The last time the Cowboys and Redskins met, claims arose that former Cowboys and current Redskins defensive lineman Stephen Bowen was calling out the snap count, which caused Cowboys center Phil Costa to make multiple mistakes.
Bowen denied the accusation strongly. “He’s making excuses for messing up,” Bowen said at the time.
As the two teams prepare for a rematch, Bowen said that he and Costa have since cleared the air.
“It’s no big thing,” Bowen told the Dallas media on Wednesday, via Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News. “We’ve moved past that thing. It’s all good. . . . He’s a good player, and I respect him.”
Bowen maintains his innocence.
“Because everybody knows I’m not that type of guy,” Bowen said. “I’m a high-character dude. All I do is just line up and play ball. . . . I’ve never been that type of guy that just tries to find some little sneaky way. That’s just not my game.”
Though Bowen may be a “high-character dude,” he seemed to subtly suggest that someone else on the Redskins defense perhaps isn’t.
Asked why Costa believed he heard someone calling out the snap count, Bowen said: “I have no idea. . . . I know I had nothing to do with what he was hearing.”
In other words, Costa was hearing something, but it wasn’t coming from Bowen.