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Fox's Pereira flags ESPN's Gruden

ESPN broadcaster Jon Gruden is shown before an

ESPN broadcaster Jon Gruden is shown before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills in Foxborough, Mass. (Sept. 14, 2009) (Credit: AP)

Announcers clueless about the rules have been a pet peeve of NFL officials for decades.

This past week, Fox’s Mike Pereira, a former supervisor of officials, decided to fight back on behalf of his former colleagues.

Pereira ripped “Monday Night Football’’ analyst Jon Gruden in an online column over questionable rules interpretations, calling him a “loudmouth’’ as a coach and a “blowhard’’ as an analyst who “spouts off when he doesn’t know what he is talking about.’’

Wow! (Gruden declined to comment.)

Pereira’s take adds a new element to a controversy from the last Jets-Dolphins game, best remembered for Darrelle Revis’ 100-yard interception return for a touchdown.

The play prompted a debate over whether he had interfered with Miami’s Brandon Marshall, a subject that led to a heated exchange between Revis and Mike Francesa.

At one point the WFAN host reminded Revis that Gruden thought it was interference.

Said Revis: “I don’t care who said it. Jon Gruden, you, whoever. I don’t care.’’

Tags: ESPN , Jets

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