- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and his center, Phil Costa, misconnected on several snaps Monday night, making the team look disorganized. After the game, Romo had an explanation for the confusion.

Costa said the Redskins’ D-line kept calling out the snap count. We’ll get that worked out,” Romo said. “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. So we’ll see. But we can’t have that happen. We shouldn’t have been in that situation.”

Redskins defensive lineman Stephen Bowen disputed that explanation Wednesday.

“I don’t understand how I could simulate his snap count. Am I supposed to memorize the colors and the numbers he’s saying?” Bowen said. “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 stand by his word. Everybody respects a man who could tell the truth.”

Bowen, who spent five seasons with the Cowboys before joining the Redskins, said he was surprised by the accusations.

“Yeah. You could ask the guys in Dallas. They know my character. I’ve never been that type of guy. I just line up and play ball,” Bowen said. “Even during the game, the ref came up to us and said, are we giving fake snap counts? I looked at Barry [Cofield], like: ‘Did you make a noise?’ He was like, ‘I didn’t make a noise.’

“He’s trying to make excuses for him messing up.”

Atogwe: ‘No bad blood’

Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe downplayed the importance of facing his former team Sunday when the Redskins travel to St. Louis.

“I left St. Louis in a good place,” Atogwe said. “There’s no bad blood between me and the Rams.”

Atogwe spent six seasons with the Rams before joining the Redskins and called the Week 4 game big for both sides.

“We’re coming off a tough loss, and they’re trying to turn around an 0-3 start to their season,” he said. “We need to build momentum so we can build our confidence.”

Atogwe shared some insight into his former quarterback, Sam Bradford, calling him a player who fits into the mold of superstars Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

“I knew that from the moment he stepped into the building, he could be in the category of those guys,” Atogwe said. “I know one thing about when we play them - he will already know our defense. He will study everything and he will be prepared.”

Last season, the Redskins lost to the Rams 30-16.

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