Mike Pereira was the NFL's vice president of officiating for nine seasons before he left the post in 2010 and went to work for FOX as an officiating analyst.
Pereira had some pointed comments about how the NFL views officials, Nate Davis of USA Today reports.
"I think the league office, internally, really looks at officiating as a necessary evil. Because everything an official does is negative -- throws a flag, it's a negative connotation -- and nobody calls the league office to say, 'Hey, your officials are doing a great job.' They call to complain," Pereira said Wednesday on Showtime's Inside the NFL.
Which is why he believes the scrutiny and criticism the league weathered while employing replacement officials Pereira said many of them lacked the "intestinal fortitude" to adapt to the pro game for the first three weeks of the season has given the NFL greater appreciation and respect for its regular zebras.
"You get a lot of negative feeling from league office personnel themselves," Pereira continued. "This I think woke up the league office to say, 'You know what, this job's much harder than people realize.' " Source: The Redzone Attached Thumbnails