I’ve watched Jaws twice on AFL coverage this year, and while it was entertaining….it didn’t really blow me away. Now I don’t know if it’s just because the AFL game is so awkward and different, or if he just doesn’t have the experience. I guess what it boils down to…..I think they fired the wrong person.
Yes…Joe Theismann is terrible as an announcer. He is the quintessential “Captain Obvious”, but I have a question for you…..Was there one time last year when you said, “Wow. Tony Kornheiser is really adding something to this broadcast.” I personally can say that number was about 2. And both times he was ragging on Theismann. (Click Read more the rest of the post)
I’m assuming that the reason they chose Ronnie was because he’s a company man and he gets along with everyone. He’s been on PTI a TON of times, and always volunteers his services for ESPN Radio. While he and Theismann both know the sport, Jaws seems to have a better world view of Sports and is in the know on most every transaction and story.
(I guess what I’m doing here is hashing out in my head if this is going to work, and I think the answer is no. ) You have Tirico who is great at times, but boring during others…he’s just average really. You add Jaws who’s really only called a handful of NFL games. And voila….you have a pretty average team all-around with some great upside.
So here’s the rub…..you add Kornheiser and everything is awkward again. Like last year when he would ask ridiculous Football questions like, “Joe, what’s a silent count?”, and get a smarmy non-response.
Well this upcoming year he’ll say, “Jaws, what’s a silent count?”, and get this….
“Before an offense can snap the football on a football play, everyone on the line must first come to a set position. If at any time prior to the football being snapped an offensive player moves, a false start penalty may be called. For offensive linemen, who depend on the cadence from the quarterback to determine when they should go, being able to hear and concentrate keeps them from making false starts. The silent count can also play a huge role in slowing down a very aggressive defense. Sometimes, if a quarterback falls into a trend with his snap count, the defense may be able to get a jump on when the ball will be snapped. And for anyone who has played or knows anything about the offensive line, any type of advantage by a defensive player can result in busted play. So, in order to neutralize the aggressiveness on defense, the offense may go with a silent count. The part that makes the silent count effective is that it’s hard for the defense to get a jump on the ball when they’re waiting on the snap of the ball. But, having a silent count may also work against the offensive lineman. Most offensive linemen will tell you that knowing when the ball will be snapped allows for them to get a small advantage off the ball. But when the offense chooses to use a silent count, most times everyone will be watching for the movement of the football putting both the offense and the defensive line on an equal playing field.”
Is that really better? For some yes….I’d love all that info. But most will just bash Jaworski for being too “in depth” for the lay person. Here’s the reason they gave Theismann for the firing….
“They gave me two reasons. One was, they wanted to make a change. The second was, in reviewing the tapes, when the conversation got back to me, I talked about football. I wasn’t given any indication that I was supposed to talk about anything else. I thought (football) is what we do. What disappoints me more than anything is if I wasn’t doing what they had hoped, I would have appreciated somebody (telling me)”
Maybe that was Joe’s problem. He was too “Billy Packer” for Monday Night Football. He cared too much about the X’s and O’s to joke around and rib Tony K. With the direction MNF was/is heading in…..Dancing with the Stars and the “Entertainment” aspect…..Joe stuck out like a sore thumb.
It’s not what I, or any other true Football fan wants, but when you gain more viewers than have ever watched MNF before…..you’re not going to change the formula.
This is why I think they’ve set Jaworski up to fail.
“MNF” viewers “want to be engaged with issues and trends around the league, where their team is going,” and Jaworski “is the person to put in there for that”– Norby Williamson, Vice President of Studio & Remote Production
Theimann Photo (Six Pack Speak)
Ron Jaworski Is Amused By Your Complete Lack Of Football Knowledge (Talking NFL)
More Thoughts on MNF and Jaws (East Coast Bias)
Theismann Out (War Cry)