Joey Bosa is not a fan of referees.
The Los Angles Chargers' edge-rusher went off on the officials following Saturday's 31-30 loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday, clearly upset with what he felt were a number of missed calls:
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"I think there just needs to be more accountability," he told reporters. "I mean if I say something to them I get a $40,000 fine, but if they blow a call that ruins an entire team's season, they're probably back in the locker room after the game like, 'Haha got that asshole. Yeah, got him. Fifteen yards, what a loser.' I guarantee that's what their f--king talking like in the back. Whatever, power trip. I'm sick of those f--king people."
Bosa was clearly frustrated with the officiating throughout the game, at one point slamming his helmet on the ground twice—once as he was coming to the sidelines, and a second time after head coach Brandon Staley picked it up and handed it back to him—and earning two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties during the game and three penalties overall.
The helmet slam ended up being costly, as it came after a Jaguars' touchdown. That prompted Jacksonville head coach Doug Pederson to go for a two-point conversion, needing only one yard rather than two. They converted, cut the deficit to 30-28 and Riley Patterson's eventual 36-yard field goal as time expired won the game rather than tying it.
Bosa in particular didn't like that one of the officials ran up to continue a conversation with him after he complained about what he thought was a missed call.
"Doesn't mean I need to scream at them or say anything but how is it fair for me, who is out there playing my butt off and there's a missed call and I say something, and he's going to run up into my face," Bosa told reporters. "What grown man in a position that he's in, 'Oh, what did you say to me? What did you say to me?' Like he's antagonizing me. 'Oh, he said it, there we go, got him.' It's like, whatever. It's whatever."
But Bosa also took accountability for losing his composure, acknowledged that the Chargers lost "because we f--king blew it in the second half" and stuck up for the beleaguered Staley, saying he got the Chargers to the postseason "against all odds" given the injuries the team dealt with throughout the year.
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For everyone asking why I think so poorly of Brandon Staley and why I've been adamant he will be fired and should be…THIS<br><br>He has lost his team. Hell, he picked up the helmet for Bosa, then watched him slam it again. Like I've said, he's a kid playing Madden, not a HC. <a href="https://t.co/6xaYwii40w">pic.twitter.com/6xaYwii40w</a>
He also didn't understand why Staley took flak on social media for picking up his helmet and returning it to him.
"'Cause why did I slam my helmet on the floor when he picked it up for me and tried to calm me down and get me in order and I grabbed it from him and threw it on the ground again?" Bosa said. "How is that his fault? It is my fault. I mean, there's a million examples."