinson for a three-yard loss.

The second came early in the fourth quarter, which Romo threw away, and the third Romo recovered after an 11-yard loss with 2:52 to play.

With all the colors and numbers, Bowen said it would likely be difficult for a defense to simulate a snap count even if it tried.

“Honestly, I don’t know how you can do it,” Bowen said. “You’re so zoned out. You’re trying to concentrate on your technique and what you have to do that play, to give a fake snap count, you may make your guy jump offsides. There’s no point in even doing that.”

Kedric Golston, who spelled Bowen and Adam Carriker at end during the game, also dismissed the notion earlier Wednesday.

“That’s a lie,” an animated Golston said. “I don’t even know where that came from.”