Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa tore into the officiating group in Monday night’s 28-14 success over the Las Vegas Raiders, calling them “blind” following a missed holding call late in the final quarter that at last prompted Bosa being hit with a conceivably expensive penalty.
“I didn’t even know they called the f—ing penalty on me because I was fuming,” Bosa said while answering a question about the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he received after he complained about the missed call. “But, I mean, refs are blind, simple. I’m sorry, but you’re blind, like open your eyes and do your job. It’s so bad it’s unbelievable.”
With under four minutes staying in the game and the Raiders confronting first-and-10 at their own 37-yard line, quarterback Derek Carr threw an inadequate pass. Bosa, who had effectively recorded his 50th career sack in the first quarter, contended that the refs didn’t call a holding penalty against a lineman attempting to block him on the play. The resulting unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Bosa gave the Raiders the ball at the Chargers’ 48-yard line, down 14 points.
“Fifteen yards, it’s a big deal,” Bosa said. “Obviously that’s on me. I should never lose my temper like that, but these guys have got to do a better job because it’s been years of 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 to the next play, but, man, they seem not to have their eyes open half the time.”
The call didn’t wind up costing the Chargers, as two plays later, Derwin James intercepted Carr to everything except seal the triumph. James said the play made up for the 51-yard pass he surrendered before in the quarter to Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III.
“That 4.2 speed,” got me, James said.
The Chargers’ defense limited the Raiders’ offense to 213 total yards as Los Angeles pulled into a first-place tie with Las Vegas and Denver in the AFC West.