Jason Witten admits to “flubs” in first year as a broadcaster

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Jason Witten’s first year off the playing field and in the broadcast booth hasn’t always gone smoothly. Witten acknowledges that.

Witten has been mocked for, among other things, saying Aaron Rodgers “pulls another rabbit out of his head” and suggesting that the NFL had become “left wing” with its increased emphasis on player safety, and he said on an ESPN media conference call that he understands the criticism.

“Yeah, there’s been some flubs,” Witten said. “I mean I made mistakes. You try to own it, you embrace it. Hell, I’m not perfect, I’ve certainly had my fair share of mistakes on live television and more than anything else you try to embrace it, you laugh at it, you smile at it, I had the remark on Twitter that you don’t try to deny it. You know, I got a few texts from my wife and it’s good to see her laughing at it when I get home the next day and talking about it. So it’s a transition, I try not to take it too serious, I really try to embrace it, and focus on improving. I understood when I took this job that it was going to be hard, it was going to be a transition.”

One of the reasons Witten takes criticism is that he suffers in comparison with his old teammate Tony Romo, who went directly from the Cowboys to the CBS booth with rave reviews. Witten’s transition hasn’t been as smooth.

“Certainly with Tony and the success that he had, I really try not to live in that world and fully embrace it and continue to get better and evaluate it, but I think with the flubs I certainly do not deny it, I don’t try to hide it and as you said, that’s really all you can do in those moments is self-deprecate and move forward. So over time I hope to improve and get better at it, but yeah, that’s kind of my approach with it,” Witten said.

Publicly, ESPN has been supportive of Witten. Privately, they probably thought they were getting something closer to Romo.

130 responses to “Jason Witten admits to “flubs” in first year as a broadcaster

  1. I’m not as negative on him as most. He’s got a chance as a color commentator. BUT, how does a guy get MNF in his first year of broadcasting!? ESPN has really struggled maintaining the MNF franchise.

  2. Every time the cameras go in the booth and shows Jason Witten trying to illustrate a point, he puts his big ole mitts out like he is gonna maul the other guy like a bear. He seems so intense….like Bruce Banner. It looks super awkward.

  3. The networks are so obsessed with the commentator wars and ESPN thought “Hey Romo is great! Let’s go get Witten! Yay ratings!”

    The fans just kind of shrugged and worried about whether or not they’d get to watch quality games.

  4. Dragynj – it tells you how low the ESPN talent has sunk as they dwindle away in general.

    Personally I think he is a lot better than many of their analysts. Romo’s ability is the exception not the rule when players go to the broadcast booth.

  5. He seems like a good guy, but the flubs are the only thing about him that distinguish him. He offers no real insights into what’s happening on the field (a real strong point for Romo, whatever else you may think of him), and he’s not well served by the rest of the MNF team. Whenever I watch MNF I wonder how it can possibly be that three such nobodies and know-nothings got such a major gig.

  6. The guy just can’t complete a sentence without stammering into nonsense. Great hire. Every thought is some grand proclamation and it seems like none of the three are talking to each other but trying to one up one another with miraculous insight that makes no sense.

  7. He’s been pretty brutal. They might have done better giving him some seasoning with mid-market college games for a year or so rather than throwing him into primetime right away.

  8. I haven’t watched every MNF game this season, but Witten really hasn’t bothered me. He’s mostly useless, but I don’t feel like he’s gotten in the way. Even Booger seems to have pulled it back a bit from the earlier games.
    If I watch a game and have no idea who the announcers are, that’s a good thing.

  9. Jason Witten was a tremendous player and is a great person. ESPN jumped the gun and took a chance on a guy who has 0 broadcasting experience but has the name recognition. I wish Witten well and it is a good sign he can laugh at his own mistakes.

  10. This gut is the worst color man I’ve ever seen, He’s almost as bad as the show “Good Morning Football” which they think they’re funny but are not.

  11. Flubs aside, he is awful in the booth. Seriously. I love Witt, am a lifelong Texas born Cowboy fan, but he is downright terrible. It will take him 3-4 years to develop properly and we will all have to suffer while he does. I think because Romo got it right out of the gate they figure, well, Witten can as well! Well, he aint gettin it. ESPN is ruining what was one of the great nights in sports. Everyone knows Sunday night is the new Monday night now.

  12. I would love to see Kevin Harlan get a chance to broadcast MNF. I believe he is one of the most underrated guys in the business. From watching some of the few NFL network broadcasts I feel Kurt Warner would be an excellent color guy to go along side Harlan.

  13. “Publicly, ESPN has been supportive of Witten. Privately, they probably thought they were getting something closer to Romo.”
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    Ridiculous. No one, absolutely no one, expects 1st year analysts to be walk-off home runs like Romo was. They even talked about that when he was hired and how they would slowly work him in.

    You would think fellow media colleagues would understand the business and not have knee-jerk responses like millenials that want instant results.

  14. The key to a good color guy is him sounding natural and not trying too hard. Witten tends to sound corny, and Booger just injects himself randomly. It’s distracting from a viewers perspective, as is the 3 man broadcast in general.

    All I personally want is someone to tell me something about the game that I don’t know, or didn’t see, and I want them to be critical as much as praiseful, when it’s justified. Guys like Witten are too positive and afraid to be critical, so they lay it on thick with hacky one-liners and clichés.

    Chris Collinsworth, immediately after a play and prior to replay, will tell me exactly what a blocking scheme did to make the play a success, and then the replay plays out exactly as he saw it live. That stuff is gold, and its what makes a great color guy in my opinion.

  15. @mikdaddy204 – Kevin Harlan already does the MNF broadcasts on the radio and he actually does it with Kurt Warner in addition to calling games on CBS with Rich Gannon and the NBA on TNT with Reggie Miller.

  16. When a team is awful, you clean house–fire the GM and the coach. So it should be with the MNF crew. All three are just awful. Sweep ’em out and start from scratch.

  17. MNF used to be the best of the best — games and announcers. It was a tradition. With the Thursday and Sunday night games, everything has gotten watered down including the announcers. The NFL believes more is better but I do not agree.

  18. mikdaddy204 says:

    November 15, 2018 at 9:16 am

    I would love to see Kevin Harlan get a chance to broadcast MNF. I believe he is one of the most underrated guys in the business. From watching some of the few NFL network broadcasts I feel Kurt Warner would be an excellent color guy to go along side Harlan.

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    I could not agree with you more. Kevin Harlan is probably the most underrated and overlooked guy in the business. It’s a pleasure to listen to him do a game. The MNF format is a joke. Tessitore is okay, but Witten and Booger McFarland have got to go. Just call it an experiment that didn’t work, like the million others they have tried.

  19. Jason Witten is just strange, he looks as though someone is telling him what to say.
    Tony Romo is very good, he’s a natural.

  20. A couple of things: Is there a broadcaster that hasn’t made a flub? At least he’s got the humility to admit it, though I agree with other posters here who suggest that his first broadcasting gig being MNF is a stretch. If EPSN wants MNF to regain some stature, they’re going to need broadcasters who are actually good at what they do. It’s a long drop from Al Michaels to the current team.

    Yeah Witten isn’t good, but he is no where near the worst I’ve ever seen. I remember the days of George Allen and Jim Brown being in the booth on Sunday afternoons; while they were great at their careers as a coach and player, they were two of the worst broadcasters I’ve ever heard. And then there was Alex Hawkins, who was canned for commenting on a player who was trying to play with two broken hands, with the comment “when you have two broken hands with casts on them, and you have to go to the men’s room, that’s when you find out who your friends really are.”

    So yeah, the MNF booth leaves a lot to be desired, but it’s not the first time the NFL has had less than stellar broadcasting.

  21. Is he really the best guy they could find to talk into a microphone?

    And if they needed to “slowly work him in”, why would they do so in such a high profile first gig?

    The whole broadcast is amateur hour, with Booger McFarland spewing utter nonsense, and Tessitore screaming at me when I’m trying to watch a game.

  22. Can we talk about Booger and his sideline mobile? Oh my, he is annoying and repeats himself over and over again. He doesn’t offer any insight to the game.

  23. Witten got the job after Brett Favre bombed his audition . It’s hard to imagine how bad Favre must have been to make Witten the better choice .

  24. Not sure who is worst, him or Tessatore. After listening to Tessatore’s over the top fanboy fawning about Brees when he broke the passing record a couple weeks ago I’ll go with him.

  25. Booger is the only person/thing on that show worth a damn. The Dennis Miller era was better than this. The Rush Limbaugh Experiment was better than this.

    And these pre-produced packages they run in-between plays are infuriating. @ESPN/FOX/CBS/NBC… STOP TRYING TO SHAPE THE NARRATIVE OF THE GAME. Show the game. Break down what’s actually happening without starting every sentence with something like, “Well/Man is _______ good.”

    And if you can’t find the people who can digest and explain this information on the fly, if you can’t find someone who can string two coherent thoughts together, at least make the color-commentators you do have talk less. The less they speak, the fewer stupid things make it over the airwaves.

  26. The whole crew is terrible. Booger is the worst of the bunch. All that guy does is repeat whats been said over and over again while he rides around in that ridiculous contraption.

  27. Like: Highly technical inside x&o explanations.
    Dislike: Speaks in partial machine gun sentences, gets worked up like an in shape Chris Farley, needs to calm down and breathe. As commenter above pointed out, when they go to the booth interview, Witt looks like a WWE westler getting worked up, lurching forward like he’s about to attack the camera.

    While the team this year is a major upgrade over last year, MNF is and has been poorly managed for years. Like his teams and players, Gruden get’s old quick. Sean McDonough is just awful, with a negative, nasal, whiney tone. They ruined games I was enjoying. There is way too much negativity allowed from the play by play guys year in and year out including just this last week to end the 3rd quarter. Joe T’s comment made me question why I was even watching as her pointed out both teams had the worst records in the league as they went to commercial. Why? The problems have to be traced to the Executive Producer. I am a Cowboy fan and Witten is one of our all time greats on and off the field, but I have to admit he was not a great choice. He should be on a 3rd or 4th broadcast team, not a first team. When Kurt Warner was crying about not getting selected back in the summer I thought it was just sour grapes. It appears now Warner was right and would have been a much better choice, smoother and easier to listen to.

  28. I’m willing to give Witten the benefit of the doubt. Put a guy in with no broadcast experience at all, and tell him to carry a national show?

    So he’s going through some growing pains. He’s improving, and the disservice ESPN has done him is not assigning him a producer to review his performance and teach him, week to week.

    Romo is that rare natural talent, and Witten’s going to look weak by comparison. He’ll improve, and he comes across as honest enough to learn how to do his job better.

  29. At least he isn’t as bad as Solomon Wolcotts for CBS…that guy struggles to get the team names right even late in the season. I watch most of the games he does with the volume off

  30. “It’s hard to imagine how bad Favre must have been to make Witten the better choice .”

    It really isn’t that hard if you’ve ever heard Brett Favre talk.

  31. Give it time before you run the guy out. Witten isn’t as bad as Ronde Barber’s first year in the booth. Barber now is one of the better broadcasters at Fox.

  32. Some flubs is an understatement. There’s only ONE reason why ESPN gave him the gig with no prior broadcasting experience. He’s a Cowboy – and Romo did so well. This MNF crew is neither entertaining or any good. Worst ever, and that’s saying something.

  33. He’s the best of the bunch on that crew. Booger is just way too annoying and Tessatore’s canned and disingenuous enthusiasm is way over the top. It’s just not natural.

  34. No qualms with Witten the person but he is not cut out to be in the booth at this point in time. He forgets players names, can’t complete a sentence without stumbling over his words and repeatedly said “slide into second base” more than once Monday night. He tried to correct himself and said it again. MNF needs a complete overhaul. Obviously they need to get rid of Booger and his crane and that dreadful mess they call the halftime show, with those horrible halftime performances and embarrassing old spice ads. NOBODY watches MNF to see a taped performance from Lil Yachty.

  35. At first I had my doubts about Witten. But he’s actually ok.

    It’s Joe Toscani and the booger who obstructs the fans view that need to go.

    Dick Stockton should be doing the call on MNF. LEGENDARY VOICE.

  36. One of the reasons Witten takes criticism is that he suffers in comparison with his old teammate Tony Romo, who went directly from the Cowboys to the CBS booth with “rave reviews.”

    I have a difficult time agreeing with such rave reviews. Witten has made mistakes, but seems relatable and has improved as the season has gone on. I have more of an issue with the three of them fighting for air time and the “Boogermobile”

  37. Have not listened to him, but anyone attempt to speak for 3-4 hours without making a mistake, good luck. And no “ums, likes” etc. allowed 🙂

  38. mikdaddy204 says:
    November 15, 2018 at 9:16 am

    I would love to see Kevin Harlan get a chance to broadcast MNF. I believe he is one of the most underrated guys in the business. From watching some of the few NFL network broadcasts I feel Kurt Warner would be an excellent color guy to go along side Harlan.

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    Agreed. I also like Mike Mayock and Charles Davis as analysts.

  39. When will these guys like Witten and Collingsworth realize that they’re NOT on radio! Stop blabbing constantly. People have eyes

  40. ill42 says:
    November 15, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Bring back Dennis Miller

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    This is exactly what Witten needs. An entertainer go between up in the booth who will open him up with questions. Witten’s too nervous in there by himself with only a play-by-play guy. McFarland’s doing his own analysis and is too green as well to create any real rapport between himself and Witten. There needs to be a bridge.

  41. Tony Romo is a natural, with unbelievable football knowledge! That is one reason Jason Garrett really wanted him gone, as he was very jealous, imo! Tony had to change all the putrid offensive plays in the huddle 😉 Tony has a natural sense of humor that appears at times. I will never forget him breaking down and describing the play to Nantz, when the cat ran across the field. lol Give Witt some time, and he will improve, as he is not quite as laid back as Romo. If you can laugh at yourself, you will continue to work on your craft!

  42. I hate the broadcast crew so much that I mute the TV and turn the radio on with Kevin Harlan. I don’t even care about the delay! MNF is absolutely awful. It hurts my brain havinf to listen to the three of them!

  43. NFL ratings are down because the reporters have zero personality. They are all at low reporting level. I miss Madden.

  44. The problem is Booger. Dude dominates the telecast and says nothing useful. Even my girlfriend who rarely watches football asked if ESPN was joking with these announcers.

  45. Jeffrey Julian says:
    November 15, 2018 at 9:07 am
    Every time the cameras go in the booth and shows Jason Witten trying to illustrate a point, he puts his big ole mitts out like he is gonna maul the other guy like a bear. He seems so intense….like Bruce Banner. It looks super awkward.

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    well he’s spent the last 15 years playing professional contact sports. it’s probably very difficult to turn that intensity off

  46. The biggest hurdle Witt has to overcome is Romo’s success. Romo is a natural in the booth. But, this is an extreme outlier, not the norm. My beef not just with Witten, but with the Monday night crew in general, is their inability to use silence as a tool. This isn’t a job where you need to constantly be talking. Use the silence to let a play roll out. There is no need to talk about, for example, how great Tom Brady just to fill a few seconds of silence during a Giants vs 49ers game. If you want an example on how to best announce a pro sports game, watch an EPL match. Even is soccer isn’t your thing. They do a great job of narrating the contest and adding RELEVANT commentary. Example, they do not fawn over the likes of Cristiano or Leo Messi when neither player is involved in the game the way that these guys fawn over Brady, Rodgers, etc.

  47. also, I am getting quite tired at watching grown men obsess over the money earned by other grown men. don’t these guys have fathers and didn’t their fathers teach them any dignity when it comes to money? it’s embarrassing. I don’t need to hear about LeVeon Bell’s contract dispute, especially when I’m not watching a Steelers game.

  48. Listening to Booger on Monday night talk about how Eli Manning has nowhere near the credentials to be in the Hall of Fame…he stated that Manning had only led the Giants to the playoff in the 2 years they won the SB, and that his won loss record overall was not Hall of Fame worthy. Now, if Booger did 30 seconds of research on this new thing called the internet…he would have found out that The Giants made the playoff 6 times with Manning. He is only 3 games over .500 for his career. Joe Namath is a Hall of Famer, he has a losing record as a starter and 1 SB title. Booger, you get paid to talk football on Monday nights. Do some research. BTW…not a Giants fan. Just stating the facts.

  49. Joe Tessitore= Pretty good, major upgrade over monotone McDonough
    Booger McFarland= Annoying
    Jason Witten= Just plain terrible!

    Can’t believe I’m even saying this…but I’d rather listen to Joe Buck and Troy Aikman!

  50. They’re bad… Witten seems too forced, relax man. Can the other 2. As for Romo, he would be good if he would stop over doing the pre snap reads and trying to be Nostradamas on every play..tone it down Tony. To be honest..I miss Michaels but glad for sure Buck isn’t in the MNF booth.

  51. They still play games on Monday nights? Just kidding. But, I don’t think I have watched any MNF this year unless a team I follow is playing. Many years ago, it was an event and a special game. Now, with Sunday night, Monday night, Thursday night, early morning London games on Sundays, plus some late season Saturday games, it is just too much for me. I realize many want that much and more. But, the saturation has actually made me watch fewer NFL games than I used to watch.

  52. How is it that hes even in this opportunity given that he just got out of football?

    What are his credentials..? has he ever studied brodcasting at all?

    It just doesn’t make sense for ESPN to take a chance on him given, the dwindling popularity of MNF…

  53. Remember Fred Williamson MNF…one and done. The worst. I could quote saying something stupid but he never said anything at all!

  54. I would not be upset if they replaced the entire MNF team next year. Booger riding around in that ridiculous thing talking about how he poops his pants. Witten struggling to get through every sentence. Tessitore with calls like “dance, dance, dance”… UGH.

  55. I think the flubs are less important than whether Witten is compelling and entertaining. I’ve found him ok so far. I think he deserves a continued shot. I would rather listen to Witten than Fouts… that’s for sure. With Fouts I often listen to the local radio broadcast and try to sync it up with the muted TV.

  56. Flubs aren’t Witten’s problem; he simply has nothing to say. During the first few games, there were several awkward silent moments while Tessatore was likely nudging him to speak. It’s likely that ESPN only added Booger to the crew after realizing that Witten isn’t talkative enough. Unfortunately, Booger is overdoing his assignment.

  57. Well, he hasn’t been good but it’s a step up from Gruden. I learned more from Tony Romo watching him do one game than I did watching “coach” Gruden for those years. This is all on ESPN for putting a just retired player in the booth that fast.

  58. twinfan24 says:
    November 15, 2018 at 11:25 am
    They still play games on Monday nights? Just kidding. But, I don’t think I have watched any MNF this year unless a team I follow is playing. Many years ago, it was an event and a special game. Now, with Sunday night, Monday night, Thursday night, early morning London games on Sundays, plus some late season Saturday games, it is just too much for me. I realize many want that much and more. But, the saturation has actually made me watch fewer NFL games than I used to watch.
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    Wait, so you watch Thursday night and early morning London games instead of MNF? Not sure of the thought process that results in fewer viewings despite more options.

  59. Jason is ALREADY better than Phil Sims and Troy Barkman at any time in their careers. I think Phil is still gazing at the mirror admiring himself and Troy proves you can play football and know nothing about the sport afterwards.

  60. So What!! We have all made mistakes in our first job in a new career. Big deal. If he is doing this a couple of years from now, then there is a problem. The real shame is that he did not have a chance to hone his skills with lesser games before being cast in the limelight. However, it is ESPN so sound thinking is not something you can expect.

  61. I actually enjoy Whitten and McFarland, but the play by play guy is annoying as crap. He reminds me of the program director in the Howard Stern movie saying wNbc.

  62. andreboy1 says:

    November 15, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Can we please trade Witten for Romo?

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    Romo has become just as annoying as Witten, but in a different way. He thinks he knows every single play before it happens. He takes the surprise out of it for the viewer. He acts like he IS the coach or the QB. “They should use a timeout here…call timeout ,call timeout, call timeout!”… It’s like watching the game with your annoying brother in-law who never shuts up. No thanks. Same for Witten, and his tied-up tongue. Great players don’t always translate into great color analysts. It’s just a fact.

  63. Romo is an annoying know-it-all. And those guttural noises he makes annoy me to no end.

    If he knows so much, how did he REPEATEDLY choke at the biggest moments with Dallas’ season on the line year after year after year? LOL

  64. The institution of Monday Night Football has taken a mighty plunge from it’s fabulous past. Instead of looking forward to it all week, I now cringe at the thought of three of the worst hours of audio television of my life. And I’m old as dirt.

  65. All CBS had to do was watch Jason Witten’s Albertson’s commmercials and compare them to those Tony Romo did….no comparison…Jason seems a bit unconfortable in finding his words. Certainly rooting for Jason Witten in the booth, but don’t think this was his calling.

  66. I don’t pay too much attention to the people in the booth unless they’re really bad or really good. Tony Romo is really good. Sometimes when a guy is good, the director tells them to talk more, and then it becomes too much. It’s obvious that if you played for the Dallas Cowboys, you can get a job in the TV business. Jason Witten was a stud TE. I’m sure he’ll put in the work that’s required to succeed on TV. He’s also a good guy, so others will be more than happy to help him along.

  67. I think Jason Witten is good on MNF. For me, I think an a few flubs is entertaining. I remember the game he did against the Chiefs and Broncos. He said, “He’s got Kelce wide open!!!” They did the replay and he was triple covered. I thought it was funny, not in a making fun of witten way, but I found it funny and can’t describe it well. There was probably someone open, but got the numbers mixed up. Any way, I think ESPN should keep the crew together and I will be watching and listening for more “flubs.” I still laugh when I see football highlights and think “He’s got Kelce wide open!!!” But he wasn’t.

  68. I have to turn down the volume when Witten is on. He never shuts up! I recorded the game last week and the longest break in sound was 3 seconds. It’s yak, yak, yak, yak!

  69. ESPN needs to groom professional broadcasters. I’m sick and tired of the poor quality product. Essentially for those amongst us who are not 1%ers I would imagine ESPN requires you to have a broadcast journalism degree to be an on-air personality. The same is not true for the wealthiest 1% of the population, which includes former pro football players. Because I guess having money makes you smarter than the average person. Yeah, that’s it. The more money you have, the less education you need to be a broadcast journalist for ESPN. Makes for a *great* product. Clowns.

  70. Putting Witten in the MNF booth as his first-ever gig was probably a mistake. But the decision has been made, so the best thing for them to do now would be to let him grow as a color analyst. It usually takes time.

    Romo was an outlier. It’s amazing to me how fast he adapted. Almost every other player-turned-analyst needed a couple of years before they sounded completely comfortable and found their voice.

    Witten will find his eventually.

  71. ESPN has taken an American Institution (if you love football) and basically burned it to the ground. There hasn’t been a good combination of people in the booth since Frank, Don, and Howard.

  72. dragynj says:
    November 15, 2018 at 9:01 am
    I’m not as negative on him as most. He’s got a chance as a color commentator. BUT, how does a guy get MNF in his first year of broadcasting!? ESPN has really struggled maintaining the MNF franchise.

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    They made the choice based not on any skill level but instead on his popularity rating. Since up to then he had only been known as a player, and as a player had always shown both greatness and class, he was well liked by the majority of all fan bases. (One might hate the cowboys, but it was hard to hate Whitten) so his popularity rating was massive at the time they selected him. Its actually sad that his popularity and reputation now take such a beating because he is less good in a completely different element. And also bad judgement by those that thought that one element was no different from the other

  73. Witten is a little awkward, even when he is just standing there. For those talking about how he doesn’t compare to Romo. Romo is probably the most annoying broadcaster I ever heard. He is like a 6 year boy at Toys R Us and he has absolutely no polish to what he is saying. He called a few plays during his first broadcast and all the sheep just assume he is a great broadcaster because one person was impressed with his knowledge (I am sure a lot of ex QBs can figure out what plays the teams are running). If you think Romo is good, you aren’t actually listening to him and you’re a sheep.

  74. I guess I’m in the minority here, but I like Witten and Joe Tessitore. They are low-key good announcers, not “in your face” and loud mouthed like most ESPN personalities. Or worse, the guys on Fox pregame who act like 60 year old frat boys.

  75. The best part of whiten is he looks and sounds like Collinsworth or Aikman compared to booger – I now turn off the sound and listen to the radio feed on Sirius

  76. Just a few the Wit an BO show as gotten old quickly. Romo in his monotone coverage and Wit in his know all coverage both could be replaced and not forgotten. Wit need to watch his own broadcast, he knows what every coach. GM, player ref, and even a player holding out should do and what they all do wrong. Jerry is missing the boat bring Wit in to coach and get him out of the booth.

  77. Fanboys are the ultimate sports commentary critics. They hate everybody because they know so much about it. LOL.

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    Am I lying? Read the board and then go back to your Madden games and looking for gainful employment. Mommy”s cookies will be ready in 15 minutes. If you hate the annoncers so much, just dont watch. Nah, didnt think so.

  78. “Oh, you were a Dallas Cowboy? No need to audition…the job is yours, even though you have ZERO experience and you stink at it. Troy, Tony, Jason…welcome aboard!”

  79. Listening to these 3 make me think they are being paid by the word not by the game or season. Booger is the worst followed closely by Witten. It’s like none of them can just shut up for a few seconds.

  80. Coffeehog says:

    November 15, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    dragynj says:
    November 15, 2018 at 9:01 am
    I’m not as negative on him as most. He’s got a chance as a color commentator. BUT, how does a guy get MNF in his first year of broadcasting!? ESPN has really struggled maintaining the MNF franchise

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    I’ll give it one more shot and see if my comment can stay because it is relevant and it’s the truth: Witten played for the Cowboys…”America’s Team”. No experience necessary.

  81. It’s not the flubs. It’s just his personality and the way he talks. It’s very awkward and forced. The opposite of Tony Romo.

    Tony Romo’s the cool guy at the party that just talks to everyone easily with zero awkward. He is the dude that picks up the guitar that happens to be there and boom…girls sitting around him. Even the other guys around end up liking him after talking to him about guy stuff.

    Witten is more the intense guy that’s slamming beers and yelling go go go at the girl that he recruited to do it with him. Think frat guy…more jock than intellect.

    It just isn’t his thing…

  82. “flubs?” the biggest “flub” was whoever put this moron on TV in the first place. Remove him ASAP.

  83. Good for Witten realizing he is not good at this. His biggest problem is he talks too much and talks too often. He needs to just shut up, but the clowns who hire these former jocks don’t train them to do that. They just hire them and turn them loose.
    Tony Romo is just like that, too. Both of them should NEVER, EVER mention “when I played” again and just shut up for a while. We’re all watching the game and most of us know everything they are babbling about anyway. So — please!! Just shut up!!
    Plus — both of these guys are obviously Cowboys homers!! They should be banned from doing Cowboys games at all costs!!!

  84. Witten hasn’t been good. But I can tolerate him. Booger McFarland is just absolutely terrible. If he’s on the team next year I’m sure I won’t be watching. I can’t stand listening to him.

  85. Compared to Troy Aikman, Whitten is Don Meredith and Tony Romo rolled into one! Airman is the worlds worst. All he does is drone on and on while staring the obvious! No insight whatsoever!

  86. Football Makes Me Tingle says:
    November 15, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    I guess I’m in the minority here, but I like Witten and Joe Tessitore. They are low-key good announcers, not “in your face” and loud mouthed like most ESPN personalities.
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    Yes, you are in the minority here. Tessitore screams nearly everything he says for an entire telecast. Nothing he does could ever remotely be described as “low-key”.

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