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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: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:59 am
 

Gruden lucked his way to a superbowl

Seriously beagamer? Don't you know that Dungy and the GM built the team and Gruden swooped in with a ready made contender. Then the luck part took over. You see, that's how luck works. Let me know if you require other explanations for other phenomena of the world.



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 10:28 pm
 

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

You make some very good points and I like the idea of having the calls be done by an independant group not on the field. Too many calls continue to get botched and cost teams games. Look at how many coaches and players lose their jobs each year around the NFL if they don't make the playoffs. I know one or two bad calls aren't the only reason, but my point is calls can affect a tight ballgame and help determine the outcome. It can be the difference of a team going from 8-8 to 10-6 and we see that happening every year around the NFL.   



Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

80% OF THESE GAMES ARE FIXED ANYWAYCool



Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 7:31 pm
 

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

IVE BEEN WATCHING FOOTBALL FOR APROXIMATELY 45 YEARS . THE TUCK RULE WAS MADE UP ON THE SPOT . BECAAUSE I SAW THE SAME THING THAT YEAR ABOUT 10 TIMES AND IT WAS THE SAME CALL  A FUMBLE.. WITH ALL THIS MADE UP RULES THE NFL ARE STARTING TO LOSE THERE FANS SLOWLY. IVE SEEN 1 WEE WHERE THESE OFFICILS MAKE A CALL AND THE NEXT WEEK THEY MAKE IT THE OPPOSITE. AND WERE AT THE MERCY OF HEARING EXPLANATIONS FROM THE ANNONCERS THAT SEEM  NOT TO KNOW WHAT PLANET THERE LIVING ON.

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Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

yeppers



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 5:17 pm
 

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

It's comical and sad when he doesn't agree with what happens with a call.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 5:14 pm
 

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

How did Gruden LUCK his way into a Superbowl?



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

How many times in the last 2 years has Fox went to Pereira to see what the outcome of a challenge is going to be and he gets it wrong with the officials on the field? So obviously he either doesn't know the rules very well or the rules are being interpreted which should never happen. I've been saying since the 1st day of instant replay that there should be a panel of people in New York or where ever that sit in a room during the games and ALL of the calls are made by the SAME people throughout the season, not indivisually at each stadium. There isn't a person on the planet that can tell me that refs get wrapped up in a lot of the games and they either do or do not make calls depending on the organization, coaches or players. By having a panel of say 7 all reviewing and casting their vote, almost all of this could be eliminated and it would be much much quicker because the ref of the field doesn't have to leave and come back. Hell, we sent a go cart to Mars how many years ago and we still can't get calls and instant replay right. WOW



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

The 'tuck rule' was called twice involving the Patriots that year. It went against the Patriots and in favor of the Jets when Testaverde was QB for the Jets. Because it was a regular season game it didn't ger the attention it got when Walt Coleman made the ruling in a playoff game.



Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Mike Pereira thinks Jon Gruden is a 'blowhard'

They must have got these officials from Wal-Mart


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