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Monday, June 1, 2020

Articles tagged: Mike Pereira

Mike Pereira: Eagles were in illegal formation on trick play

Eagles Touchdown philly special trick play formation

One of the controversies to arise from the Super Bowl had to do with whether or not the Philadelphia Eagles were lined up in illegal formation on the “Philly Special” trick play that resulted in a touchdown pass to Nick Foles. And one former official thinks they were in illegal formation.

NFL rules expert Mike Pereira, who serves as a TV analyst for FOX, said in an interview with Talk of Fame Network that the Eagles were lined up illegally.

On the play, Eagles receiver Alshon Jeffery was seen lined up about two yards behind the line of scrimmage. NFL rules require offenses to have seven players on the line of scrimmage for all plays, and Jeffery was considered one of their seven.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via Clark Judge of the Talk of Fame Network. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffery] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.

“Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Jeffery likely received clearance from the official nearby him and signaled with him to indicate he was on the line of scrimmage for the play, which is probably why no penalty was called. And since Foles was lined up in the backfield, the Patriots would have known he was an eligible receiver. Where Jeffery lined up didn’t seem to materially affect the play, though this controversy is something Pats fans can complain about.

None of this takes away how cool of a play it was and that Foles’ high school runs the exact same play.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Mike Pereira defends NFL referees from expectations that are ‘not realistic’

Former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira thinks it’s time we back off of NFL referees a little bit.

The latest flashpoint has been Myles Jack’s fumble recovery being whistled dead very quickly when it looked like a big return was possible, a whistle that did not sit well with many Jacksonville Jaguars fans. Pereira thinks too much is asked of officials, who must make calls like that without the benefit of slow-motion replay.

“That play was incredibly hard to officiate,” Pereira told the MMQB’s Peter King on Thursday regarding the Jack fumble. “In a second, the ball is loose, maybe re-possessed, maybe recovered by the other team, and maybe the recovering player was touched as he fell. All in about a second. No one really questioned that in real time, only after watching it over and over again. That’s about the most difficult call an official would have to make.

“But the criticism of that call … Officiating anymore is not realistic. There is no consideration any longer of real-time officiating. You ask 130 officials, and they would tell you that is the most frustrating part of their job. You have to live with it. They make a call in real time, and they’re criticized after people watch replay after replay. The expectations are just amazing. The only level of acceptability is 100 percent.

“Replay and technology has put so much more emphasis on the really tight judgment plays that are so difficult to officiate. The fact is they’re getting more calls right now than they’ve gotten before. Technology magnifies a mistake to a degree where it’s all people want to talk about.”

It’s a hard mentality to fight when it extends to the players as well. Pereira does have a point here, but there are other instances where less sympathy is warranted.

Mike Pereira explains why Vikings had to come back on field for extra point

Stefon Diggs touchdown
The Minnesota Vikings may have cost their backers in Las Vegas a lot of money when they decided to kneel on the ball instead of kicking an extra point at the end of Sunday’s game, but the rule requiring them to run the play had nothing to do with gambling.

Stefon Diggs scored on a miraculous 61-yard touchdown to give the Vikings a 29-24 lead over the New Orleans Saints with no time remaining, and a frenzy broke out on the field. By the time it was sorted out, many players were already in the locker room taking off their equipment. Some of those players needed to come back onto the field so the Vikings could attempt a meaningless extra point, which they ended up kneeling out.

On Monday, former NFL vice president of officiating and current rules analyst Mike Pereira explained why the extra point attempt was not nixed.

Of course, it makes little sense that the NFL requires teams to attempt the extra point in the playoffs if the rule is in place because of regular season tie-breakers. Pereira noted that he would like to see a rule change that eliminates it in the postseason, and it would not be a surprise if that happened this offseason.

Had the Vikings elected to kick the extra point, the outcome of the game would have been a lot different for the people who wagered on it.

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

Tony Romo

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.

Mike Pereira: NFL has become ‘too technical’

Jesse James catch

Many NFL fans feel that video replay — and unclear rules — have made the league less enjoyable to watch. Perhaps surprisingly, Mike Pereira agrees with them.

The former vice president of officiating and current Fox rules analyst told the Dan Patrick Show on Monday that the league has become “too technical,” which has negatively impacted the product in terms of entertainment value.

Ultimately, the NFL needs to be getting the calls right. Replay and the interpretation of the rules, however, have led to us looking at every little bobble or step or technicality during reviews. The Pittsburgh Steelers were victimized by this on Sunday. It’s easy to see why this can be frustrating for viewers and players alike.

Mike Pereira: Referees are violating NFL rules, getting replay help during games


FOX Sports NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira has a pretty good idea of what goes on with regards to NFL officiating, and he firmly believes some slightly illegal things are taking place.

Pereira believes that NFL referees are secretly receiving assistance from replay analysts on their wireless headsets, even on plays that cannot be and are not reviewed. This would be firmly against league rules.

“They’re never going to come out and admit it because it’s not allowed in the rules,” Pereira said, via Kevin Seifert of ESPN. “I get that. And I’m not against the notion of trying to get as many calls right as you can, but my only concern is if the rulebook doesn’t allow you to do it — to me, there is a conflict. I get the side of trying to avoid controversy, but I’d rather the rulebook allow it first.”

Pereira bases his assertions on his own observations as well as discussion with current officials he is still friendly with. He used the example of Monday night’s New England-Baltimore game, in which referee Ed Hochuli originally spotted a Ravens reception at the New England 23 yard line before moving it back to the 27, the correct spot where Kenneth Dixon’s knee was down. The play was never challenged, though, and as the play took place outside of the two minute warning, no booth review could have been initiated.

“It was the replay official who did it,” Pereira said. “They have gotten so involved in the game since they started using this communication system [in 2014]. The official on the field made an error, and boom, they make that change. What do you think happened? I talk to replay officials. They’re involved in almost everything now.

“If that’s the tack you’re going to take, as far as I’m concerned, that’s fine. But everyone has to be aware of it. There has been all of this talk of adding an eighth official, but really, they already have one. He’s in the booth.”

Pereira has argued things like this before in specific instances. It makes sense that, ultimately, all involved would want the proper call to be made, but it’s shady and illegal if this is the way it’s being done.