Sunday Rewind: WR Joshua Morgan Plays Terrible Defense in Loss at St. Louis
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There are two groups of people out there: The ones who ripped Washington Redskins receiver Joshua Morgan for blowing the St. Louis Rams game and the ones who actually watched the game.
Morgan’s miscue, when he threw the ball in anger at Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan after a cheap shot, was costly in that it robbed the team of a makeable game-tying field goal attempt, but it was only the latest of a series of mistakes the Redskins made as a team in a game they clearly didn’t deserve to win despite staking out to a 21-6 lead.
For one, Robert Griffin III, who had a few notable plays such as the prettiest touchdown pass of the week (a 68-yarder to Leonard Hankerson) and a couple of scoring runs, had two interceptions flat out dropped by Rams defenders, including one that would’ve been a sure pick-six.
Obviously it’d be foolish to rip Griffin—it’s only his second game in the pros—but he was decidedly more sloppy in this one than in his debut at New Orleans, and he was fortunate to suffer just one interception and not three.
Secondly, RG3 had another tremendous bomb fall through the hands of a wide-open Aldrick Robinson at the 5-yard-line. If Robinson had caught the pass, it would've been a chip-shot field goal to tie it up right there.
Then there was the blocked punt they gave up, which gave the Rams a short field for their game-winning touchdown.
Perhaps the defense might have wanted to hold WR Danny Amendola to just a respectable dozen catches instead of an obscene 15 (for 160 yards and one score on 16 targets from Sam Bradford).
The defense might have also preferred to stop some gentleman named Daryl Richardson from scooting by them for a 56-yard run down the sideline.
So yes, there was plenty of blame to go around for the Redskins, and it’s pretty unfair to blame the whole loss on a guy who led the team in receptions (five) and is the only wideout on the roster who even dares to contemplate blocking downfield.
It could be worse for the Skins, though. I mean, at least they didn’t suffer any season-ending injuries to important players, right?
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