Greg Olsen braces to be bounced from top Fox booth by Tom Brady

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Former NFL tight end Greg Olsen knew when he ascended to the No. 1 booth at Fox this year that the assignment would last until Tom Brady retires from playing and begins earning $37.5 million per year. Olsen gets it. But that doesn’t make him happy about it.

We all know the reality,” Olsen recently said on ESPN 1000 in Chicago, via the New York Post. “I know what I signed up for this year. My goal — and I said this before the season even started — my goal was to try to do the best job that I could. Give people a fun listen. Give people maybe a little bit of a different perspective and insight into the game. Do the best job that I can.

“Listen, if Brady ends up retiring and coming, and decides, and that’s how everything unfolds, it sucks. But at the end of the day, I’m a big boy. I know what I signed up for. I took a chance on myself. I rolled the dice. Let’s see how it plays out.”

Olsen presumably would be relegated to the No. 2 team at Fox. Or maybe he could end up becoming the top option elsewhere.

Much of it depends on how much longer Brady plays, and whether he instantly goes to work at Fox after retiring.

There’s also a chance Brady eventually decides not to do it. Players travel nine or ten weekends per season. Game analysts travel 19 weeks, and the No. 1 crew handle three weekends of playoff games.  Once every four years, they work the Super Bowl.

It’s not the same physical grind as playing, but it’s grueling in its own way.

For Brady, there’s also the question of whether he truly believes he’ll be good in that capacity. Can he balance his generally salty attitude about “bad football” with his obsession to be liked or, more importantly, not disliked?

Those who speak with authenticity regarding pro football end up being disliked by fan bases of specific teams and players. Brady will be constantly trying to straddle the line of kicking ass and kissing it. He simply may decide it’s not for him.

He possibly will come to that conclusion before he even shows up for his first day.

Until then, Olsen has a plum assignment. With each game he works, he’s likely one game closer to having a lesser gig.

31 responses to “Greg Olsen braces to be bounced from top Fox booth by Tom Brady

  1. Greg Olsen has quickly become the only good color man Fox has. Of course they’re going to screw it up.

    FYI, I was never a fan or hater of Carolina or Olsen. He’s turned out to be a fine announcer though.

  2. Olsen is really good; while romo the person is fine; games he announces must be watched on mute otherwise ur ears start bleeding

  3. Olsen is my favorite game analyst. Even if Brady moves into the booth, Greg will do just fine for himself, whether at FOX or elsewhere.

  4. Olsen would be fine #2 analyst. What Fox needs to do is get rid of Mark Schlereth and Jonathan Vilma… Schlereth mentions players “brining the energy” 50 times a game and it’s obvious Vilma does zero homework.

  5. Starting to think people just want a name. Olsen has been bad and so is Romo at calling a game. Who knows if Brady is any good. They wanted Montana when he was done and was awful on TV.

  6. I have a feeling Brady will just talk about himself. He’s going to be like Jason Witten and suck. I’ll get Sunday Ticket and watch any other game besides hers

  7. Good.. Olsen has made a lot of dumb analysis and he’s a huge bad ref apologist. I realized how bad he is during these playoffs

  8. IMO Brady will not do well in the booth. I don’t believe he’s particualrly charismatic. It’s either robotic franchince QB-speak in press conferences or scowling on the sidelines. Say what you want about Romo and Olsen; at least they sound excited about the game and project some joy in what they’re doing. I don’t think we’ll get that with Brady.

  9. I have grown to like Olsen pretty well, who knows how Brady would be? He could be as big a drone as Tony Romo, always droning on in the background like he is talking to himself. Hey maybe he is, I know I am not listening to him.

  10. Greg’s earner 70MM playing football, I’m sure Fox/CBS/ESPN/NBC will be happy to pay him.

    He’ll be fine either way, congrats on a great career.

    Thanks Jerry Angelo!

  11. There are a few good color analysts around who do good work that dont get mentioned very much Moose Johnston comes to mind. olsen does a solid job, but fox really misses the Buck/Aikman duo which is perfect in so many ways…This may seem weird but i watched a college game or two and i was actually impreesed with RG 3, he is getting alot better and he knows the game, he seems to be better in the booth than on pregame and halftime desk sessions…

  12. Collinsworth is the worst!! Over the top lovefest over certain players each week, laughing at his own words, too much opinion. And his company named PFF is a joke too. Too bad the highest ratings don’t also = All-Pro designations. More analytic garbage to profit off of. Olsen adds some intellect and the “why” certain things just happened on TV. Same with Romo. I like what they bring versus some others. Joel Klatt is very good in the college game.

  13. Although a massive upgrade over Troy Aikman (Bless the Manning brothers!!), Greg Olsen is banal in the extreme. And shudders at the thought of Tom Brady in front of a microphone.

  14. They hired Brady before they realized how good Olsen was, but it’s FOX. They’re not in business to broadcast sports. They’re the worst network for sports broadcasts. Greg Olsen is the number one analyst on the air. I don’t see Brady getting behind a microphone, to be honest. Is that what he really wants to do? I have my doubts. He was still married when he made the deal with FOX. His life has changed. He might not want to be tied down. He’s going to make his kids his top priority.

  15. Bangin on FOX I must stick up for FS1’s Speak show. That’s a good crew with tantalizing topics. I also like Troy and Greg. TB12, I seriously doubt that’s his thing.

  16. Judging by the way he “greets” opposing players on the field, I am surprised to hear Brady is obsessed with not being disliked.

  17. Olsen would be a great hook up with SNF. Collinsworth playing days peaked 40 years ago. A new perspective needed.

  18. Glad to see people here like Olsen. I think he’s a nice guy, and I’ve felt badly for thinking he’s basically “Captain Obvious” in the booth.

    I think, given time, he could become very good at moving past that level of commentary. He flashes an ability to do more.

  19. Collinsworth is by far the worst! Especially if Mahomes is in the game. His bootlicking of him is downright nauseating. I cannot watch another game he works with the sound on. I would watch the Spanish broadcast before that and I don’t even speak Spanish.

  20. Maybe they should get Brady on Sunday Night Football and toss Crissy Collinsworth. Then again you’ve got Florio who has an IQ of about room temperature and deals like Adam Schefter and other analysts and commentators in stuff that is pure nonsense and balderdash.

    Olsen was a good player and pretty decent guy be the Captain Obvious motto fits him very well. Romo has good game knowledge but he likes to hear himself talk. Kevin Burkhardt who is Greg Olsen’s broadcast mate is totally annoying to listen to during games like the various playoff games. I never thought I would miss hearing Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on Sunday afternoon but they were vast improvements over Captain Obvious and Burkhardt much less the ones further down the ranks on Fox.

    The only one that is actually worse is listening to Kirk Herbstreit on Thursday Night Football or the NCAA College football on Saturdays. Ick.

  21. Why would it even matter who is the #1 team? Fox needs multiple broadcast teams to cover multiple games. Especially because they don’t have the night games. The preparation is the same so as long as they’re paying you enough to not jump ship when your contract is up, why in the world would you need to be on the top booth spot? Is this another one of those “they don’t respect me enough” things?

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