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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: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:14 am

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

Pereira is full of himself now that he's on TV.  Gruden speaks for a lot of frustrated fans with the inconsistent enforcement of things that weren't penalties 2 and 3 years ago.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:01 am

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

The reason there's so much overstatement on MNF is because they are trained to "sell, sell, sell" the game to the viewers, building up its importance or the importance of a single play or series of plays. This occurs regardless of the event's actual importance.



"Later that day, as Jaworski was making a cup of coffee in the ESPN bus, he tried the line again. 'Call me crazy, but I'm excited about Tyler Palko,' he said. He exhaled. 'I've got to sell this,' he said to himself."

Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:08 pm

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

Well we can go back and forth on this and I could see it both ways but as far as Gruden is concerned he seems to overstate everything! Everything is like life and death, unbelievable, incredible. Every single action on every play! Enough already. I hope he goes back to coaching so I can turn the sound back up on MNF.

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 9:45 pm

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

I happen to think that Pereira"s explanations ( having heard about 8 in various games ) are solid. His comments on Gruden are accurate in terms of his
rule analysis. Gruden was WRONG . He even changed his mind within that sequence of explanations. First ,he said the call was wrong. Then on the replay he mumbled that it was right. Then he muttered that statement about how the official are interpreting the rules. He mixed up his distaste for the rule (helmet to helmet) for the actual call, which was 100 % CORRECT. He disagreed ;agreed; and then disagreed again.............but with the rule itself.
Gruden is bombastic ;even his cohorts can be heard muttering about his overstatements; although he does comment within the broadcasts on his blowhard statements.He means well but does not curb them.

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 8:59 pm

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

I have never had respect for Pereira.  He is a loudmouth for saying this.  Hey Mike remember when you were the head of officiating and invented the 'TUCK' rule which was created to allow the Pats to beat the Raiders?  John Gruden and the rest of us apparently don't know jack since you make rules on the fly.

Pereira leave football forever already! 

Since: Jan 1, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2011 6:35 pm

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

Pereira, on his watch, is the reason that the NFL has some stupid rule interpretations.  I believe that he should never have been put into the leadership role that he occupied.  He probably organized the Occupy NFL movement.  Whatever he says makes no sense and has destroyed the integrity of the NFL officials.  Why doesn't he just go away?  Boy... do I feel better!

Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2011 4:56 pm

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

Who doesn't think Jon Gruden is a blowhard?  List would be much shorter, I am sure.  Then again, who doesn't think Mike Pereira is not a blowhard?   Maybe, Mrs. Pereira, but just maybe.

And then Jon replied back... "Oh yea... well my dad is bigger than your dad!!"

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:16 pm

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

AGREED......I just read that moronic article written by Pereira.  Do not go and state the rule as written Mike and just apply logic to the situations.  And that is what Gruden did in both situations.  Gruden is giving HIS views and HIS feelings on the game, that is what he is paid to do....BE AN ANALYST.
Why doesn't Mike go and say something about some of the outrageous and stupid comments Joe Buck makes.
I want my announcers giving me their opinion......not referencing rule 12, article 9 section 2 (b).

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