Chargers coach Brandon Staley backs Joey Bosa after officiating outburst

Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa reacts after sacking Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.
Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa reacts after sacking Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on Monday.
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Chargers coach Brandon Staley on Tuesday supported Joey Bosa’s right to publicly vent about officials after the Chargers’ 28-14 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night, noting his status within the league. Bosa is a three-time Pro Bowl player.

“This guy has earned the right to express himself,” Staley said. “This guy’s a premium player in the league. This isn’t uncommon for players like that to talk about officiating. It’s a big part of the game.”

Bosa picked up an unsportsmanlike penalty in the final four minutes after he was upset about not drawing a holding penalty on a Derek Carr incompletion.


“Refs are blind, simple,” he said after the game. “I’m sorry, ‘But you’re blind, like, open your eyes and do your job.’ It’s so bad. It’s unbelievable.”

The situation ended up having no influence on the score when, two plays later, Derwin James had a game-sealing interception.

“Obviously that’s on me,” Bosa said. “I should never lose my control like that. But these guys have got to do a better job because it’s been years of terrible, terrible miscalls, left and right. It’s really pathetic, honestly, but pathetic on me, too, for doing what I did.

The Las Vegas Raiders overcame a ridiculously ineffective first half to challenge the Chargers late in what could foreshadow a crazy AFC West title race.

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“Call or not, I have to take a step back and just go to the next play. But, man, they just seem to not even have their eyes open half the time.”

Staley also emphasized the importance of Bosa admitting he erred by going too far and being flagged for a penalty himself.

“The takeaway is not him being frustrated with the officiating because he has every right to be frustrated about what was going on,” Staley said. “He took full ownership, which is what I want to see as a coach.”