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Santana Moss: NFL officiating this year is ‘worst I’ve ever seen’

Santana-Moss-RedskinsThe Washington Redskins were the victims of a major gaffe by the officiating crew and chain gang on Sunday night that may have cost them a win over the New York Giants. A miscommunication led to the chain gang showing first down on the down box and a referee signaling that it was third down. The Redskins wound up running a deep pass on 3rd and 1, likely because they were led to believe it was first down.

Bad calls are simply part of the game, right? According to Redskins receiver Santana Moss, they have become an epidemic this season.

“It’s probably been worse this whole year as a total, not just this team,” Moss said of the league’s officiating on Wednesday, via Mark Maske of the Washington Post. “But I’ve watched a lot of football this year. It’s been the worst that I’ve ever seen.”

In particular, Moss said he has seen too much ambiguity pertaining to what constitutes a legal catch.

“You’ve got guys that’s catching balls and they take two steps and they get tackled,” he said. “The ball come out after they hit the ground. It’s no good. And you have another guy do it the next week, he gets the catch. Come on. Somebody has to change that rule.

“I hate the calls now where you see guys — and this is mostly receivers I’m looking at — catching a ball and you fall out of bounds, and you have a [defensive back], now …  you’re out of bounds and the guy is still swiping at the ball. And now the guy hits the ball and it bobbles in your hand but you still have the ball on you — no catch. Someone has to change that.”

There have been plenty of bad calls around the league this year, but it seems like that happens every season. That’s all part of the human element of the game, and instant replay has been miraculous in correcting a lot of it. Moss could be right, but he’s obviously biased after what happened on Sunday. It’s hard to blame him for that.

Santana Moss wants Robert Griffin III to take more responsibility

Robert-Griffin-RedskinsThe Washington Redskins are playing their way out of contention in a shockingly wide open NFC East division. Their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday dropped Washington to 3-7. Robert Griffin III has been rusty throughout most of the season as he continues to recover from offseason knee surgery, but he refused to take the blame for the loss to Philly.

After the Redskins’ comeback attempt fell short thanks in part to a brutal interception by RG3 late in the game, Griffin told reporters his team was “outcoached.” He then seemed to blame his receivers for not getting open on the play where he threw the pick.

“We had a certain concept with running and nobody got open so I was backing up, and in the situation where you get a sack there, it ends the game,” Griffin said, according to the Washington Post. “I was trying to throw the ball to the back of the end zone.  It didn’t get to where I wanted it to go.”

Veteran wide receiver Santana Moss obviously did not appreciate RG3 going public with his assessment of what went wrong. Moss (and many others) believe Griffin needs to learn to take responsibility as a quarterback.

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Santana Moss thinks Bucs sabotaged Redskins’ headset on final drive

Robert Griffin III led the Redskins to a 24-22 victory at Tampa Bay on Sunday and, making matters more impressive, he did it all despite not having proper communication with his coaches because of a headset malfunction on the final drive.

Griffin could be seen pointing to his helmet with both index fingers during the final drive as it to say, “I can’t hear anything.” He confirmed after the game that his radio had gone out.

“The whole drive was a little complicated,” Griffin said, according to the Washington Times. “In practice, every week we always practice me calling the plays in 2-minute acting as if the headset goes out. And the funny this was the headset did go out on that drive.”

Redskins receiver Santana Moss, who had three catches for 33 yards, suspected the Bucs sabotaged them.

“Happens every time,” Moss said after the game, per Yahoo! Sports’ Eric Adelson. “No lie. I’ve been in the league 12 years, I’ve been in plenty of games, and the home team goes, ‘Oh well.’”

According to Adelson, Moss mimicked yanking an imaginary plug out of a wall.

The act of a home team sabotaging a visiting team’s headset communication on a last drive is hardly unusual; we’ve posted several examples of teams saying their headsets went out on the final drive. We don’t doubt that it happened, and that the Bucs did it on purpose.

Giffin still had no trouble leading Washington to victory. He went 26/35 for 323 yards, and ran for 43 yards and a score. The Skins went 56 yards in 1:39 to set up Billy Cundiff’s winning field goal. And for Cundiff’s sake, thank goodness that he made it after missing his first three attempts.

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