DANA POINT, Calif. -- Mike Periera, the NFL's vice president of officiating, held his annual summit with the media Tuesday here at the league's annual meetings.
During the discussion, a thought came to me. The NFL is going to miss Periera when he retires later this year. The fans and the media certainly will.
Why? He took us behind the curtain. Until Periera came aboard, the league's officiating practices were conducted in back rooms. The fans and the media were often kept in the dark.
Out stepped Periera. For that we should be thankful. He's been great at explaining things and he doesn't sugarcoat anything.
The league's officials took a lot of heat last season. But I'm a big believer they do a good job. Periera was asked how he thought the officials did.
"What we had was train wrecks," Periera said. "We have to avoid the train wrecks."
Those train wrecks were the Week Two Ed Hochuli fiasco in Denver and the blown call at the end of the Pittsburgh-San Diego game that negated a touchdown that should have counted.
The second one didn't impact the game, but it impacted a lot of people who bet on it.
Pereria said the officials graded out at 93.1 percent on the league's scale, which was down from the previous year of 93.3.
That kind of openess is something Pereira brought to the game.
Enjoy retirement, Mike. We will miss you.
PS: I still think the league needs to add another official on the field.