Ron Jaworski has been canned from Monday Night Football.
ESPN announced Wednesday that the commentator and analyst would be removed from the primetime football show beginning in August. The program will revert to a two-man commenter crew of Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden.
The ESPN commentator has been a part of Monday Night Football since 2007, when he replaced Joe Theismann. As a Hall-of-Fame quarterback, having played 17 seasons in the NFL, Jaworski was used an expert analyst with on-the-field experience.
ESPN recently hired John Gruden, a former head coach who has a brash personality and is often used as for expert analysis. Apparently ESPN thinks that Gruden and Tirico have enough expertise and personality to announce games.
Jaws served us well, said ESPN's executive vice president for programming Norby Williamson in a New York Times interview. But when we looked at everything we have, it became apparent that expanding his role on the other stuff to let him focus on all the teams, not just one game, was a better use of him.
Monday Night Football began its 42-year run in 1970, with announcers Keith Jackson, Howard Cosell and Don Meredith. In the history of the program, there have been very few moments where just two announcers have called the games -- most recently it was Al Michaels and John Madden, who announced games from 2002 to 2005.