Former NFL Ref Blasts Chucky As “Blowhard”December 29th, 2011
Reasoned if not respected people are finally beginning to take notice, and to speak out:
Chucky as an NFL game analyst is the polar opposite of Chucky the NFL coach.
As a coach, Chucky has bling only a handful of other NFL coaches in history have. Chucky is perhaps the person responsible for the Bucs’ lone Super Bowl victory.
As an NFL game analyst, Chucky is a self-serving windbag who is, as a former chief of NFL referees and current NFL TV talking head himself described, also a “blowhard.”
Mike Pereira, who until recently was the longtime chief of NFL officiating, now works for FOX. And Joe noticed on Twitter Monday night how Pereira went bananas over Chucky grousing about what he deemed was a perfectly legal hit but replays clearly showed to be helmet-to-helmet, a clear violation of NFL rules.
In a column on FoxSports.com, Pereira unloaded on Chucky’s irresponsiblity as a broadcaster and firebombed him for his failure to grasp simple NFL rules.
I am not a fan of Gruden’s. Not today, not yesterday, not when I worked for the NFL and not when I was working on the field as a side judge. He was a loudmouth as a coach who constantly disrespected officials and he is a blowhard in the broadcast booth who spouts off when he doesn’t know what he is talking about.
I respect his knowledge about the X’s and O’s when it comes to coaching and playing the game of football, but I have very little respect for him when it comes to officiating and his knowledge of the rules.
Pereira is dead-on in many respects with this column, in particular Chucky’s unethical diatribes. At the very least, if broadcasters are going to trash officials for allegedly making bad calls, make sure you know that the call is actually inaccurate.
It’s one thing to not like calls. Joe’s fully in agreement with Chucky that it’s borderline criminal how NFL
warden commissioner Roger Goodell is trying to turn good, hard-hitting, fundamental football into high school basketball where just breathing on an offensive player is a personal foul and a five-figured fine.
But hating a rule and claiming it’s wrong are two totally different things. As Pereira pointed out, will BSPN do the right thing and come out publicly and state Chucky was full of it, or will they just do the BSPN thing and hope Chucky runs off to St. Louis or San Diego as a coach?
Joe’s cash is on the latter.
To Joe, this is no different than if a broadcaster constantly got names of players wrong and constantly butchered the names of players throughout the game. Fans would be outraged, and rightfully so.
How is what Chucky is doing any different? It’s worse in fact.