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Jaworski calls departure from Monday Night Football “bittersweet”

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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 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.

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  1. smintheweeds says: Feb 15, 2012 7:05 PM

    I’m still leaving the sound off. Been doing it for years.

  2. romoscollarbone says: Feb 15, 2012 7:06 PM

    It’s cool, now we only have to listen to one announcer, tell your every QB is God’s gift to the world.

  3. yuckygeo says: Feb 15, 2012 7:08 PM

    No one watches MNF with the sound turned up, do they?

  4. waltdawg says: Feb 15, 2012 7:09 PM

    I liked his awkward comments and interruptions during Gruden’s real analysis and squinty faces.

  5. bagadeez04 says: Feb 15, 2012 7:12 PM

    Gruden is pretty freaking annoying as an announcer…or in any capacity really. During draft week when they sit him down with the hot QB prospect and he grills them on game tape and such it makes me want to puke.

    Always thought Jaws was pretty insightful actually…though most of the time this is one of the crews I will mute on my TV.

  6. sgtr0c says: Feb 15, 2012 7:12 PM

    Jaws was the best part of that team. SMH espn!

  7. vbe2 says: Feb 15, 2012 7:13 PM

    Disappointing, he was the only one worth listening to on MNF. Gruden is the main reason to not watch MNF at all.

  8. blacknole08 says: Feb 15, 2012 7:13 PM

    They should have fired Gruden instead (I know he just got a new contract but he’s terrible). Jaworski is like the king of film study, and his insight, pure passion for the game, and enthusiam when talking about even the most mundane things was infectious. He was by far the best analyst of the three.

    ESPN needs to seriously bring NFL Matchup back.

  9. vols84 says: Feb 15, 2012 7:14 PM

    Just when they have a half way decent crew, the mothership screws it up again. Jaws is the best analyst. Tirico puts me to sleep…good golf play by play but too boring. He could use more in the passion bucket!

  10. realitycheck21 says: Feb 15, 2012 7:18 PM

    I liked Jaws insights and the entertaining banter he and Gruden shared. Gruden has got a great sense of humor. Tirico is a bit dry but ok. I don’t see him sharing any banter with Gruden though. And that is going to change the dynamic dramatically and make the commentary less entertaining I think. MNF works with a three man team. I believe the network is going to regret the move.

  11. stercuilus65 says: Feb 15, 2012 7:24 PM

    “Gruden’s real analysis”

    When did Gruden ever give real analysis?

  12. bat42boy says: Feb 15, 2012 7:31 PM

    What does MNF need 3 people calling a game for? The days of Howard Cosell and company are over. They only need 2 voices and they picked the best. He should be thankful he has a job at all.

  13. georgebrett says: Feb 15, 2012 7:32 PM

    I don’t think most of you get it, Jaws wasn’t fired, he was given a new job that takes his type to do. He has more experience and for Gods sake he signed a new 5 year deal. Sounds like a firing most everyone would take.


  14. worldwidebleater says: Feb 15, 2012 7:33 PM

    THIS GUY….is out.

  15. kingjoe1 says: Feb 15, 2012 7:33 PM

    Gruden simply says any player having a great game is the best. He is just horrible. Once again ESPN chose the wrong guy to fall in line with. Jaws is much better color guy.

  16. waltdawg says: Feb 15, 2012 7:39 PM

    stercuilus65 says:
    Feb 15, 2012 7:24 PM
    “Gruden’s real analysis”

    When did Gruden ever give real analysis?

    Why doncha just shut it….?? Huh?

  17. reed20ravens says: Feb 15, 2012 7:41 PM

    next up: fire phil simms

  18. rollore says: Feb 15, 2012 7:47 PM

    ESPN’s staff is nothing more than a tool shed. The reason for moving Jaws out that lineup was probably because he cursed on live TV. I thought it was cable, anyway! Bunch of Fantasia-minded idiots!

  19. bearsstillsuck says: Feb 15, 2012 7:48 PM

    I’d pick anybody over cris collinsworth.

  20. brettboatright says: Feb 15, 2012 7:51 PM

    One down, two to go.

    All due respect to Tirico, but he’s not a mood-killer like ‘Grueling’ but zero personality.

    Also, that was Tony Dungy’s team Grueling won a SuperBowl with.

    (drop the mike, exit, stage left)

  21. maddogwhite says: Feb 15, 2012 7:56 PM

    They should’ve canned Tirico instead. Brad Nessler is a much better announcer, he already works for ESPN and does a great job on the NFL Network games.

  22. dad4dds says: Feb 15, 2012 7:56 PM

    good luck Jaws

  23. keepitsimplestoopid says: Feb 15, 2012 7:56 PM

    This stinks. Gruden’s knack for fellating everybody is so grating.

  24. philliesphan says: Feb 15, 2012 7:58 PM

    @Vols84, way to go against the grain with your comments. Occupy Monday Night Football booth.

  25. stephenrhymer says: Feb 15, 2012 8:02 PM

    Jaws is all blow…. as are his companions in the booth.

    the sad state of sports announcing is that there are very few competent, engaging personalities…. most of those on-air folks rely on their alleged reputation as a former jock, their massive jock stained egos or their gift for non-sequitors to keep them in the chair.

    can them all and replace them with Bob Costas and Beth Mowens.. at least these two know what they’re doing.

  26. hardmike57 says: Feb 15, 2012 8:03 PM

    Janwarski saying “s**t”on the air during the first game this season propably didn.t help his case any!!!!!!

  27. peopletrains says: Feb 15, 2012 8:03 PM

    Subtraction by subtraction… Tirico and Gruden should be calling Sun Belt games.

  28. thefiesty1 says: Feb 15, 2012 8:05 PM

    Should of dumped Gruden instead of Jaws.

  29. krashie21 says: Feb 15, 2012 8:05 PM

    Great! Now a double-dose of Gruden’s fawning over every player who makes a play.

    Which raises the question…….how is it possible for Jon Gruden to call EVERY PLAYER on every team “one of the best player at their position in the NFL today…”????

    Let’s exhume Howard and Dandy Don…..even they would be better at this point than anything that game/tv package has had since they left.

  30. grhopper says: Feb 15, 2012 8:11 PM

    I never liked Jaws, and Gruden’s days may be short lived too…make room for the retired Payton Manning!

  31. moochzilla says: Feb 15, 2012 8:14 PM

    Remember “Madden ’88” or whatever year it first hit?

    And how the commentary was limited to about 3 sayings that were repeated ad naseum…over and over and over? And how they were merely white noise, devoid of any real value or purpose?

    That’s Gruden in the booth.

    Cue 1,000 variations of…”I like this guy, this guy’s a FOOTBALL PLAYER”.

  32. halftermguv says: Feb 15, 2012 8:23 PM

    Typical of ESPN’s handling of MNF…get rid of the best guy and keep the mediocre talent of Tirico and the annoying Gruden.

    My dream is to have one of the (future draftee)college QB’s he insults and belittles in the pre-season stands up and punches the smart @ss runt in his squinty face.

    “So Cam what were you thinking when you threw that incompletion? I mean come on!”


  33. hardoguy says: Feb 15, 2012 8:25 PM

    I don’t get this move at all.

    Gruden and Jaws had good chemistry and both could take it and dish it out when the other one was vulnerable. Atleast it was entertaining, and having a former pro quarterback in the booth, (other then Theisman), is usually a good play.

    It’s played out, this whole bashing on the announcers thing.

  34. baldeaglejohnie says: Feb 15, 2012 8:33 PM

    Jaws will be missed on Monday night . he did a great job! thanks again for the autograph at the Soul game a few years back in Columbus. GL with your new gig.

  35. ontheteebox says: Feb 15, 2012 8:45 PM

    Whew! I was afraid they were going to add the “annoying Phil Simms”. Ugh!

  36. Dynasty says: Feb 15, 2012 8:47 PM

    ESPN made a bad move period. KEEP JAWS on MNF!

  37. trubroncfan07 says: Feb 15, 2012 8:48 PM

    Really nice guy but I really was not a big fan of his work. He needs to be working with B team for sure.

  38. jag8r904 says: Feb 15, 2012 9:12 PM

    Sh*t, you gotta get rid of the ball!

  39. abninf says: Feb 15, 2012 9:13 PM

    I miss Madden and Summerall.

  40. tommyboy38 says: Feb 15, 2012 9:27 PM

    and that’s how it happens in the NATIONAL……FOOTBALL………LEAGUE…..

    Peace out Jaws!

  41. leftyqb says: Feb 15, 2012 9:36 PM

    Gruden,Kolber, and Tirico …my head may explode listening to them for three plus hours.

  42. berniemadoffsides says: Feb 15, 2012 9:39 PM


  43. georgebrett says: Feb 15, 2012 9:39 PM

    Chris is great too., You guys want God to call your games for you.,

  44. georgebrett says: Feb 15, 2012 9:40 PM

    Lot of speculation and name calling for having no clue.

  45. riverhorsey says: Feb 15, 2012 10:02 PM

    Gruden is terrible.

  46. yevrag3535 says: Feb 15, 2012 10:06 PM

    Monday Night football stopped being good in 1999. It has been a laugh fest for years……

  47. coachliquoredup says: Feb 15, 2012 10:12 PM

    Does that mean we’ll get twice as many “This guy” tidbits from Chuckie.

  48. yyyass says: Feb 15, 2012 10:30 PM

    In a decade or so Aaron Rogers will own a lead analysts position if he wants to bother working at that point. The guy is money in front of a microphone. People just don’t appreciate how hard it is to be on point, speak clearly, work live with others in front of millions of people, and take direction off-camera all at the same time. He’s already good at it and he’s still playing ball.

  49. fordmandalay says: Feb 15, 2012 10:41 PM

    The MNF announcing just gets worse and worse. I thought the worst was over when they finally dumped Tony Cornholer, but now I’ve really got to find a radio station that broadcasts it – if that still happens. Sigh.

  50. polishkingski says: Feb 15, 2012 10:41 PM

    does anyone speak for those of us that have cancelled cable/sat because of the huge bill every month? i cannot believe that more people have not complained about mnf going to pay tv. i can afford it but will not pay for something that use to be an nfl institution on TV for FREE. screw espn.

  51. nofunleague says: Feb 15, 2012 10:55 PM

    Does it really matter? Football stopped being football when GODell took over so the announcers may as well be script readers. ESPN and football have never made it for me. Chris Berman’s act is so stale, He could go…shut up. And his stupid nicknames that he must stay up and night with his kids and think up are terrible. And what is up with his voice. Sounds like he has to clear it constantly. Oh and did I say it doesn’t really matter>?

  52. muhangis says: Feb 15, 2012 11:18 PM

    I like Gruden, he’s knowledgeable, speaks his mind, isn’t afraid what the network or pc minds think about it, isn’t shy to criticize the officials when they’re wrong, he’s gutsy, funny, and breaks x’s and o’s into a science. Every other damn analyst I heard is too afraid to speak something truthful. I felt Jaws was sometimes one of them, respected his study and knowledge of the game though. Tirico is very reasonable. But don’t understand the complaints on Jon Gruden. He’s a cool guy in my book.

  53. tatum064 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:26 PM

    bagadeez04 says:
    Feb 15, 2012 7:12 PM
    Gruden is pretty freaking annoying as an announcer…or in any capacity really. During draft week when they sit him down with the hot QB prospect and he grills them on game tape and such it makes me want to puke.

    There is no escaping Chucky.

    If he was so terrible, he’d be replaced, right?


    On the other hand, i’d prefer Gus Johnson, or Kevin Harlan to do MNF or the NFL Network. Have no problem with Gruden – Mayock is great on NFL Network, btw.

    Gruden IS and always has been telegenic. Those who dislike him, thats ok – you’re going to see him anyway whether you like it, or not.

    Once A Raider…ALWAYS A RAIDER
    Jon Gruden 1998-2001

  54. kibbee2545 says: Feb 15, 2012 11:32 PM

    Going to miss him

  55. reach4succeed says: Feb 15, 2012 11:51 PM

    Dream Team- Howard Cosell, Dennis Miller, Al Michaels.

  56. blackdonnelly says: Feb 16, 2012 12:02 AM

    Jaws belongs in the booth. Kinda annoying, but he knows his business.

    Gruden belongs on the sideline. Any sideline, or anywheres else, just not the booth.

    Tirico belongs on the back nine at Tallgrass. Decent announcer, but jeez a pulse, maybe?

  57. blackdonnelly says: Feb 16, 2012 12:07 AM

    And, if for some twisted reason you bring back Dennis Miller, please include a Thesaurus so some of us folks can get his references (LOL)

  58. titsburgfeelers says: Feb 16, 2012 12:13 AM


  59. vikingsinla says: Feb 16, 2012 12:25 AM

    Jaws had lapses where he could go on a weird tangent, or be a little too effusive, but Gruden has never seen a player he didn’t want to openly tongue-kiss.

    Regardless, neither is worthy of holding Al Michaels’s jock strap.

  60. TheWizard says: Feb 16, 2012 12:47 AM

    It’s played out, this whole bashing on the announcers thing

    A long time ago, for those of us that have been around for a while.

  61. raidersfreak says: Feb 16, 2012 1:40 AM

    I use to love madden and Summerall on fox and where ever else they were all those years. Most Favorite Duo right there. But…

    Gruden has to tone down the the NFL Bromances man. I know it is for family entertainment but I would prefer some grid Iron talk.

  62. cmack21 says: Feb 16, 2012 1:52 AM

    they had some HORRIBLE games this year & then they get rid of the only person who could shut up Gruden.

  63. bradenarnold says: Feb 16, 2012 3:04 AM

    Yes, that makes sense if you also watch soap operas and the cooking channel. Reading these comments are making me understand the move. Real sports fans no longer go to ESPN, which is why they are making this move. To cater to the “please make football flag-football” crowd. Please Illuminati, kill us all this December!

    MNFF (Monday Night Flag Football) can’t wait! Then you can have two morons talking about everything but sports and no one will care. I’m moving to Australia.

  64. bradenarnold says: Feb 16, 2012 3:06 AM

    A dwarf that has never played real sports and an ex-coach too cowardly to coach again. Turn the volume down and listen to Glee during the game, you will hear more sports talk and feel more manly now.

  65. jharmon64 says: Feb 16, 2012 3:39 AM

    WOW, Tirico is the one that should be gone.

  66. sudz28 says: Feb 16, 2012 6:12 AM

    BRING BACK DENNIS MILLER! Best MNF host in the history of the broadcast, bar none.

  67. amg503 says: Feb 16, 2012 6:54 AM

    “I tell ya, Mike, there’s a whole heckeva lot more room for me ta stretch my legs apar-, er, uh – out.”

  68. alewatcher says: Feb 16, 2012 7:14 AM

    I’ve heard of throwing the baby out with the bathwater, but ESPN just threw out the baby and kept the bathwater. Cannot stand Gruden. I don’t mind Tirico, and Jaws was probably the best of the three.

    Nice job, ESPN – you’ve succeeded in making MNF even more unwatchable than ever, or at least more unlistenable.

  69. baddorange says: Feb 16, 2012 7:50 AM

    Who cares. Every ESPN announcer talks too much. Like the others, I mute most of their games. NEVER watch their “experts,” either

  70. Always On Slightly Off says: Feb 16, 2012 7:54 AM

    ….And, down go the ratings. Monday Night RAW anyone?

  71. hodag54501 says: Feb 16, 2012 8:11 AM

    Methinks this had something to do, as well, with the fact Jon Gruden signed a new contract to stay with ESPN instead of going back to coaching. There’s only so much money to be spent on production(guys in the booth) and ESPN management is likely looking at the bottom line. The number of viewers is said to be dropping and that’s not a good sign, especially this time of the year when they are setting up this fall’s advertisers for the broadcast.

  72. loungefly74 says: Feb 16, 2012 8:22 AM

    with the carousel it has become…how about if they just fully embrace it. and with that, i mean, change up the team week to week, bring back some of the old guys every now and then…i’m even including dennis miller (i may have been the very few who actually liked his archiac trivial non-sequitur ramblings, hey i loved him on SNL)kornheiser, Fouts, etc…it would be neat and nostalgic.
    actually, the idea just came to me from reading the comments here…seems like everybody has their favorites.

  73. fcs34 says: Feb 16, 2012 8:28 AM

    Jaworski calls departure from Monday Night Football “bittersweet”

    He then took a sip of his chai tea before quietly launching into a heartfelt version of Edie Brickel and the New Bohemian’s “What I am ” on his acoustic guitar…

  74. dukemarc says: Feb 16, 2012 9:56 AM

    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.

    So basically, it’s going to be Tirico calling a play here and there then 5 to 7 minutes of Gruden blathering on about how he loves the way “that guy” plays the game.

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