Ron Jaworski has been removed from the Monday Night Football booth to give Jon Gruden more room to spread his wings, but one of Jaworski’s consolation prizes is that ESPN is giving him his own copycat version of the best thing Gruden does.
ESPN has already announced that Gruden will bring back his Quarterback Camp feature for the third straight year, sitting down with quarterback prospects to pick their brains in an Xs-and-Os session before the NFL draft. Now Jaworski tells DelawareOnline.com that he’s going to start doing the same thing with current NFL quarterbacks.
“I will sit with Michael Vick, Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and put the tape on and just talk to those guys; that is one of the elements I am really excited about,” he said. “People will get a better understanding what it takes to play quarterback.”
That sounds like good TV, but it still isn’t completely clear why Jaworski couldn’t have done both that and Monday Night Football. ESPN’s decision to push Jaws out of the Monday Night Football booth remains perplexing, but Jaworski, who called his departure “bittersweet,” says he has accepted it.
“I loved doing Monday Night Football. Jon, Mike and I, we had a blast,” Jaworski said. “We had a great crew. The memories are all great. We had five phenomenal years. It wasn’t anything about performance, they just made the business decision to go to a two-man booth and I was the odd man out.”