Another Adjustment For “Very Abusive” Chucky

February 7th, 2018

“You know what you are, ref?”

Chucky, the guy who won the Super Bowl with the Buccaneers, must make several adjustments in his return to the Raiders sidelines this season.

Rules — including the unwritten kind — have changed since Gruden was fired by Tampa Bay nine years ago. No contact with players until they return in April. Practice time is significantly cut. Both changes were enacted in the labor agreement of 2011.

Plus, Chucky will have to deal with the social media phenomenon and a working media that is far more hypersensitive and less easily manipulated that what he encountered previously.

But perhaps Chucky’s greatest adjustment will come when the whistle blows.

Former NFL director of officials Mike Pereira spoke out on KNBR-AM in San Francisco recently about how Chucky treated officials disgracefully through his Bucs days. Chucky was skewered on his new home turf.

“I’d have to say Jon Gruden was tough,” Pereira said. “But that was our fault. When I was in the office, I used to get calls from officials saying ‘Gruden crossed the line.’ And he could be abusive on the sideline. Very abusive on the sideline. And I used to get irritated with the officials because they’d call me to say that he crossed the line and I’d say, ‘what did you do about it?’”

After 14 years of officiating college football, Pereira was hired as a NFL sideline judge in 1996. Two years later, Gruden was hired as the head coach of the Raiders and Pereira transitioned to NFL Supervisor of Officiating. Although they never crossed paths as head coach and referee, Pereira took calls from officials about how difficult Gruden was to work with, even after he jumped to serve as head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002.

There’s more in the linked story above.

Joe suspects today’s officials won’t tolerate Chucky berating and abusing them, especially knowing there are more and better field microphones than ever. And Chucky won’t have the same street cred with a lot of new faces wearing the black and white stripes.

During all the chatter about Chucky’s potential return, this was one angle Joe hadn’t considered. And as nuts as Chucky is, if he gets punished and corked on the sidelines, it might actually affect him negatively.

23 Responses to “Another Adjustment For “Very Abusive” Chucky”

  1. miken Says:

    Durring MNF he was more outspoken than any other brodcaster about how bad the officiating was. I’m guessing he will get a few unsportsman like calls early. I wonder if the official that explained him the tuck rule is still around?

  2. SteveK Says:

    Commissioner Goodell is fat and happy with his $40,000,000.00 annual salary.

    However, Goodell and the owners believe that NFL refereees don’t need to be full time employees.

    So the folks officiating the highest level of football can’t wven claim this USA full time job.

    This is part of what’s wrong with the NFL.

  3. JAB83 Says:

    It should be fun for everyone. Berating the official is part of his job. Just as taking it like a man is part of the officials job.

    As an umpire myself, I don’t let words effect my job. I listen through the noise and look for ways to get better so not to tic off the players and coaches. I admit my mistakes and try to move on knowing its only a few hours before Beer:30

    That said, if your gonna dish it out you gotta be willing to take it. So every once in a while I get a hot head coach that I make look foolish by tossing him/her out the game.

    That will be a fun sight to see if and when Jon gets ran.

    The NFL just like the MLB should air those exchanges. They often are the most entertaining aspects of sports….


  4. SB Says:

    The worst thing about Josh McDaniels not taking the Colts job is that I am sure he would have taken Barkley over Chubb. Now the Colts will prolly get a D minded coach and Chubb will be the pick.
    Lets get the official “Trade Down Club” started again this yr. I’m in.

  5. Eric Says:

    Somehow, I don’t see Chucky changing. Got plenty of fine money.

    I hope not, always enjoyed the thermo nuclear meltdowns.

  6. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    Actually, this year the NFL hired a bunch of full timers as refs.

  7. Pablo Says:

    “Plus, Chucky will have to deal with the social media phenomenon and a working media that is far more hypersensitive and less easily manipulated that what he encountered previously.”

    In other words, all those little left-wing snowflakes in the media and their ilk that rapidly melt when confronted with ideas that are not part of their echo chamber.

  8. Destinjohnny Says:

    If the glazers would have steped up and gotten Jon along with a proper gm and team president…..
    Wow one can only imagine…..

  9. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    So you’re a right win “snowflake” who simply cannot stand the truth.

    Republicans were recently surveyed about ‘fake news”. They were asked if a media outlet reported absolute FACTS…but it hurt their little snowflake feelings like their “Dear Leader” would they call verifiable TRUTH fake news.

    42%…close to half of all R’s… said that if they did not agree with the freaking truth then yes it’s “fake News”.

    Hard to debate people who are part of the uninformed 42%…I suspect that would include you Pablo.

    Using ad hominem attacks is lame. I just gave you a freaking fact but since you don’t like it it’s “fake news”. Does that make you a snowflake?

  10. pewterpirate99 Says:

    Well here’s a thought, why don’t the soft a$$ media and officials get thicker skin? Stop being such pu$$ie$ and deal with it. Last time I checked they’re all grown a$$ men. MEN being the key word, and I don’t mean “men” like Bruce Jenner. Put your baby feelings back in your wives purses and man up while your dealing with football players and coaches, I mean this is still FOOTBALL right??? I’m so sick of how soft, weak, and sensitive everyone in our society has become. THIS IS FOOTBALL FOR F@%K SAKE!!!!!!

  11. Phil Says:

    Number 99 is right. Bunch of candy a$$es throwing flags now.

  12. 813bucboi Says:

    sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me…..

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!

  13. Mike Johnson Says:

    So what Chucky was abusive to the officials. That means he’s passionate and cares about his team. Koetter acts like a..Zombie on our sidelines. Deep in thought..trying to figure out what to do….I wish we had more abusive coaches with passion to and for our players..and the officials. Ohh and Target has Binoculars on sale..just in case our DC Smitty is interested!!.

  14. oar Says:

    Fake poll = fake news

  15. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    It’s a fake poll because you disagree with it. Nobody will ask you for proof because right wingers simply do not deal in FACTS!

  16. Hodad Says:

    That’s how a good coach gets the officials to NOT toss flags. They’ll let stuff go rather then have to deal with Chucky’s rage. Unlike Koetter who stares down at his play sheet while every good play is called back do to penalty. Gruden talks loudly, and carries a big stick. Koetter is a soft coach, leading a bunch of softies.

  17. martinii Says:

    I’ve been saying since the first day Chucky became a potential Buc’s candidate that he coached a different team in a different era of football. At least half his defense (Lynch, Sapp,, Brooks, Barber, Rice would be on perpetual suspension for shots to the head, roughing the QB, and Targeting. And what really stood out during his broadcast career was the way he bitched about all the penalty changes. Even stated on several occasions that he didn’t think he could coach again.

  18. oar Says:

    Fact: I tend to not believe an unnamed political poll and source on a football site.

    Abraham Lincoln once told me…. “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.”

  19. Rod Munch Says:

    These union slob refs deserve any and all beatings they get.

  20. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    FACT…I agree with your request on attribution. A bit surprised that it would come from a right winger though.

    Still that survey was conducted a couple of weeks ago by Gallup and the Knight foundation. These are two of the most respected pollsters in the business.

  21. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    For you OAR

  22. Mr. Ed Says:

    Yeah. Good thing the Glazed Ears Fired that guy.

  23. oar Says:

    Sorry but I can’t take a 19,000 person poll affiliated with George Soros’s Open Society Foundation, the Ford Foundation and Bill Gates Foundation seriously. Thanks though.
    BTW Condescend much? You must be fun at parties.