Josh Morgan costs Redskins with dumb penalty

Josh Morgan is one of the biggest goats in D.C. after costing the Redskins a shot at victory by committing an incredibly dumb penalty against the Rams on Sunday.

The Redskins were down 31-28 and had a 3rd and 8 at the St. Louis 36 with less than two minutes left. Morgan caught a pass from Robert Griffin III and the ball would have been down at the 29 after a gain of seven. Washington should have had a 4th and 1 and the choice between attempting a 46-yard field goal to tie the game, or going for the first down to run the clock and continue the drive.

Unfortunately, an undisciplined Morgan was irked after Cortland Finnegan gave him a shove after the play, so he responded by chucking the ball at Finnegan. You could argue that offsetting personal fouls were in order and that Finnegan got away with one, but Morgan still should have known better than to respond. You could also argue that Chris Long deserved a penalty for taunting the Redskins sideline by pointing to his head after Morgan’s brain fart and that the refs missed another call.

Still, even if the refs missed some calls in that exchange, there is no excuse for what Morgan did. The penalty forced them to attempt a 62-yard field goal, which they missed.

Even if the Rams caught a nice break at the end, they still played well and didn’t get down after falling behind 21-6. This was a really nice win for St. Louis.

“I should have just kept my calm,” Morgan reportedly kept repeating after the game.

Yes he should have.

Also, why is it that Cortland Finnegan always seems to be in the middle of a controversial play? Remember his crazy fight with Andre Johnson two years ago? He got the Texans’ top player ejected that game. He knows what he’s doing.

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  • SpinMax

    He should have been sent to the locker room after the play and then cut.

  • Peter Booshnee

    he looked like obama throwing out a first pitch as well…get a dress! manly yes but I like it too!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/U36UKP4VRMNY6CHHVSWFZQRR2Y Fox *Molder*

    He should’ve just kept his calm on

  • http://www.facebook.com/randy.warren.16 Randy Warren

    Okay im pretty hard on players most of the time for stuff like this but really? how is barley tossing a football at somebody after they pushed you thats big a deal? Players get in shoving match after the whistle all the time how is this any worse??? Not saying its okay but still this article makes it sound like he started swinging at him 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GHUD3DNDJMTTBNZ46QUQKD5EQU Cody

    I love Cortland Finnegan, he doesn’t let anyone punk him and he makes you lose focus on your job. I’d take him over ALMOST any corner in the league.

  • http://www.facebook.com/waltwinston Walt Winston

    The refs took two touchdowns away from the Rams but you’d never know it as the Fox Broadcasters only talked about RG3 the entire game as if he was the only player on the field instead of covering two teams that actually played the game.   The commentators rarely talked about Sam Bradford at all who actually won the game for his Rams.

  • John Fowler

     You are missing the point.  It doesn’t matter what kind of damage it does to the other player… throwing the football at another player is a instant and stupid penalty.  There is no excuse for it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keaven.a.wright Keaven A Wright

    Cortland Finnegan takes the game to another level, and raises it from a match of brute force to Strategy and Manipulation which is far more interesting,  

  • SteelerK9

    Stupid players make stupid penalties. 

  • RedskinDon

    You must be a huge Ram fan if you felt that way. As soon as the Rams had a couple of calls go against them Ryan and Myers were talking the Rams up the whole game. Hardly mentioned the obvious penalty on the hit to Fred Davis’s head. Never mentioned the offside call against Washington where Bradford obviously pulled out without the ball. Even people who are unbiased have mentioned this to me today.

  • SteelerK9

    This ref situation is only going to get worse. Wait until the playoffs. If you think that they are not doing calls well now, just wait until a really pressure game is going on and they blow a very big call , knocking out a team.  I don’t blame the officials I blame the NFL and the officials who will not bargain. The fans suffer from this and so does the players. The fans pay a lot of money to watch the games.  The players put 100% into the game. We should get the best officials that are out there. These folks may be good enough for High School ball but this is the NFL.

  • wwwbejaygraphicsdccom

    With time comes experience. The refs will adjust & be alright. Even excperienced refs make bad calls. its called being human. The NFL should react like Reagon with the air traffic controllers. Fire them all. These are not replacement refs. They are the REFS. Get  used to it. Josh Morgan made a stupid  Mistake. Period. Let’s get over it and prepare for the next game. HTTR

  • Eric Guy

    They”re not replacement Refs, they’re SCABS! By the way it’s Reagan, who could forget that union buster!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P6OZTT6ZDDENKSCWHXYAKSE6XA s37en

    these ref’s, gave lucky luck his first lucky win.  horrible officaiating. the colts o line didnt have holding called on them till teh 4th. J allen was held on almost EVERY play.

  • x1134x

    Courtland Finnigan is a douche-nozzle who trys to make up for his lack of speed and talent by taunting.  He’ll get his comeuppance eventually.


    Morgan should be penalized from playing (without pay for games penalized) to give him time to learn how to control his temper…he actually cost the Redskins the game…

  • steve steve

    Eh he knew what he was doing by shoving him. He was trying to get a foul out of him which he did. This reminded me of why I don’t watch soccer they just go around trying to trip each other without getting caught or pretending to get fouled by fake tripping.

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnpeterswriter John Peters

    They guy was stupid to throw the football, especially given the game situation. But, the Rams had been taking cheap shots and after play pushes and shots all through the fourth quarter, some painfully obvious, and these “refs” let it go (not to mention the obvious headshot to Davis that was never called). Sooner or later the Redskins were going to retaliate.

    Stupid, stupid, stupid move on the Redskins’ player’s part, no question. Have to keep your head. But I blame getting to that point on the refs. They lost control of that game. Give props to the Rams, they figured out how to take advantage of it, the Redskins did not. But games shouldn’t come down to who can best figure out how to take advantage of foolish ref decisions. And it wasn’t just the Rams’ game. Another weekend like this and I may just turn off the television for NFL games.  

  • dinogrossi

    Quit blaming the refs.Stevey Wonder could have called that dumb play.

  • http://www.facebook.com/randy.warren.16 Randy Warren

    No your missing the point john I did not say it was not a penalty or stupid but the way this article makes it sound like this is so much worse then the normal push and shove.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3SRLANVIIDH2NKQLWWBBUDOMLM Tyler

    He was wrong but the other guy , who is known to be a dirty player not only shoved him but look at his knee hit Morgan !!!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/N5SHWPBHDHJGSK5ZGAKG42GFDE Eric

    I totally agree with you RedskinDon.. soo many blown calls both ways and they left this game get out of hand.. horrible

  • http://twitter.com/ryansned66 Ryan Sned

    Truth be told Cortland Finnegan is a punk. He could’ve hit him with an axe and I wouldn’t have called it a penalty.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WAUU2L23EDYCLZ5WCPYCIGHWTY joseph

    Ok….then when the Rams RB spiked the ball in the end zone after the refs called him down one the 1 inch line there should not have been a penalty either. The rams back did not hit anyone with the ball and his actions did not have any effect on the game. One thing is certain…..the officiating has been crappy thus far. VERY inconsistant.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WAUU2L23EDYCLZ5WCPYCIGHWTY joseph

    The officiating has been very inconsistant and overall crappy thus far. Any word on the regular refs?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WAUU2L23EDYCLZ5WCPYCIGHWTY joseph

    Now thats a good idea!!!! ALOT of teams should do that…..get called for a stupid penalty you get fined by the team. At seasons end that teams gives that money to a charity with the check presented by the player who was fined the most.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeromebofitts Jerome Fitts

    Is this the dumbest penalty ever?? That alone is a stupid question but someone has to ask.. Yes it is.  A very selfish move and I am surprised that Coach Shanahan isn’t commenting on it. and that isn’t to undermining Coach but….Both teams were jawing at each other all game so yes it was beyond stupid. There are only 16 games in an NFL season and each one count. That game will come back to haunt them down the stretch. 

    Cortland Finnegan is notorious for getting into opponents head. A veteran doing that.. is unacceptable.. I am sure there were some player evaluations this morning in regards to the player. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.norris.900 Tim Norris

    …it’s highly unsportsman like. Doesn’t matter too much how hard it was thrown.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1347918697 Patrick Mullen

    It’s definitely the dumbest action by a professional, but it is definitely a good call. It was unsportsmanlike, and he deserved to be thrown out of the game for that. If nothing else, it would serve as an example.

  • donzeppelin

    So, If u spike the ball after a TD and it hits the other teams player would that be a penalty.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P6CNCAXQYWFQ336NBGZLMRUTRU Jacob

    Why you Obama hating tea party patriots have to mix politics with sports? I guess Mega Million Mitt would be too privileged to even throw a ball. He’s too busy riding his elevator in his house. 

  • http://twitter.com/KingRamsey87 King Ramsey

    Agree 100% anybody who watched this game & isn’t a Rams fan saw how the skins got screwed. The refs missed calls all night. Not saying Morgan was right. However, the Rams had been putting hands on them all night in ways that should have been flagged. Yet it never happened. I could see why Morgan was mad. I don’t know how I would have handled that situation either. A man hits me in the helmet I would have prob done a little more. In the end they are all men. No one should be allowed to do what they want & for the sake of the game you are forced to chuck it up. F*CK THAT!

    Whoever wrote this is a lame. Tried to make him seem small for what he did.

  • http://twitter.com/royalTY312 Tyler Anthony

    if you’re gonna retaliate do it ,he should have got up & laid Finnegan out!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/randy.warren.16 Randy Warren

    yeah man that’s exactly what im saying……..oh wait i just re-read my comment and it dosnt say anything about just because it didn’t effect the game or hit anyone that it shouldn’t be a penalty just that the author of this article makes it sound like a outrages crime was committed 

  • http://www.facebook.com/randy.warren.16 Randy Warren

    yeah cause I said that it was ok and not a penalty…Do you people even read?? I even said “Not saying its okay”

  • http://www.facebook.com/randy.warren.16 Randy Warren

    so do you think they should fine finnigan too since it clearly shows him pushing him? Though I do agree there should be fines and suspension for blatant personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct

  • Cogito22

    Do you have a problem with success? Because you speak like a government schooled failure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/randy.warren.16 Randy Warren

    So you think finnegan should be suspended next game since it show him clearly instigating the conflict?

  • http://www.facebook.com/randy.warren.16 Randy Warren

    So should finnegan be cut to since he shows him clearly instigating the argument? 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SRQNV7RVU5NZFSE2ZNDESHPKUM Angela

    Finnegan is a dick.