Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mike Pereira Is 'Not a Fan' of Jon Gruden


In an article on, former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira defended two officiating calls on hits against defenseless receivers on “Monday Night Football.” Each call was criticized by Jon Gruden, the ESPN analyst and former coach.

Here is what Pereira said:

"I am not a fan of Gruden’s. Not today, not yesterday, not when I worked for the NFL and not when I was working on the field as a side judge. He was a loudmouth as a coach who constantly disrespected officials and he is a blowhard in the broadcast booth who spouts off when he doesn’t know what he is talking about.

Monday night during the Falcons-Saints game, in the second quarter alone, Gruden butchered two plays regarding hits on defenseless receivers.

Gruden didn’t know the difference between the two hits. Well, let me help. Lofton’s was helmet-to-helmet, while Jenkins’ hit was shoulder to back. Duh!

Gruden said he doesn’t understand how games are being officiated? Correctly and consistently in this case. But that’s OK, Jon. Just throw the officials under the bus when you don’t know the rules."

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