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Mike Shanahan doesn’t need an apology from Josh Morgan

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Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan cost his team 15 yards late in the fourth quarter when he threw the ball at Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan after a play.

That turned a potential 47-yard field goal to tie the game (or a try to convert on fourth) into a 62-yarder that Billy Cundiff couldn’t hit. Morgan’s penalty came at the end of a day filled with post-play pushing and shoving between the teams that went unpenalized, which might be why coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that there’s no need for Morgan to apologize to the team. He also said that Morgan’s role won’t change and that it should be a learning experience for the wideout.

“A lot of these veterans set these guys up,” Shanahan said, via Rich Tandler of CSNWashington.com. “When you take a look at the film and you see a guy push you in the face, and all of a sudden a guy loses his composure and the other guy is walking away. And you throw the football at him and he’s laughing, you understand what he’s doing. It’s part of a young guy growing up.”

Shanahan said that he thought the officials were very close to losing control of the game and that letting all the extracurricular activities go unchecked helped contribute to players losing their composure. Finnegan has gotten under the collar of other receivers in the past so it’s no surprise that he was able to get Morgan to take the bait on Sunday. Whatever the situation with the officials or the encouragement of the opposition, though, Morgan needs to know better and it sounds like Shanahan will give him a chance to prove he learned the lesson.

And, beyond all that, Morgan’s penalty was just one of several reasons why the Rams came out on top. Focusing on the other mistakes will keep the team from being in the position to let a penalty hurt them in the final moments.

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30 Responses to “Mike Shanahan doesn’t need an apology from Josh Morgan”
  1. wayne1693 says: Sep 17, 2012 6:29 PM

    I think you really have to respect Mike Shanahan for his within-24-hours, high-road approach to a very tough loss.

  2. wherezwaldo says: Sep 17, 2012 6:34 PM

    #31 is always in WRs heads. Lets not forget the Andre Johnson debacle.

  3. kelshannon19 says: Sep 17, 2012 6:34 PM

    I dare Finnegan to try that little shove on Andre Johnson.

  4. mattyk72 says: Sep 17, 2012 6:38 PM

    I’m not excusing Morgan for a dumb play on his part, but the refs clearly had no control over that game.

    Too much pushing and shoving was going on after the whistle, Fletcher got a cheap shot while on the ground, Davis got blown up as a defenseless receiver with no call, just a bad all around day for the scab refs not only in this game but across the league.

    The NFL is seriously delusional if they think these replacement refs are doing an “admirable” job.

  5. mickydubbslionsfan says: Sep 17, 2012 6:43 PM

    ANDRE Johnson, I want to see Finnegan try that on Calvin Johnson… Megatron would power bomb him… Finnegan is a punk anyway, good player, but a punk…

  6. brakadamas says: Sep 17, 2012 6:48 PM

    I commend Mike Shanahan for this approach. And hopefully someone will (cleanly) knock Mr. Finnegan into next week.

  7. kylexitron says: Sep 17, 2012 6:54 PM

    You’d figure by now people would realize that finnegan’s mouth is the one tool he has that makes him anything but an average defender. You’d think that in the pre-game meetings someone would say “Ignore Finnegan”.

    But people don’t, so this happens.

    Finnegan’s mouth wins the game.

  8. txtuff says: Sep 17, 2012 6:56 PM

    @mickydubbslionsfan you must not be aware of what A Johnson already did to him LOL

  9. kicksave1980 says: Sep 17, 2012 6:57 PM

    A ton of talk today about how the Redskins got screwed yesterday, but the Rams got their fair share too. Not the least of which were at least one (possibly TWO) missed TD’s by the officials by Gibson and Jackson. The refs lost control of that game from the jump…on BOTH sides.

  10. tdrundmc says: Sep 17, 2012 7:02 PM

    If the Redskins had any good receivers Morgan would be cut.

  11. rg3andout says: Sep 17, 2012 7:11 PM

    as a true blue skins fans, i agree with mike, we arent going anywhere this year anyways, so might as well stick with morgan, hes gonna be a star someday, just like 2nd place runner up to rookie of the year, rg3

  12. hipstercagematch says: Sep 17, 2012 7:27 PM

    Finnegan is why we need a WR like Hines Ward.

  13. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Sep 17, 2012 7:37 PM

    As a Skins fan I want an apology from Morgan. You get paid, you are a pro. You can’t throw a football at a player on ANY level. It’s football 101. I’m not saying he wasn’t provoked and that the officials didn’t lose control of this game WAY before this incident, but Morgan CAN NOT do that. He was WRONG and when you’re wrong you apologize. He cost his team and their fans. I’d bench him for a game. Regardless of the situation he screwed the pooch.

  14. jtylert says: Sep 17, 2012 7:39 PM

    Finnegan has confirmed that his mouth and insufferable personality can more than compensate for his mediocre CB skills.

  15. jwreck says: Sep 17, 2012 7:49 PM

    kicksave1980 says: Sep 17, 2012 6:57 PM

    A ton of talk today about how the Redskins got screwed yesterday, but the Rams got their fair share too. Not the least of which were at least one (possibly TWO) missed TD’s by the officials by Gibson and Jackson. The refs lost control of that game from the jump…on BOTH sides.
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    No one is saying the Redskins were screwed on bad calls or that the Rams weren’t: this issue is much bigger than an L or W. Redskins fans are complaining because they saw the Rams viciously attack their star players after plays were over, and saw that the offficials were doing little or nothing to stop it.

    It isn’t even about the yards, it’s about their star pass rusher being out for the season because a Rams player stomped on his injured shoulder while he was diving for a loose ball, the fact that their starting tight end will probably be out next week with a concussion on an uncalled helmet to helmet, and how close their star middle linebacker was to having his career ended on an NFL Blitz-style body slam after the whistle. The rams played a great game and absolutely deserve the win. The complaints are not about the loss, they’re about the loss of the season, and nearly losing the next couple seasons as well, due to abonimable officiating.

  16. charltonhestonsvest says: Sep 17, 2012 7:55 PM

    Its nice to have the class of Fisher back in the league. Jim Schwartz, watch the master at work.

  17. goldrush36 says: Sep 17, 2012 7:57 PM

    With 2 meetings against Edwards, and Crabtree. And others with the likes of Brandon Marshall and Titus Young on the schedule i think there’s a decent chance Finnegan gets his ass kicked again. Least likely to be Crabtree but there will be quite a few receivers he annoys this year that dont have the best patience

  18. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 17, 2012 8:18 PM

    That’s a “good coach” reaction.
    Surprising from Shanahan….

  19. jr420eightball says: Sep 17, 2012 8:25 PM

    Given the weak NFC East they can afford to lose more games like this and still win the division.

  20. rangers84 says: Sep 17, 2012 8:35 PM

    goldrush36 says:
    Sep 17, 2012 7:57 PM
    With 2 meetings against Edwards, and Crabtree. And others with the likes of Brandon Marshall and Titus Young on the schedule i think there’s a decent chance Finnegan gets his ass kicked again. Least likely to be Crabtree but there will be quite a few receivers he annoys this year that dont have the best patience
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    lol what are they going to do? retaliate to Finnegan talking? We’ll take the penalty. Cheers.

    Best way to deal with guys like Finnegan is to beat them on the scoreboard. Stop the bloody whinging

    Big bad Crabtree and Braylon Edwards lmao

  21. vikesfansteve says: Sep 17, 2012 8:56 PM

    Morgan will do it again in his career. Selfish. Wait till a running play then take out Finnegans knee. Of course the official was going to flag him. Blatant.

  22. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 17, 2012 8:59 PM

    Redskins had several chances to put the Rams away and couldn’t get it done…Morgan is simply the goat because he personally blew our final chance, so that’s what’s remembered most- how bout the defensive backfield all day long? Anyhow I just wanna continue seeing improvement as the weeks unfold here, hopefully we will.

  23. khadeemw says: Sep 17, 2012 9:05 PM

    I know a little people dont like Finnegan, but dont disrespect his talent level. He makes plays and he has heart. Look at the Titans defense without him. Two weeks in a row they played terribly. Also, the refs didnt have any control of that game yesterday. Players were head hunting, hitting late, and violating every rule in the book. These replacements refs were terrible yesterday in every game I took a look at. The Patriots game, the Ravens/Eagles game, and the Rams/Redskins game. Goodell and the owners are jokes.

  24. goldrush36 says: Sep 17, 2012 9:08 PM

    rangers84 says: Sep 17, 2012 8:35 PM

    lol what are they going to do? retaliate to Finnegan talking? We’ll take the penalty. Cheers.

    Best way to deal with guys like Finnegan is to beat them on the scoreboard. Stop the bloody whinging

    Big bad Crabtree and Braylon Edwards lmao

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    What Finnegan have you watched. His mouth is always running but he also quite often takes cheap little shoves and slaps after the play. Andre Johnson didn’t beat him down like a little chump for just talking, and it is bound to happen again.

  25. realfann says: Sep 17, 2012 9:46 PM

    Next weeks headline:

    “Redskins head coach receives fine for criticizing replacement referees”

  26. galvestontexans says: Sep 17, 2012 9:48 PM

    Should have thrown the Andre Johnson uppercut!!! #GoTexans

  27. psuravens19 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:10 PM

    Knowing Billy Cundiff, he probably wouldn’t have made the 47 yarder either…

  28. wberg21 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:53 PM

    I think the Skins thought they were going to play the soft Rams of the last few years and ended up on the bad end of a street fight with a Jeff Fisher team.

  29. duncanthecat says: Sep 17, 2012 11:50 PM

    Give Finnegan credit. He played Morgan like a fiddle. Set him up big time.

    Bradford played his heart out knowing he will always be compared to RGIII as the QB that could have been had, and although he played well, there isn’t a GM that would take Bradford over RGIII.

    Two teams defining their persona. It was a fun game to watch.

  30. East Coast Raider says: Sep 18, 2012 12:10 AM

    PFT must really like the VoiceofReason, because they keep deleting my comment. However, once again, voice said this geniour statement when discussing the Skins and “Griffining.”
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    voiceofreasonsays says:
    Sep 12, 2012 10:59 PM
    I do the Griffining pose everytime RGIII proves me right in the sea of haters here on PFT. Get ready Rams…Redskins 45, Rams 13. In fact if we aren’t undefeated by the time we face the Steelers, I’ll retire from commenting on this site.

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    Own up, Voice. Go away. Not because you don’t have a right to post your absurd statements, but because you were stupid enough to bring this idea up yourself.

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