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Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Gibbs got 'carried away' in comments about officiating

Associated Press

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said he got "carried away" when he publicly disputed several officiating calls in Sunday's 36-35 loss to Tampa Bay.

Gibbs said he called the league office to express his regrets.

"I should have dealt with that better than what I did, and I should work within the system," Gibbs said Wednesday. "You get emotional. You get carried away with things, and you just say things you wish you hadn't said."

Gibbs was fined $10,000 last month for saying there was a lot of "mystery stuff going on" with the officiating after a loss to Denver. He comments about the Tampa Bay defeat were less inflammatory, but he did say Monday that he had evidence on tape to dispute the calls on several plays, including the 2-point conversion run by Mike Alstott that won the game in the final minute.

Gibbs implied Monday that the questionable calls decided the game, but he took a much calmer stance Wednesday.

"I never feel like a referee's call cost you a game," Gibbs said. "You play your way out of a game. It's never one player. It's never one call."