Rich Gannon not returning to CBS

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Rich Gannon is not returning to CBS for a 17th season as an NFL game analyst, the network confirmed to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.

CBS chose not to renew Gannon’s contract, making him a free agent.

The network has not named a replacement, but Adam Archuleta and James Lofton are internal candidates for the job, per Marchand.

Before the 2020 season, CBS split Gannon from Kevin Harlan, his longtime play-by-play partner. Harlan and Trent Green got the third-best game most weeks, with Greg Gumbel and Gannon getting the third-most watched, per Marchand.

CBS does not have an official depth chart of its NFL broadcasting teams.

Besides Green, Archuleta and Lofton, CBS has Tony Romo, Charles Davis and Jay Feely among its crew of analysts.

Gannon, 55, won the NFL MVP award in 2002. He started 132 games at quarterback, last playing in 2004 for the Raiders.

16 responses to “Rich Gannon not returning to CBS

  1. James Lofton is excellent. Very knowledgable, sees inside plays, knows how much to talk. Please increase games called by James.

  2. Charles Davis should have been the one to go. The absolute worst “analyst” that there is.

    Turning the sound off is 100% a given if he is doing a game I am watching.

  3. Wish Rich well. I thought he was a solid announcer. I would encourage CBS to revaluate Charles Davis. He is the only announcer that I won’t listen to, he has very little to add to the game and is often plain out wrong.

  4. I liked Rich! He could go over to Fox and be better than 3/4 of the bozos they have analyzing games.

  5. Gannon is a pro at his job, I used to really like listening to him on Sirius NFL, very insightful and knowledgeable and knows personal and scheme inside out, wouldn’t be a bad hire for some teams even as a GM, like maybe even my team, sorry Jerry.

  6. Rich Gannon was one of the worst analysts working NFL games. He relied entirely on his personal knowledge of the game and clearly made no effort to bother to know the teams he covered. As a Bills fan it was a near guarantee that every game with Gannon would feature him praising a guy for a reputation that even casual Bills fans knew was undeserved or Gannon talking about how a player “always” failed to do x. Maddeningly enough, Gannon covered a lot of Bills games and should have developed some sense of how the team/players actually performed. I typically watched those games with the sound turned off.

  7. need to get someone like kap who can remind us about the horrible injustices that surround us every day.

  8. Aside from appreciating Gannon as a Raider, I liked Gannon a lot as an analyst. Gannon did his homework and knew the details about players and had a very good understanding about the technical aspects of the game. He was also blunt and not afraid to criticize when the situation called for it.

    All of that made him an excellent game analyst and he would’ve fit in during an earlier time. But at present it seems that the networks want a more jovial & less cerebral approach where criticism of players is shunned in order to avoid offending delicate sensibilities and technical analysis is shunned because of a fear that it goes over the heads of many (especially the younger generation). As such, Gannon’s dismissal is a reflection on the downward trend in quality of NFL broadcasts overall.

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