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Skins Agony Quotes

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

Most post-loss Redskins locker rooms this year have been slightly less depressed (and depressing) than you might imagine, but today's was pretty close to the level of depression you'd expect. Oddly, you often get better quotes from the anguished and angry than from the Hip Hip Hooraying happy winners.

In at least one case--that of Santana Moss--his seething misery was about equal to that of the Internet Skins fans, which is pretty unusual from a player. "So much frustration going on right now with me, man," he said after the game. "I don't know if I'm even fit to talk any more."

More highlights, or lowlights, or whatever:

Fred Smoot, on the mindset

"It's turmoil, because point-blank, we're in a position that we didn't see ourselves being six weeks ago, around the bye week. We didn't consider this an option at this time of the year, and we've just got to find a way to get it right."

Santana Moss, on whether the Redskins are better than the Bengals

"It ain't about them. It ain't about Cincinnati. It's about us. We're better than what the hell we do out there on that field every Sunday, yes, we're way better than that. We showed that. But it's about what can you do every week, you know what I mean, how are you gonna perform every week.

"It ain't about Cincinnati, because any given Sunday somebody's gonna be better than you. But it's about us playing up to our level. You know, there's too many guys in here that can do too many things, and together, when you put all that together, you're putting that together for a reason. Because together we're deadly, and we should be able to play like that. We should be able to put fear in people when we step on that field, and we're not doing that. And it's all about us. It all boils down to it. It ain't about no coaching, it ain't about no play-calling, it's all about us making plays when the plays are given and when the plays are there, point blank."

London Fletcher, on that talent level

"If we were just a bad football team where we didn't have the talent to get it done, we didn't have the players, the leadership to get it done, then you wouldn't feel the way you feel. When we're so close to it, we know it's a play here it's a play there where we leave them out on the field, that makes it even harder to swallow when you look back at the season. It'll be a lot of soul searching after the season, where you just continue to look at and replay plays over and over in your head, replay games over and over in your head. It's like man, I can't believe this happened, I can't believe that happened....

"It's not talent. We have enough to get it done. We had the same talent when we were 6-2. Would you say we had enough talent to go 6-2? So obviously it's not the talent."

Rock Cartwright, on what happened

"It's just so frustrating, man. I keep going back to being 6-2. And now you're 7-7, and you can't find a way to win a football game, you can't find a way to score points. It's very frustrating. We haven't been able to do that lately. So I don't know."

Santana Moss, on being resilient

"We had plenty of opportunities just to make our season better. I mean, it's not like these teams out here are just whupping our behinds. We're just putting ourselves in situations where we feel like we can't overcome, and we CAN. We do it every time. It just seems like once we stub that toe? Ouch. Oh, we might not can do no more. No, it's just a stump. Next time, you move that stump and you keep going. You know, clear your path next time and that's what we need to know how to do.

"I mean, this ain't hard. We do this. We practice too hard to go out here and not play as hard as we practice, so for us to keep coming up this short, you just don't have no answer for it. Because the reason why I'm so pissed off, when you look at the team, if I felt like we didn't deserve to win or we don't deserve to win every time we step onto the field, then I'll walk up out of here and give y'all all the answers y'all need and feel good about it. But I'm hurting inside because I know we put our heart in this thing."

Fred Smoot, on the second half of 2008

"The thing is, we usually start out slow and end up quick, and I think we started off quick this year and didn't finish, and that's just the tale of the year, not finishing. We didn't finish the year, we didn't finish a lot of games, and it came back to beat us. Let me tell you what good teams do: they beat the teams they're supposed to beat. And that ain't what we did this year."

Rock Cartwright, on the future

"Some guys will be playing for their jobs, me personally, so guys are gonna have to go out and play. I mean, this is your job, this is how you raise your family, so guys are still gonna play."

Santana Moss, on what's changed since the beginning

"I have no idea. I really don't know. I'd rather not say anything, because I really don't know. You know, we fight every day, we go work hard every week, and we just get out here and [stuff] just falls apart. I really don't know man."

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 14, 2008; 11:57 PM ET
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I wasn't too upset about this game because after watching the few weeks, I really did not expect too much of them. But, man, Santana's quotes can't help but leave a Redskins fan with a little bit of sadness.

Posted by: empsg59 | December 15, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

Anybody catch comcast post-game live...based on the interviews with players, it seemed pretty evident Zorn lost the locker room this past week.

Posted by: ewoldtk | December 15, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

the skins are alot like the lions last year 6-2 start and then collasped after that BTW what is the lions record this year


Posted by: jonthefisherman | December 15, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse


Aside from the first quarter, we played pretty well.

Santana Moss finally caught another TD pass.

Fred Davis got in the mix.

They finally gave it to Sellers in short yardage (something we've all been wishing for over the past several years).

Plackemeier had a big kick, and special teams did more good than harm (with the obvious exception of Suisham).

Sellers made a couple plays out of the backfield again, and continues to be a threat catching out of the backfield. He also stomped on that kicker after flattening him on the Cartright return.

Looking ahead to next year, I can see some potentially very good things. With Sellers, Cooley, and Davis, we have three legitimate threats catching balls in the flat and underneath and running for additional yards. Moss is still a baller, and Thomas and Kelly have shown flashes of being able to make plays. Portis is a franchise running back. With a strong running game and lots of versatile blocker/pass catcher types, the plays should be ripe for big gains off of short passes in play action.

The only questions I have are about the offensive line and the QB - Campbell has to show the ability to scan the field faster to find the best target more often. He needs to intuit what the defense is going to do, and figure out who's going to be open before the ball's even snapped.

Defense needs to stop the run and learn to get past blockers. Losing too many individual battles there.

Posted by: crashinghero | December 15, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO - bad football - I've seen HS Championship teams play error free football. Bad stupid penalties - especially Moss Mr Showboat - and Campbell always throws the ball behind guys and at their feet - it's hard to continue pass patterns that way duh!!

Posted by: FrancisHerbert | December 15, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Honestly I don't feel too bad for 'em.

Show up and play the darn game like you should, period.

It's funny the PLAYERS that aren't producing keep saying it's not the talent level. Umm, maybe it is cause I don't see ANY playmakers on this team, period. On either side of the ball.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 15, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

They didn't even look like they wanted to win. Seeing the player on the bench sometimes even smiling and laughing; Kinda makes me realize i think there more in it for the money than anything else...

Posted by: peters82 | December 15, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

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