He should have shifted the blame from his field goal kicker to himself.
The bombings are never claimed, and so regular Syrians struggle to figure out who is to blame.
There is a lot of history and mutual distrust to cut through to end this cycle of mutual suspicion and blame.
c.1200, "find fault with;" c.1300, "lay blame on," from Old French blasmer (12c., Modern French blâmer) "to rebuke, reprimand, condemn, criticize," from Vulgar Latin *blastemare, from Late Latin blasphemare "revile, reproach" (see blaspheme). Replaced Old English witan with long "i." Related: Blamed; blaming.
early 13c., from Old French blasme "blame, reproach; condemnation," a back-formation from blasmer (see blame (v.)).