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Texans learned Dolphins’ snap count by watching “Hard Knocks”

Reason No. 37 not to be on HBO’s “Hard Knocks:” you could get your quarterback killed.

J.J. Watt and the Texans did their homework. (Eric Gay/AP)

But what the Dolphins didn’t bank on was the Texans coming into the game already knowing their snap count.

J.J. Watt, who recorded 1 1/2 sacks of Tannehill, told NBC’s Pro Football Talk that he picked up Miami’s snap count by watching the hit television series.

The Dolphins agreed to do the show after the Jets, 49ers, Redskins, Texans and Seahawks all said no — and for good reason. As Shutdown Corner points out, since “Hard Knocks” debuted in 2001, only the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets have made the playoffs after being featured on the show.

With a new head coach and the formerly-employed wide receiver formerly-known as Chad Ochocinco in town — for a while at least — the show gave Miami some added buzz in training camp. But there’s a reason you don’t see the Patriots, Giants or Packers calling next.

Previously — Reason No. 36: your quarterback’s cell phone number could end up everywhere.

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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