The NFL has sent a memo to all 32 teams this week reminding them that simulating the snap count is illegal. The penalty is 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The Cowboys accused the Redskins of mimicking their cadence Monday night, causing center Phil Costa to prematurely snap the ball four times.
“That notice came out from the league this week, so I know that the league is looking at it,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM. “…We’ve just got to make it work. We’ve got to get in here and have our count and have our snaps and not make it a point of concern for our quarterback and certainly not make it a point of concern for the game, because those are like turnovers and can be turnovers and do stop drives.”
Under terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, every center in the league is required to wear field audio microphones during every game. (The league changed the policy this week, allowing for teams to choose to mic their guards instead of their centers.)
Sources say many defenses around the league are using broadcast copies of games to figure out opposing teams offensive play calls and cadences.
-- Charean Williams