Morgan Moses explains his 'viral' mistake, Haskins' growth

Ben Krimmel
October 21, 2019 - 12:48 pm

Football is a complex game, but there are often simple aspects to it. Such as: If a play by one of your offensive lineman is going viral it is usually not good.

And in Sunday's 9-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins right tackle Morgan Moses suffered the indignity of a viral play during one of the sloppiest games of a sloppy season.

Well, what happened?

"I'm not gonna throw anybody under the bus," Moses told The Sports Junkies Monday. "As a team, we know what happened. Obviously, you guys and the fans do enough of hitting us on the head so I'm not gonna throw anybody under the bus and let them get hit on the head. So I'll just take that one on the chin for the team and move forward."

In Moses' defense, the video appears to show Redskins right guard Brandon Scherff move before the ball is snapped, but a false start was not called. 

"I talked to some of the guys and they said they looked at the play clock and saw that it was rolling down on two seconds," Moses explained when asked to elaborate. "I did not miss the snap count. But things like that happen, I guess. Like I said, I'm not throwing anybody under the bus."

"I'm not pointing the finger at anybody, man," Moses said with a laugh.

Moses said the Redskins offense has been playing better, but need to get better in certain areas.

"If you take these last three weeks that we played as an offense, running the ball more efficient, I mean, all of us are playing a lot better, we just gotta be better," Moses told 106.7 The Fan. "There's some things we gotta work on. We definitely gotta be better on third down." 

"It comes down to third down, we gotta be better on third down. We talk about it as a team, being better on third down, not having third-and-10 and third-and-seven and eight," Moses added. "We gotta be better as a whole, beating man coverage as receivers, quarterbacks not locking on the first receiver, picking up things as an offensive line. We gotta convert on third down and that's the biggest thing."

When asked about quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Moses said the rookie has shown improvement.

"I think definitely he's more dialed in," Moses said on 106.7 The Fan. "I think the opportunity for him to grow as a football player is there. I think a lot of it too, is the way we practice, the intensity now he is getting a lot more valuable reps."

He pointed to the teaching periods interim head coach Bill Callahan instituted after practice are helping Haskins.

"I think he's growing as a football player and he's maturing as a football player," Moses added. "His practice reps going against our defense are valuable res, like I said. He's done a great job progressing from what I've seen over the last couple of weeks."

When asked if the rookie was chomping at the bit to play, Moses said he is "just waiting for his moment."

"All he can he do right now is prepare the best that he can and just learn every week. You draft a guy 15th overall not to come sit down, so at some point, he'll get his opportunity," Moses said on The Fan. "I know the one thing about him, he's a playmaker, man. He's a gamer, man. The things he does, I mean, the way he throws the ball around in practice it's crazy."

But it won't get easier for the Redskins as they are 1-6, facing a short week and a road game against the suddenly hot Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings.

"There's a lot of football left, you just gotta take it one game at a time," Moses told The Junkies. "But at the end of the day, we are where we are right now and it sucks. The feeling sucks, but we gotta find a way to create momentum and change it."

But does the Redskins right tackle think they can win Thursday night?

"I think that's why we play football," Moses said. "Anybody can be beat any Sunday or Monday or Thursday. That's why we strap it up every day, we go out there and compete." 

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