Theismann was jobbed

Posted: March 28, 2007

PHILLY FANS ARE notorious homers, so there's little doubt they're on board with ESPN's decision to replace "Monday Night Football" analyst Joe Theismann with former Eagles quarterback and current Soul president Ron Jaworski.

Still, Theismann got a raw deal.

On Friday, the former Redskins QB was told he wouldn't return for a second season on "MNF." Instead, Jaworski will join Mike Tirico and Tony

Kornheiser in the booth.

"I was shocked," Theismann told Newsday. "It was completely unexpected, especially when the meeting is started with, 'Boy, you had a great year. You did everything we asked you to do and more, and we appreciate it.' "

ESPN exec Norby Williamson described Theismann as "a phenomenal game analyst."

Note to Norby: If the guy you hired does a "phenomenal" job, you give him a raise, you don't fire him. Theismann has 4 years left on his contract and ESPN apparently will offer him another job.

Theismann said network executives told him that "in reviewing the tapes they noticed when the conversation from Mike and Tony got back to me, I talked about football."

Duh? What exactly do these network nitwits think Jaworski - a self-described X's-and-O's man - is going to talk about? Global warming?

More from Theismann

Joe Theismann is still writing for ESPN.com, and his latest entry concerns the Eagles. Not because of what he wrote, but because of what he didn't. Under the heading, "Best organizations in the NFL?" Theismann listed his top five: New England, Denver, Dallas, Indianapolis and Baltimore.

Joe Theismann is still writing for ESPN.com, and his latest entry concerns the Eagles. Not because of what he wrote, but because of what he didn't. Under the heading, "Best organizations in the NFL?" Theismann listed his top five: New England, Denver, Dallas, Indianapolis and Baltimore.

His criterion was commitment to excellence and winning. He didn't rank the rest of the league, but there was a time when the Eagles would have made anybody's short list. *

- Tom Mahon

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