Moss: The Ball Was in RGIII’s Hand Last
Update: Moss has since clarified his comments. You can read about that, and listen to the audio here.
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Santana Moss wasn’t too appreciative of RGIII blaming the Redskins receivers inability to get open on the final play as reason for his game-ending interception that secured Washington’s 24-16 loss to the Eagles on Sunday.
“At the end of the day, I was seen with the ball in my hand last, as a quarterback I’m saying,” Moss told Lavar and Dukes on Tuesday, “and if it didn’t get done then I’m going to let you know it was me.”
Moss was simply asked to respond to Griffin’s comments about the Eagles knowing every play that was coming, and his receivers not being open, which forced him to try to throw the ball away in the back of the end zone — an attempt which fell short of the desired effect.
“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, via 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.”
“I’m trying to find the right words, man,” Moss prefaced on 106.7 The Fan, before unloading. “You know, I think before I speak, because a lot of times if you don’t think, nothing gonna come out right.”
“Honestly man, just like I sat here a couple of weeks ago and talked about when I felt that Pierre was wrong for speaking out about anything that’s in house, as a leader, when you know you’re a leader, you don’t have to be told, or you don’t have to tell people you’re a leader, one,” he said.
“Two, as a leader, you understand that if you’re involved in the situation, whether you’re the receiver, the quarterback, the guys making the tackle, whoever, regardless of the outcome, good or bad, you have to at some point, stand up and say ‘me’ or ‘I,” Moss went on.
“And just to finish up man, I just get tired of, and just to be honest with you, I get tired of stuff that people allow to be taken to stretch longer than what there really is, because as a person, we’re able to give you what we want to give you.
“We can lie to you every time we come on air about something that’s going on. So for you to allow someone to take what you say out-of-context, and make it more than what it is, then to me I feel like you’re allowing that. You are letting that be more than what it really is.
“If we’re going to win games, we need to win games with our guy saying ‘at the end of the day, I didn’t make a play,’ regardless of if it wasn’t him. And that’s how I feel. Because that’s what we’re out there to do. I’m not sitting here to tell you why it didn’t happen, or who didn’t make the play for me to make a play.
“If I’m the guy, that’s at the end of the day have the ball in my hand, and we’re sitting there and the game is over because of me, I didn’t do enough to make the play. I didn’t do enough to help us win. And that’s what I would do.
“So my opinion on whatever was said, which I don’t know what was said, you just told me a lot, it ain’t called for,” Moss continued. “It should be someone who’s doing whatever they’re doing for us, when it comes down to us doing these interviews, needs to step up and talk to the guys that’s doing these interviews, to know what to say and when to say it. Because I don’t feel like it’s being said enough, and it’s getting tiring.
“It’s kind of boring right now for us to be going through this right now, and we’re at, what? How many games have we lost this year? 3-7? I’m not going to sit here and talk to you about all that man, I’m trying to win games,” Moss said.
“And you’re having to talk to us because of maybe what somebody else said, or maybe they should have been told that that’s not something you should say,” Dukes observed.
“It bothers me,” Moss said. “And I hate being bothered by stuff like that because it’s not called for, man. At the end of the day, I can tell you, I know everything and anything that went on, and I can tell you something so differently that make you believe it, and you can just leave it there and fight next week to be better.
“I don’t need to be going back and forth in the media about who didn’t do this and who didn’t do what. At the end of the day, I was seen with the ball in my hand last, as a quarterback I’m saying, and if it didn’t get done then I’m going to let you know it was me. Whether it was me or not. It was me. And I’m going to get better. And we’re going to get better together.”
In an earlier segment, Moss defended Mike Shanahan and his ability to lead the team into battle, saying the team still responds to him.
“To be honest with you, he’s far from lost us,” Moss said. “I mean we’re nowhere near, you know, what he says, we listen loud and clear. And like I said before, I’ve said this numerous times. When it comes down to coaching the team, I think he’s one of the best that’s done it. I’ve been around a lot of coaches and he prepares us well.”