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Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:35 am
'Loudmouth' Gruden got ripped by Fox's Pereira for his rules analysis. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

As the former VP of Officiating for the NFL, Fox Sports analyst Mike Pereira's been able to provide some nice insight into the world of officiating from the angle of a broadcaster. But in his latest column, he decided to go meta and play the role of media critic, harshly ripping ESPN analyst and former Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden.

In Pereira's column, which is actually focused on Gruden, the Fox analyst calls Gruden a "blowhard" who was a "loudmouth" as a coach. Pereira then writes that he has "very little respect for [Gruden] when it comes to officiating and his knowledge of the rules."

So, um, yeah, it's a bit awkward. And it could get worse -- what happens if, as our own Mike Freeman reported, Gruden comes back to coaching and returns, hypothetically, to a team like the Rams?

They play in the NFC and their games are more likely to be aired on Fox, where Pereira could have the responsibility of objectively analyzing Gruden's challenges and the interpretation of NFL rules as they apply to Gruden's hypothetical future team.

Even though Pereira says he respects Gruden's "knowledge about X's and O's when it comes to coaching and playing the game of football," but it's difficult to believe that Pereira, who appears to hold a grudge dating from Gruden's coaching days, could do so.

Pereira's beef with Gruden's interpretation of the rules relates to helmet-to-helmet hits. It's pretty obvious that Gruden simply doesn't care for the new rules; by stating that he doesn't "understand how the games are officiated" Gruden's not actually speaking to his lack of knowledge of the rules. He's speaking to his distaste for the actual rules.

With Pereira, there's no question though. His distaste is with Gruden.

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Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 8:06 pm

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

They should do away with instant replay , 90 percent of the time the officals get it wrong anyway. Lol

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 6:38 pm

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

I've never seen an article about Mike Pereira, so I've never had the chance to comment on him.  However, as this came along, it's impossible not to point out how pathetically laughable Pereira is on TV in his role as "Most Knowledgeable Rules Guy".  I think the whole idea of having Pereira comment during looks under the review hood has backfired on FOX.  What I mean by that is that Pereira seems to have been wrong about half of the time.  I believe I saw his analysis turn out to be wrong in a college game as well, where he was invited in for commentary.  You'd think the guy who is supposed to be the guru would get it right about 99% or the time or more, not 50-60% of the time.  If it didn't have comedic value, his commentary was rendered useless long ago.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 6:15 pm

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

Hey Mike, To quote Paul McCartney "Let it be". You know the rules, kudos to you. Why are you calling out former coaches? I think your new media exposure has gone to your head. I like your insight to the calls, but leave the critique to us schleps. 

Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 6:10 pm

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

Coach's get on officials? I guess the officials are always correct and coach's should just shut up and coach. Spoken like a true official. Regardless of your opinion of Gruden what he stated "I don't understand how the games are officiated" is actually a correct statement. The main problem with these rules are that they are judgmental calls. Judgmental calls "roughing the passer" will always be an issue with coach's and fan's alike. 

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2011 6:02 pm

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

I think Gruden is spot on in his dislike for the rules and how there are different calls made for different folks.  If a team is one of God-dells favorites, vis a vis NE, Dallas, SF, Baltimore, and the NYG, they always get the flag when the other team breathes hard on an opponent.  Conversely, when one of the thugs from these pet teams commit mayhem on the field, one would think all the yellow flags were being laundered in the locker room and unavailable for throwing.

I do have a gripe against Gruden and that is he is so sophomoric in his analysis by calling the player who just made an ordinary tackle or run, or whatever, the greatest in the league in making that particular play. In one game alone he anointed no less than 15 players as the best in the league at that...Come on man, get original.

Since: Feb 14, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:48 pm

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

Mike hit the nail on the head here, Jon is a blowhard who doesn't understand nor want to understand the new rules.  Glad to see someone finally say so


It would be great to see him get back into coaching.  He is a strategist, a motivator and he has success in coaching.  He is past his prime (if he had one) as an announcer

Great posts.

Gruden is good in short doses.  A full MNF game is way, way too much.  The sooner he gets back into coaching the better, as that will take him the hell out the booth.

But I think he's going to sit on his one ring and never go back to coaching as he will expose himself as a complete fraud.

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:16 pm

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

Considering the average IQ of an NFL ref is 4, this doesn't mean much.  Most of the blind refs in the NFL are allowed to srew up week after week by a group of administrators that are completely incapable of doing their jobs.  They have little room to call anyone a blowhard.

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:44 pm

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

I'm guessing this stems from last MNF where (I don't remember specifics) but a defender smacked a receiver in the head as he was taking his first step from a catch and got called for unnecessary roughness.  Gruden "couldn't believe" that was a penalty even though you could hear the crack of the helmets over Gruden's bitching on replay.  About 3-4 minutes later, another defender laid a clean shoulder to shoulder hit on a reciever in nearly the same scenario and no penalty was called and Gruden nearly threw a fit in the booth, calling for a penalty. 

It sounded to me that Gruden was bitching because he has no clue as to what the rule is and has decided the rule will fit into his own little mold.  That is if the receiver gets up, it must be clean.  If anyone listens to gruden on MNF (I try not to, but it is challenging to ignore his moronic comments) they would easily agree that the guy is a blowhard.  Every player is "awesome" and "the best at" whatever skill set "he has ever seen".  They are all great young kids, with bright futures and are always impressive.  I can understand not bashing a kid on TV, it's not good business to piss off an entire fan-base, but not everyone is great Gruden, lighten up.

As far as Pereira goes, he isn't an official anymore, he's an analyst, and a writer.  He no longer has to be objective in terms of what he thinks of coaches or their abilities to understand rules.  During games, Mike does his best to assess the play at hand and give his professional opinion as to what the call should be, based on what he saw.  That has nothing to do with the coaches on the field.  In his column, he can write whatever he wants, if he doesn't like Gruden as a coach, so be it, it's his column.  His opinion of Gruden has no effect on the current (piss-poor) state of NFL officiating, so saying that his opinion shouldn't matter because officiating sucks makes no sense.  Neither person has any ability to affect the outcome of a game, so let the opinions fly. 

Mike hit the nail on the head here, Jon is a blowhard who doesn't understand nor want to understand the new rules.  Glad to see someone finally say so. 

Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:31 pm

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

Gruden's right majority of the time.  If you watch last weeks game, there was a personal foul called against a DB for hitting the receiver in the chest with his pads.  Even Jaws agreed with him.  The game is being ruined by officials that cant tell if its a legit hit or what do they do?, they throw a fleg for hitting a defenseless receiver.  They should just change the rules to you must let the receiver catch the ball and get about 3 to 4 steps so that he can get his balance and look around to see if he's goin to get hit so he can get ready for the tackle.......oh wait, that won't happen because the DB just did the aforementioned and the WR is now celebrating a TD.  Thats where its heading folks

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:23 pm

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

2007 patriots vs ravens. Patriots remain undefeated. Jabbar Gaffney is STILL bobbling bradys td pass 4 years later. Bart Scott, throws his helmet.. they call bart scott "crazy" in the media. Totally negelecting the fact, he and his ravens teammates fought hard for 59 minutes and 30 seconds, to get HOSED and ROBBED by pencil necked refs, who handed the game to the pats that lost that game.  the Giants in the sb should have been the Pats SECOND loss that year.

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