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.
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.