Jon Gruden is a blowhard who doesn’t understand the NFL rule book, according to the league’s former director of officiating.
Mike Pereira, the former NFL VP who now writes for Fox Sports, lambastes Gruden in a column regarding the ESPN commentator’s remarks on this week’s Monday night game.
Specifically, Pereira assailed Gruden for his criticisms on two catches. Gruden opined that if the officials flagged Atlanta’sCurtis Lofton for a helmet-to-helmet hit on the Saints’Marques Colston then they also should have penalizedMalcolm Jenkins later when he took down the Falcons’Reggie Kelly.
“I just don’t understand how games are being officiated,” Gruden said.
But Pereira says Gruden totally misunderstood the NFL’s guidelines on when a receiver is considered a “defenseless receiver” and that the two collisions were very different.