Ramon Foster On Officiating: 'Tough Pill To Swallow'

Steelers guard won't criticize refs, says Steelers should have put game away

Matt Koll
December 04, 2018 - 11:04 am
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Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- Steelers guard Ramon Foster knows. 

He knows that if he comes on our air at 93.7 The Fan and bashes the officiating in the Steelers 33-30 loss to the Chargers, he'll quickly be FedEx'd a little something his wallet won't like. 

So when he joined The Fan Morning Show in his weekly spot on Tuesday at 8 am and was asked about some of the calls that were made and not made, he kept it pretty close to the vest. 

"It's a hard pill to swallow, I'll be completely honest about that," said Foster. "But at the same time, maybe I just need to clean up my technique a little bit. We're in the business where we cannot criticize officials so I won't do that."

"But there were a lot of opportunities in that game in which we could have buried them (the Chargers) and we didn't. We've got to be better in that, especially these four [games] coming up are huge for us."   

Foster, as a player's union representative, confirmed that the NFL does keep its officials accountable for their performances during games, however. 

"They do have a system in which they are judged upon. I know for sure the Chargers had a game where a penalty wasn't called and they got a touchdown from that and the official was fired. We hate for anybody to lose their job but that's the same in our business. If we stink it up on the field, heads roll. We'll see if anything happens from that, if the league comes out and says anything about it." 

He said things started to go awry for the Steelers right from the start of the second half. 

"The biggest thing we didn't capitalize on this weekend was the double score. It was negated by a penalty that was called on me in the second half and when you have a 10 yard penalty on 2nd down it's kind of hard to come back from. It's just finishing those drives."

"I think coming out for the second half is really something we've got to focus on, especially when we're the team that gets the ball first in the second half. We're trying to bookend that first half and the start of the second half with double scores and we just didn't capitalize on that." 

If James Conner is limited in any capacity or can't go at all on Sunday, Foster is confident in the ability of Jaylen Samuels. Foster said Samuels has been preparing all year for a potential opportunity like this.  

But does he worry about James Conner's durability and that his performance may fall off as he gets deeper into his first full season of work in the NFL? 

"Absolutely not. I don't see it at all. I think the thing we've ran into is just lack of rushes more than anything. We've thrown the ball quite a bit these last couple games so to say that he's not able to handle the load or he's hitting a wall, I think that's completely false."

You can hear the entire interview with Steelers guard Ramon Foster from The Fan Morning Show below.     

    

  

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