Santana Moss Ponders Why RGIII Gets Punished And Refs Don’t Throw Flags
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Santana Moss suggested to Lavar and Dukes Tuesday that Robert Griffin III should brace himself better for the massive amounts of hits he’s been taking in games, and then questioned why the referees haven’t been protecting him more by throwing flags on opposing defenses.
Griffin was sacked five times in the Redskins’ 24-17 loss to the Giants Sunday, four of which came by way of defensive end Justin Tuck.
Moss was asked to respond to comments made by Giants’ safety Antrel Rolle, when Rolle was asked in an interview if RGIII can continue to survive getting hit as frequently as he does.
“You know, to be honest with you, I say the same thing,” he told SNY. “I think that guy takes too many brutal hits, as far as, you know, whether he’s getting hit going out of bounds, whether he’s causing himself to hit the ground extremely hard, or whether he’s just getting hit by opponents, he does take a lot of hits.”
Moss seemed to mirror his Giants opponent’s sentiments.
“This game man, you know, you gonna get hit,” Moss said on 106.7 The Fan. “And there’s a lot of guys that played this game way before me and before Lavar, and they know how to choose when they get hit, and how they get hit. Sometimes you just got to be a football player and decide to even know how to brace yourself a little better, or deliver a hit back, regardless of who you are, quarterback, whoever. We all gonna get hit, especially when you’re offense, so you just need to know how to get hit.
“I can’t take hits off him. And I’m pretty sure that he can’t take the hits off himself either, so the only thing Robert’s probably going to be able to do is just know how to brace himself a little more, or know how to get down whenever, you know, or faster than he’s been getting down or getting out of bounds a little quicker. Other than that, they’re gonna come.”
Speaking of things that happened a lot, Moss proceeded to comment on how many penalties were called against the Redskins. For the record, Washington was flagged eight times resulting in 55 penalty yards, to the Giants’ one flag, totaling one penalty yard.
“Especially, you know, like I told you before, I was wondering why he’s been getting punished at times, and we’re not getting any flags. And then I learned about the whatever, whatever, so, you know, I hope the refs see what’s going on after the plays, because you know, it’s been a few games where he get hit harder than half of the quarterbacks I see that get flags.”
“I agree,” Dukes said.
“And, I’m [unintelligible] get into the refs but, it’s ludicrous man, it’s crazy. But at the end of the day, I guess it’s just us being who we are, cause it seems like when it comes down to that man, we playing against more than just the opponents that we face every Sunday.”
“I’ve said that for years,” Arrington said. “When I played here, we’ve never had the refs, ever.”
“Never,” Moss said. “I don’t know what’s going on with that bro. I mean its’ so obvious that you couldn’t see. You can see it.”
“Sure,” Dukes said.
“Like it’s just obvious,” Moss went on. “Like, we’d go into the game and it’s like, ‘Hey, how you doing?’ And you try to be friendly, cause you know, you have to do that. You got to respect that man out there for doing his job, and it’s like, it’s like as soon they speak they want to throw a flag afterwards. I’m just being real. Like, it’s crap.”
“And that was different in New York,” Dukes asked.
“Way different, way different,” Moss answered. “And we was a team that got a lot of flags throughout my years [in New York], but it was nothing that just was, ‘Oh, it’s obvious. Let’s give these guys a flag.’
“You know, I’ve been big on, if we make a mistake, flag me for that. But I can vouch for a million other mistakes that’s been made on the opposing side, that you’re not giving us the same fairness. I don’t care about you flagging me for a mistake. If I hold, throw that flag. If I do something wrong that I shouldn’t do, throw that flag. But you don’t have a guy on the other side do the same thing or worse, and then you turn your head on purpose when I ask you, ‘Hey, you saw that? I’m gonna look the other way.’ You know?”
Moss would go on to specify however, that the perceived one-sided penalties had nothing to do with the Redskins losing the game.
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