Think NFL players aren’t concerned about the replacement referees? Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson made his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan, and he spoke passionately about the controversy that is enveloping pro football.
This discussion (with Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier) came after a brief conversation about the Monday Night debacle, and then a question about the chaos at the end of Sunday’s Redskins game.
“I like to say I know the rules of the game, and how the game is supposed to be played, because that’s what I need to know as a player,” Wilson said. “I have to be able to know what can and can’t be done, what is illegal, what is not illegal, what’s fair and what’s not fair....
“I don’t understand the calls,” he said, talking specifically about the end of the Skins game. “I don’t really know what to do anymore. It makes it hard to be able to perform at a high level when you don’t know what’s legal, what’s illegal. I don’t know any more. It’s confusing.
“We’re not playing Pee Wee football. This is a professional game with peoples ’ livelihoods at stake. My career is at stake. Peoples’ jobs are at stake. This isn’t, Oh, my bad, I’ll get you next time. And that’s where we’re at right now.”
Wilson also talked more specifically about what went down at the end of the Packers’ loss in Seattle on Monday night.
“I just thank God that it wasn’t me back there,” Wilson said. “I mean, this is bad. That’s bad. An interception, that’s the game. Every game in the NFL matters. Every single one that you can win, that you’re supposed to win, you’ve got to win. To miss a call like that, I couldn’t imagine what would have happened in D.C. I mean, that’s just bad.”
And Wilson also talked about his fumble recovery on Sunday, which sure appeared like it should have been ruled a touchdown.
“I was never touched down but they blew the whistle,” Wilson said. “The same guy that threw the beanbag out and called it a fumble blew the whistle to blow the play dead though nobody touched me. That’s a touchdown. That changes the game from 24-24 to we’re up 31-24.
“And that makes the difference in games,” he continued. “That changes games. That changes peoples’ wins to losses. The helmet-to-helmet, the safety issue, it’s getting where it would be terrible to have replacement players out there. It’d be terrible. Nobody would want to watch the games. It’d be a debacle. We just got to figure this thing out. [Someone] needs to get the professionals back out there.”