How will the NFL’s new defensive holding emphasis affect the St. Louis Rams?

“Holding, number 20, defense. That’s a five yard penalty, first down!” The referee’s voice announced over the broadcast of the St Louis Rams, New Orleans Saints game on Friday night. One of the most talked about items to come out of the annual NFL officiating clinic in mid-July was the renewed point of emphasis given to the existing rule of defensive holding of players beyond...
Via cover32 - Rams
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Tom Brady likes physical practices

Tom Brady and Darrelle Revis high five at Patriots practice July 31, 2014 (photo courtesy Patriots.com)Physicality is part of football, or at least it is supposed to be. For wide receivers and defensive backs though, the NFL seems to be taking much of that physicality away. Mike Pereira, the former NFL V.P. of officiating, had these two tweets to share on the subject.Interesting...
Via Patriots Life
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Rule emphasis could limit Seahawks

Tweets dispatched by former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira last week felt as though they had a Seattle Seahawks vibe to them. Pereira used Twitter to send out highlights from the NFL’s officiating conference. His first notable takeaway: Illegal contact and defensive holding will be two large points of emphasis this season. Some take the grassy knoll approach to...
Via Pro Sports Daily
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Lowering The Boom – Seattle Seahawks Prepare For New Rules Emphasis

Keep your hands to yourself, young man The Seattle Seahawks’ Legion of Boom pass defenders must be on their best behavior in the upcoming 2014 campaign. The NFL, according to former VP of officiating and current Fox Sports analyst Mike Pereira, has announced a renewed emphasis on defensive holding and illegal contact. The intention, apparently, is to not allow defenders guarding...
Via Oregon Sports News
26 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Prepared to Flag Secondaries More in 2014?

It’s not necessarily a well-hidden secret that the Seattle Seahawks secondary, better known as The Legion of Boom, commits more holding and illegal contact penalties than any other unit in the entire National Football League. In fact, getting away with said penalties has been somewhat of a rallying cry for the best secondary in the NFL. Pro Football Talk’s Mik Florio paints...
Via Sportsnaut
29 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Wants to Crackdown on Legion of Boom Style of Play

Some are calling it the Legion of Boom rule, I am calling it, we really want to Peyton Manning to win another Super Bowl rule. PFT explains how the NFL wants to limit defensive backs even more. As explained by FOX’s Mike Pereira on Twitter, a former NFL V.P. of officiating, illegal contact and defensive holding will be a point of emphasis in 2014. As a practical matter, it’s...
Via BlackSportsOnline
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Day Two Of Officiating Clinic Focuses On Reviews

Yesterday was day two of the annual NFL officiating clinic, with former head of officiating Mike Pereira once again providing a recap of the proceedings. Pereira writes on Twitter that the second day of the clinic was focused on instant replay and the changes in both protocol and procedure coming this season. The NFL team […] Day Two Of Officiating Clinic Focuses On Reviews is...
Via Steelers Depot
July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Pereira: Defensive Holding Will Be Point Of Emphasis This Season

According to former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira, during the NFL officiating clinic that took place yesterday, officials were briefed on various points of emphasis regarding the upcoming season, and the headliner from the event was unquestionably the new emphasis on illegal contact and defensive holding. As Pereira Tweeted: “More offense!” According to a […] Pereira...
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July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

CBS finally hires a rules expert, pulling Mike Carey off the field

In 2010, when Fox Sports hired former NFL officiating czar Mike Pereira to analyze calls both in real time and as somewhat of Monday morning quarterback of the officiating world, few realized how trendy officiating experts would become on television. Since then, ESPN has added former referee Gerry Austin to its Monday Night Football broadcasts and NBC has used current head of officiating...
Via Awful Announcing
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Did you know officials working the Super Bowl get Super Bowl rings?

Mike Pereira, former Vice President of Officiating in the National Football League and current rules analyst at FOX Sports, writes today in OFFICIALLY SUPER These guys learn their rings - just like the players that the refs working the big game earn rings too.Besides the honor, what does it get them? Some might say money, but the money is not a factor. Just like the players, just...
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January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Wes Welker’s Hit On Aqib Talib ‘Not A Foul,’ Says Mike Pereira (GIF)

Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker took out New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game, and New England Patriots fans are crying foul. Welker, who spent six years in New England before joining the Broncos before the 2013 season, caught Talib in a pick play early in the second quarter, injuring the best defensive player on New England...
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January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Mike Pereira Breaks Down Controversial Plays From Chargers-Chiefs Game

Not that you needed any more confirmation, but Mike Pereira, the former Vice President of Officiating for the NFL, was on Fox Sports Daily on Monday and after breaking down the two controversial plays at the end of the Sunday game between the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs, he basically said that the Pittsburgh Steelers got screwed. "So the Steeler Nation, you...
Via Steelers Depot
December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

San Diego Chargers Were In Illegal Formation During Missed Kick, Chiefs Win Would Have Sent Steelers to Playoffs (Photo)

When it comes to the NFL playoffs, it’s nice for a team to be in the driver’s seat controlling its destination. This year’s playoff scenarios were headache-inducing, with teams needing some teams to lose and others to win in order to secure a spot in the postseason. The Pittsburgh Steelers were one of those teams, and they came pretty close to punching their ticket to the postseason...
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December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Chargers Should’ve Been Flagged On Missed Field Goal By Chiefs Ryan Succop

Not only has former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira already taken issue with the call made by the officials on the fake punt forward progress in the Sunday afternoon game between the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs, it also appears that the officiating crew missed a call on the field goal miss by Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop as well. Hate to add full to the fire,...
Via Steelers Depot
December 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Pereira Takes Issue With Fake Punt Forward Progress Ruling In Chiefs-Chargers Game

Former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira has now made his thoughts known on the overtime call made by the officials during the late game fake punt between the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs. On the play, the officials declared that the forward progress of safety Eric Weddle had been stopped prior to the football being ripped from his arms by a Chiefs defensive player...
Via Steelers Depot
December 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Pereira: Gronk may have had a chance to make a play

Former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira told SiriusXM NFL Radio that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski may have had a chance to catch the final pass during last night’s game against the Panthers. .@MikePereira: It was so obviously that Kuechly had Gronk wrapped up & he might have had a chance to make the play. #SXMSports — SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) November...
Via Pro Football Zone
November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Real Tweets from Real People - Will the real rules analyst please stand up?

What is it about Monday Night Football and controversial endings thanks to referees?  This year there were no replacement refs harmed, but that doesn't mean confusion and uncertainty didn't reign everywhere.  After Luke Kuechly tackled Rob Gronkowski in the endzone on the game's final play with Carolina leading New England by 4, the refs threw a flag for pass interference...
Via Awful Announcing
November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Pereira analyzes Week 12 calls

Nothing like a little home cooking in the deep south. You've got your fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, black-eyed peas ... and your scoreboard clock time operator at the Georgia-Auburn game. Here was the situation: Georgia was playing at Auburn. Georgia had the ball, first-and 10 at the Auburn 20-yard line with six seconds left before halftime. Auburn led 27-7. Georgia quarterback...
Via Fox Sports
November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Pereira analyzes Week 11 calls

There are a lot of rules differences between the NFL on Sunday and the NCAA on Saturdays. One that is often misunderstood is when a punt becomes a touchback. In the NFL, as long as the player who downs the ball has not touched in the end zone, then he can down the ball short of the goal line even if the ball has broken the plane. But in college, it has nothing to do with the position...
Via Fox Sports
November 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Pereira analyzes Week 10 calls

People used to call the Florida-Georgia game "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party." They could have called Saturday's second half in Jacksonville, "The World's Largest Outdoor Flag Party," where there were 10 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties called. I've been to the Florida-Georgia game before, and it's a very emotional rivalry -...
Via Fox Sports
November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Pereira Snitches on Raiders Coach For Flipping off Refs (Photo)

Yesterday Mike Jenkins got flagged for a personal foul that really upset Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver. So much so that he allegedly cursed at the ref and he gave them the finger. That was be funny enough by itself but where it gets weird is that Mike Pereira, the NFL’s former Vice President of Officiating and current Fox analyst noticed and called Tarver out, even...
Via BlackSportsOnline
October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders Coordinator Jason Tarver in Hot Water After Flipping Bird, Hurling Expletives at Officials (Photo)

Jason Tarver can expect a fine for unsportsmanlike conduct this week. The Raiders defensive coordinator let his emotions get the best of him during Oakland’s win over Pittsburgh on Saturday, reacting to a defenseless receiver call — albeit a terrible one — in a very un-family-friendly way. Oakland’s Mike Jenkins was flagged after popping Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell...
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October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Controversial penalty aids the Patriots in their comeback

Well if one week the refs are "against" you then you have to admit when the refs were "for" you. Last week's illegal pushing penalty cost New England the ball and eventually the win. While this week after a strip sack of Brady Miami defensive end Oliver Vernon swiped at the ball pushing it further into Patriots territory. What would have set up a punt for...
Via Patriots Life
October 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Pereira analyzes Week 9 calls

Talk about bursting somebody's balloon. As I sat in the Ice Cube at the Fox Network Center waiting for the Oklahoma-Texas Tech game to begin - a game delayed 1:15 because of weather -- it made be think back to my days at the NFL when I was the VP of Officiating and the most usual delay I've ever been involved with. It happened on Oct. 19, 2008, in a game between the Chargers...
Via Fox Sports
October 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Targeting Rule Costing SEC Teams Key Defenders and Draws Complaints

Hmmm....it's been an interesting early round of college football games with a couple of SEC defensive football players getting booted from their respective games due to the new NCAA "Targeting" rule. That rule says it's an automatic penalty and ejection for any player who leads into a tackle with his helmet and hits an opposing player in the helmet. If you...
Via Online Sports Guys
October 19, 2013  |  Discuss
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