Report: Booger McFarland joins MNF as “field analyst”

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When ESPN first leaked to ESPN the news that Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was planning to retire and join ESPN, the specific language in the report — that Witten would be “a lead analyst” on Monday Night Football — suggested that the team could consist of more than Witten and play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore. And indeed it will.

Richard Deitsch of TheAthletic.com reports that ESPN will add Booger McFarland as a “field analyst” on the broadcast.

ESPN used Louis Riddick as a field analyst during the Pro Bowl, and as it turns out the move was a test run for the new position. But it was McFarland who secured the job after an audition process that included Riddick.

Others who were considered for analyst positions on Monday Night Football included Matt Hasselbeck (who served as booth analyst during the Pro Bowl) and Kurt Warner.

FOX previously used Tony Siragusa in a field analyst-type role, but Monday Night Football has never incorporated an analyst who isn’t in the booth. Lisa Salters will continue to serve as a sideline reporter.

While the approach will be different, the question remains whether it will be special. Many who grew up in the ’70s have fond memories of Frank Gifford, Don Meredith, and Howard Cosell. On the surface, the Tessitore-Witten-McFarland trio doesn’t suggest a significant sizzle factor. In time, we’ll see if they attract viewers who are planning to watch the game (or not) based not on who is calling the game but on who is playing in it.

63 responses to “Report: Booger McFarland joins MNF as “field analyst”

  1. A booger is pretty much what some of the games have been on MNF, so it’s perfect. lol

  2. “Booger” is a fun name to say. Now, Tessitore & Witten should be nicknamed Scooter & Beans.
    MNF with Scooter, Beans, & Booger!

  3. Feels like ESPN is grasping at straws, now. What was once an institution is now a joke.

  4. ESPN can’t get anything right. Just put Sergio Dipp back on the air already. Give the people what the people want. The people want Sergio Dipp.

  5. Let’s go down to the field and see who Booger picks as the player of the game…

  6. Anyone who watched Booger regularly appear on the old Mike and Mike show knows that he is actually very knowledgable about the NFL and he’s extremely likable – doesn’t take himself too seriously. He was a decent player for Tampa Bay under Coach Gruden but now he gets the chance to objectively critique Raiders Coach Gruden. I expect Booger will surprise many viewers and he’ll be a hit.

  7. A rookie announcer in the booth, a college football guy on the field.

    They know the goal is to get people to watch…right?

  8. Anyone else finds it funny Riddick once interviewed to be an NFL GM, didn’t get the job. And now got beat by a guy named Booger for a “field analyst” position at ESPN. Damn bro, stop sucking.

  9. I’ve heard him on Sirius radio and he’s been better than a lot of other former players who get these gigs. His nickname came from his grandma, if I remember right.

  10. can’t stand ESPN… but honestly how bad can it be? ESPN has been jamming the pathetic ‘talents’ of Tirico, Theismann, Kornheiser and Jaworski down our throats over the years… and more recently their man-crush Gruden. I’ll welcome some new blood, and maybe, just maybe… I’ll watch more than one MNF game a year now.

    I’ll give it a chance…

  11. billsfan says:
    May 6, 2018 at 9:35 pm
    How did they pick booger?
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    Turns out he was right under their nose the whole time!

  12. You’re dating yourself here Florio. Most people reading this have fond memories of Michaels, Gifford, and Dierdorf. Now THAT was a team.

    Not those old fogies who sounded like they were commentating the Lawrence Welk show.

  13. I heard ESPN decided to go after Booger while driving and waiting in traffic at a stop light.

  14. If any TV network is planning to attract viewers based on who is calling the game instead of who is playing the game then they have a problem!

  15. jxt2521 says:
    May 6, 2018 at 9:25 pm
    So only EX cowboys get to avoid the audition process.
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    Yes…who say’s they have to have an audition and how do you know he didn’t audition?

  16. When I have seen Booger on the various morning shows, he seems really good. Very insightful, and a pretty relaxed attitude. I think he will be good.

    But, then again, as long as Gruden is gone, nearly anything different (that does not include Joe Buck) has to be an improvement.

  17. McFarland has been an excellent and insightful radio analyst. Hope this works out for him.

    In other news, judging from the comments, I thin=k we can establish the average age of commenters.

  18. @fmc651 says:
    Put the games back on ABC. BSPN is unwatchable.
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    OK, put it back on ABC and guess who will be on the broadcast? ESPN analyst because, well if you didn’t know, ABC & ESPN are in the same family of networks.

  19. @getout1 says:

    jxt2521 says:
    May 6, 2018 at 9:25 pm
    So only EX cowboys get to avoid the audition process.
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    Yes…who say’s they have to have an audition and how do you know he didn’t audition?
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    Because they didn’t audition.

  20. @udub says:

    A rookie announcer in the booth, a college football guy on the field.

    They know the goal is to get people to watch…right?
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    You’re showing just how little you know. Assuming you read this, Booger does NFL Radio on Sirius XM, he’s a frequent guest on numerous ESPN shows discussing NFL Football. He’s very good at it. And here’s a little extra surprise in your cereal box…he even played in the NFL.

  21. My first reaction this story was to recall Tony Siragusa and how bad he was. I think ESPN should have him in the booth.

  22. Hmm so 2 HOF’s Warner & Favre are not good enough for MNF but a barely decipherable Booger M is? Nobody’s watching anyway unless their teams on but still.

  23. I have seen McFarland on various shows and he’s excellent! Very knowledgeable, witty, and funny. Great addition! So much better than what ESPN has had on MNF in recent years!

  24. Gruden sucked at MNF he just said every player was good. He did well on X’s and O’s but didn’t really say much about players.

  25. vikesfansteve says:
    May 7, 2018 at 10:51 am
    Hmm so 2 HOF’s Warner & Favre are not good enough for MNF but a barely decipherable Booger M is? Nobody’s watching anyway unless their teams on but still.

    ———-

    Have you ever heard him speak? He is actually a pretty mild-mannered guy who is quite articulate and easy to comprehend.

    Why all the hate for this guy?

  26. Booger jokes aside, he’s actually a pretty good analyst. I was skeptical based on his name and background alone (I incorrectly assumed he was a meathead), but when you listen to him he’s pretty astute and engaging.

  27. I think they’ll be good. I don’t know Tessitore, but Booger is good on ESPN, and it’ll be a surprise if Witten isn’t prepared.

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