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Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 11/30/2010

Santana Moss on how Redskins must play now

By Jason Reid

At one point during the 2005 season, the Redskins were 5-6 and did not appear to be a team capable of qualifying for the playoffs.

But under then-coach Joe Gibbs, the Redskins won their final five games in the regular season, finished 10-6 and earned a wild-card berth. They defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the playoffs before losing to the Seattle Seahawks, who represented the NFC in the Super Bowl that season.

At one point during the 2007 season, the Redskins were 5-7 and did not appear to be a team capable of qualifying for the playoffs. In Gibbs's final season, the Redskins won their last four games, finished 9-7 and again earned a wild-card berth. They lost to Seattle in the opening round of the playoffs.

Although the Redskins dropped to 5-6 after Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, they have overcome similar difficult circumstances. Top wideout Santana Moss is among the players who experienced both of the Redskins late-season playoffs runs during Gibbs 2.0.

So, Santana, what is the formula for the Redskins to sprint to the finish again?

"To tell you the truth, I don't remember what we did differently," Moss said the other day. "When you're in those situations, you just gotta go out and play. You can't pinpoint what you did and try to do it now, cause it don't work that way."

Living in the past would be a mistake, Moss said. The Redskins must focus only on their current circumstances and move forward.

"It's all about taking on what you have [now] and just dealing with it," said Moss, who leads the team with 62 receptions for 778 yards (a 12.5-yard average) and has three touchdowns. "You know, doing what you can do with it.

"And in order for us to do what we want to do, we've just got to stop worrying about what's been said and what's been done. Just go out and do what we can do right now. And until we do that, we won't be able to get ahead or get past some of the stuff that we're being dealt with right now."

It's time for the Redskins to display their mettle, Moss said.

"Through a season like this, you're gonna be ups and downs," he said. "A lot of stuff is not gonna be the way you want it.

"But when it comes, you gotta know how to take advantage of it, and try to hold onto it for as long as you can, so you can try to make something out of it. Instead of just being up one moment and being down the next moment."

By Jason Reid  | November 30, 2010; 11:52 AM ET
Categories:  Santana Moss  
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that sums it up 4th. alot of wishing, but not much hope

Posted by: hessone | November 30, 2010 11:43 AM

No wishing. It's all Mathematics.....

ESPN ran the Redskins/Titans game trough a simulation and the Titans won at a 75% clip.....

Well...you gotta go out there and play the game to get the results....Is all I'm saying....

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 30, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

In both cases, the Skins turned to power running as the engine that drove them to the post season. I don't see that happening with Rollbach and Lichurmother on the O line.

Frankly, I don't see it happening at all...

Posted by: edvar | November 30, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

No, me either, but we gotts play the games and see what happens.

Posted by: wireman65 | November 30, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Way off subject but...

Really would like to see Shawn Springs reach across the table and put a Seymour on Skip Bayless.

That's all.

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 30, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Just catch the damn ball Santana! That would be a good start.

Posted by: Predator48 | November 30, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

tmkelley

"Redskins' most viable path to playoffs is winning NFC East." Right. And the most viable path to my financial freedom is winning the lottery. Both are at equal odds!"

I get your point.

But what we should all want is a team competitve enough to get into the playoffs or ready to make a run for them year in and year out.

For some franchises, winning the playoff lottery isn't a game of chance as they've been constructed to win year in and year out.

Luck is not what they depend on.

Talent and preparation is.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 30, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

pred, no kidding, he and cooley both...start catching the ball for starters...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 30, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

mistamayor,

At one point during the 2005 season, the Redskins were 5-6 and did not appear to be a team capable of qualifying for the playoffs.

But under then-coach Joe Gibbs, the Redskins won their final five games in the regular season, finished 10-6 and earned a wild-card berth.


This is true.

But we had a running game then and a defense that got stops.

We have neither now.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 30, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse


Too many trees and electrons have died in service to analysists writing thumbsuckers on how the 'skins can/should re-enact winter of '07 and win out on their way to the Playoffs.

A more realitic goal would be to win at least one of their next five games.

The question is, which one?

GIANTS (2) They might win the second game if the Giants have suffered catastrophic injuries or have clinched a playoff spot and are resting their regulars. Otherwise, can't see it--even with their key receivers out.

DALLAS: I hate 'em. You hate 'em. We all hate 'em. Probably gonna lose.

JACKSONVILLE: Jones Drew should make swiss cheese out of Redskins run defense, running under, under and around them.

TAMPA BAY: Would have a good shot in the recent past, but this is a new TB team, definitely in the run for the playoffs, not likely to ease up.

If the 'skins lose out, that means the genius new coach, the genius new GM, the genius new DC, the genius new OC, teh all time great QB, the upgrade on both lines, teh switch to a 3-4 defense has meant--wait for it sports fans. One additional win.

Personally, any given Sunday etc, 'skins will win one of the next five.

Posted by: TheCork | November 30, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

While Santana doesn't appear to feel the need to do much more than "don't worry, be happy" in the remaining five games -- we are informed by reliable sources inside Redskins Park that AH92 has already rented a post office box at FEDEX Field for the remainder of the season. The sources say the big dude reportedly plans to "mail it in" for the rest of the year.

Meanwhile, a source working for Dan Snyder Enterprises says the team is running a special promotion inside the Redskins locker room -- called "R U IN" -- to encourage players to help fill the club level seats at the stadium for the last two home games of the season, a meaningless December 12 against perennial doormat Tampa Bay, and another meaningless "play me, pay me" game on January 2 against the New York Giants.

Each player will reportedly be given an allotment of 200 seats for each game to fill in whatever way they can -- including illegal immigrants, child molesters, members of Congress, in-laws and other convicted felons -- and the player who fills the most seats will be allowed to skip the team's "optional" off-season conditioning program.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 30, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Vic1 | November 30, 2010 12:31 PM |

dude, AH mailed it in the day he signed with the redskins

Posted by: hessone | November 30, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

theCork

A more realitic goal would be to win at least one of their next five games...The question is, which one?


You're an insightful fellow.

You've acknowledged the obvious: we're finishing the season against 4 teams who have talent advantages over us.

The jags and bucs are young and improving.

We don't normally beat the jints, and the pokes, the second time around, will actually be more of a challenge than the first where but for a holding call, we lose.

In other words, a 6-10 or 7-9 record and top 10 draft selection is in our future.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 30, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse


It's time for the Redskins to display their mettle, Moss said.

"Through a season like this, you're gonna be ups and downs," he said. "A lot of stuff is not gonna be the way you want it.

"But when it comes, you gotta know how to take advantage of it, and try to hold onto it for as long as you can, so you can try to make something out of it. Instead of just being up one moment and being down the next moment."
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so let me get this straight. you've got to hold onto it as long as you can. well, santana might want to start by holding onto the freakin ball. this guy has got to go


Posted by: hessone | November 30, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Each player will reportedly be given an allotment of 200 seats for each game to fill in whatever way they can -- including illegal immigrants, child molesters, members of Congress, in-laws and other convicted felons -- and the player who fills the most seats will be allowed to skip the team's "optional" off-season conditioning program.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 30, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I'll just ask all my stripper friends, lazy summer here I come!!!

Signed
Albert Haynesworth

Posted by: monk811 | November 30, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

dude, AH mailed it in the day he signed with the redskins

Posted by: hessone | November 30, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

True dat.

Dude couldn't even be bothered to show up in person to pick up his $21 million bonus check last April -- rather, he had it wired to an off-shore account beyond the grasp the tax men and strippa/baby mamas...

Posted by: Vic1 | November 30, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Redskins have 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th and 7th round pick next year. Assuming the 1st and 2nd pick will be used primarily to get a QB and WR..that leaves us with 3 picks to get a couple of OL, RB, DT, DE, LB, CB, and maybe a Safety. I predict Raback, Hicks, Brown, Kory, Daniels, Carter, London, Kareem, Carlos still here. Another mediocre year from this team..

Posted by: thewayitis | November 30, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

That's not thewayitis. Laughable that you assume that they will take a QB and WR 1st and 2nd. You also have Daniels resigning and then the icing on the cake- a longterm contract for CR22. That's thewayvinnywoulddoit.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 30, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

"But when it comes, you gotta know how to take advantage of it, and try to hold onto it for as long as you can...

Maybe if you could hold onto a football, we would be 6-5.

Posted by: tony325 | November 30, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

While Santana doesn't appear to feel the need to do much more than "don't worry, be happy" in the remaining five games -- we are informed by reliable sources inside Redskins Park that AH92 has already rented a post office box at FEDEX Field for the remainder of the season. The sources say the big dude reportedly plans to "mail it in" for the rest of the year.

Meanwhile, a source working for Dan Snyder Enterprises says the team is running a special promotion inside the Redskins locker room -- called "R U IN" -- to encourage players to help fill the club level seats at the stadium for the last two home games of the season, a meaningless December 12 against perennial doormat Tampa Bay, and another meaningless "play me, pay me" game on January 2 against the New York Giants.

Each player will reportedly be given an allotment of 200 seats for each game to fill in whatever way they can -- including illegal immigrants, child molesters, members of Congress, in-laws and other convicted felons -- and the player who fills the most seats will be allowed to skip the team's "optional" off-season conditioning program.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 30, 2010 12:31 PM

It's like The Onion. Except it's about the redskins and it ain't funny.

Posted by: mack1 | November 30, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: TWISI | November 30, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I really don't think Santana will be here next year. I think he would be a setback for us to bring new WR's in. As I have been saying for months, bring in VJ83 and draft Julio or AJ.

Posted by: roccoskins | November 30, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"And in order for us to do what we want to do, we've just got to stop worrying about what's been said and what's been done."

Santana 'English Language Killa' Moss


'What's been done' is a lotta drops, maybe you SHOULD worry about that!

Posted by: monk811 | November 30, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I could see Daniels signing a long-term contract... as a coach. Not as a DE. Depending on the $ he wants, I see no reason not to sign CR22 to at least a 2 year deal as we'll probably need 2 years to have the luxury of signing a shut-down CB. It would be absolutely stupid to take a QB this year unless magically Luck happened to "luckily" land on our laps. With Kelly, Armstrong and Moss, we are OK for WR next year. I say shore up the lines in everything we do, in addition to grabbing a real FS without an injury history. Improving the OL will make our RB magically look awesome because they won't be fighting to get to the line of scrimmage. One could also only hope that with more time, more of DM5's throws would be accurate.

Posted by: JesusFreakKaren | November 30, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse


Dude couldn't even be bothered to show up in person to pick up his $21 million bonus check last April -- rather, he had it wired to an off-shore account beyond the grasp the tax men and strippa/baby mamas...

Posted by: Vic1 | November 30, 2010 12:49 PM |

vic, that would mean "haynesworth pockets straight". isn't that right PortisPockets ?


Posted by: hessone | November 30, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

vic, that would mean "haynesworth pockets straight". isn't that right PortisPockets ?

Posted by: hessone | November 30, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse


Yep, his pockets be razor straight -- at least for dis year.

Now that all may change... if there's a next year... what with the real possibility of a walk out/lock out looming... and the much smaller paydays due the big dude over the remaining term of his contract.

I mean if the dude can't get it up for $42 million -- what incentive would he have to go after the $3 or 4 million a year in "chump change" to follow?

Posted by: Vic1 | November 30, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

They can't put together 5 good qtrs... how are they going to put together 5 good games?

Posted by: Scoonie97 | November 30, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse


BEEP PEEPS

Posted by: hessone | November 30, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Isn't time to stop talking about a playoff push and face reality? This team is only in the first year of the Shanahan era. McNabb has a problem mastering the offense and he is terrible at short range passing. The WR core is very limited, no one on that squad scares DBs. Our TE situation is about the only good thing on the offense. The linemen need a makeover where even the rookie looks bad at times. It all starts up front. If they don't fix the OL, we are going nowhere with Shanahan.
As for the Defense, I will give them a pass this year learning a new scheme, but if we don't sign players who fit the 3-4 or these guys continue to struggle, we are going to be last in D again next year. The DBs are no good either. Landry is the most overrated Safety. Trash talking Hall better tackle, and Rogers needs a pair of new hands. All in all, the D is the weakest link on the team.
Keep dreaming of the playoffs this year.

Posted by: redskinfan47 | November 30, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Moss should have taken his own advice in the third quarter about ten seconds before he let the pass bounce up into the air off his shoulder pad.

He then dogged it as he had a chance to knock the ball out of the defenders hand and instead dove to the ground.

The Skins should trade him for....anything.

Posted by: NyallsStJohnSmytheIV | November 30, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Predator48 wrote:

Just catch the damn ball Santana! That would be a good start.
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You said it all. And for the love of god Redskin fans, stop already with the coooooooley chant whenever he catches a ball. It's embarrassing.

Posted by: katedog | November 30, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

The Skins would have a shot at the playoffs if they were in the NFC West where 7-9 might get you in. Right now the question is whether the Skins will finish 5-11 or 6-10. What is the current draft order with 5 games left?

Posted by: coparker5 | November 30, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Moss is a huge part of the problem here. He clearly isn't a #1, takes plays off, and has a hard time doing his job (i.e. catching the football).

He needs to shut up, and play better.

Haynesworth is another matter. We're so busy teaching him a lesson that it detracts from the team. He made a difference last Sunday on at least 75% of the plays he was in for. Unfortunately, that was only about a dozen plays.

This team needs almost everything. But they especially need new Ownership.

Hopefully Shanahan and Allen get it going in the right direction in Year 2. Because Year 1 is a complete waste of time.

On Offense, we need every single position upgraded, with the exception of TE.

On Defense, we need DT, LB, Corner, and Safety help (yeah, I said it; every position except for DE).

We'll be lucky to win 2 more games this year. Damn lucky.

Posted by: terp4303 | November 30, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I PREDICT!!! that they will win one of the remaining five game's a 14-10 snoozer over the cowgirls,that's it, They need to get rid of the Shannahans if they have any hope of turning this franchise in the right direction then it needs to start with cutting ties with this current coaching regime. The fact that as a head coach you allow a D-coordinator to change the scheme from a 4-3 (ranked 10th) to a 3-4 ranked (currently ranked last) knowing that you didn't have the personel to fit the new scheme speaks volumes about the HC. The defense blow's a 21 pt.lead against the Texans, at home no less!! then you go to St.Louis and lose to a Ram team with a rookie QB and again the O-line is dominated by a Ram D-line that would not be mistaken for the "Fearsome Foursome". The Detroit game was virtually a video on how not to coach offensively and defensively and how to demotivate this veteran roster during the bye week with the blunder of benching your starting QB in last two minutes of a winnable game.In my humble opinion Mike Shannahan is past his prime and his son has no business running an NFL offense Bruce Allen need's to cut ties with this coach and his staff.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 30, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I've said this 1000 times. We have to build an O line. Like the Hogs....that was the last time we were really, really good.
It's the heart of the team.
Our D last year I believe, was like 4th or 5th. To change that to a 3 - 4 with all the wrong people was ridiculous. Now we're last. The Shannys and Haslett need to go. Bruce, please go throw a zillion dollars and complete control at Bill Cowher will you? Tell Snyder to go to Maui for 3 years and when he comes back, he'll have a play off team!!

Posted by: Riggo2 | November 30, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Its bad karma to show a picture of McNabb landing on his head only 5 days before the Giants game

Posted by: coparker5 | November 30, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Its bad karma to show a picture of McNabb landing on his head only 5 days before the Giants game

Posted by: coparker5 | November 30, 2010 8:54 PM |

Oh. Maybe you're right. I had thought he was doing the windmill. Probably in celebration of converting a 3rd down.

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 1, 2010 3:51 AM | Report abuse

I've said this 1000 times. We have to build an O line. Like the Hogs....that was the last time we were really, really good.
It's the heart of the team.
Our D last year I believe, was like 4th or 5th. To change that to a 3 - 4 with all the wrong people was ridiculous. Now we're last. The Shannys and Haslett need to go. Bruce, please go throw a zillion dollars and complete control at Bill Cowher will you? Tell Snyder to go to Maui for 3 years and when he comes back, he'll have a play off team!!

Posted by: Riggo2 | November 30, 2010 5:22 PM |

You're Hired!

Oh, wait... What do you call the offense you ran winning Super Bowls with John Elway?

And, actually, do you have a "bunker" where you spent all of last year, dawn till dusk, watching the NFL, dissecting defensive trends, logging exhaustive notes on potential opponents, and constructing a graph of available talent?

Yeah, 'cause your O Line idea seems sound, but we're really looking for a lot more pomp and circumstance. I mean, if we had to pick between pomp and fundamentals, it's really a no contest.

People pay for pomp. Try to ignore the actual circumstances from here on out.

O Line, Shmo Line! We got D MAC, BABY!!

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 1, 2010 3:58 AM | Report abuse

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