Down To Two: Ron Jaworski No Longer An Analyst For ESPN’s Monday Night Football

By CDR
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Today, news had surfaced that ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski will be leaving the Monday Night Football program. “No! Not Jaws!”

The remaining two analysts in Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will continue to host the “MNF” broadcast next season. While having great rapport with his fellow analysts, Jaworski, mostly known as “Jaws” will be departing from the iconic booth, but will still be contributing in other ESPN shows, such as “Sunday NFL Countdown” and “NFL Live.”

Ron Jaworski, a former NFL quarterback provided tremendous insight on the game while being a “MNF” analyst. “Jaws” would be the first person to point out the mismatches if any, before the ball was even snapped. As a fan, you might’ve seen the play from one-way, but Ron Jaworski was great at explaining the event from a different football perspective.

Via ESPN:

“I thank Ron for the great contributions he has made to ‘Monday Night Football’ and look forward to the many ways he will enhance our studio presentation from our NFL-branded shows to ‘SportsCenter,’ ” ESPN president John Skipper said.

“With two strong analysts in Ron and Jon, these moves will better utilize their strengths and benefit our entire NFL presentation.”

“Jaws” had been a MNF analyst for five years and regardless of other people’s opinions, Monday Night Football will surely be different in its own way. Don’t get me wrong, it won’t stop me from watching the games, but who wouldn’t miss all the comical arguments coach Gruden and “Jaws” would have throughout the show?

Lets face it; it’s the little things that count. Hopefully, the show remains interesting, maintains its flare and continues to provide great football for the fans.

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16 Responses to Down To Two: Ron Jaworski No Longer An Analyst For ESPN’s Monday Night Football

  1. Not a fan of the change personally. Tirico is to bland for me and his football IQ is questionable. Jaws and Gruden were the staples.

    Sad to see him leaving.

    • CDR says:

      I am a bid sad myself. I agree 100%. Jaws and Gruden made Monday Night Football entertaining. It’ll be interesting to see how the broadcast turns out.

  2. Jaws’ departure allows for Gruden to achieve true ESPN rock star status. They are trying to make him the next John Madden and giving him more time to talk was clearly the goal. Signing him to a long-term deal, I wonder if this wasn’t already known by Gruden before he signed. Not that he asked for a two-man booth, but the network dangled the prospect before him and that helped him decide to stick with TV…at least for now.

    • CDR says:

      Great point Bruce! A little conspiracy theory we have huh? Gruden definitely is the man too, but Tirico needs to step it up…. MNF could take a major hit if this doesn’t happen.

  3. JW says:

    So, Monday Night Football just got less watchable. Perfect…

    • CDR says:

      I hear you JW. People are always trying to break up good quality TV. Gruden is now the lone star of the show.

  4. tophatal says:

    So at what point did it occur to the programmers that Ron Jaworski no longer wanted to play “second fiddle” to Gruden in spite of the public comments forthcoming from the broadcast outlet ?

    • CDR says:

      I never thought Jaws played second fiddle to Gruden. Both analysts had such a great relationship on air that they both benefited from each other. I can’t see MNF without Jaws and I am very interested to really see how the show turns out.

  5. For me Monday Night Football has always been about having three people in the booth, but if anyone need to get the boot it was Gruden. I’ve grown tired of his overly positive assessments of players and his ridiculous criticisms.

    • CDR says:

      There are times when Gruden gets overly excited over nothing, however I love the guy’s passion. The way he talks about the game makes you want to watch football right away, which is always a good thing.

  6. Did he give any reasons for leaving? I mean, MNF is like the holy grail for broadcasters.

    • CDR says:

      Not really. I think it was more of a move by ESPN. ESPN wanted to utilize Jaworski’s knowledge of the game, therefore they wanted him to be a new face for other different ESPN shows. Be ready to see a whole lot of Jon Gruden moving forward.

  7. Sam Brief says:

    This move by ESPN upsets me. I loved the Tirico, Gruden, Jaworski combination that they had. They had three interesting perspectives: A former player, former coach and professional broadcaster, now, they’ve lost that.

    • CDR says:

      That’s a great point Sam!

      “A former player, former coach and professional broadcaster, now, they’ve lost that.”

      ESPN better have something up their sleeves because this move has trouble written all over it.

  8. Strange move. I don’t like it either, but we’ll see if it works out.

    • CDR says:

      Most fans seem to dislike this idea as well. ESPN better have a good backup plan in case this move tanks.

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