Santana Moss Talks About Dealing With Distractions In 2013Posted on April 10, 2014 by Harvey Valentine
Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss has been in the NFL for 13 years, and he said April 9 that the 2013 season was different from his others in the league.
Moss appeared on ESPN 980's "The Sports Fix" with Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro, and was asked about team's tumultuous 2013 season.
"To be honest, you know, last year was like no other year that I've ever experienced," Moss told Sheehan and Loverro. "Honestly, we had a better team than we've ever had here and went through that.
"So, I didn't understand it. I just felt like there was so much going on that was out of our control. As a player, all you can do is go out there and play and hope for the best and try to win. But outside of that, man, it was a circus of everything else in the media with the quarterback and with the coach."
Moss said that as a player, especially one with his experience, he had tried not to worry about the media coverage of then-Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Robert Griffin.
"But when you keep being constantly asked about certain things, it kind of wears on you," Moss said. "And it kind of pisses you off, because no matter how hard or how focused you are about what you have to do, you have to always deal with the media or someone bringing back up some crap that you don't have control of.
"So that was something that just wore on us as a team. I truly finally [saw] how a team can deal with a lot of negativity and how it can really change what you have as far as your season, and I think a lot of that stuff kind of spoiled what we had set out to do last year."
Looking ahead to 2014, Moss was among the receivers who recently traveled to Arizona to work out with Griffin.
"We had some fun together," Moss said on ESPN 980. "Robert really set it up pretty good and gave us a chance to just go out there and gell again and get ourselves prepared for this week, and it was a lot of fun."
REDSKINS SIGN SAFETY AKEEM DAVIS
The Redskins announced April 10 that they had signed free agent Akeem Davis, adding more depth at safety.
Davis, 24, played 34 games (with 27 starts) for the University of Memphis from 2008-12. He totaled 162 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three interceptions, five forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Davis signed as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks during the spring of 2013, but didn't make the team during the fall.
REDSKINS' PRESEASON SCHEDULE SET
The Redskins will open the preseason by hosting the New England Patriots, according to the schedule the NFL announced April 9.
Washington's preseason will also include a Monday night home game, which will air on ESPN, against the Cleveland Browns, and road games at Baltimore and Tampa Bay, the latter of which is a past employer of first-year Redskins coach Jay Gruden. The game at Baltimore will mark the first preseason meeting with the Ravens since 2011.
Specific times will be announced at a later date.
Here are the details of the Redskins' preseason schedule.
Aug. 7-10 vs. New England Patriots: TBA
Aug. 18 vs. Cleveland Browns: 8 p.m.
Aug. 21-24 at Baltimore Ravens: TBA
Aug. 28 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: TBA
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