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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: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 8:50 am

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

Memo to Chuckie.  Please come back to the Bucs.  Make the Glazers pay you for the former "abuse".  We can't take this Morris guy anymore.  P.S...Refs are dolts, usually.

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 8:45 am

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

ahurditch:  If you're going to call someone an idiot, you might want to use the right form of "you're", oh and the last sentence, it shoudl be "a" not "an" (however I bet the irony is lost on you).  You do know why everyone outside of NE hates the Patriots right?  It's fans like you.  It's the bullying attitude.  And it's b/c they get the benefit of the calls.  They even created a new rule for Tom Brady (yet when it happened to Carson Palmer, not rule... things that make you go hmmm!?!?)  Officiating is horrible, but when the horrid officiating tends to favor certain teams (or players) it gets tedious and boring to watch.  I notice you only went after the Patriot examples, why not the Colts, or Steelers, or Saints?  I hear Pats fans (even this year) compalin and moan about how the Colts get away with murder, and it's a conspiracy to let the Colts win, yet when you are the beneficiaries of calls (which happens more games than not) it's "your a complete idiot".   Once again wonderful commentary from a Pats fan. 

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 8:35 am

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

Enough on  Super Bowl XL which the Steelers beat the Seattle Stinkhawks. SCOREBOARD!!  Give that up, the refs didn`t fix it or hand it to the Steelers the better team & organization won it.  Move on.   I agree with Pereira Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard' and as overrated as any coach ever.  That was Tony Dungy`s team built on defense that won a super bowl. Jon Gruden left it a lousy mess after his vision of old QB`s & Jake Plummer running the Gruden-coast dink & dunk. Sure the overall reffing in the NFL stinks, but it starts at the top where you can`t hit a QB or WR without being fined.  The NFL has all but eliminated the RB and ground game with it`s pass first, pass interference happy calling.  Get it back to football and let the defense do more than be in arena football passing fests.  Seasicks suck!!! 

Since: Apr 30, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 8:34 am

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

Taz - your an idiot
Did you watch the Patriots game when two bs pass interference calls were made to sustain & allow the Dolphins to score a TD in the first half of last week One clearly over the receivers head & the other the WORST flop in NFL history by Matt Moore. Or Against Denver when they had at least three legitimate holds at the edges to allow them to conviently run all over the Pats in the first half. 
There is no conspiracy, Blown calls are a part of the game & given the speed at which it's played I'd have to say that NFL referee's do a pretty good job and It's impressive that they continue to evolve & get better. They huddle to discuss penalties; they'll reverse calls;they don't kick players out of games unless it's warranted; Instant replay is always on the money & even the new helmet to helmet rule, which everyone hated at first, has been enforced consistantly, players/coaches have adjusted & now it's called less & less
Everyone outisde New England hates the Patriots - you think the NFL gets together & discusses making bad calls to sway games so the Patiots can win?? Why'd they let them lose to Baltimore in the playoffs last year - could have called a hold on the Ray Rice Touch Down?? Your an complete idiot - stop posting.

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 7:51 am

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

For anyone to dispute that officiating this year and previous few years has been horrendous at best is either A. On the take or B.  A complete and utter moron.   There are four teams that always get the calls (on no calls); Patriots, Steelers, Saints, and until this year the Colts.  The league clearly wants to see these teams succeed. 
  Want some examples: 
    1.  Super Bowl XL (yes longer than a few years ago) clearly officiating was in favor of the Steelers.  Clipping call on Hasslesuck for tackling below the knees?  (For REAL!)  Every Seattle big play had a phantom holding or offensive pass interference call.  
    2.  Week 13 2009 Season Saints vs Redskins:  5 total challenges within that game.  ALL 5 went against the Skins and in favor of the Saints.  (Homefield advantage my arse).  3 of the plays later reveiwed by outside sources and concluded were wrong calls, one even deciding the game as the ground caused a fumble while the skins were driving for the winning FG in OT.  Another resulted in a Siants TD, even though the runner was DBC (apparantly the whole body landing on a player isn't considered contact)    
    3.  Week 9 2010 Season Colts vs Eagles:  Penalty for hit on Collie when it was clearly shoulder to shoulder and a fumble.  And the 4th and 18 play where Mannings helmet got grazed by the defenders hand and they called 15 yarder for roughing the passer (if it was anyone but Manning or Brady that call's not made).  '
    4.  Week 14 2011 Season Pats vs Redskins:  Brady breaks from the pocket and runs and starts to slide, London Fletcher puts a vicious hit on Brady (as Brady slid late).  Apparently Bray's head is in his chest, which is where London's elbow hit him, but they called it his head.  Then on a 35 yd TD pass to Gronkowski, you watch Patriots right tackle in FRONT of the official pick up Keerigan buy his shoulder pads and throw him to the ground (text book holding) no flag.  Game tying TD with only 40 seconds to go, and phantom Offensive pass interfernce call (when actually the defender held onto Moss).  Next play is a "interception", questionable at best, however call goes in favor of the Patriots. 

I know these are a few example games, but except for the Super Bowl all of the away teams got the benefit of officiating.  Sometime I would just like to see a game where the officials aren't talked about, but instead the amazing game is discussed. 

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 7:10 am

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

I've suffered through too Monday Night Football games this season with what is quickly becoming the worst crew in football. Now granted Moose Johnson the king of horrible NFL prognosticators - but Gruden's coming up hard on the outside. Shoots off quick - and argues with the replay - that what you see is not what you see. How arrogant do you have to be when you see the replay and argue that your original call was correct when you see the replay shows it was obviously not. All ego and not much substance. Loved Gruden as a coach. Also made a great interviewee - but I'd be happy to see him get a new coaching gig just so as not to suffer through another game with him calling it.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 5:04 am

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

I'd rather be a SuperBowl winning coach than an official. Oh wait, Gruden is that. Shut up Pereira! The guy bends over for Aikman.

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:42 am

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

NFL officiating has become a joke and I dont blame the officials for it. A fumble is no longer a fumble, it's a "tuck". If you touch a QB anywhere onthe helmet it's sometimes a penalty and sometimes it isnt, but either way it's OK. I'm so tired of the endless replays that I really think it's taking away from the game. We worry more about rules than play. Bad move giving Piererra a forum but I suspect the other networks will do it. I've never seen the NFl with a worse product than this year and I've never watched fewer games by a latge margin.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 2:46 am

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

Most fans probably agree with Gruden. He isn't the only one questioning the consistency of officiating this year. It's a topic among the analysts on every network carrying NFL games. Replays showing virtually identical situations but resulting in different calls are commonplace. It sometimes appears the officials themselves are not really clear on how to apply certain rules, so it's no wonder players and coaches...current and former...have problems with what they see happening on the field.   

Since: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:43 am

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

Just a couple of examples from the 244 pg. NFL rulebook... that's right 244 pages legislating everything from spiking the ball to the appropriate color of the grass!
Second-and-10 on A20. A1 drops back to pass, and as he is about to be sacked in the pocket, he ducks
his head to avoid contact. Just as he ducks his head, B1, who is attempting to tackle him, hits A1 helmet
to helmet and takes him to the ground at the A15.
Ruling: First-and-10 on A30. Unnecessary roughness against the quarterback.

Third-and-10 on 50. Quarterback A1 drops back in the pocket to pass, and just as he releases the ball
towards A2 at the B20, B1 makes contact with A1’s shoulder with his arm (or head) in an attempt to
tackle A1. B1’s arm (or head) ricochets off A1’s shoulder pad and hits A1’s head, causing A1’s head to
move. The pass falls incomplete.
Ruling: A’s ball, first-and-10 on B35. Roughing the passer. (12-2-12-3)

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