Joey Bosa is most certainly going to catch a fine from the league after what he had to say late MOnday night.
The star pass rusher for the Los Angeles Chargers ripped NFL referees after Monday night’s 28-14 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. Bosa, asked about being hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty during the fourth quarter, said, “I didn’t even know they called the penalty on me ‘cause I was fuming. But, I mean, refs are blind. …I’m sorry, but you’re blind. Like open your eyes and do your job. It’s so bad. Unbelievable.’’
“I should never lose my control like that,’’ he said of an outburst that led to the unsportsmanlike penalty. “But these guys have got to do a better job because it’s been years of terrible, terrible missed calls left and right. It’s really pathetic, honestly. But pathetic on me, too, for doing what I did. Call or not, I have to take a step back and just go the next play. But, man, they just seem to not … have their eyes open half the time.’’
His penalty was called with less than four minutes in the game. The Raiders were facing first-and-10 at their own 37-yard line as Derek Carr tossed an incomplete pass on the play. However, Bosa’s unsportsmanlike penalty moved the Raiders to the Las Vegas 48.
“Fifteen yards, it’s a big deal,’’ Bosa said.
Everything worked out two plays later when Chargers safety Derwin James intercepted Carr to seal the victory.
For the game, Bosa had a strip-sack and an additional quarterback hit in the 28-14 win. The Chargers defense was good on this night as they limited Carr to 196 passing yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He came into the game with a league-best average of 401 passing yards per game.
The 26-year-old Bosa now has 2.5 sacks and six quarterback hits through four games this season.