Amidst the beginning of the 2019 NFL Combine, some significant NFL news broke on Thursday. Noted ESPN announcer Jason Witten decided to put his burgeoning broadcasting career on hold to join the Dallas Cowboys. Of course, Witten played 15 seasons with the Cowboys before deciding to retire after the 2017 season.
But let’s not talk about the on-the-field implications of the move. This ain’t Blogging The Boys, and while the Detroit Lions play the Cowboys next year, that discussion is for another day.
Instead, I want to talk about the “Monday Night Football” broadcasting booth, which will now undergo its second big change in as many years. Witten was never a good fit in the broadcast booth, but it didn’t seem like ESPN was going to make any changes, allowing him and Joe Tessitore to settle into their new jobs. Now, after losing Jon Gruden the year before, ESPN will be forced to make another changes.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which NFL announcer would you like to see on “Monday Night Football?”
My answer: For far too long, “Monday Night Football” has relied upon energetic, “entertaining” voices for their color commentator position. Obviously, you want someone who is excited to add drama to the game, but there needs to be substance, too. In my opinion, MNF broadcasts have been missing substance for far too long, favoring grunts and ridiculous graphics over actual analysis.
So I want someone heavy on the Xs and Os to take Witten’s spot. ESPN could try and make an aggressive run at the increasingly popular Tony Romo, a move I would be completely behind. But why not dig within their own ranks to replace Witten? They’ve already got a perfectly fine Dan Orlovsky employed, and while he’s still a little green in terms of being a broadcaster, he’s earned a fine reputation as a film analyst.