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Thomas Morstead Womens Jersey Elite . When a few shots broke through that defensive front, Jonathan Quick was there. The Kings won the Stanley Cup two years ago with that basic formula, and they can see it clicking again as they close in on another playoff run.ASHBURN, Va. -- Robert Griffin III parsed the appropriate uses of "me" and "I" when it comes to owning up to a mistake and privately explained his words to teammates Santana Moss and coaches Wednesday. It was the latest bit of damage control in a disappointing season for the under-the-microscope quarterback. Griffin was dealing with the backlash from the comments he made after the Washington Redskins 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, when his unwise third-and-1 heave was intercepted in the end zone in the final minute to end his teams last chance to tie the game. "I think at the end of the day, I just have to know in that situation after a tough loss to a divisional opponent I cant give anybody any opportunity to read into my words and misinterpret anything," Griffin said. "Some of the things I said, I was trying to give a good compliment to Philly. I wasnt trying to take any shots at anybody and it turned out that way. "Youre asking me today, if I could take any of that back, yeah, I would take it back, because in the heat of that moment, youre frustrated. Youre trying to figure out why things didnt work. Im trying to give you guys honest answers and it hurt us in that sense. Thats on me." Griffins specific words Sunday were hardly earth-shattering, but they were just enough to stoke a prevalent notion that he doesnt always take his fair share of blame and that his relationship with the coaching staff isnt the greatest. Regarding the interception, he said Sunday: "We had a certain concept we were running, and nobody got open so I was backing up, and in the situation where you get a sack there, it ends the game. I was trying to throw the ball to the back of the end zone. It didnt get to where I wanted it to go." Regarding the Eagles in general, he said after the game: "They did a good job of scheming us up. Obviously, we were able to run the ball effectively, but in the passing game, they kind of had us. They kind of knew what was coming before it was coming and, like I said, that is disheartening.&quuot; That was enough for Moss, a well-respected veteran, to speak up. Marques Colston Jersey. Moss told 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday that: "Regardless of the outcome, good or bad, you have to at some point, stand up and say me or I." Moss met with Griffin on Wednesday and then attempted to put a new spin on his comments Wednesday, saying they were meant as a message to all leaders that its best to take responsibility no matter whos at fault. "It was nothing that I said should make you believe that were not cool," Moss said. Griffin said he and Moss were "on the same page." Griffin also seemed perplexed by the whole "me"/"I" uproar. "You guys asked me about the last play of the game. I said I tried to throw the ball away and it didnt work," Griffin said. "I dont know who else is to blame for that. I tried to throw the ball away and it didnt work. ... Maybe I can say I, me a whole lot more, but other people can take that the wrong way, too." Griffin also met with coach Mike Shanahan and offensive co-ordinator Kyle Shanahan, explaining that "scheming us up" wasnt a dig at them. Asked to explain his relationship with the two, he said: "Its three guys that want to win football games." "We want to win and thats the bottom line," Griffin said. "Whenever youre not winning, it creates a lot of madness, especially in where were at right now with the Washington Redskins. The only way to stop the madness is for us to win and youve got three guys -- Coach, Kyle, myself -- we all want to win and thats a good recipe." Taking the middle ground was Mike Shanahan, who is trying to keep a 3-7 team focused for a Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers. "Youve got a tough loss and a lot of emotions after a game and all of a sudden, hey, you look back and say, Maybe I wish I would have said it a different way, but this is what I meant," Shanahan said. "I know Robert meant nothing by it. I know Santana meant nothing by it. Both guys expressed their opinion." ' ' '