I am not a fan of [ESPN analyst Jon] 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.
And you thought only Phil Mushnick noticed that Jon is an ass. Pereira continued:
Monday night during the Falcons-Saints game, in the second quarter alone, Gruden butchered two plays regarding hits on defenseless receivers. To me, the second you agree to step into the broadcast booth, you agree to learn the rules. It goes with the job. You, as an announcer, have an obligation to know the rules. You are free to pontificate as to whether or not you like a rule, but you must present the rule first.
Pereira goes over the two plays in question in detail here before closing:
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. Officials are often criticized and sometimes, deservedly so.
We might not have access to the NFL's all-22 video angle, so we don't even begin to see how awful some announcers are. The NY Post only turns Mushnick loose on idiots like Gruden 3 times per week -- it's nice to know Pereira is going to hold some accountable.
The real test will be if he has the stones to question a FOX announcer.
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