Theismann confirms he won’t be back on Thursday Night Football

AP

Confirming once again the perception that he talks a bit too much, Joe Theismann posted earlier today on his Twitter page a message confirming that he won’t be returning to NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football in 2011.

“Guess y’all figured out won’t b doing Thursday night Football,” Theismann wrote.  “But it was alot of fun last yr.  Will still b doing playbook, now let’s play.”

Theismann has since deleted the message.  (Theismann has yet to delete a subsequent message, in which he re-tweeted an expression of condolences from a follower:  “Terrible News Joe, still think you Mike Patrick and Paul McGuire were the best booth going!!”  With Theismann’s tweet deleted, the re-tweet makes no sense.)

The disclosure came before any announcement from NFL Network that a change will be made.  Presumably, someone from NFL Network let Joe know that no one is supposed to know that he won’t be back.

Mike Mayock reportedly will be replacing Theismann and Matt Millen, who doubled up as game analysts in 2011.  Play-by-play man Bob Papa reportedly was required to re-audition for the job.  Gus Johnson reportedly auditioned for the position, too.

As a PFT reader recently pointed out, it remains to be seen whether Theismann sends Mayock into the gig by inviting him to “break a leg.”