Redskins dismiss accusations they messed with snap count

Washington Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen took exception to the suggestion by the Dallas Cowboys that he simulated the snap count that led to center Phil Costa botching multiple snaps in Monday’s game at Cowboys Stadium.

Costa made at least three errors with shotgun snaps, including on a third-and-21 play that proved to be one of the critical points in the game. Quarterback Tony Romo was furious with Costa during the game, but afterward the Cowboys suggested that Redskins defensive linemen were barking out signals, which is illegal.

Bowen, a free-agent addition this offseason from the Cowboys, was fingered as a likely suspect. He obviously knows elements of the Cowboys offense.

Honestly, I don’t understand how I could simulate his snap count,” Bowen said, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post. “Am I supposed to memorize the colors and the numbers he was saying? Honestly, I lost a lot of respect for Costa. If that was the case, then why didn’t any of their offensive linemen jump offsides? It makes no sense, because he’s lying. Just be a man and stand by your word. Everybody respects a man that tells the truth.

“Even during the game, the ref came to us and asked if we were making fake snap counts, and I looked at Barry (Cofield) like, ‘Huh? Did you make a noise? I didn’t make a noise. I didn’t even hear anything,’” Bowen said. “So for him to say that, I’m disappointed, and I lost respect in him. He’s making excuses for messing up. And they’re trying to make me out to be some guy that I’m not. I’m not that type of person. I just line up and play ball.”

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan also found the accusations to be wild.

“The one thing about accusing somebody for doing something like that, especially nowadays, especially this year, is the center is mic’d,” Shanahan said. “And when the center is mic’d, you go back in audio and see if one of our players did say a snap count, and they did not.”

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