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Mike Pereira talks to the NFL on FOX Crew about the Super Bowl.
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We're joined by a man who Sports Illustrated called the best addition and television -- Years in the -- lock up the horse straight said that wouldn't mind I'm with a lot of my mental about it. Guys look like him now not walking in here he has all swelled up he looks good today that they got like I got a -- like Guerrero. By the way is -- NFL rules and it was after being with the league office for years and do I wanna start by you take a look at the officials for this football game. What is different about the critical -- tonight them on normal week in the NFL well about it and all star crew. The first two rounds divisions a wild cards we had -- intact but once it gets -- championship and now Super Bowl. It's the best of the best at the positions and they have to do that because there are qualifications we get to the Super Bowl. You have to be in the league at least five years you've had to work at least two playoff games including one -- -- a championship. It's -- officials that the pressure is just ratchets up the further you get off from the couple on in the playoffs and so they really look for experience and skill. This level now. -- you know. I -- -- and using -- defense is wanna be brought up to speed on any potential. Odd place formations. Odd plays we've all seen the footage of Sean Payton. Bringing the officials up to speed before the Super Bowl last year talking about the potential for an onside kick. Talk about that dynamic with the head coach in the official before the game. Yet yet they'll actually going in -- meet with the head coaches before the game and they'll ask them really the simple question. Anything special that you're gonna do and that's where the Sean Payton's play came up that worries that he was gonna onside kick surprise didn't say it was the first play of the second half but he said at some point we're gonna do it. The interesting part of the sort which is never really told as when they came out of halftime. They said they were gonna kicked in one direction and all of a sudden realized they had picked the wrong direction and so they came back and said we wanna kick the other way because they wanted to be in front of their bench so maybe coaches could come out -- players that -- And influence the decision a little bit but they'll do that on -- they're also the crew was gonna study. An enormous amount of film they did so yesterday they sat in a room and that's where that's where they really started their football work and they look at. All offense defense special teams and they look really at formations for example what's than usual Green -- is gonna. -- one side of the field occasionally with four receivers now that's unusual from the proceedings standpoint. Because really what it means is three officials are gonna have to cover four receivers and so they're gonna have to go to his own very quickly so those are the things that they're looking for in their in their pregame meeting. Mikey we always felt like they were fewer penalties in the Super Bowl in the I don't know if they get they just in one throw a lot of flags or what have you. -- did the officials -- do the officials calling any different. Well I'll I'll tell you of their told -- I mean this was always the mantra going into the final game officiate this game the same way you would the game in week one of the regular season all but traditionally. Q traditionally there are less fouls when it comes to playoff games period but that could be really because we get to this level. You're you're really working with disciplined teams that commit less penalties it's about the matchups and so. You do get the situations where you're gonna get in the post season and as a rule have less penalties called. Mike has talented. As these officials are and and they earned their right to be here. There are bad policy -- of one bad call and the Super Bowl make or break and officials career. It can I mean men and and I'll tell you of the pressure that's on them is enormous they will have an impact in this game today they're gonna have to make a hundred over a hundred decisions today. Whether it's a foul that's called or not or progress spot or catch or no catch. They will have a huge impact and one play can define and officials career in the game like this -- happened in Super Bowl 43. Great go -- and athletic. Programs director at southwest Louisiana made the call in the corner of the end zone on the Santonio Holmes had which won the game. Unbelievable baseball he nailed it in the locker room afterwards and I went and told them his crew was going to be defined by that call tears. Was rolled down his face he was so emotional about this -- that's a much pressure they're under don't talk about the pressure the players and a coach around these officials. Are under review it's his big game for them as it is really Alter the player making a lot of money today aren't they -- to make -- pretty good cheque today to the scale actually tell the -- turn their Macon. Less.