Joey Bosa calls NFL officials “blind” following Monday night victory

LANDOVER, MARYLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Joey Bosa #97 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on prior to the game against the Washington Football Team at FedExField on September 12, 2021 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Chargers’ defensive end Joey Bosa had some choice words for the officials that covered the Raiders/Chargers game on Monday. During his team’s 28-14 win over Las Vegas, Bosa received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after arguing with officials. He contended that they missed a holding call on the play as he rushed the passer. Bosa voiced his frustrations on the matter in the postgame presser.

“I didn’t even know they called the f—ing penalty on me because I was fuming. 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… Fifteen yards, it’s a big deal. 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.”

Joey Bosa

In his six-year tenure, Bosa has rarely spoken out on anything. Doing so here further highlights how impassioned he must be about this particular subject. He will likely receive a fine for his comments at some point this week. In the meantime, he and his Chargers carry on with their season. LA will stay home and gear up for a Sunday afternoon matchup with the Cleveland Browns. Both teams will look to improve to a 4-1 record on the year.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - SEPTEMBER 26: Joey Bosa #97 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after the Chargers force a fumble during the second quarter in the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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The LA Chargers this season

The Chargers came into this season with lofty expectations. Many saw a playoff berth in sight with a stud franchise quarterback in Justin Herbert and a well-constructed roster around him. Their Monday night victory over their divisional rival Raiders has only strengthened their chances. Brandon Staley seems to have adjusted well in his first head coaching gig. Moreover, the team looks well-positioned to compete for the foreseeable future.

For them, the main issue concerns their location. Despite the great roster playing in a new stadium in one of the biggest markets in the country, attendance has been an issue. People show up to their games, but mostly in support of the opposing team. This trend has persisted ever since the team left San Diego for Los Angeles. Monday night’s game saw just another example of the disadvantage this brings. Only 26 percent of those in attendance came in support of the home team. For their sake, hopefully, increased success will change their fortunes on that front.

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