“What can you do about it? You gonna kick and fuss?” he said. “When things are not in your control, it’s only so much you can do. I’ve learned over and over in my life, if you can’t control things, you can’t sit and pout about it. You’ve got to do your job, and when opportunity comes, be pleased with your job because you never know. You could be out there not doing your job, and your time comes and you’re not ready. You just try to stay focused, man.”
Former Redskins running back and return man Brian Mitchell believes Moss still has plenty left to offer his team and simply needs the opportunity.
“I think Santana, if given the opportunity to be out there more consistent, can be very effective,” Mitchell said. “If I’m him, I’m asking for the damn football. The people they’re trying to get involved in the game — Aldrick and Hank — they’re still not better than him at this point. . . . Mike [Shanahan] always says, ‘I’m going with the guy that gives us the best chance of winning.’ Then why all of a sudden this year are you not giving him the opportunity?”
Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said part of the challenge of featuring both Moss and Reed at the same time stems from the fact that his tight end and slot receiver run similar routes in his scheme. Kyle Shanahan has gone with three-receiver sets primarily on third downs this season rather than first and second, and that also has led to diminished chances for Moss. So while he expresses confidence in Moss’s abilities, game situations dictate who is on the field much of the time.
“You never know who is going to get the ball,” the offensive coordinator said. “You always try to get it to the guys in the best situation, but it is pretty random. There’s no exact way to look at it.”
As the losses pile up and the clock keeps ticking, both Fletcher and Moss say they remain positive and focused. But they would be lying if they said the losses don’t wear on them, particularly in this late stage of their careers.
Fletcher sits up late Sunday nights into Monday mornings, replaying plays in his mind and asking what he could have done differently to change the outcome. He admits stewing some more on Mondays and Tuesdays, and then he shifts his focus to the next opponent by Wednesday when practices resume.
Both players are in the final year of their contracts, and neither has discussed his future publicly. For now, both continue to focus on the present and ignore the tap of time’s finger on their shoulders.
“I firmly believe we can win with this team, this year, and I’m trying to do my part,” Fletcher said. “That’s how we have to approach it.”