ASHBURN, Va. (AP) As much as Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden was confused by, and disagreed with, the officiating decision that wiped out an apparent interception return for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers, he would not blame that call for his team's loss.
Makes sense, given just how many things his players did wrong in a 28-point loss that represented a major step back a week after a 33-point victory that left the Redskins feeling pretty good about themselves.
"I don't want us to be perceived as a team looking for excuses to why we lost," Gruden said Monday. "The referees are not an excuse for us as to why we lost that football game. The missed tackles, the five sacks, the five turnovers - we can point directly to that. And obviously myself not getting our team ready."