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Morgan Uses Blame Game For Motivation

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Redskins receiver Joshua Morgan says he found closure and motivation in the fan fallout of last Sunday's game--even if some comments crossed the line.

Last week, new receiver Joshua Morgan led the Redskins in receptions, grabbing five passes for the first time since breaking his ankle as a member of the 49ers last year.

But a breakthrough game was forgotten in an instant, as Morgan responded to a shove after the whistle by flipping the football at Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan, drawing the 15-yard penalty.

The momentary lapse in judgment plagued Morgan on and off the field, as the media spotlighted Morgan for the miscue, as fans took the anger out on Morgan via social media.

"You see it all, you hear it all," Morgan said.  "Especially when they’ve got you on Twitter and they start sending the death threats and wishing bad on your family and first born and things like that."

While most of his teammates were appalled by the threats, Morgan understood the sentiment, and holds himself to a higher standard than he showed. 

"You never let it get to you, especially with me being from DC," he said. "That was therapeutic because for them to put everything on me and let me know I can’t do anything like that anymore. 

"Every play I make from now on is going to mean something.  If that play meant the whole game, than every play I make from now on will mean something.  It just put a lot of pressure on me to keep doing what I do, helping the team win."

After the game, Morgan approached teammates including Robert Griffin III to apologize for his mistake.  Griffin III accepted the sentiment, but made sure he didn't shoulder too much of the blame.

"The one thing I told him was I would ride it out with him," Griffin III said today.  "He's my receiver.  He's a guy on this team, and I'm not going to throw him under the bus."

Rather than be distracted by the negative attention from the game, Morgan said he has been able to focus on improving, using the play and the loss as inspiration.

"I use everything as motivation. It’s always motivation," he said. "I wish today was Sunday instead of having to wait."

Morgan does not anticipate defensive backs using the same strategy to get a rise out of him in the future.  If they choose to, they will be disappointed with his non-reaction.

"None of us are dumb enough to make the same mistake twice," he said with a small grin. "That’s why Coach Shanahan has the people he has here, because we have that type of character and mindset that all it takes is one time for us to mess anything up. 

"We’re going to fix it and it's never going to happen again."

Morgan is an avid user of social media, and head coach Mike Shanahan said the threats were being reviewed by the Redskins security team to ensure they weren't serious.  However, Morgan, said he isn't concerned with his safety with fans, and never considered getting off of Twitter.

"I’ve been in this situation before, I’ve seen it happen," he said.  "I just go out there and keep building, keep staying positive and keep working.

"All I take seriously is football and my family. Nothing really scares me--I’m from DC."

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