Redskins lose by 24 points, still talk about officiating

Brian Tinsman
November 04, 2018 - 9:20 pm
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The Washington Redskins lost by 24 points and a minimum of three scores on Sunday afternoon. In the aftermath, they struggled to figure out what went wrong...with the officiating.

"Too many negative plays, too many penalties...You can't do it with the negative plays, the penalties, getting off schedule. It's hard enough trying to come back from behind,' Redskins quarterback Alex Smith told the media after the game. "When you add those on top, it's pretty daunting."

That's one way of putting it. The Redskins finished the day with 10 penalties for a whopping 147 yards. Running back Adrian Peterson could hardly believe it when he heard the number in the locker room.

"Man, that’s hard. A hundred what?" he asked. "It’s rough when you get a drive kinda snatched away from you from penalties."

Safety D.J. Swearinger was a bit more direct in his response: "Gotta be more disciplined in our efforts. Some of the penalties were bullsh** though, for sure. Felt like it was a little staged on some of them penalties. They could've gone either way."

One such penalty was an unsportsmanlike penalty assessed against Josh Doctson after making a tough catch near the Falcons' sidelines:

Following in the footsteps of receivers Santana Moss, Pierre Garcon, and hundreds of players around the league, Doctson celebrated by spinning the ball. He was hit with a taunting penalty. 

"I know it's frustrating for everybody there," Smith said, diplomatically, after the game. "Once we got going, we got the ball to Josh (Doctson) down the sideline. I didn't see the play. I know he caught the ball on their sideline and he spun the ball.

"I mean...to me, it's where he caught the ball. I didn't see it, I didn't get a good look at it, but (that caused) the next couple of plays with the personal fouls and stuff like that. That's tough."

Just to underscore how ticky-tack the penalty was, Maurice Harris celebrated by spinning the ball in a similar fashion later in the game. No penalties.

"It's an emotional game, and you've got to play on that edge. It's a physical game," Smith said. "Guys put a lot into this and it can be frustrating sometimes with some tough calls like that. Every time we made a play, every time we got something going, there was a flag on the ground."

Head coach Jay Gruden didn't hold back, casting a skeptical eye on the officiating.

“It’s impossible (to come back with so many penalties). It’s impossible. You might as well just give them the ball and give them the game," he said. "I've gotta check the tape out what these penalties were all about. It's very frustrating

"They called a couple of token penalties on them late. I've got to look at the tape. If they were legit we've gotta get it corrected."

 

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