Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss said he spoke to quarterback Robert Griffin III Wednesday, a day after Moss sparked a controversy with comments made in a radio interview in which he said the quarterback should “stand up and say ‘me’ or ‘I’ ” when discussing his performance in Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia.
“I read a quote and it said, ‘Moss says RGIII needs to take more responsibility for losses,’ ” Moss said at Redskins Park. “That never came out of my mouth. I said that if I’m put in the situation, as a leader, I will stand up and say, ‘me, I,’ and that’s what I said. So that’s what happens. People see stuff that’s written or said and if it’s not said directly, then don’t lose no sleep on it. And me and Robert talked today and that’s the type of relationship we have. We can talk and get to know or to express what was really said because that’s what we have in this locker room.
“We don’t have no divided locker room at all. At a time like this in our season, people were waiting to see that. Not saying you all, but people want to see that and want to write about that, want to talk about that. And it’s just, that’s what we’re not about. … This game, you’re not gonna always be up and you’re not gonna always be down. But if you know how to control the two of them, then you’re gonna be successful.”
Moss said his relationship with Griffin remains fine and unaffected by the episode.
“It was nothing that I said should make you believe that we’re not cool,” he said. “That’s why I don’t understand. I know how things that you say in the media plays out. And I know how outsiders might view it. But I’m glad that I’m in this situation because at the end of the day, I know how to handle it. And I don’t shy away. … What I was saying is that for future references and if you’re ever put in this situation again, anybody, this is how we can control it so there won’t be no confusion because if you nip it in the bud right then and there, then you don’t have to worry about that story being turn [up] somewhere else.
“You’re a stand-up guy. … That’s how it’s gonna be portrayed whether, you know, you did something wrong or not: ‘Man, I like that dude for what he said because he stood up and took it on the chin.’ And that’s all you can do. And that’s how you have to do it because this game is hard enough and you don’t need people pulling on you for something that’s meaningless.”
Moss did not back down from the comments he made on his regular appearance with Chad Dukes and LaVar Arrington on 106.7 The Fan. But he said too much was made of them. Moss said he was trying to speak to all his teammates, not just Griffin.
“I was sending a message to players who might be put in that situation,” Moss said. “What I said was if I’m a quarterback or if I’m a leader, if I’m the person whoever, if I drop a ball, then it’s me. It don’t matter how it came or what the other guy did. It’s me. But at that time, I was picturing myself as being the quarterback and what could I tell you all to stop the madness is, the only thing I can say out of my mouth is at the end of the day, I’m the guy last that has to make the play, whether it’s a play to win it and we won it or it’s a play that we didn’t win. If we won, I’m gonna say, ‘Hey, we did a great job.’ If we didn’t, I’m gonna say, ‘I have to control us, our game, better. And I have to do a better job,’ because at the end of the day, that’s what y’all want to hear or not. But that’s what I feel that’ s best. And that’s what I tried to get across.”
Moss said he also does not necessarily feel that Griffin was criticizing the team’s coaches when he said Sunday that the Eagles seemed to know in advance what the Redskins were doing on offense.
“I don’t think it was shots,” Moss said. “It’s just stating what he felt. I haven’t heard him or listened to him so I couldn’t comment more or further than what I’m commenting on it. But you’ve got to understand, man, when you’re coming out of a game and you’re feeling like you felt, like we felt some of these games this year, everything is not gonna be clear. Everything is not gonna be well [thought out]. Things that might be said ain’t something that you might feel you want to say the next day. I’m gonna leave it like that.”
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● The Redskins practice at 1 p.m. Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III are expected to speak to reporters afterward.
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