Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson believes the livelihoods of players are at stake as long as replacement officials are governing NFL contests.
Frustration of the replacements’ performance reached fever pitch Monday night when officials ruled Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate and Green Bay Packers safety M.D. Jennings simultaneously caught a Russell Wilson pass in the end zone. The play was upheld at the time and affirmed Tuesday afternoon by the league office. However, the NFL also said offensive pass interference should have been called on Tate, thus nullifying the touchdown.
Such penalties are not reviewable under league rules.
The crew assigned to Monday’s game was the same that officiated the Redskins’ Week 2 contest against the St. Louis Rams which was been dubbed one of the dirtier games in recent history.
Wilson didn’t mince words during his weekly appearance with Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan Tuesday morning.
“I thank God it wasn’t me back there,” Wilson said of the play. “This is bad, that interception – that was the game. To miss a call like that, I couldn’t imagine what would have happened in DC.”
The bigger issue to the Redskins defender is the safety and integrity of the game. Many feel the presence of replacement officials has severely undermined both during the referee lockout.
“We’re not playing pee-wee football… this is a professional game with peoples lives at stake,” Wilson said. “My career is at stake, peoples jobs are at stake. This isn’t ‘Oh, my bad. I’ll get you back next time.’”
Wilson acknowledged that the referees have missed calls throughout the league. He specifically pointed to a fumble recovery that should have gone for a touchdown, but was instead ruled down by contact during Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Wilson did offer a bit of praise for not ending the game with a 10-second runoff as was suggested by at least one official.
“I applaud the refs for correcting [their decision] at the end of the game.” Wilson said.
At the same time he was critical of the rest of the end-of-game debacle that saw Kyle Shanahan flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Wilson said he was feeling better after a sustaining a concussion against the Rams.
The cornerback regrets giving up a 48-yard touchdown to Cincinnati’s Armon Binns.
“We have to be the aggressor, not the reactor,” he said, summing up the Redskins secondary.
Danny asked Wilson about his relationship with Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith who lost his brother in a motorcycle accident early Sunday morning. He applauded Smith for being able to play Sunday night in the wake of the tragedy.
Wilson told the story about meeting Smith on the University of Maryland campus.
You can listen to Josh Wilson every Tuesday for his Pick-Six report on the Holden and Danny Show at 11:30 am.