It has been a week of unusually high drama for the Washington Redskins, even by Redskins Park standards.
With the team in last place in the NFC East and on a two-game losing streak that has dropped its record to 3-7, Coach Mike Shanahan’s job security has been questioned. The leadership of second-year quarterback Robert Griffin III has been scrutinized.
Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams has been accused by two organizations, the Fritz Pollard Alliance and the NFL Referees Association, of directing a profanity and a racial slur at official Roy Ellison during last weekend’s defeat at Philadelphia to provoke a profane response by Ellison that led to the umpire being suspended for one game without pay Friday by the NFL. Williams has denied using a slur.
Wide receiver Josh Morgan and tight end Fred Davis have been readying to return to the lineup Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers after being basically discarded by the team in recent weeks.
In the view of wide receiver Santana Moss, though, any notion that there is internal discord within the Redskins’ locker room is contrived.
“Everything is positive,” Moss said during the week. “The only negative thing is the people around us that’s trying to make things negative. Everything is always positive around here. We go to practice. We go to work. We do what we have to do. The only thing I always say, man, you can’t let people on the outside try to bring your shine down. They don’t know what you’ve got going on. They just hear things and they want to speculate and try to make them bigger than what they are.
“We don’t sit here and dwell on losses. We don’t dwell on wins. We try to go out there and get better every week. And whatever happens at the end of that week, when it comes game time, then it happens. But our preparation is always positive.”
Moss was a contributor to — or a victim of, depending on one’s perspective — the view that there is disharmony within the organization when he said during a radio interview that Griffin should “stand up and say ‘me’ or ‘I’ ” when discussing his performance in last Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia. Moss said later in the week that he had been trying to send a message to all of his teammates, not only Griffin, about how to formulate their public comments to avoid having them perceived negatively.
“I don’t see anybody holding their heads down or worrying about other stuff, other than what we have to worry about,” Moss said.
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