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MNF switch: Jaws in, Joe out

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Posted March 26, 2007 @ midnight
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By Eric Edholm

In the very-good-news department, ESPN has pulled the plug on Joe Theismann as the lead analyst for Monday Night Football and gone with Ron Jaworski — a major upgrade, if you ask me. This move should have been made a year ago when ESPN first got the rights to put out MNF, but the network stuck with their lone holdover from the Sunday night broadcast crew. Adding Tony Kornheiser got the most waves, but Theismann's return to doing games deserved equal parts attention, or in my case, disquiet.

I have been told that Joe is an OK fellah (never met him), but I can't stand him as a broadcaster. It takalacrityes a strong play-by-play guy to keep him shackled, and Mike Tirico — one of the budding stars of the industry — did his best to keep Joe in line. Better certainly than pushover Mike Patrick. But Theismann flip-flopped more than John Kerry, constantly irritated with his asinine comments about pointless things and overtalked throughout the broadcast. Sometimes a two-yard run is just a two-yard run, you know?

Jaws, on the other hand, might be right up there with Phil Simms as the best at breaking down tape and making it understandable to the masses. They help make football a more watchable game. Both have enthusiasm, but they temper it well. I think Jaws' commitment to his craft sets him apart, and within 4-5 games this season, I will bet you that people just eat him up. Maybe sooner. He's so much better than Theismann, it's silly. Those few games Jaworski got to do this season, I thought, "He just got himself a job."

He did — and at Joe's expense. God bless ESPN for this brilliant give-and-go. 

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