Gruden replaces Kornheiser on MNF

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ESPN introduced Jon Gruden on Monday as the replacement for Tony Kornheiser on Monday Night Football, and the network insisted the game analyst was stepping down voluntarily.

ESPN executive Norby Williamson said Kornheiser, who avoids flying, "did a phenomenal job putting up with the travel" in his three MNF seasons. But after looking at the upcoming MNF schedule, Williamson said Kornheiser "ultimately came back and said, 'Look, I've had a great run and the time is right for me."

Gruden, fired as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after last season, appeared on the NFL Network's coverage of the scouting combine and draft. Monday, he refused to rule out a return to coaching — "I dearly miss coaching" — but said he's "proud and excited" to join MNF.

Gruden replaces Kornheiser; ESPN says 'MNF' exit was 'his decision' - USATODAY.com
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I sense alot of you will be happy that Kornheiser will not be calling games this year. :right:
 

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Hopefully this means we get the Mr. Tony back on radio again... Nice move, don't watch MNF anyways unless Panthers are playing
 

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What's the scuttlebutt on Tony returning to SiriusXM? I may have a reason to come back if it's exclusive.
 

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Mr. Tony was on XM 144 last year from like January to May, the show was on a 30 minute delay, and placed at like 9:15-11:00 right after TJ Reives and before Dan Patrick. A great sports radio lineup... :bigthumbup:

If it came back it would have to go on Sirius XM Sports Nation or whatever it's called now... Heck, he could even go on Sirius XM Stars since he hardly ever talked about sports on the show, and was more concerned with American Idol.
 

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I am not a fan of Tony K on MNF. Love him on PTI but not on my monday night when I don't like to hear a TON of banter back and forth with him and tirico. I think Gruden will be a much better suit until he gets the itch to coach again
 

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They just haven't been able to find the right mix of guys since the team of Michaels, Gifford, and Dierdorf.
 

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I enjoyed the fact that he hardly talked sports on his show. I'm not one of those that gets into sports enough to want to hear it talked about 24/7. Although he could've given the Idol thing a rest.

I think Tirico and Jaws alone in the booth would be a good thing.
 

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I enjoyed the fact that he hardly talked sports on his show. I'm not one of those that gets into sports enough to want to hear it talked about 24/7. Although he could've given the Idol thing a rest.

I think Tirico and Jaws alone in the booth would be a good thing.

Jaworski is one of the best in the business. :bigthumbup:
 

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I love jaws but he can get to be a little much when he breaks down plays. it's like OK man you ran the play back and forth 16 times to show us why the DB is a great cover 2 player, but you forced me to watch the 3 consecutive plays in the bottom right corner of my tv....Jerk
 

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I hated Kornheiser on MNF.

Let's face it. He's an extremely ugly guy that looks really bad on TV. Add that to the fact that he offered nothing to the commentary. I'm glad he's gone.

Also, I think PTI is probably one of the most annoying sports shows. Those two idiots who probably throw WORSE than Gary breaking down the most minute details and just barking at each other. They're the nerdy kids that got shoved into lockers but know the batting average of every player since 1971.

Gruden should be interesting.

I think I'm in the minority but I thought the best commentary team was the one that ESPN had a few years ago with Theisman, Jaworski and the other guy. I thought they were the best. Some of those Sunday night games were pretty boring and they did a good job keeping it fun.
 

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Paul McGuire. Yeah I agree. they were the most interesting to me. I still have great memories of madden and summerall on fox though. TURDUCKEN!!!!!!<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/V-hMx4NrxT8&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/V-hMx4NrxT8&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>