The Washington Times - September 27, 2011, 08:32PM

Hey folks. First, sorry for taking my initial thoughts blog out of the postgame rotation this week. The late finish and early morning travel were prohibitive, and my time is best spent in a short week re-watching the game and breaking it down in more depth than I do immediately after each game. “Initial thoughts” will return from St. Louis next week.

Onto actual football matters. How easily one loss can change the tone of a season. At 2-0, the Redskins were a feel-good story about changed culture and improvement. But after Monday’s loss to Dallas, we have DeAngelo Hall’s profane tirade in which he questions coaches’ play-calling, and now allegations by the Cowboys that the Redskins simulated their snap count.


Dallas center Phil Costa and quarterback Tony Romo botched about half a dozen shotgun snaps on Monday. On several plays, Costa snapped the ball before Romo was ready. Their explanation accuses the Redskins of nefariousness.

“They were making noise on the other side of the ball,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “It was pretty obvious. Tony wasn’t even close to being ready. They were saying some things that sounded a lot like our cadence.”

“Costa said the D-line kept calling out the snap count,” Romo added. “So we’ll tell the league. We’ll see if that’s something that can be fixed because you’re not supposed to be able to do that.”

Simulating an opponent’s snap count is a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Because officials never penalized the Redskins on Monday, it seems unlikely they would face any league-imposed sanction. But it’ll be a topic of conversation when the Redskins return to work Wednesday to begin practicing for the Rams.