My biggest problem with Josh Morgan’s bonehead move yesterday was not the penalty or even the action itself. The issue is that I sat on my couch and watched a player on my favorite team act like a 7-year-old getting called out in kickball — and I was not surprised at all.
It’s been going on for a while in DC. It seems every week we are in someones face, shoving players, or blaming someone else. That is not a personnel or front office problem, it is a culture problem and one that needs to be fixed.
Now time for some examples from the past that proves this isn’t new stuff.
Let’s start in 1997 in the very same game that Gus Frerotte first unveiled the “Redskin Ram”. After a questionable catch on the side line, WR Michael Westbrook threw off his helmet in protest. Boom 15 yards. Boom out of field goal range. Boom game ends in a tie.
2000 playoffs… the Redskins were whipping up on the Lions when Lions defensive end Robert Porcher made a questionable down field block after Skins QB Brad Johnson threw an interception. Skins Pro-Bowl guard Tre’ Johnson goes over to help (which he should do) and starts to throw punches — one of which hits a ref (not what he should do). Johnson got a $50,000 fine and was suspended week one of the next season.
Move on to the 2006 playoffs when Sean Taylor thought it would be an okay idea to spit in Micheal Pittman’s face, which resulted in a $17,000 fine.
2009 in Atlanta when at the time new Redskin DeAngelo Hall tried to fight the entire Atlanta Falcons sideline including head Coach Mike Smith. I guess he just figured since he can’t stay close to any of the WRs while they are on the field that he would just stick close to them on the sidelines. That is just one D Hall example when we all know we could pick one out from most weeks of his career since he has not shut up since draft day.
That brings us to yesterday in St. Louis. Before we get into the actual event I would just like to point out that in Sunday’s edition of the Washington Post, Josh Morgan was asked about Cortland Finnegan’s playing style and admitted that Finnegan plays until the whistle and will attempt to get into a player’s head. Then he hit us with this “You don’t want to be the second guy because the second guy is going to get caught,” Morgan said. “He’s going to come at you and he’s going to be the first, second and third guy. You’ve got to remind yourself not to be that fourth and fifth guy, and throw your hands up and walk back to the huddle.”
That just shows a lack of focus and mental toughness — simple as that. No only did Morgan retaliate, but he retaliated at something stupid (he got pushed in the head, and for those who don’t know he had a helmet on so I’m sure it was not very life threatening).
I do not blame the whole loss on Josh Morgan but a portion of it by association. The Redskins were into it with the Rams all day and Josh Morgan happened to be the one that snapped when it could have been anyone. Even little Brandon Banks who tried to mix it up a couple of time even though he is the size of a large 13-year-old.
My main point if you have not picked up on it by now, and still kept reading, is that yesterday was nothing new or shocking. The Skins have been the trash talking bones heads of the NFL for years and to be honest as a fan it’s embarrassing. A lot of players talk, it’s part of the game along with being physical, but talking to protect your own ego is just ignorant. Ray Lewis talks but he does it in a way that lifts up the people around him and I am no lip reader but I’m almost positive that is not what D Hall is doing when he talks to people. As far as actions go, it’s okay to stand up for teammates or things of that nature, but jumping into someones face when he bumps into you wrong is just stupid.
The talking and actions on the field are a problem and a big one. Not as big a problem as the secondary, but a problem none the less.
So it’s up to Shanny and the boys to fix it…. and fix it now.