Bowen: Costa's snap count accusations are "excuses for him messing up"

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Defensive end Stephen Bowen on Wednesday denied simulating the Cowboys’ snap count during Monday’s game. He also took exception to the allegation made by Cowboys center Phil Costa, his former teammate.

“I don’t understand how I could simulate his snap count,” Bowen said. “Am I supposed to memorize the colors and the numbers he’s saying? Honestly, I lost a lot of respect for Costa. 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 because he’s lying. He needs to be a man and stands by his word. Everybody respects a man who could tell the truth.

Bowen, who signed with the Redskins this summer after playing five years in Dallas, said he was surprised to learn of the accusation.

“You could ask the guys in Dallas. They know my character,” he said. I’ve never been that type of guy. I just line up and play ball. Even during the game, the ref came up to us and said, are we giving fake snap counts? I looked at [nose tackle] Barry [Cofield], like: ‘Did you make a noise?’ He was like, ‘I didn’t make a noise. I didn’t even hear anything.’ So for him to say that, I’m disappointed in him. I lost respect for him, man. He’s trying to make excuses for him messing up. Then 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.

Bowen said even if he wanted to simulate a snap count, it would negatively affect his play.

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

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