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#pounditSaturday, August 8, 2020

Mike Pereira criticizes Tony Romo, says he ‘struggles’ with NFL rules

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Former NFL vice president of officiating and current analyst Mike Pereira has a better understanding of pro football rules than most people, but he seems to think Tony Romo needs to get on his level.

In a series of tweets, Pereira was critical of Romo for some of the calls he made during Saturday night’s game between the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans. For starters, Pereira said Romo demonstrated a lack of understanding with the rules when he took issue with Eric Decker being called for offensive pass interference.

Pereira also defended the officiating crew over a couple of false start penalties that Romo and his CBS partner Jim Nantz seemed to take issue with.

The most noteworthy issue from the game was when Danny Amendola caught a pass at the end of the first half to set the Patriots up for a field goal. It appeared as though the Patriots caught a break with the clock operator stopping the clock with a second remaining, which Romo referred to as home cooking. He later corrected himself when he learned that clock operators travel from a neutral site and have nothing to do with the home team.

You can see a video of the Amendola play here.

Romo is still adjusting to life as a broadcaster, and some issues were expected in his first year on the job. He’ll be able to work a lot of that out during the offseason, and you can bet he’ll take note of Pereira’s criticism.

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