On Friday morning when news broke out that Jon Gruden would be leaving the Monday Night Football booth for the Oakland Raiders head coaching position I wondered who might fill his shoes on the broadcast with Sean McDonough?
It should be no surprise to anyone that former NY Jets and Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan could be the leading candidate to fill the vacancy. Ryan has never been shy around microphones and his overbearing personality just might be what the doctor ordered in this day and age of shock television. Rex tells it like it is, even if you don’t like what he says or who he’s talking about Ryan has never been one to hold his tongue.
And let’s face it, the games have been boring man. I was getting tired of listening to Gruden fall in love with every player on the field. Rex was a player’s coach but he never bit his lip when talking about a former player that didn’t give his all. Plus, he’s not going back to a sideline anytime soon. Ryan wouldn’t hold back, especially if they were paying him well.
Other candidates for the booth are Suzie Kolber. She’s extremely knowledgeable in the game and has as much experience as any commentator covering the game today. Kolber was a sideline reporter on MNF from 2006 through the 2011 season and although she was a good contributor to the broadcast, most people will only remember her for the Joe Namath incident:
My guess is that an ex football coach or recently retired player will be the leading candidate. Which is why I believe Ryan to be the next hire. A few possibilities could be Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson or Marcellus Wiley.