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Who should be on the next Monday Night Football broadcasting crew?

The vacancy sign has been turned on at Monday Night Football. After receiving mixed reviews (at best), ESPN will reportedly remove Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland from the MNF broadcast booth.

Tessitore and McFarland spent the last two years on the mic for ESPN’s weekly NFL broadcast. In year one they formed a trio with Dallas Cowboys’ tight end Jason Witten. Even on their best days, the former stars of the SEC Network felt out of place. Hopefully ESPN returns Booger and Tess back to their roots in college football.

Now ESPN is up a creek without a paddle. The four-letter network was prepared to dump an absurd amount of money into Tony Romo‘s lap before CBS brought a blank check to the negotiating table. ESPN previously tried to court Peyton Manning into the booth. Great on television, he turned down that opportunity while his little brother Eli was still playing. Even though Eli has now retired, Peyton appears comfortable producing “Peyton’s Places” on ESPN+.

Another potential option dropped out of the running this week. Phillip Rivers has the lengthy NFL resume with a ‘dagummit’ attitude that would be endearing to his audience. ESPN could have kept Tess and Booger around for another year before signing Rivers at the conclusion of his season in Indianapolis. Yesterday we learned Rivers will take his talents to the high school coaching ranks once his playing career has concluded.

ESPN is running out of options. Where do they go from here?

If they aren’t committed to hiring from within, Jay Cutler initially planned on hopping in a booth for Fox until the Miami Dolphins called. The timing may now work out. His wife, reality star Kristen Cavallari, is divorcing him for being too “lazy.”

If ESPN does keep the hire in-house, they could roll the dice on a personality, like former New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan. In theory, he’d be fun, but if you’ve heard any of his opening night MNF calls with Beth Mowin they’ve all fallen flat. Pat McAfee is an absolute electric factory, however, he might have found his niche in the college game when he dove into the canal on College GameDay last fall.

ESPN’s experiments with wild cards have consistently failed. To play it safe, it really boils down to two people, Louis Riddick and Dan Orlovsky. The depth of each person’s analysis is impressive. Riddick’s strengths are in player personnel. It’s a surprise he has not yet accepted a front office job for a franchise. Orlovsky is at his best when he is breaking down plays with a telestrator and that is why I believe Matt Jones’ former ESPN Radio co-host will be in the Monday Night Football booth.

As for play-by-play callers, it feels like Dave Pasch is finally going to be rewarded for putting up with Bill Walton for so many years. Who do you think will step into the Monday Night Football booth this fall?

 

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 Comments for Who should be on the next Monday Night Football broadcasting crew?



  1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    8:14 pm May 9, 2020 Permalink

    Broadway Joe is still out there. Bring him back and put him with Suzy Colber.



  2. 4everUKBlue
    8:37 pm May 9, 2020 Permalink

    No offense to anyone but Matt Jones would be a horrible choice, as hard as he is to listen to, he’s even harder to watch. Louis Riddick is very good.



    • rickat
      8:49 pm May 9, 2020 Permalink

      You do realize that viewers do not watch announcers. Try tuning into a game sometime. You’ll see the cameras focussed on the game. Geesh!



    • 4everUKBlue
      9:42 pm May 9, 2020 Permalink

      You do realize they do show the commentators from time to time or maybe you’ve never watch MNF….Dumbass!



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:05 am May 10, 2020 Permalink

      He didn’t say Jones he said Jones cohost.



    • 4everUKBlue
      9:09 am May 10, 2020 Permalink

      I didn’t say host either, but either, and actually what he said was “Matt Jones’ former ESPN Radio co-host”. See he was a co-host on ESPN Radio. Either way I stand by my comment as it’s my opinion, everyone else is entitled to theirs.



  3. UKgrad80
    9:15 pm May 9, 2020 Permalink

    Joe Namath would be great as the third guy!



  4. magimae
    10:49 pm May 9, 2020 Permalink

    Sorry Joe and Booger, you two were horrible.



  5. timer2
    11:06 pm May 9, 2020 Permalink

    Jeff Van Note. He is simply the best….ever.