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Santana Moss: RGIII should “Stand up and say ‘me’ or ‘I’ “

Santana Moss took offense to Robert Griffin III's comments following Sunday's loss. (AP/Mel Evans) Santana Moss took offense to Robert Griffin III’s comments following Sunday’s loss. (AP/Mel Evans)

Wide receiver Santana Moss said that he took offense to quarterback Robert Griffin III’s comments about what transpired on the game-losing play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Facing third and one from the Philadelphia 18 with 40 seconds left, Griffin threw an interception in the end zone as he put the ball up for grabs while falling away from a defender.

Griffin, when asked what happened, said, “We had a certain concept with running and nobody got open so I was backing up, and in the situation where you get a sack there, it ends the game. I was trying to throw the ball to the back of the end zone. It didn’t get to where I wanted it to go.”

Moss made his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan’s Lavar & Dukes Show on Tuesday afternoon and was asked about Griffin’s comments.

“I’m trying to find the right words, man,” said Moss, one of the longest-tenured members of the team. “You know, I think before I speak, because a lot of times if you don’t think, nothing gonna come out right.”

He later went on to say: “whether you’re the receiver, the quarterback, the guys making the tackle, whoever, regardless of the outcome, good or bad, you have to at some point, stand up and say ‘me’ or ‘I.”

Moss further explained that as a leader, Griffin didn’t need to expound on what did or didn’t go right on the play, but that he should’ve just publicly discussed his role in the play.

“At the end of the day, I was seen with the ball in my hand last, as a quarterback I’m saying, and if it didn’t get done then I’m going to let you know it was me.”

“If we’re going to win games, we need to win games with our guy saying ‘At the end of the day, I didn’t make a play,’ regardless of if it wasn’t him, and that’s how I feel. Because that’s what we’re out there to do. I’m not sitting here to tell you why it didn’t happen, or who didn’t make the play for me to make a play.

“If I’m the guy, that’s at the end of the day have the ball in my hand, and we’re sitting there and the game is over because of me, I didn’t do enough to make the play. I didn’t do enough to help us win. And that’s what I would do.”

Moss, who earlier this season spoke out against Pierre Garcon’s statements that criticized the team’s passing game, said that it was getting “tiring” having to hear and see disparaging comments made by his teammates and suggested that the team’s media relations department needed to do a better job of coaching players up on the right way to respond to questions given their current situation.

“It ain’t called for,” Moss said of the public criticisms voiced by Redskins players. “It should be someone who’s doing whatever they’re doing for us, when it comes down to us doing these interviews, needs to step up and talk to the guys that’s doing these interviews, to know what to say and when to say it,” Moss said. “Because I don’t feel like it’s being said enough, and it’s getting tiring.”

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesdays.

What’s ahead:

● The Redskins practice at 1 p.m. Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III are expected to speak to reporters afterward.

More on the Redskins:

D.C. Sports Bog: Shanahan: Last play involved miscommunication More

Outsider: Griffin missing chances, struggling with mechanics

Jenkins: A lost season might become measure of Griffin’s character

Shanahan sticks with Griffin, even as he struggles | Carriker practices

Shanahan defends his coaching tenure | Back to Morgan with Hankerson out?

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The Post Sports Live crew discusses quarterback Robert Griffin III's performance in the Redskins loss to Philadelphia and whether there's any reason back-up Kirk Cousins should start instead. (Post Sports Live/The Washington Post)
Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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