From Comcast SportsNetASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Washington Redskins receiver Joshua Morgan felt the full downside of the social media age this week, receiving death threats and other venomous message on Twitter because of his fourth-quarter blunder in the loss to the St. Louis Rams.Morgan talked Wednesday about the nastiness he's heard from fans since his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing the ball at Cortland Finnegan. The penalty cost the Redskins valuable field position during the team's final drive in Sunday's 31-28 defeat."I heard everything, especially when they get you on Twitter and are sending you death threats and wishing you bad things and your firstborn," Morgan said. "You see it all, you hear it all. You never let it get to you, especially with me being from D.C. They treated me kind of like they did (San Francisco 49ers return man) Kyle Williams last year when he dropped a punt against the Giants."Morgan said the threats are keeping him focused. He said he wasn't tempted to discontinue his Twitter account."The only thing I take seriously is football and my family, and nothing really scares me," he said.Nevertheless, coach Mike Shanahan said the team is looking into the matter."We have security that takes care of those issues," the coach said. "We'll look at it and see if it's serious or not."Morgan said he's been fined by the NFL over the 15-yard penalty but didn't yet know the amount. He also said he wouldn't be throwing such a tantrum again. After all, raising the ire of fans is one thing, but getting a cold stare from the coaching staff is something else."Especially with coach Mike Shanahan," he said, "none of us are dumb enough to make the same mistake twice."The Redskins play Cincinnati on Sunday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. – Joe Flacco insisted his injured throwing shoulder wasn’t an issue during Sunday’s 24-16 loss to the Jets. However,
Flacco’s inconsistent play is an issue, not just in this game, but all season. He threw two interceptions in the third quarter, leading to 10 points for the Jets. For the season, Flacco has just five touchdown passes to go with six interceptions.
Whether Flacco’s arm issues are behind him or not, he needs to raise his level of play for the Ravens (3-4) to end their four-game skid after their bye in Week 8.
Asked about his second interception, which sailed badly over Breshad Perriman’s head, Flacco said, “It wasn’t great on anybody’s part and I have to be better.”
Flacco (25 for 44, 248 yards) didn’t use his shoulder injury, which kept him out of practice Wednesday and Thursday, as an excuse.
“I felt good, my arm felt great,” Flacco said “I was a little bit nervous early on in the week, just because I wasn’t sure what it was. I was having a little bit of trouble with it…The last couple of days have been great.”
However, the last four games have not been great for the Ravens – all losses. Flacco has been far from great, and other offensive issues have not helped. His protection could definitely be better. The Ravens’ running attack (six yards) was basically a rumor against the Jets.
While Flacco said his arm felt fine after the game, what triggered his arm soreness remained a mystery.
“I feel like I’ve probably dealt with a little bit of this, like nine years ago back in college,” Flacco said. “I never got it actually looked at back then. It was just a little bit of a sore arm and stuff like that, basically what this is now.
“The other weird thing was last week, I really had no idea when I did it. If I had to look at a play, it was probably the play I hit to Mike (Wallace) on the deep ball on the sideline. I just got hit from my left side and I landed on my arm with it extended out…My shoulder just took a little bit of a concussion from the ground and I think it will get better pretty soon here.”
But will the Ravens get better? Not likely, unless Flacco plays better.
Going into today’s game against the Redskins, Matthew Stafford had 20 fourth-quarter comebacks in 99 career starts.
When it was over, he had 21 in 100.
It looked like Kirk Cousins had created the perfect ending to his return to the state where he grew up. He scored on a 19-yard run on a read option play to put the Redskins up by four with 1:05 left to play. All the defense had to do was keep the Lions out of the end zone.
It took Stafford just three plays, passes to Marvin Jones and Andre Roberts sandwiched around a 14-yard scramble, to get into the red zone.
Some would call that a prevent defense prevent a win.
“Yeah, I think in hindsight we should’ve blitzed seven or eight but we played coverage that we’ve been playing for a long time,” Gruden said when asked if the defense should have been more aggressive on the final series. “He [Stafford] knifed a seam route but Will [Compton] missed it by about a fraction of a hair.”
“We’ll look at film and critique it later.”
The Lions slowed down momentarily in the red zone. But on third down and 10, Stafford fired a bullet to veteran receiver Anquan Boldin for the winning score with 16 seconds left.