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Former Boise State pass rusher vents: NFL ‘refs are out there for nothing’

Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence currently ranks second in the NFL with 13.5 sacks.
Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence currently ranks second in the NFL with 13.5 sacks. The Associated Press

The New York Giants were called for holding on offense one time Sunday in a 30-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Apparently, that wasn’t enough for Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.

“The refs are out there for nothing, so we just came out and did our job,” Lawrence told a group of reporters after the game. “I didn’t see a holding call in the last five games, and it’s ridiculous that the refs are out here just looking at me getting tackled by offensive linemen. Like, ‘C’mon, if you’re going to be out here, do your job.’ 

There have been two holding calls on the line of scrimmage against Dallas opponents in the past 10 games, according to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In that same span, the Star-Telegram’s Stefan Stevenson reports, the Cowboys’ offensive line and tight ends have been called for holding 18 times.

Lawrence, who played for Boise State and currently ranks second in the NFL with 13.5 sacks, said officials should be protecting defensive linemen the same way they do quarterbacks.

“I got a family to come home to. If you’re trying to protect quarterbacks, you’ve got to protect me, too,” Lawrence said. “If you’re going to do it, you got to do it on both sides. If you’re going to sit here and call some BS on my O-line, you got to call it on their O-line, too.”

But it was Lawrence’s final comment to reporters that drew the biggest gasp — and likely an upcoming fine from the NFL.

“S —, f— them refs, and that’s all I got to say,” Lawrence said.

Tampa Bay Times: ‘End could be near for Doug Martin’

Starting running back Doug Martin was benched in the second half of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 24-21 loss to Detroit on Sunday.

Martin had 10 carries in the first half, including a 1-yard touchdown run, but he believes a fumble late in the second quarter forced Bucs coach Dirk Koetter to turn to Peyton Barber.

“That tends to happen when you have an effective back like Peyton Barber,” Martin told the Tampa Bay Times. “He’s been effective. Last game, we saw what he could do. When you turn the ball over and you fumble, your chances get cut pretty short, so that’s what happened there.”

Martin missed the Bucs’ previous game with a concussion, and Barber rushed for 102 yards in his place. Barber totaled 58 yards on 12 carries against the Lions.

Tampa Bay Times writer Greg Auman believes Martin’s benching marks the beginning of the end for him in Tampa.

ESPN’s Jenna Laine wasn’t any more positive about the Boise State alum.

“Martin’s contract calls for him to make $6.75 million next season, which is top five among all running backs. But with no guaranteed money, the Bucs are under no obligation to keep him,” Laine wrote. “It’s hard to see them doing so with his falling production over the past two seasons, averaging just 3.01 yards per carry.”

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