Shanahan and Griffin III Say Refs Lacked Control, Call Game Unprofessional
ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Although the Washington Redskins are looking ahead to this weekend’s home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, much of the talk in Ashburn centered around the performance of replacement officials in last Sunday’s loss to the St. Louis Rams.
The Redskins are the most penalized team in the National Football League through two games, but head coach Mike Shanahan says it’s not as bad as it appears on paper.
“We’re a very disciplined football team,” Shanahan said. “There’s a number of those calls that shouldn’t have been called and there’s a number of those calls that should have been called. We’ll work on those things, but I guarantee at the end of the day we won’t have those penalties.”
The coach specifically pointed out the case of offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger who was flagged twice for penalties he did not commit.
Penalties were not the only issue Shanahan has with the replacement referees.
“As I said after the game, I thought the officials did not control the game and that’s a mistake,” he said. “You have to have people take control. There was not any control in the game.”
Robert Griffin III agreed with the coach’s assessment, after battling through 60 minutes of chippy play in his second NFL outing.
“The game was unprofessional,” Griffin III said. “It does need to be cleaned up.”
Shanahan is hopeful the crew assigned to this Sunday’s job will do a better job of taking the reigns.
On the injury front, Josh Wilson was cleared to return to practice after suffering a concussion against the Rams.
He was limited in Wednesday’s practice along with safety Brandon Meriweather (knee) and wide receiver Pierre Garçon (foot). Tight end Fred Davis (hit to the head) fully participated in practice.
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