Pereira worried NFL rule change 'could become a mess' 

Dukes & Bell
March 27, 2019 - 4:25 pm

Former head of officials and current NFL Rules analyst for Fox Sports Mike Pereira joined Dukes & Bell and talked about the NFL rule change from the owners meeting, whether this will actually fix the problem, and what he would have done if he was the NFL.

Pereira told the guys that he’s not sure this was the answer.

 “I certainly didn’t think that the two rule proposals would take.” Pereira said “Because neither fixed the issues in the NFC Championship game, but the Coaches got together with this proposal and it got thru. I don’t think the competition committee went into this wanting to make it reviewable because this opens Pandora ’s Box, but one guy who wanted this to pass was Roger Goodell and I don’t think he was going to let this go without doing something. You’re going to have people in the replay booth make key decisions and those people have never officiated football in their lives, officiating is based on facts and I’m worried this is going to become a mess, how many more challenges is this going to create, is it going to change how we look at hail marys, are we going to review receivers blocking downfield when the ball is thrown to a back in the backfield? ”

When asked why he thought the referees missed the call in the NFC Championship game.

 “I really think subconsciously when you go into a big game as an official you don’t want the game to be about you.” Pereira said “So you will only call the big one and I think during the game you get complacent and they just weren’t ready. It was a simple call and a simple route, it was the line of scrimmage officials call the whole way he had the view and just didn’t throw the flag and there’s no excuse for it.”

Mike told the guys how he would fix the issue if he was the NFL.

 “Full time officials was a PR move, you only improve when you get live reps.” Pereira said “I would frankly figure out a way to work with these spring leagues whether it’s the alliance or the XFL next year. I don’t believe there’s anybody that could poke holes in my idea of the sky judge, an 8th official that can look at video real time and get rid of obvious and egregious calls. It would be so easy, it could help with player safety, I don’t get them not doing these, they could have brought in 17 new officials and you could rotate officials, and correct things in real time.”