Originally written on Player Perspective  |  Last updated 9/18/12

 

That’s right Josh, a Wide Receiver catches the ball he doesn’t throw it. Now you’ve got it.

Just a brief update on Redskins WR Josh Morgan who lost his cool after  Cortland Finnegan slapped him on the head. Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said he won’t punish Josh Morgan for the mistake. He also said that he didn’t even pull Josh aside to talk about it rather addressed the issue of “poise” with the entire team. 

I liked that Shanahan said this:

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 “When you get hit in the National Football League, your first reaction as a football player is to retaliate. But one thing you have to learn in the National Football League is they catch the second guy, not the first guy. Every once and a while the first guy will get caught. More times than not the second guy will get caught. When you look at the film, you see a guy pushing you in the face, all of a sudden a guy loses his composure, and the other guy is walking away, and you throw the football at him, and he’s laughing, you understand what he’s doing. That’s part of a young guy growing up.”

The veteran that provoked Josh isn’t just any veteran either. Cortland has been named the dirtiest player in the league by his peers in the past. He takes pride in getting underneath other players’ skin. I think most us remember the fight between he and typically mild mannered Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson. Andre is typically not one to lose his cool and Cortland even got to him. 

I also thought Shanahan’s comments were reflective of the fact that Josh wasn’t the only one to lose his cool. In fact, there was no cool and no chill to be found amongst any football players on most of the teams that played on Sunday. Everyone was testy and retaliatory. Josh just happened to get caught and I  doubt anyone feels worse about it than he. 

 

 

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