Former officiating head Mike Pereira rips into Jon Gruden
Mike Pereira, the former head of officiating for the NFL and now an analyst for Fox, has taken aim.
And he’s fired on ESPN “Monday Night Football” analyst Jon Gruden in a big way.
Pereira takes exception to Gruden’s lack of understanding of the NFL rules on FoxSports.com.
“I am not a fan of Gruden’s,” Pereira writes. “Not today, not yesterday, not when I worked for the NFL and not when I was working on the field as a side judge. He was a loudmouth as a coach who constantly disrespected officials and he is a blowhard in the broadcast booth who spouts off when he doesn’t know what he is talking about.
“I respect his knowledge about the X’s and O’s when it comes to coaching and playing the game of football, but I have very little respect for him when it comes to officiating and his knowledge of the rules.”
Pereira goes on to cite two instances alone from Monday’s Falcons-Saints game where he says Gruden “butchered” the rule book.
“To me, the second you agree to step into the broadcast booth, you agree to learn the rules,” Pereira writes. “It goes with the job. You, as an announcer, have an obligation to know the rules. You are free to pontificate as to whether or not you like a rule, but you must present the rule first.”
Pereria then goes on to describe the plays and exactly what Gruden said. It’s an interesting read and if you want to clarify what a defenseless receiver is, check it out.
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