For those of you who, with each Raider coaching search, have led or joined the outcry of "Bring Chucky back", your hopes just took a hit. ESPN has given Jon Gruden a vote of confidence in the Monday Night Football booth.
The booth has consisted of Gruden, Mike Tirico, and Ron Jaworski for the past few years and now it will be just Gruden and Tirico manning the MNF telecast. Ron Jaworski is the odd man out and will be a part of several other ESPN programs.
"They just feel that a two-man booth was the way to go." Jaworski speculated. "Obviously, I'm the odd man out. I'm the 60-year-old guy and Jon's the young guy that they believe is the future. I'm not going to argue with that."
I think this is a smart move. Gruden and Tirico are fantastic analysts and Jaworski was most certainly the weak link on the team.
I lost count of how many times I had to tell people that Gruden was NOT COMING BACK. He is committed to ESPN and MNF and no amount of hashtag Twitter movements was going to change that.
But when Dennis Allen's time with the Raiders comes to an end, I fully expect the chants to start up again. And who knows, perhaps by that time, however long from now that may be, Gruden will want to get back into coaching. But from the looks of it, he is John Madden 2.0 in every aspect so don't get your hopes up.
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