From 2005-2011, Santana Moss has played for a curious collection of quarterbacks that included the likes of Todd Collins and John Beck.But the eighth quarterback on that list, Moss said Monday, has broken the mold.Hes a guy who, when theres nothing there, he can make it happen, Moss said of rookie Robert Griffin III. Whether hes going to run with it, or run around and find somebody whos open...Him handling the offense the way he handles it? Moss added. I dont know. I couldnt sit here and tell you why and how. But Im glad he can. Thats the thing we didnt have.Moss was referring to the final drive Sunday in Tampa, where Griffin calmly and confidently led the Redskins on a methodical, seven-play, 56-yard drive that culminated in Billy Cundiffs 41-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining.After the game, it was revealed that the radio in Griffins helmet that allows the coaching staff to relay the play to him had malfunctioned in the final minutes. It left Griffin, 22, to make the play calls himself with a critical contest hanging in the balance. Just to recap, heres what happened: Completion, completion, completion, scramble for 15 yards, spike, completion, field goal. Game over.Thats why we prepare in practice, said Moss, who had three receptions for 33 yards, including a key 15-yarder on the final drive. We run the two-minute drill every week to end our week of practice. Thats something he has to do: He has to call the plays. When you put it in the game-time situation, that critical, game on the line, it makes it a little more, Wow.Asked if Griffins exploits are still shocking to the players and coaches on the Redskins sideline, Moss said its the new normal now.If it was OTAs and training camp, I probably would be surprised, he said. Right now, hes shown us, week in and week out, what type guy he is, what type of player he is. So theres nothing that should surprise us no more.Theres no more, Gosh, Moss continued. We already seen that he had it. When it comes to Robert, he just has that he was born with whatever he has. Its not like he says, Im going to go out and get better at this. Its already in him. You can be sure when something breaks down, hes going to make a play some kind of way. I havent played with a lot of those guys. Were fortunate to have that.As fortunate as the Redskins are to have a player of Griffins talent level, Moss said the rest of the offensive players must guard against putting too much on his shoulders.We want to make sure we handle our jobs, he said. You dont want to sit there and watch him make something happen.But, Moss added with a smile, when in doubt, run.
DETROIT - Looking at quarterback Kirk Cousins' stat line from Sunday's game against the Lions, and the Redskins passer certainly had a good day. Completing nearly 77 percent of his passes and going over 300 yards, Cousins moved the Washington offense efficiently for much of the game.
Yet, receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon combined for 55 total yards. Jackson, arguably the best vertical threat in the NFL, had a long catch of 12 yards. Yep, 12 yards.
Cousins' longest pass for the game went to Vernon Davis for 27 yards. In fact, Davis and Jamison Crowder combined for 13 catches and nearly 200 yards, though much of their work was done in underneath spots. With a depleted secondary, the Lions defense largely played deep zone, keeping the best options to move the ball short, and Cousins proved quite capable of completing passes, going 30 of 39 for the game.
But after a tough loss - especially after it seemed the Redskins and Cousins would pull off an extraordinary win - some might question if the 'Skins offense became too reliant on shallow drag and crossing routes and did not look down field enough.
Garcon, however, refuted that.
"I guess that's just how the game flowed because we always try to go deep but you know things are called but we don't have time or they play a different coverage," Garçon said. "We can't really control it."
The deep ball does not always equal a win for the Redskins either. Cousins' longest pass this season (57 yards) came in a Week 2 loss to Dallas and in a win over Baltimore the QB's longest pass was also 27 yards, same as in Detroit.
Moving the ball is moving the ball - and Cousins does it well. After a four-game win streak snapped by a dispiriting loss in Detroit, Redskins fans should expect plenty of fans about the long ball.
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By Jason Dobkin (@jasondobkin)
Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis was featured Sunday in a 60 Minutes story about a financial adviser who convinced dozens of NFL players in 2008 to invest in a company that ended up quickly failing.
Jeff Rubin, a financial adviser registered at the time by the NFL Players Association, convinced the players to invest in a new entertainment and gambling development in Alabama called Country Crossing. The draw was electronic Bingo, which Rubin said would make the players a ton of money. Davis made an initial investment of half a million dollars in the venture.
He told 60 Minutes' Armen Keteyian how easy it was to buy in to the picture Rubin painted.
"It was beautiful," Davis said. "It was a painting I’d never seen before. It was fantastic."
The only problem with the whole thing was that electronic Bingo would turn out to be illegal in Alabama, unbeknownst to the players. Two weeks after Country Crossing opened, it was raided by police, and it eventually tanked, losing the players a total of $43 million.
Rubin owned 4 percent of Country Crossing, and 60 Minutes got a hold of documents showing he funneled 10 percent of the money he got from the NFL players into his personal corporation.
Davis said the whole situation was a "nightmare," but he doesn't blame Rubin for his losses.
"I take most of the blame, and I think as athletes and players in this union, in the NFL, I think we should take the blame because we can change it," Davis said. "We just gotta wake up."
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