In a surprising move, CBS is reportedly moving away from broadcaster Rich Gannon.
CBS confirms, as @AndrewMarchand noted, that it's not retaining No. 4 NFL game analyst Rich Gannon. CBS usually makes wise talent decisions but don't agree on this; Gannon's analysis was smart & cogent. Leaves CBS with Romo, Charles Davis, Trent Green, Lofton, Archuleta, Feely.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) February 22, 2021
This is unexpected development in broadcasting circles because Gannon was considered a top analysts in the NFL. He was famous for being prepared during the week leading up to games and he was always frank in his game analysis.
Even though Gannon is best known for his days with the Oakland Raiders and winning the 2002 NFL MVP award, the former quarterback laid into the franchise when he felt necessary.
This news is being met with surprise in the media community.
Heard Rich Gannon was the most prepared man in the room for production meetings to glean info for broadcast -- sort of like when he was playing. He'll resurface. https://t.co/A8wmuz6CEH— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) February 22, 2021
I would think Gannon will get another opportunity in the broadcast booth at a different network in the near future. He is too experienced and too talented to be out of work for long,