Santana Moss calls this season’s NFL officiating ‘the worst that I’ve ever seen’

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan with the officials during Sunday night's loss to the Giants (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan with the officials during Sunday night’s loss to the Giants (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss said Wednesday that NFL officiating league-wide this season has been “the worst by far since I’ve been in the league.”

Moss, who’s in his 13th NFL season, said at Redskins Park: “It’s probably been worse this whole year as a total, not just this team. But I’ve watched a lot of football this year. It’s been the worst that I’ve ever seen.”

According to Moss, officials have been particularly inconsistent on calls related to what is a legal catch and what isn’t.

“You’ve got guys that’s catching balls and they take two steps and they get tackled,” Moss said. “The ball come out after they hit the ground. It’s no good. And you have another guy do it the next week, he gets the catch. Come on. Somebody have to change that rule. I hate the calls now where you see guys — and this is mostly receivers I’m looking at — catching a ball and you fall out of bounds, and you have a [defensive back], now …  you’re out of bounds and the guy is still swiping at the ball. And now the guy hits the ball and it bobbles in your hand but you still have the ball on you — no catch. Someone has to change that.

“I understand [there are] so many things being changed. But at the end of the day, some of that stuff is crap. So hopefully somebody who’s in a higher position that can really watch this season alone and see some of the stuff that’s being called and hasn’t been called, they can go and try to critique that because it’s been the worst by far since I’ve been in the league.”

Asked whether that is attributable to the way the rules are written or the way they are being interpreted and called by the officials, Moss said: “I really don’t know. I don’t know. I just know there’s been some crappy calls.”

Moss’s comments came three days after he was called for holding and unsportsmanlike conduct on the same play during the Redskins’ 24-17 loss Sunday night to the New York Giants at FedEx Field.

There was confusion about what down it was during a series of plays on the Redskins’ final drive of that game. Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, said in a written statement released by the league Monday that the officials should have stopped the game to clear up the confusion.

The defeat to the Giants dropped the Redskins’ record to 3-9 and officially eliminated them from playoff contention. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall also received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during the game, and wide receiver Pierre Garcon was given a delay of game penalty for kicking the football off the turf after an incompletion. Moss was asked Wednesday if those penalties stemmed from players’ frustrations over a downward-spiraling season.

“I doubt it,” Moss said. “I doubt that got anything [to do] with the frustration. It is some frustration. But it’s not about the season in total. It’s about not getting stuff when you deserve it. Mine was, I didn’t think I was holding. So, you know, I said it was a BS call and the guy gave me unsportsmanlike conduct, which — I can give him a bunch of unsportsmanlike conducts because we’ve been going through this all year where they haven’t gave us the call when we deserved it. Or they give us a holding or call us for a holding when it’s crap.

“So at the end of the day, we’ve been going through it so I have to learn how to handle myself in that situation a little better. But you’re playing a game and you’re playing in the heat of the moment, stuff like that happens.”

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