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:
Interesting day at NFL officiating clinic. Biggest point of emphasis for 2014..Illegal contact and defensive holding. More offense!— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) July 19, 2014
Last time the NFL had this as a major emphasis was 2004 and the number of illegal contact fouls went from 79 to 191.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) July 19, 2014
The League average last season was 48 points per game. I think that was an all-time record. How about a littlle balance.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) July 19, 2014
NFL says they are offsetting this emphasis with an emphasis on calling offensive pass interference. Not an even trade in my opinion.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) July 19, 2014
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: