In Case You Couldn’t Get Enough of ESPN’s Monday Night Football Crew

via ESPN

They’re back for more.

ESPN is giving the people what they want, which is another go-round with the mostly-maligned but nascent crew that just wrapped up their first NFL season together:

Two thoughts, after the jump:

  1. This is not the main broadcast obviously, and the Sports Business Daily blurb says it’s going to be “an X’s and O’s-style telecast from the game site in Santa Clara.” I’m somewhat intrigued to see how this crew does in a different setting while covering the college game. Theoretically, it should play to Witten and McFarland’s strengths as former players, but the addition of McShay seems necessary when you consider the fact that ESPN is using an NFL crew to cover an NCAA game. It’s like Charles Barkley doing March Madness. Obviously he knows basketball, but his expertise is the pro game, not the college game.
  2. Getting rid of the Coaches Film Room is a huge mistake. Not sure if you watched it previously, but I personally thought it was the best part of ESPN’s multi-layered playoff coverage over the last couple of seasons. They would put 5-6 current and former coaches in a room and just let them talk over the broadcast, rewind and fast forward on the spot, and basically just narrate what they were seeing on the field. It was brilliant, the type of access everyone should appreciate and enjoy.

Maybe the Monday Night Football crew does a good job with this, but it seems to me as though ESPN executives are trying to shove a square peg in a round hole. Maybe they’re just trying to get them as much experience and exposure as possible in an effort to make this thing work.

Watch a few minutes of this if you can:

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6 Comments

  • Esports are the future January 3, 2019 at 11:01 am

    This Broadcast team is a lot like Super Mario 2…

    Forgettable.. embarrassing… zero replayability… a failed project.

  • Not so fast my friend January 3, 2019 at 11:38 am

    This info was out about a week or so ago….

  • Alpha January 3, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Jason Witten is like the biggest empty suit in a booth I’ve seen in awhile and that’s saying something. I hate to say it, but ESPN would be better off going the Kornheiser/Dennis Miller route. Just let them vamp.

    • An Inquiring Mind January 3, 2019 at 12:51 pm

      Having saw CBS smoothly transition Romo from the field and into the booth as a successful color guy, ESPN thought they could do the same with another Cowboy legend. Instead, it has been nothing but choppiness with Witten as he struggles to find his footing. However, this is not the disaster it was with the addition of Miller. Face it, much of the audience watching MNF probably reads at an 8th grade reading level and when you have an analyst in Miller dropping references involving Greek history or James Joyce literature, the material certainly fell on many deaf ears. I am willing to bet that whoever decided adding Miller to the MNF team probably never saw industry work again.

      • Dan Griffoni January 3, 2019 at 2:04 pm

        Done having saw NBC smoothly transition that there Romo from the field and into the booth as a successful colored guy, ESPN done thought they finna do the same with another Cowboy legend. Instead, ian been nothing but happiness with Witten as he done struggles to find his keys. However, this is the disaster it was with the addition of that there Miller. Face it, much of the audience watching MNF probably reads at a Harvard grad reading level and when you have an anal dropping references involving Geek history or Lame Joyce literature, the material certainly poo’d it’s pants. I am willing to bet that whoever decided adding Miller to the lite probably saw industry work again.

  • Coach Holgorsen January 3, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    You know they still did the Coaches’ Film Room for the semifinal games this year, right?

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