- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Attempting to mend fences with the NFL office, coach Joe Gibbs said yesterday he regretted being specifically critical about the officiating in the Washington Redskins’ 36-35 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday.

On Monday, Gibbs railed against four calls, all of which he was sending to the league office in New York. Yesterday, without saying, “I’m sorry,” or “I apologize,” Gibbs said he shouldn’t have made his objections so public.

“If we ever disagree on something, I should leave it at, ‘We’re turning it in and see where it goes,’” Gibbs said after practice. “I shouldn’t have specifically said what I said.

“What we all do in the league is work as hard as we can to help the officials. We turn it all in and say, ‘Hey, this is what we think.’”

Gibbs said nobody from league headquarters told him to backtrack on his comments even though he was fined $10,000 last month after publicly taking umbrage with several calls in a 21-19 loss at Denver.

“I felt like it was my responsibility, and I called the league and told them I should have dealt with it better than I did,” he said. “You get emotional and get carried away and say things you wish you hadn’t.”

On Monday, Gibbs cited at least four plays he was sending to the league office: Tampa Bay receiver Joey Galloway’s catch that was allowed when officials ruled he was pushed out of bounds; Simeon Rice’s interception when — the Redskins contend — receiver Santana Moss was held; the offsides call during the Bucs’ extra-point attempt with 58 seconds remaining; and Mike Alstott’s subsequent game-winning, two-point conversion run.

A league source said last night he didn’t expect Gibbs to be fined for his criticism Monday.

Gibbs remains pro-instant replay but would have voted against the current system that allows two challenges per coach.

“I would have voted no for the challenges, and I would have voted against a two-point because it’s another decision making process for the coaches,” he said. “The coach probably has enough to do.”

Patten doubtful

Receiver David Patten did not practice yesterday and is doubtful for Sunday’s game against Oakland because of a knee injury.

“It’s been bothering him for the last couple of weeks. … It’s an irritation thing,” Gibbs said. “We want to look at it and make sure it’s not something more serious.”

Patten has struggled the last three weeks, making only four catches. He has 22 catches for 217 yards and no touchdowns this season. Before practice, Patten didn’t disclose the injury but did admit he’s not doing his part.

“I’ve been through this situation,” he said. “My first three years in the league, I felt like I could be a starter but for whatever reason — probably because I was undrafted — I didn’t get that chance. I’ve learned a lot along the way, and it helps me deal with it. The bottom line is you have to feed your No. 1 guy [Santana Moss] the rock.

“But from a personal and player standpoint, you want to carry the load, and I know they brought me here to make plays as well, and I feel like I haven’t been doing that. So quite naturally, I’m going to be frustrated.”

More injuries

Safety Sean Taylor (ankle), running back Ladell Betts (knee) and defensive linemen Phillip Daniels (elbow), Cornelius Griffin (hip) and Joe Salave’a (foot) also sat out practice. Taylor, Betts and Griffin are questionable.

Gibbs said Taylor is expected to play, Daniels said he sat out as a precaution, Salave’a worked in the weight room and Griffin remains sidelined.

If Betts can’t play because of a sprained MCL, Rock Cartwright will assume the backup running back and primary kick returner duties.

Three lead balloting

Three Redskins players lead the Pro Bowl fan voting at their respective positions: Receiver Santana Moss (348,859 votes), fullback/H-back Chris Cooley (254,935) and special teams player James Thrash (42,591). Moss has the 10th-most votes in the NFL. Fan, coach and player voting each count for a third in deciding the Pro Bowl starters.

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