So why was he flagged? Former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira showed the penalties called on Brees during a segment on FOX Sports 1 and said the answer is simple: Referee Terry McAulay got it wrong. Pereira said referees have been reminded that quarterbacks are to be flagged for a false start if they make motions designed to draw the defense offside, but as Pereira showed the clips of Brees’s actions, he said all Brees was doing was raising his hands to prepare for a shotgun snap. "How can that be a false start?" Pereira said. "Come on. That’s not enough for a false start. And not only do they call him once, they call him twice." Brees had words with McAulay after the second false start penalty, and it’s easy to see why: If Brees committed a false start on those two plays, then quarterbacks commit false starts almost every time they receive a shotgun snap.