Monday Night Football
Who would you like to hear replace Jon Gruden?
Why it would work: The favorite for the gig. Already part of the Monday Night Football Countdown program on ESPN. Ex-QB. Smart. Likely a more natural fit with the reserved Sean McDonough.
Why it wouldn’t: If ESPN wants a personality to follow Gruden, Young may be too dry for the role.
Why it would work: Ready for a bump at ESPN after years of studio shows. Played for great coaches and offensive minds, giving him an edge to break down the most important part of football.
Why it wouldn’t: Despite a good run as a starting quarterback in the NFL, Hasselbeck isn’t a huge name.
Why it would work: Next man up at NBC? When Cris Collinsworth missed a couple of late-season games, Warner filled in. If ESPN wants to snatch the heir-apparent to the lead analyst role, here’s the chance.
Why it wouldn’t: Very dependent on his play-by-play partner to set up points and thoughts. If ESPN goes a different direction with McDonough’s spot, Warner could be perfect with the right partner.
Why it would work: People will watch. Tebow is a natural on television, but isn’t great describing x’s and o’s. If ESPN wants to generate headlines, this works.
Why it wouldn’t: Lacks experience breaking down the NFL. Would make more sense calling SEC games.
Why it would work: Smart, rising name in the business. Ex-front office leader could bring a unique view on team building.
Why it wouldn’t: Seems poised to jump at the opportunity to run a team. If given the gig, Riddick could leave it within a year or two.
Why it would work: Bombastic. Loud. Great at dissecting film. Could bring a defensive mind into the booth, opposite of what Gruden was. Good talker. Great with relationships.
Why it wouldn’t: Broadcasts, like his press conferences, could become a sideshow.
Why it would work: Solid broadcaster. Ex-great defensive back. Probably working one notch below where he should at FOX.
Why it wouldn’t: Does Ronde Barber bring enough juice to the booth?
Why it would work: ESPN is reportedly still paying him to not work after last year’s cuts.
Why it wouldn’t: If all games were Eagles games, this would be a home run. I’m not sure Jaws pops to, say, a Vikings-Packers audience in 2018.
Why it would work: Huge name. Cut his teeth at the rival Fox Sports. Would bring a unique player perspective to the booth.
Why it wouldn’t: Despite how good Moss is on television, there’s been a resistance to make him the face of a network.
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