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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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Comments

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

referees, should never be heard from.  Period. Way too many game sare blown by these guys to ever complain about gruden, or anyone... bc i dont want to sound like im defending just gruden. the last 2 superbowls with the steelers in it, where the steelers won, had blown calls all over them... seahawks and cardinals. seahwaks game was a complete debacle..the ariz game.. ariz had first and 20 all game for "holding".. then they ripped off a a chance at a hail marry at the end of the game. watch the replay of these two games (not the highlights, the NFL replay), and try no to laugh.
just resently i saw linvel joseph of the giants, smush the ball back into mark sanchez's face last week, and they called it an incomplete pass. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL. The ball was ripped off sanchez'es hand. Just too many mistakes refs. Just shut up



Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

So it was a fumble after all................................

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Since: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:35 pm
 

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

If Pereira was a professional official he wouldn't hold grudges. That he has said that Gruden is this and that shows his unprofessionalism.



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:30 am
 

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

oh and cant forget the raiders the team he didnt build either.. and went to a SB. oh yea he DOESNT BUILD TEAMS he just inherits good teams. like you getting money from your rich dead uncle



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:27 am
 

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

gruden won 1 superbowl on a team he didnt even build himself. so no hes not that great of a coach. it was dungy's D that he inherited



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:26 am
 

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

Pereira will be more objective than Gruden has been in his announcing role (or any other role for that matter.) Pereira is the consummate professional.  While he is not always supported by the officials on the field, he has a wealth of experience in officiating, unlike Gruden.  While I have no grudge against Gruden, he is inconsistent in his views and consistent in his bias.  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.




Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:11 am
 

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

Pereira is doing nothing more than what he always does - try to protect and back the refs no matter what the situation actually is.  IMO, his only real beef with Gruden is the fact that Gruden was one of the few coaches (and now "analysts") who was willing to call out the refs for their biased and phony calls.  And now that Gruden may be back on his way to the sideline, Pereira may be trying to kneecap him - or at least try to make him look like a fool to fans - before Gruden gets back to giving nearsighted refs the business.

Pereira isn't a bad guy - he's just a company man.  No, make that a company tool.  He's either unwilling or unable to admit that refs make plenty of mistakes and often miss/blow calls.  So why not shift guilt?  It's a fact that he won't silence Gruden.

IMO if the NFL had more coaches like Gruden - coaches willing to challenge the ALMIGHTY REFEREES when they screw up - maybe professional football would be a little more fair.  We all know how refs work in the world of "professional" wrestling.  We don't need any more of that in the NFL.




Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:09 am
 

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

Pereira is doing nothing more than what he always does - try to protect and back the refs no matter what the situation actually is.  IMO, his only real beef with Gruden is the fact that Gruden was one of the few coaches (and now "analysts") who was willing to call out the refs for their biased and phony calls.  And now that Gruden may be back on his way to the sideline, Pereira may be trying to kneecap him - or at least try to make him look like a fool to fans - before Gruden gets back to giving nearsighted refs the business.

Pereira isn't a bad guy - he's just a company man.  No, make that a company tool.  He's either unwilling or unable to admit that refs make plenty of mistakes and often miss/blow calls.  So why not shift guilt?  It's a fact that he won't silence Gruden.

IMO if the NFL had more coaches like Gruden - coaches willing to challenge the ALMIGHTY REFEREES when they screw up - maybe professional football would be a little more fair.  We all know how refs work in the world of "professional" wrestling.  We don't need any more of that in the NFL.



Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:00 am
 

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

Bring back the "Fun Bunch" and get rid of these stupid rules.  There are a handful of good Ref's in the NFL and the rest are terrible!




Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 10:56 am
 

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

They are both right.  Gruden is a blow hard.  Can't wait for him to take a job and get off Monday Night Football.  The coach is right and some of, but not all of, the head to head hit calls are lame.   The offensive guy lowers his head and gets hit, defensive guy gets a flag....  That is not right.




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