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Mike Pereira takes a job with FOX

For years, Mike Pereira has scrutinized the work of the NFL’s game officials from inside the walls of the league office.  Now, he’ll be firing arrows from the bushes on the other side of the moat.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times reports that FOX Sports has hired Pereira to serve as a “multi-platform rules analyst.”

He’ll have a command center in L.A. similar to the one he used at 280 Park Avenue, where questionable calls were reviewed, dissected, and discussed once per week on NFL Total Access.  Pereira will appear on FOX television and radio, and he’ll conduct a live chat with fans during games, which will include analysis of controversial calls.

“If I was given my choice of anything I could do after retiring from the
league, this is pretty much it,” Pereira said.

Actually, his first choice was to become an assistant coach in charge of penalty prevention.  And we have a feeling that the league office eventually will wish that one of the 32 franchises had taken Pereira up on his offer.

For the fans, it’s great news.  We all will have access to Pereira’s experience and knowledge of the rules.  Though we admired his candor when talking about blown calls, we still think that from time to time he pulled a few punches given the position he occupied.  With FOX, we’re hoping that he’ll tell it like it is, without varnish or restraint.

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28 Responses to “Mike Pereira takes a job with FOX”
  1. J-oh says: Jun 27, 2010 10:43 PM

    A FOX analyst telling it like it is? come on Florio, that’s the best joke I’ve heard in months.

  2. ADogDC says: Jun 27, 2010 10:43 PM

    This is what the people come for….
    Not about who attended Vicks party and shouldn’t have because they once was charged with public intoxication……
    Are y’all trying to meet a qouta for a day?
    Because I see too much profiling going on in this joint….

  3. Meat Tuperello says: Jun 27, 2010 10:45 PM

    Will he remain on the payroll of the Patriots?

  4. Dixon29 says: Jun 27, 2010 10:45 PM

    Always need more people to scrutinize what others do. Never enough critics. They take no risks, and do nothing but criticize others. What a job.

  5. buzzbissinger says: Jun 27, 2010 10:52 PM

    I wonder if he will continue to pick and choose what calls he deems ‘questionable’ and dream up his imaginative explanations on how the rule was interpeted “correctly”.

  6. BeaverThomas says: Jun 27, 2010 10:55 PM

    I’m very glad it was with Fox and not ESPN.
    Should be a bit more interesting now, following games.

  7. cobrala2 says: Jun 27, 2010 11:16 PM

    His candor?!
    Dude, you need to clean up your DVR because you’re watching NFLTA from 2007 if you think he’s got candor!
    The man has skirted every mildly tough question Eisen has given him like a politician.
    I’m a fan. This is not great news.

  8. Mrsteve says: Jun 27, 2010 11:20 PM

    It’s nice he is going to the fair & balanced network after the total collapse of the officials in the Saints/Vikings game. 4 straight mistakes in OT.
    Check their bank accounts.

  9. donnybrook says: Jun 27, 2010 11:35 PM

    you guys are morons if you think he was candid!

  10. FumbleNuts says: Jun 28, 2010 12:01 AM

    “He’ll conduct a live chat with fans during games, which will include analysis of controversial calls.”
    I hope he has thick skin.

  11. Green n' Gold says: Jun 28, 2010 12:50 AM

    I watched this puppet every week on the NFL Network and for the most part was disgusted with his lack of candor. “The defender didn’t pull Rodgers’ facemask but rather placed his hand on it.” Please…

  12. Hooby says: Jun 28, 2010 1:01 AM

    he defends refs making terrible calls. somebodys gotta play devils advocate, but this guy actually believes that they made the right call. and when theyre clearly wrong, he just says well, folks, thats football.
    no its not, its terrible reffing. im glad hes gone, good luck dealing with him fox.

  13. Steve W. says: Jun 28, 2010 2:11 AM

    Wow, way to attack a guy without knowing what you’re talking about. First off, he wasn’t an official on the field, he was the VP of officiating. That means he wasn’t responsible for any questionable calls, he was responsible for chewing out refs who made bad calls. As for the timing of his departure, he announced before the season started that the previous season would be his last in that position. He didn’t just skip town after the Saints/Vikings game. In fact, since the league ended up issuing fines when no penalties were called, I’m guessing he was the one who officially confirmed the rules violation for the league. Finally, when it comes to the analysis he gave on Total Access, it’s obvious that he pulled some punches when discussing calls that were made. He would have had to, as the league would have probably frowned upon him going on tv and saying the refs were a bunch of idiots. He did, however, confirm that bad calls were made from time to time when evaluating some of the more questionable calls. It’s funny that so many people who want to complain about the calls refs make (I do too) can’t even get it right when they complain. If you want to trash the guy go for it, but at least know what you’re talking about when you trash him.

  14. Little Tommy says: Jun 28, 2010 6:06 AM

    A Fox employee working without varnish or restraint…that I gotta see! LOL

  15. Bigbluefan says: Jun 28, 2010 7:30 AM

    Mrsteve
    Its over your mighty viqueens choked what would you expect for the great brett farve but a major gag and puke in OT
    #4 the biggest choker in the playoffs
    Now you viqueen fans need to go back to being the bitches of the north can not wait for the lions to beat you twice
    Pack your trash the Mayflower movers are on the way to get your team to LA

  16. Cerberus says: Jun 28, 2010 7:57 AM

    This is the same moron who tried to convince everyone that Walt Coleman was correct in reversing a call in the playoff games so Tom Brady and the Patriots could win. He is possibly the most dishonest and least trustworthy person I know of involved in the NFL.

  17. hdahs143 says: Jun 28, 2010 8:59 AM

    buzzbissinger says:
    June 27, 2010 10:52 PM
    I wonder if he will continue to pick and choose what calls he deems ‘questionable’ and dream up his imaginative explanations on how the rule was interpeted “correctly”.

  18. Anthony says: Jun 28, 2010 9:01 AM

    “He’ll conduct a live chat with fans during games, which will include analysis of controversial calls.”
    That is going to be one busy server!!!

  19. jb10 says: Jun 28, 2010 9:04 AM

    i really don’t know how this is good news for fans.
    this guy is a pro at sugar coating his comments.
    not to mention believes the refs do no wrong. i’m not sure if that is the case or what he had to do because of who he was employed by.
    either way not good news for fans.

  20. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Jun 28, 2010 9:46 AM

    Guys, to be fair, the NFL is BY FAR the best officiated league. Take a look at basketball. The refs FIX THE GAMES. I don’t think anyone who looks objectively at the majority of games can say that. Sure, the Steelers/Seahawks superbowl is a prime example of refs just screwing everything up, possibly on purpose..but that’s the nature of officiating. It’s only a few guys watching 22 guys spread out over several thousand square yards. They do pretty well, considering.

  21. Kevin from Philly says: Jun 28, 2010 10:16 AM

    “Actually, his first choice was to become an assistant coach in charge of penalty prevention. And we have a feeling that the league office eventually will wish that one of the 32 franchises had taken Pereira up on his offer.”
    Wouldn’t that invite conflict of interest charges? I mean, if a ref or league official made a few calls that favored one team, and soon after got a job with that team, it’d look pretty shady.

  22. j.e.t.s. suck suck suck says: Jun 28, 2010 11:48 AM

    Gee Florio, your kid must be posting for you today. You went an entire post without som BS anti-Dolphin comment.
    What, Did Pat White come pump you with luuuuuuv or did NYMets lay off on the payments.
    Oh, and the jets STILL suck!

  23. bigrig says: Jun 28, 2010 12:46 PM

    The segments Pereira did on NFLN explaining controversial calls were clearly designed to “protect the shield.”
    The more he talked and tried to explain a call, the worse it got.
    If the league would just admit when they blow a call instead of trying to spin it, their credibility wouldn’t be so low.
    He always reminded me of an incredibly lame defense attorney. Telling one whopper after another.

  24. Steve W. says: Jun 28, 2010 4:49 PM

    # Bigbluefan says: June 28, 2010 7:30 AM
    Mrsteve
    Its over your mighty viqueens choked what would you expect for the great brett farve but a major gag and puke in OT
    #4 the biggest choker in the playoffs
    Now you viqueen fans need to go back to being the bitches of the north can not wait for the lions to beat you twice
    Pack your trash the Mayflower movers are on the way to get your team to LA
    _______________________________
    Awww…is someone’s butt still hurting after the spanking that Favre gave the Packers twice last year? It was truly funny to see after all of the trash talk that Packers fans were dishing out. He’s over the hill, he’s a double agent, etc. Heck, I’m not even a Vikings fan, and I enjoyed that more than anything else this season. Besides, I seem to recall the Packers getting knocked out of the playoffs a lot earlier, with a Rodgers turnover being the deciding factor in that one. Before you start whining about uncalled penalties, they happened in the Saints/Vikings game too. It’s funny how everything is for game when it comes to Packers fans talking trash, but most of them always seem to have their own excuses ready for every time they come up short.

  25. Steve W. says: Jun 28, 2010 4:54 PM

    # Cerberus says: June 28, 2010 7:57 AM
    This is the same moron who tried to convince everyone that Walt Coleman was correct in reversing a call in the playoff games so Tom Brady and the Patriots could win. He is possibly the most dishonest and least trustworthy person I know of involved in the NFL.
    ________________________________
    You’re an idiot. He was right. Look, I hate the Tuck rule as much as anyone. It is a rule, however, and as such officials are supposed to call it when they see it. Officials don’t have the right to not follow the rules simply because they don’t agree with them, nor does the VP of officiating have the right to tell them to ignore a specific rule. The Rules Committee determines what rules should be added or removed. I’d love to see that rule abolished, but until it is the officials have to do their job. Why don’t you vent your frustration on the Rules Committee where it belongs.

  26. Steve W. says: Jun 28, 2010 5:06 PM

    Wouldn’t that invite conflict of interest charges? I mean, if a ref or league official made a few calls that favored one team, and soon after got a job with that team, it’d look pretty shady.
    _______________________________
    He hadn’t been a ref in years. He was the VP of officiating. That means that the refs answered to him, but he didn’t make any calls on the field. As for people saying how he simply covered up mistakes refs made, I have a question. If that’s the case, then why so many fines for infractions that weren’t called on the field? If a fine was levied without a penalty having been called, that’s a pretty clear statement that the refs blew the call, or non-call in this case. In his segments on Total Access he did support certain calls that I really disagreed with. I do remember seeing him say some calls were just bad (normally worded nicer than that). He also pointed out times in which incorrect calls were made, and couldn’t be overturned because of the rules…such as that Broncos/Chargers game. In that case, the rules changed so that they can now take a look at those plays. Let’s face it, as fans, we’re never going to be convinced that a close call that went against are team was correct. Because of that, we blame the refs for how those plays turn out (I do it too). So, when we see the VP of officiating go on tv and defend those calls, the tendency is to still disagree with him. For some fans, a simple disagreement isn’t enough however. No, they always seem to see conspiracies and cheating around every corner, because that’s the only way their team can lose. Personally, I tend to accept the simpler argument that sometimes refs simply make mistakes.

  27. Cerberus says: Jun 28, 2010 6:14 PM

    Steve W. says:
    “You’re an idiot. He was right. Look, I hate the Tuck rule as much as anyone. It is a rule, however, and as such officials are supposed to call it when they see it. Officials don’t have the right to not follow the rules simply because they don’t agree with them, nor does the VP of officiating have the right to tell them to ignore a specific rule. The Rules Committee determines what rules should be added or removed. I’d love to see that rule abolished, but until it is the officials have to do their job. Why don’t you vent your frustration on the Rules Committee where it belongs.”
    Actually, you would be the idiot here. Coleman REVERSED the call on the field without indisputable proof. Furthermore, Coleman claimed Brady’s arm was in motion. It wasn’t until the next day when the NFL was spin-doctoring that the Tuck-Rule was presented in defense of Coleman. Of course, the Tuck-Rule is generally ignored today in every other game played, but not that particular day. Then again, the officiating was questionable the following week against the Steelers when the Pats were allowed to return a blocked kick for a TD in spite of a forward lateral. It is also kind of odd the PATRIOTS would win* the Super Bowl following 9-11.
    Too many coincidences for my liking, and the Coleman call (btw, he is from KC Chief country) was either blown intentionally or the game was thrown. Don’t believe me? Go find yourself one of those photos of Brady with BOTH hands on the ball with Woodson closing in for the strip. Then show me a QB, ANY QB, that tucks to their hip on a pump fake unless they take off running. You can’t because they don’t, and you’ve been duped by the NFL because you’re a good sheeple.

  28. buzzbissinger says: Jun 28, 2010 6:35 PM

    Facinating to see how this thread degraded to a “blank team sucks” I guess I need to stop reading the [moronic] posts.

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