First off, there are now more people carrying the title of “ESPN NFL Football Analyst” than citizens of China. There are too many of them.
I realize ESPN is part of the NFL coverage package, the Worldwide Leader In Sports…but how much analysis do we need? Everyone will get the equivalent of two sentences an hour no matter how many shows they are fanned out across.
I suspect with no NBA in our future ESPN will be filling that time with huge chunks of NFL programming during the work week preparing us for the pro football to come.
Bill Parcells, Jerry Rice, Eric Mangini, Hugh Douglas and Damien Woody are among those who recently came aboard – all but Parcells are rookies at ESPN. It seems like Parcells shows up there like an Olympics, every four years.
Like all sports, you get some analysts who will go for the jugular and not worry about offending players and coaches…but more often than not these guys always take the high road and try not to bury their former colleagues…especially coaches who want to get another job someday.
And of course, it helps to have some personality and sizzle in your delivery of whatever you’re discussing. In the word association games I play in my head, personality and sizzle do not pop up at the mention of Bill Parcells and Eric Mangini.
The funniest remark I have seen so far from any of the afore-mentioned analysts is from Rice, who indicated in Michael Hiestand’s column in USA Today yesterday, “I can bring that playful side out of Steve (Young).”
Jerry, Steve Young has been doing just fine as an analyst and is already “playful” enough. We’re not looking for your “Dancing With The Stars” persona. It’s commentary on the National Football League you got hired for…then again, knowing the way ESPN is run these days perhaps you will be hoofing it about the stage after all.
If there’s room…