Sean McDonough happy to be done with watered-down ‘Monday Night Football’
It turns out the broadcasting dream job was someone else’s dream.
Sean McDonough, in his first comments since losing his play-by-play spot on Monday Night Football,sounded more relieved than broken up about the demotion.
If you go back and look at the schedule, generally we got one of the worst NFL games each week. You’re trying to make something sound interesting and exciting that isn’t,McDonough said. For me, part of it was just the way the booth was set up the last two years. It was really geared around Jon Gruden. That’s not unusual, TV really is an analyst-driven medium. Jon had a particular set of skills that he did really well, and foremost among them was analyzing the play, breaking down the play, ‘Here’s why they ran that play, here’s why it worked, here’s what this guy did or didn’t do.’ It was really football-heavy, X-and-O-heavy, and I think most play-by-play guys, all play-by-play guys, would’ve felt like a bit of a bystander.
McDonough was removed from the post after Gruden left to re-enter the coaching ranks, with the Raiders. In McDonough’s place will be Joe Tessitore, The Post’s Andrew Marchand reported last week, who has never called an NFL game. It will be interesting to see if Tessitore is as forthright with his criticisms of the game as his predecessor.
I think at the end of the day it just became an issue of devaluing core players, players that are playing at a high level and really being curious about younger players and curious about the unknown,Sherman said, via ESPN.
They say, ‘Maybe this guy’s going to be the next guy,’ instead of saying, ‘Hey, you have Hall of Fame talents in your secondary. How about you ride this out.’ It’d be like Pittsburgh saying, ‘Troy Polamalu is great, but let’s figure out what this guy behind him has,’he continued.
The four-time Pro Bowler also took aim at coach Pete Carroll, whose mantra he says had grown tired with the veterans.
A lot of us have been there six, seven, eight years, and his philosophy is more built for college,Sherman said. Four years, guys rotate in, rotate out, and so we had kind of heard all his stories, we had kind of heard every story, every funny anecdote that he had.
And honestly because he just recycles them. And they’re cool stories, they’re great for team chemistry and building, etcetera, etcetera. But we had literally heard them all. We could recite them before he even started to say them.