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Pereira rips Gruden as 'loudmouth,' 'blowhard'

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08:12 AM ET 12.29 | Mike Pereira has taken his permission to speak freely to new levels. "C'mon man! I'm talking to ESPN announcer and former coach Jon Gruden, because I need to set the record straight. 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. I respect his knowledge about the X's and O's when it comes to coaching and playing the game of football, but I have very little respect for him when it comes to officiating and his knowledge of the rules."

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December 29, 2011  08:20 AM ET

This is news?

December 29, 2011  08:25 AM ET

The guys r going to laugh him out of the locker room!!! When he's on TV he's Undefeated!!!

December 29, 2011  08:26 AM ET

I guess we won't be hearing Gruden say, "Let me tell ya why Mike Pereira is a special guy ... "

December 29, 2011  08:29 AM ET
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I guess we won't be hearing Gruden say, "Let me tell ya why Mike Pereira is a special guy ... "

Nice.

December 29, 2011  08:33 AM ET

The truest thing I've read in a long time.

December 29, 2011  08:42 AM ET

Who cares. They are both idiots

December 29, 2011  08:42 AM ET

Who cares. They are both idiots

December 29, 2011  08:43 AM ET

But blowhard broadcast skills never seemed to hurt Ditka

December 29, 2011  08:49 AM ET

Who the hell is Mike Peiera?

December 29, 2011  08:57 AM ET
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Who the hell is Mike Peiera?

Exactly. By the way, Gruden has a Super Bowl ring after defeating the team he created in Oakland. Not too shabby for the resume.

December 29, 2011  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Who the hell is Mike Peiera?

He used to be the VP of Officiating for the NFL. Now he's a "Rules Analyst" for Fox Sports.

December 29, 2011  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Who the hell is Mike Peiera?

I wish he would comment on how inconsistent and sometimes just plain bad the officiating has been too often Even replays are hard to justify sometimes. What I think anyways..

December 29, 2011  09:04 AM ET

Pereira forgot to mention "hoarder of quarterbacks".

December 29, 2011  09:04 AM ET

This Pereira obviously has some longstanding grudge with Gruden.

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December 29, 2011  09:12 AM ET

"Taunting on the official".... the penalty will be added to the rebuttal....Time out while we reset the clock.

December 29, 2011  09:15 AM ET
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Gruden is basura and not a good coach...... Trent Dilfer has a ring too.Was he a good QB?

He had some good teams that he built in Oakland too. He can coach alright.

December 29, 2011  09:16 AM ET

Not that I'm a Gruden fan....but is this guy Pereira kidding me..his officials are so good they had to expand instant replay rules under his watch....after watching the NFL this year I wonder if the refs even know the rules....

December 29, 2011  09:17 AM ET
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I wish he would comment on how inconsistent and sometimes just plain bad the officiating has been too often Even replays are hard to justify sometimes. What I think anyways..

I agree. When Periera left the league and took a commentary job I was looking forward to some honest critique of the officiating from someone who should really understand the standards. Honest critique? I really should've known better.

 
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