Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver may be hearing from the NFL after he was turned in by FOX Sports contributor Mike Pereira for swearing and making obscene gestures on Sunday. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver Turned In By TV Talking Head


At one point in the third quarter of the Oakland Raiders’ 21-18 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver got a bit … ahem … annoyed with one of the officials over a flag thrown against cornerback Mike Jenkins.

Jenkins was hit with a 15-yard personal foul call for a hit on a defenseless receiver when he collided with Steeler running back Le’Veon Bell going for a pass from Ben Roethlisberger.

Tarver yelled at the official and made a couple of gestures to the officiating crew that did not indicate he believed they were No. 1.

But the guys in the stripes conferred and picked up the flag. No harm, no foul … except that Tarver’s actions didn’t escape the watchful eye of FOX Sports’ Mike Pereira.

The former NFL head of officiating blew a gasket of his own, penning a scathing piece for FOXSports.com in which he said that he notified the NFL.

Is it good for a coach to lose his cool like that? Of course not. Is it appropriate for a coach to make gestures that the impressionable kiddies at home might see and mimic (because, you know, an NFL football game on television would be the very, very first time any of our precious cherubs would be exposed to such debauchery)? Of course not.

But Pereira’s little tantrum smells a little bit (OK, a lot) like grandstanding. Hey, look at me, aren’t I cool? I’m so outraged that I’m going to call the NFL office and if they don’t do something I’ll hold my breath until I turn blue.

Whatever, dude.

Pereira’s insights on officiating have added an interesting element to the FOX NFL telecasts. But the guy seems to have just a little Ed Hochuli in him … the man does love his face time. And what better way to get more than to create a little controversy on the side, right?

He’s not wrong. I get that. But his methods seem to be covered with at least a little bit of self-aggrandizing slime.

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  • Mark Shafer

    After the non call when the Steelers where throwing players to the ground after the whistle. The Jenkins hit would not have been as hard had not Bell turned into it. I was about a hundred feet away and I could clearly see how bad of a call that was.
    After the non call I mentioned earlier which was on a drive deep in Raider territory ( which was close to being a late hit ), then some more bad referring again I lost it for a moment also.
    I think we should complain to the NFL for hiring idiots ( like Pereira ) who’s job was to train these officials.

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