Anatomy of a loss: Redskins lose their cool

Anatomy of a loss: Redskins lose their cool
September 17, 2012, 2:52 am
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In summary:When the doors to the visitors locker room swung open following Sundays 31-28 loss,Josh Morganwas seated facing his locker stall, motionless, staring at the ground.Moments earlier, the wide receiver had lost his cool and, as a result, any chance the Redskins had of forcing overtime had been lost as well.Morgan was tackled after catching a pass from Robert Griffin III near the Redskins sideline. As he got up off the turf, Rams cornerbackCortland Finneganshoved him in the facemask. Morgans response was a regrettable one: he flung the ball at Finnegan, drawing a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty.A 47-yard field goal attempt had just become a 62-yarder, which failed when Billy Cundiffs kick came up well short with 1:18 remaining.Afterward, Morgan said his reaction had been percolating throughout a chippy game that featured a number of post-whistle scrums and plenty of trash talk.You saw the whole game, Morgan said. I got to keep my cool. I never did nothing like that before. It just came to a point where you just get tired of it. I just had to be the bigger person and keep moving.Finnegan added: I didnt say anything to him. The game was chippy all game long. It was just a matter of him making a mistake there and getting them out of field goal range.Morgan was approached by team-leaderLondon Fletchermoments before speaking to reporters.He said things such as the game shouldnt have even been that close, we shouldnt have been in that position, Morgan said. Everybody is going to attack me, you got to be the bigger person and keep moving forward.Morgans gaffe certainly contributed to the defeat, which evened the Redskins record at 1-1. But it wasnt all that was being discussed in the aftermath of the Rams first victory since November 13th2011.Injury update:Defensive endAdam Carrikerinjured his right leg in the first quarter and did not return to the game. He said he'll have an MRI in the morning but did not sound optimistic as he slowly made his way out of the locker room on crutches.I just planted and pushed, and then it was just pain, Carriker said. The MRI will tell us everything we need to know. Well see how it feels and looks tomorrow. It doesnt look that great, but you never know.LinebackerBrian Orakpoappeared to reinjure the left shoulderpectoral muscle that he originally hurt in the regular season finale a season ago. Orakpo twice attempted to return but was forced to leave again. As he hurried out of the locker room, he said he was going to be examined by Dr. James Andrews, who, presumably, was in the building.Josh Wilsonsustained a concussion during a helmet-to-helmet collision with Rams running backDaryl Richardsonin the third quarter. Because the injury was to his head, Wilson was not permitted to speak to media, per NFL rules.CoachMike Shanahanwill likely have further information when he addresses reporters Monday afternoon in Ashburn.Special team struggles:For the second straight week, Sav Rocca had a punt blocked deep in Washingtons territory. Again, it led to an opponents touchdown.I kicked the ball and there was someone there, Rocca said. We just have to make sure that we cover all their guys. I dont know what they did, if they twisted or what.Shanahan added: It was a six-man rush and there was a bit of an overload. One of our guys took off a little too early and they blocked the punt.Coming up short:Cundiffs 62-yard field goal attempt landed in the end zone, significantly short of the uprights. Still, Shanahan said he felt it was worth a try.Well, he can kick it out of the end zone pretty consistently from the 35-yard line, so that means he could kick a 62-yarder if he hits it right, Shanahan said.Losing control:Before Morgans loss of composure, tension had been building on both sidelines after countless shoving matches, tussles and fracases. Although no one came right out and said the replacement referees lost control of the game, it was implied.I dont think anything really needs to be said, Shanahan said of the officiating. If you watch the game, you can see what happened during that game.Rams Coach Jeff Fisher said: I know Mike Shanahan was frustrated at times today and I was frustrated at times today. Again, Ive said the same thing Ive been saying since the preseason: these arent the regular guys. Theyre doing the absolute best they can.First time for everything:Griffin had his first and second career rushing touchdowns. He also had his first interception one play after getting popped hard and high.That wasnt affecting me, said Griffin, who attempted to force a pass to Fred Davis over the middle while off balance. I was just trying to make a play when I shouldnt have tried to make a play. Its just a mistake I cant make.By the numbers:One game after gaining 96 yards on 28 carries (3.4 yards per carry average), rookie running back Alfred Morris was more efficient and decisive in gaining 89 yards on 15 carries (5.6 per). Morris longest run was a 29-yarder in the third quarter.Evan Royster and Roy Helu Jr. only rushed the ball once apiece.By the numbers, II:DeAngelo Hall had a team-high eight tackles, including two for loss, a fumble recovery and a pass defended.Quotable:Shanahan on his message to the team Monday: You toughen yourself tomorrow. We will be tough on ourselves. I did see some good things during the game but when you lose a game like that its always tough to take.