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Pereira: Some NFL officials know they messed up Zach Miller TD

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Pereira: Some NFL officials know they messed up Zach Miller TD

It's been eight days since Zach Miller's-touchdown-that-wasn't and it's still a buzzworthy topic in the NFL world.

Miller is set to be released from a New Orleans hospital Monday morning after needing emergency surgery on his knee during that controversial endzone catch/non-catch. 

In the week-plus since that incident, the NFL has not walked back its bizarre decision to overturn Miller's TD against the Saints in Week 8. In fact, the league has actually doubled down, releasing a video last week where head of officiating Alberto Riveron claimed the evidence was definitive.

Mike Pereira feels differently.

The former NFL VP of officiating currently can be seen on FOX broadcasts breaking down the rules and judgements during games. 

Pereira joined the "Pardon My Take" podcast released Monday morning and admitted some officials around the NFL know the Miller TD call was a mistake, but won't say that publicly.

PFT Commenter and Big Cat asked Pereira if the NFL has officially apologized for the Miller TD reversal.

"No, they've done the opposite," Pereira said. "They have officially tried to sell the fact that they were correct with their ruling on the field, which I'm sorry to say — I don't want to call it laughable, but close to laughable.

"I get the fact that they want to try to defend what they're going to do, but there's no part of the Jet play against New England that was clear and obvious to overturn. It's a dangerous trend that we have seen.

"At least I'm happy to say this Sunday's games, they didn't pull any of those. They stayed with the calls that were made on the field. But they're trying to really try to justify their mistake when we're hearing even internally from some people in New York that they do agree it should'nt've been reversed."

Pereira said there are three plays in his mind this season that should never have been reversed — including the Miller TD and the aforementioned Week 6 Jets-Patriots call — that 50 drunk dudes in a bar could clearly see. 

Pereira hopes that NFL has gotten beyond that after a Week 9 with no such issues.

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

The Chicago Bears will kick off the fourth season of "Meet the Rookies" on June 25, a series that profiles four of the team's 2018 draft picks for a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the NFL.

The four-episode series will air on ChicagoBears.com at 7:00 p.m from June 25 - 28 and will feature one rookie per night. 

Monday's episode will cover the Bears' first-round pick, Roquan Smith. Selected with the eighth-overall pick, Smith is expected to become an instant-impact player on defense. He's expected to make an impact off the field, too, as a high-character leader. Smith's linebacker-mate Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the focus of Tuesday's episode, with Anthony Miller (Wednesday) and James Daniels (Thursday) rounding out Season 4.

For a deeper dive into what's in store in "Meet the Rookies," check out this description.