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Boston (CBS)- Former VP of Officiating for the National Football League Mike Pereira ended his Twitter absence earlier this week when he revealed he was on his way to Dallas for an NFL officiating clinic.

Pereira fired off a series of tweets while observing the instructional part of the clinic and the revelations made for a topic of discussion Monday morning with Andy Gresh and fill-in host Gary Tanguay on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh and Zolak show.

Are you prepared for more scoring in the NFL? That certainly seemed to be the takeaway for Pereira:

Tanguay agreed with Pereira, saying that the new rules will put defenses at an unfair advantage.

“The offense has gotten enough breaks.” Tanguay said. “To me I just don’t think you need to penalize the defense any more. I think the defense has enough uphill battles.”

Gresh, on the other hand, is in favor of the new rules and says it won’t hurt NFL defenses as much as one might think.

“I think it’s going to work for a lot of defenses because it’s going to promote aggressiveness and will probably get more people towards the line of scrimmage. And if I win the battle zone as a defender, I can keep my hand on the player — as long as I’m not grabbing them,” Gresh said. “If you are battling the hell out of them, and then there is some incidental contact past five yards but both players are engaged, you’re not going to blow the whistle on them.”

Listen below for the full discussion:

NFL Re-Emphasizing Illegal Contact, Defensive Holding

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