The news came as a surprise on Wednesday. After five years on Monday Night Football, Ron Jaworski is out, and a two-man group of Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will call the games.
Jaworski told Richard Deitsch of SI.com that the move is “bittersweet,” given that he’ll be trading his time on MNF for more “expansive” duties with the network.
“I’m excited and thrilled with some of the projects I’ll be working on moving forward,” Jaworski told Deitsch. “I have an opportunity to do some things that can be creative, so in that regard I am excited about the future.”
The removal of Jaworski came suddenly; Jaws says he was told about it on Monday. And yet by Wednesday he had finalized a new five-year contract with all sorts of other new duties.
If it’s true that Jaworski first learned of his removal from MNF on Monday, it looks like the powers-that-be made Jaws a non-negotiable, take-it-or-leave-it offer on Monday, and within 48 hours the offer was signed, sealed, delivered, and announced.