Mike Pereira on JuJu Smith-Schuster hit: "By the book, that qualifies as a foul"


In the aftermath of the Chiefs' win over the Jaguars last Sunday, much of the conversation centered around the hit to the head that took Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster out of the game. The officials immediately threw the flag when it happened, but eventually picked it up and ruled there was no foul on the play; Smith-Schuster quickly put into concussion protocol. While speaking to 610's The Drive on Monday afternoon, Mike Pereira, of Fox Sports, gave some perspective on the decision to not flag the hit.

"I'm in the same mode as Gene Steratore," he said. "Who said that he felt like it was a defenseless player, which JuJu was, and there was contact to the head or neck area, which there was. So really, by the book, that qualifies as a foul. So I look at it and say it's not the most egregious, because he turns his head sideways ... but still, he made contact on the helmet area. And then here's the issue with me: you officiate these plays really to try and protect the players. So when you throw the flag, which they did, to me, you don't want to pick that up. You just don't want to pick that up. It may not be the most egregious, but it was helmet-to-helmet contact. I think you just have to slow down a little bit if you're an official."

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