Steelers Defense Could Learn from Mel Blount

In the Superbowl last night, Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” beat up the Denver Broncos from the opening whistle until the clock hit 0:00. Most of the talking heads applaud Pete Carrol and his staff for the unique style of play, using their big corners, like the 6’3″ 195 pound Richard Sherman. Steeler nation knows that the 6’3″ 205 pound, hall of famer, Mel Blount was beating...
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February 03, 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...
Via NESN.com
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

Terence Garvin fined for vicious hit on Bengal punter Kevin Huber

Let the debate continue. Though on this page, I am sure it will a very one-sided debate. Was the jaw-breaking hit on Bengals punter Kevin Huber deserving of a $25K fine, especially considering it was not flagged? Check the hit: And here is the explanation from Mike Pereira: Regardless of what Black and Gold feels about this...
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December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Referee Roy Ellison suspended for one game

NFL Referee Roy Ellison has been suspended by the NFL for one game after he made derogatory comments to Redskins left tackle Trent Williams during last weeks game.   Williams claimed that Ellison called him a “garbage-ass, disrespectful mutherf–ker.” These are not the first allegations of inappropriate comments by Ellison, according to former NFL head of officials Mike Pereira...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Officials Could Have Used Instant Replay to Review Controversial Non-Call From Patriots-Panthers Game

The last play of the Patriots-Panthers Monday night game was one for the ages. The officials made a snap judgment on the play, deciding to pick up a penalty flag thrown for defensive pass interference. As it turns out, they could have used instant replay to help aid their call. Officials are not allowed to use replay to review penalties in the NFL, per the league rules, meaning they...
Via NESN.com
November 20, 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...
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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...
Via NESN.com
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

Georgia's Ray Drew ejected in worst "targeting" call of the season

The NCAA's new "targeting" rule has come under fire since it started this season. In today's action, the noon games saw three early targeting calls. The worst was this one against Georgia's Ray Drew...  The play by Ray Drew is a borderline "roughing the passer" call at best. The rule was put into place for player safety and that's understandable...
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October 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Georgia’s Ray Drew ejected on questionable targeting call vs. Vandy

Georgia’s defensive end Ray Drew was ejected from Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt aftering laying a hit on quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels. Really can’t see why Drew was kicked out of the game, as it was his chest and the arm-extension that knocked Carta-Samuels over, not helmet-to-helmet contact. The targeting ejection on #UGA DL Ray Drew THAT WAS CONFIRMED just now might...
Via Diehardsport
October 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Georgia's Ray Drew ejected in worst "targeting" call of the season

The NCAA's new "targeting" rule has come under fire since it started this season. In today's action, the noon games saw three early targeting calls. The worst was this one against Georgia's Ray Drew...  The play by Ray Drew is a borderline "roughing the passer" call at best. The rule was put into place for player safety and that's understandable...
Via Crystal Ball Run
October 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Pereira analyzes the big calls

The third time was the charm for No. 2 Oregon during the Ducks' first touchdown Saturday afternoon against Washington. But I have to say, I'm not sure I've ever seen what transpired on the drive. Three reviews, on three consecutive plays, all within the 1-yard line, with two of the three plays being reversed after the reviews. Pretty incredible. Let's take a closer...
Via Fox Sports
October 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Pereira: Panthers WR Steve Smith should “shut up” (VIDEO)

YouTube Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith is a little man with a big game and a bigger mouth.  After his Panthers lost to Arizona 22-6 on Sunday and he was held to four catches for 60 yards by Cardinals’ shutdown corner Patrick Peterson, Smith unleashed the fury on the game officials. Smith said that he was “molested” and “leg-humped” and singled out umpire...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

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