Chargers’ DE Joey Bosa fined for playing football
The Los Angeles Chargers walked away from their Week 16 contest against the New York Jets with a 14-7 victory. The team’s second-year phenom Joey Bosa left the Meadowlands a little lighter in the wallet, as Bosa was fined for — playing football — roughing the passer as it was called on the field, according to Profootballtalk.com.
In the same report, it was announced that Joey Bosa was being fined $18,231 for a third-quarter hit on New York Jets’ quarterback Bryce Petty. The former Ohio State Buckeye product was determined to have gotten to the signal caller Petty a bit too late, then “lifting through” the tackle and driving him into the turf.
PFT explains the report and breaks down the play below:
“PFT has confirmed that Bosa has been fined $18,231 for roughing quarterback Bryce Petty in last Sunday’s 14-7 win. Bosa was a beat late getting to Petty and then drove him to the ground in a manner that usually draws a flag from officials.
The penalty came on a third down incompletion intended for Jermaine Kearse and pushed the Jets into the red zone with four minutes left in the game. The Jets wound up turning the ball over on downs four plays later, so the penalty didn’t wind up having a great impact on the outcome.”
For starters, when you look back at the play, Petty’s arm is still going forward as Bosa makes contact. Sure, he might have “driven” Petty into the turf, but it was not, in my opinion, a play worthy of a penalty.
Joey Bosa is not going to miss the money that he is being forced to pay for doing the job asked of him by his employers. And for those of you who have been paying attention, Bosa is not overly disciplined when it comes to wreaking havoc on opposing quarterbacks, as he’s been on the receiving end of multiple late-hit infractions during his two-year career.
Joey Bosa’s next chance to get after the quarterback comes in Week 17. The Chargers will face the Oakland Raiders in what could be a playoff-clinching performance should the Bolts win and the Tennessee Titans lose their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Look for Bosa and the Chargers defense to send the Raiders back to Oakland with what will be their final loss of the ’17 campaign. The Bolts win this one. One can expect Bosa to notch two sacks and four hurries in this game.
Thanks a lot for reading.
P.S. Joey Bosa is the best defensive player in all of the NFL.