Monday Night Football is one of the best aspects of fall. The primetime game is perfect for helping people get through the opening day of the week as football has become the most popular sport in the US. Monday Night Football lost its color commentator in Jason Witten when he decided to return to the Dallas Cowboys for the 2019 season.
ESPN is actively pursuing someone to replace Witten and it seems to be someone who has a higher profile that Witten, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The media company is trying to get Peyton Manning to join the Monday Night Football team.
ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro and content chief Connor Schell traveled to Denver last week to talk to Manning about the opportunity.
The five-time NFL MVP has done a couple segments for the ESPN+ show, Detail, but it is not known if he wants to become an analyst just yet. Manning’s successful career in advertisements would make him the perfect candidate to join ESPN as an analyst. His name came up last year when former analyst Jon Gruden became the head coach of the Oakland Raiders.
ESPN was willing to give Witten time in the booth despite his numerous blunders on camera. Executives were shocked to hear that he decided to return to the NFL and they are scrambling to try and find his replacement. NFL Network’s Kurt Warner was also named a potential replacement for Witten, but ESPN declined to comment about his involvement.
Last season’s coverage of Monday Night Football was full of so many gaffes that it became unwatchable at times. ESPN needs to replace Witten with the proper analyst so that people will want to watch Monday Night Football. Manning has the knowledge, popularity, and charisma to have a successful career as a broadcaster. If he joins the Monday Night Football crew, many fans will be tuning in to see if Manning is the right person to be on Monday Night Football.