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Phil Costa: Redskins Simulated Snap Counts

Phil Costa told the media after the Cowboys’ 18-16 win over the Redskins Monday night that his numerous mistimed snaps were caused by Redskins defenders shouting out snap counts, simulating Tony Romo’s calls. Romo just wants to fix the problem, one way or another.

We’ve got to get the snap thing worked out. Costas said the D line kept calling the snap count. We’ll tell the league. You’re not supposed to be able to do that.

The practice is techinically illegal, but Washington was not penalized. Costa snapped the ball four times before Romo was prepared, all resulting in fumbles and lost yards.

The fourth almost cost Dallas the game. Romo recovered that fumbled snap for an 11 yard loss, setting up a 3rd-21 that Romo and Dez Bryant miraculously converted and set up a game winning field goal, all in one play.

The lack of calls on simulated snaps were just one set of several thatmade for a controversial night for Ed Hochuli’s crew.

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