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Redskins come together by blaming the media

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Every football team needs to find a way to come together.  For the Redskins, the team has become united by a media that dared to point out their divisions.

“Everything is positive, only negative thing is the people around us trying to make things negative,” receiver Santana Moss said Thursday, via J.P. Finlay of CSNWashington.com.

“You can’t let people on the outside try to bring your shine down,” Moss said.  “They don’t know what you got going on, they just hear things and try to speculate and try to make things bigger than they are.”

That’s coming from the same guy who explained, only two days ago, that if he were a quarterback or leader on the team, he wouldn’t blame others, an observation sparked by quarterback Robert Griffin III blaming others for his mistakes on Sunday against the Eagles.

Receiver Pierre Garçon, who has done a little pot-stirring himself this year, joined in on the us-against-the-press message.  “We already know what the media is trying to do,” Garçon said, “it’s 100 percent untrue. Guys blow up things and make it more because of the area we live in.”

In this case, the words grabbed attention in the media because they were attention-grabbing words.  And while we credit the Redskins for finding a way to get on the same page as they remain viable candidates to win the NFC Least, the argument is hollow and flawed.  But if it helps the team win some games, it’s not a bad strategy at all.

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47 Responses to “Redskins come together by blaming the media”
  1. bucrightoff says: Nov 21, 2013 2:54 PM

    The Rams and their fans thank the Redskins organization for the top 10 pick in 2014.

  2. MyTeamsAllStink says: Nov 21, 2013 2:55 PM

    remember when the Raiders were the most dysfunctional team in the NFL?

  3. themightywhitey says: Nov 21, 2013 2:55 PM

    so………………………..they agree RGIII is a bum !

  4. thepftpoet says: Nov 21, 2013 3:00 PM

    Redskins are the joke of the NFL right now…

    At least they’ll have a high draft pick to fix that horrid defense

    Oh wait they gave all their draft picks away for an overrated QB

  5. pr0jecktpat says: Nov 21, 2013 3:03 PM

    All these issues point toward the coaches not being able to instill discipline for the players.

  6. lowblazah says: Nov 21, 2013 3:04 PM

    weird that the media thinks the media isnt pot-stirring.

  7. mancave001 says: Nov 21, 2013 3:07 PM

    BWAHAHAHAHA

    said every Eagles, Giants and Dallas fan.

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 21, 2013 3:08 PM

    It sure would suck if the R’s end up having a super high pick only to give it away. The negativity isn’t caused by the media though, it’s caused by having a number one digit smaller than the massive glut of “only-4-win” teams such that they are in a short group of Biggest Losers. I think this franchise for a variety of reasons has the most on the line for the short and medium terms such that the potential drama level is quite high.

    No other teams in this short-list group have such gripping issues to deal with, that being the losing of their high draft pick and the thing going on with the name of the team. They have the most open-ended future outlook over the immediate horizon for being in potentially much more difficult situations with much more pressure than what has piled on thus far only up to this point. There’s much more of it in waiting if things don’t play out well from here in some way. And that some way is winning and is the only way. Get it done or get out of town.

  9. commonsensedude says: Nov 21, 2013 3:13 PM

    The team clearly brought this attention on themselves. But they do have a point in talking about how the media likes to blow things up – especially in the DC area. Remember, this town is the birthplace of “I DEMAND AN INVESTIGATION!!” It doesn’t take much to start a crisis about receiver-gate. The media needs something to fill the space between all the stories about the team name.

  10. logicalvoicessayss says: Nov 21, 2013 3:14 PM

    Tony Romo is so hot.

  11. thepftpoet says: Nov 21, 2013 3:15 PM

    Redskins: Building a Rams dynasty since 2012′

  12. najja6 says: Nov 21, 2013 3:16 PM

    Seems interesting Griffin gets all this flack. He brought some of it on himself but…. Take Sam Bradford for instance who has done nothing for four years and still collecting a double digit salary in the millions. Jake Locker, Brnadon Weeden, Mark Sanchez, Josh Freeman, Christian Ponder, Andy Dalton etc. All high draft picks who have done nothing but get 1% of the flack as Griffin. At least he won ten games and took a sorry franchise to the playoffs. The guy is hurt and stuck with a coach (and his son) not interested in long term development of the franchise. Shanahan has elicited grumblings from a lot of players, including this year. All the guy does is play hard and throw his body around for a losing team. At least he has heart!!

  13. zoellner25 says: Nov 21, 2013 3:18 PM

    When are we gonna quit talking about this team? they are bad and dysfunctional

  14. jda129 says: Nov 21, 2013 3:22 PM

    They are united as one big stinky wheel o’ cheese where every player is a stinky slice surrounded on every side by his stinky neighbors. Stinky cheese!

  15. worldsgreatest says: Nov 21, 2013 3:25 PM

    Completely agree.

  16. jucam1 says: Nov 21, 2013 3:25 PM

    This has to be the dumbest worst managed team with a ton of money in the NFL. They whine and bitch more than the Cowboys and aren’t as good?.. They cheat the cap, draft bad, give away picks, and cry about the refs. The Washington team (soon to change it’s name) is a joke around the NFL. With no good picks next year and awful team management, I at least hope we won’t hear much from them next year.

  17. redskins82 says: Nov 21, 2013 3:28 PM

    The bottom line is that winning cures all. If you win games the media will get off of your back. Look at what it did for the Giants. Until then, stop talking. Stop calling out your teammates in stupid sportstalk radio shows and stop screwing up the answer to every question in postgame interviews. It’s getting old.

  18. richardmswartz says: Nov 21, 2013 3:28 PM

    Florio: “they [Washington] remain viable candidates to win the NFC Least”

    ___________________________________

    First off, the NFC East is not the worst division in the NFL (and without Aaron Rodgers, they might not be the worse division in the NFC) Secondly, the only way the Washington Slurs are a viable candidate to win is if the Eagles and Giants go to some other divsion because while the Cowboys will collapse, the Eagles and Giants are both playing well and have no games against each other. The R

  19. The Shoeman says: Nov 21, 2013 3:31 PM

    Fri, Aug 23, 2013:
    Mike Shanahan Sets High Expectations for Redskins, Says Anything Short of Super Bowl Is ‘Failure’

    They talk their game worse than the media , even worse than Rex.

    Their MOUTH is their biggest problem

    you have just been . . ” Shanahan ‘ed ” , , Again !

  20. cowboyhater says: Nov 21, 2013 3:35 PM

    Wining cures everything……..you win, you get good press. You lose, you get negative press. That’s it…there’s nothing else to say. It’s been another disappointing season, but I feel very confident that the skins will get the ship righted. Even though there is no 1st round draft pick, we still have the six other picks plus finally have money freed up to get good veteran depth on this team. We will have a new defensive coordinator, and special teams coach to fix what has gone horribly wrong this year. The offense will have a QB that can finally get himself right in a full off season, instead of having to use his time rehabbing a knee injury. The future is bright in DC, and will be fun to see the haters eat their words. HTTR!!

  21. granadafan says: Nov 21, 2013 3:39 PM

    Ah yes, ye olde “blame the media” excuse. The media didn’t make up the quotes (this time). The players certainly didn’t even deny what was said or use the other olde excuses that their quotes were “taken out of context”. Perhaps the players should stop throwing each under the bus instead of blaming the media.

  22. ravenswhat says: Nov 21, 2013 3:43 PM

    The problem is Shanny. They ran him out of Denver for a REASON. He’s done. Redskins like to learn things 10 years after the fact though. Kinda like trading multiple 1st rd picks for a read option QB in a league full of 290 lb monsters that run 4.5’s.

    ELITE organization!

  23. trollhammer20 says: Nov 21, 2013 3:51 PM

    zoellner25 says: Nov 21, 2013 3:18 PM

    When are we gonna quit talking about this team? they are bad and dysfunctional
    _______________________________

    Clearly, you do not understand how media coverage of football works.

    Good teams get stories about them so fans of those teams have something to feel good about.

    Bad teams get stories about them so fans of mediocre teams have something to feel good about.

  24. 6ball says: Nov 21, 2013 3:54 PM

    .

    The pick the DC eleven traded to the Rams is currently #6. If the draft were held today St Louis would choose at 6 and 13.

    .

  25. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 21, 2013 3:55 PM

    Redskin nation, you are not out of this race yet. Rally behind your boys. Losing is frustrating to all players, but there is a ton of talent on this offense and you can get it done against a struggling frisco team. Skins on defense vs niners on offense is a push to me. Skins on offense vs niners on defense is a push to me (slight edge to skins as niners are down another db). Skins are playing at home and will either rise up this week with some unity and team pride going forward…or frisco will grind you into the dust.

  26. skins1970 says: Nov 21, 2013 4:00 PM

    How about stop blaming the media and look in the mirror? They aren’t the one out there who can’t block and protect RG3 and they aren’t the one letting guys like Nick Foles shred them for 300 yards. I don’t like the Media but they can’t blame for the problems.

  27. jgedgar70 says: Nov 21, 2013 4:04 PM

    What are we going to do? Robert Griffin III and Pierre Garçon have devolved into Bob Griffin and Pete Garson, and Santana Moss is trying to distract from the realization that he’s 5 years past being useful for anything. What are we going to do?

    Blame the media! Yeah, that’s the ticket!

    Good luck with that…

  28. janvanflac says: Nov 21, 2013 4:11 PM

    I don’t care how good RGIII is, or how much upside he has, you don’t give away that much for one player. Not a knock on him, but how much better would this team be with Kirk Cousins at QB and 3 first round picks on defense?

    No QB can succeed with a crap D and a crap OL.

    Just a dumb way to run a team.

  29. dirtyharry44 says: Nov 21, 2013 4:25 PM

    Yeah, these guys are toast.

  30. skins1970 says: Nov 21, 2013 4:32 PM

    The Rams will probably pick the next Lawrence Phillips they are a mess in the FO.

  31. najja6 says: Nov 21, 2013 4:34 PM

    Janvanflac: Who says Cousins is a Franchise quarterback? Based on 1.5 games? Griffin had 15 games last year and he put up the best numbers for a rookie in the history of the league. Defenses have adjusted and he is adjusting. Luck, Kapernick, and Wilson are all having down years and they aren’t hurt. Guess what, playing QB in the NFL is the hardest position in sports.
    Always be careful of the ghost of Scott Mitchell. Shanahan staked his reputation on Grossman (who played well for a while) how did that turn out. Be careful what you wish for.

  32. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 21, 2013 4:43 PM

    najja6 says:

    Seems interesting Griffin gets all this flack. He brought some of it on himself but…. Take Sam Bradford for instance who has done nothing for four years and still collecting a double digit salary in the millions. Jake Locker, Brnadon Weeden, Mark Sanchez, Josh Freeman, Christian Ponder, Andy Dalton
    _____________________________________________

    I can’t remember any of those other guys describing themselves as some sort of Super Man and how they were going to miss the entire offseason and preseason except for rehab and come in play instantly at 100%.

    Outside of Sanchez and Freeman I can remember any of these guys opening their mouths with the type of fragile ego comments that RGMe comes out with all the time. And both Sanchez and Freeman have paid the price for opening their mouths.

    You open your mouth constantly like Griffin, talk yourself up as some sort of super human, blame other people and not take responsibility for your crappy play, of course there’s going to be a lot of criticism.

  33. coachjohnharbaugh says: Nov 21, 2013 4:48 PM

    you should be proud of your football team, Washington

  34. bigbluenationdb says: Nov 21, 2013 4:48 PM

    Funny how Redskins fans are killing their coach and offensive coordinator. It was all good last year when they were winning and the coaching staff had to implement a “college system” just to be successful. Now that their QB is on his third ACL and can’t out run anyone nor can he figure out how to run a pro style offense it is all the coaches fault.

    The fan base wants to blame the talent on the team. Isn’t it the same talent that won the division last year. If anything the talent on offense is better with the addition of Reed the TE.

    Last note. Isn’t ironic that no one in Washington DC wants to take responsibility for anything. They just point the finger at the media. Including our great president and congress.

  35. 6kingswest says: Nov 21, 2013 4:49 PM

    Go Washington!

  36. najja6 says: Nov 21, 2013 4:57 PM

    I said he brought some of it on himself. Unfortunately for him he won the Heisman, plays in D.C., and just happens to be very talented which results in a lot of microphones in his face. The Redskins are at fault for 1) not limiting some of his responsibilities (makes them money) 2) Training on what to say. (as Moss eluded to.) He did not pass blame, they asked him to describe the play. He said I tried to throw the ball away. The list of first round QB busts is limitless. You don’t like his personality….thats fine, say that. But it seems we are equating his football ability with his personality. Oh by the way, 90% of the pampered athletes have inflated views of themselves. You ever listen to Michael Jordan or Fran Tarkenton. Its what makes them great to some extent.

  37. dcstinks says: Nov 21, 2013 5:03 PM

    Seems interesting Griffin gets all this flack. He brought some of it on himself but…. Take Sam Bradford for instance who has done nothing for four years and still collecting a double digit salary in the millions. Jake Locker, Brnadon Weeden, Mark Sanchez, Josh Freeman, Christian Ponder, Andy Dalton etc. All high draft picks who have done nothing but get 1% of the flack as Griffin. At least he won ten games and took a sorry franchise to the playoffs. The guy is hurt and stuck with a coach (and his son) not interested in long term development of the franchise. Shanahan has elicited grumblings from a lot of players, including this year. All the guy does is play hard and throw his body around for a losing team. At least he has heart!!
    =================================
    We already knew them as failures and not as the media Diva\Savior that RG3 and the Fail-Skins have made him out to be.

  38. seaeagle707 says: Nov 21, 2013 5:04 PM

    najja6, Wilson is having a “down” year???? In what way? He’s won ten games, the best record in the league thus far! His record is 20-6 since starting last year. His passer rating and QB rating are easily in the top ten, and he’s third on the all-time QB second year rating, (with games yet to play).

    So tell me, just “what” is down with him this year? Griffin only wishes that he was having the kind of season that Russell has had so far.

  39. johnnyballsack says: Nov 21, 2013 5:11 PM

    There is enough blame to go around, but the main blame needs to rest squarely on the tiny shoulders of Dan Snyder. He is the one that gave up all of those picks for an overrated, selfish QB who the fans love. Or he needs to take blame for hiring the GM that did so. Stupid!

    Snyder did the most foolish thing he could- hire a Head Coach who installed his son as the Offensive Coordinator. Who does the young QB go to if he has a problem with the play calling, offensive schemes or any issue in general with the OC or the HC? They are father-son…of course they will back each other instead of their “franchise” QB. Stupid!

    Snyder also has his PR staff spending all their energy on spinning the name of the team instead of preparing his young QB, and team in general, on how to handle themselves in the press. Stupid!

    Snyder hired the GM and coach that will not get positive veteran players on the team to show them how a professional acts. Are there any veterans that are respected in the locker room that know how a winning team deals with problems? No! That is why they act like a bunch of overpaid amateurs. Stupid!

    There is enough stupidity and bad decisions to go around. I could go on all day. One decent season in the Snyder years and back to the doormats and joke of the NFL.

  40. janvanflac says: Nov 21, 2013 5:32 PM

    @ najja6

    I’m not saying Cousins is better than RGIII. I’m saying that Cousins plus 3 1st round picks plus a 2nd, or whatever it was they gave up, is probably better than RGIII and a skeleton crew of a team.

    And Cousins is DEFINITELY better than an injured RGIII and a skeleton crew of a team. Which is why you DO NOT mortgage your future on any one player.

  41. skinsfan91 says: Nov 21, 2013 5:40 PM

    Russell Wilson won ten games? I’m sure the rest of the guys on the team would take offense at the idea they weren’t involved.

  42. ohnoflorio says: Nov 21, 2013 5:41 PM

    Blame Little Johnnie Mara, it was him who had a big hand in taking away 20+% of your salary cap the past 2 years — as well as taking the same from Dallas. While the Giants were spending their money on a slot receiver…ignoring their offensive line, which has been dreadful vs. “Professional” football teams, especially the rookie from the Cuse. Pugh has had rave reviews thrown his way the past few weeks after taking on inferior competition..the giants are really reaching…did a nice job beating up on some awful QBs and getting to this game Sunday, but let’s face it, they’re going no where…

  43. therealsmiley says: Nov 21, 2013 10:48 PM

    Hail to our Redskins!!

  44. johnnyballsack says: Nov 22, 2013 1:45 AM

    The Washington Team name, added to the way that Dan Snyder got the team is going to make the curse of Babe Ruth look silly. I guarantee that the Redskins will not win a Super Bowl as long as Dan Snyder owns the team. HTTR= A Joke!

  45. seaeagle707 says: Nov 22, 2013 3:22 AM

    @skinsfan91

    I never said that they weren’t, but every player on the team has acknowledged that RW, is the team leader. Most of them have also credited our season so far to the coaches “and” Russell Wilson. But speaking for himself, DangeRuss always credits our wins as team efforts.

    So yes the ten wins were team wins and Russell Wilson is the team leader, so what I stated is basically correct.

    Oh, and he’s played brilliantly, despite our O-line having several key injuries including both Guards, who’ve only just come off the PUP list a couple of weeks ago. Haven’t heard a peep out of RW, about OL deficiencies.

    Still can’t figure out what najja6 meant, by saying Wilson, was having a “down” year. Or Luck (7-3), for that matter.

    GO HAWKS!!!

  46. seaeagle707 says: Nov 22, 2013 3:44 AM

    @Guards

    I meant Tackles.

  47. theblowtorchreview says: Nov 22, 2013 3:59 PM

    And after years and years of the same nonsense people still go to the game on Sunday? I just dont get it.

    Find something else to do people sheeple instead of giving your money to Snyder and his Flying Dutchman football team! Are your lives that worthless that you continue to shell out $ to witness this slow motion train wreck in person? Does anybody honestly think all of a sudden things are going to change? Not gonna happen folks…….this is a 13 year journey into a black hole.

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