- The Washington Times - Monday, October 10, 2005

Upset with the “inconsistency” of Sunday’s officiating crew and some of its “mystery” calls, Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said yesterday the team is sending video of several penalties and no-calls to the NFL office.

The Redskins were called for 10 penalties in their 21-19 loss against the Denver Broncos. Gibbs wouldn’t say how many plays were sent to the league but he talked about four plays: the safety against the Broncos that was overturned by the “tuck rule,” an offensive pass interference call on the Redskins’ David Patten, a holding call on Washington’s Casey Rabach and a noncall when the Redskins thought Chris Cooley was interfered.

Since his return to the Redskins, Gibbs generally has been critical of the officials after a defeat, but he was particularly animated yesterday.

“We get a touchdown taken back, we get a 30-yard run called back. We couldn’t find [anything on the video],” he said. “It’s totally inconsistent.

“To be quite truthful, they were cutting us on the backside and they don’t call that and then they call something on us that is a mystery. I have to say it: there is some mystery stuff going on. We can’t find it. It’s a frustrating thing.”

The Rabach and Patten penalties happened on the Redskins’ second offensive series, which still ended with a touchdown. Rabach’s flag erased a 27-yard Clinton Portis run and Patten’s penalty negated his 37-yard touchdown catch.

The “tuck rule” took away a Redskins safety in the third quarter.

“Technically, on that one, it probably fit within the rules,” Gibbs acknowledged. “The way the rule is written, you could probably say he was trying to tuck the ball.”

Broncos coach Mike Shanahan told Denver reporters yesterday, “I looked at the replay and that’s why I challenged it. I knew right when I saw it — it was a classic ‘tuck rule.’ ”

In between rants about the officials, Gibbs admitted, “It’s frustrating, but we made enough mistakes to cost us the game — the two [unsuccessful] field goals, the turnover, the two long runs and the penalties.”

Two kickers remain

Even though John Hall has missed the last three games with a quadriceps injury and the Redskins are short on healthy cornerbacks, Gibbs said he will continue to keep Hall and current kicker Nick Novak on the roster.

“We don’t have a choice — we have a guy that’s hurt so right now we’re going with two kickers until we get everybody healthy and then make a decision,” Gibbs said.

The Redskins have allowed blocked field goals the last two games and Gibbs called the protection “soft” on Denver’s block Sunday.

“We could do quite a few things there,” he said. “Obviously, changing personnel and changing the technique are a couple of things we could do there. We shouldn’t have any blocked and we’ve had two so it’s a concern.”

LaVar’s role

Gibbs said LaVar Arrington did not play Sunday because the Redskins limited substitutions of the linebackers. Arrington played two snaps against Seattle the previous week.

“The packages he was in, we didn’t use,” Gibbs said. “We know it’s something that has high interest for everybody and we want LaVar to play, but it was just one of those games.”

What Gibbs didn’t say is that the bootlegs run by Denver probably limited Arrington’s playing time, but regardless he wasn’t used in third-down passing situations, either. Chris Clemons continues to get those snaps.

Injury report

Gibbs said during his radio show last night that runnning back Clinton Portis sustained a shin injury against the Broncos and he might not practice early in the week.

Redskins head athletic trainer John Burrell said X-rays on cornerback Shawn Springs’ shin were negative and the team was awaiting results of an MRI.

Springs initially suffered the injury last week in practice and left Sunday’s game during Denver’s second offensive possession.

The Redskins also were waiting to see results of the second opinion Hall requested on his quadriceps injury.

Extra points

Redskins H-back Mike Sellers is tied for the team lead with Santana Moss with two touchdown receptions. “Am I? Wow,” Sellers said. “I never thought that would happen.” Sellers entered the season without a touchdown since 2001 but has two in the past two games. …

Right tackle Jon Jansen played Sunday without a cast on his left thumb and he’s expected to shed the cast on his right thumb against Kansas City on Sunday.

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