"Monday Night Football" will shift from its traditional three-person team to two announcers, The New York Times reports. The odd man out of the booth is Ron Jaworski, who is being dropped from the program so he can focus on analytical work on other programs, according to the report.
Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico will call the games. The show has used a two-person announcing team for only six seasons of its 42-year history, the story notes. Most recently that was from 2002-05, when Al Michaels and John Madden did the honors, the story notes.
The program started in 1970 on ABC with Keith Jackson, Howard Cosell and Don Meredith.
Jaworski replaced Joe Theismann in 2007, while Gruden came on board in 2009. Gruden, who had been fired as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ coach, had led that team to a Super Bowl win in 2003.
"Gruden’s comfort in his role led him to dominate the games, moving Jaworski to, at best, a supporting role. Both are game-film wonks, and often sounded as if they were competing with — and not complementing — each other," the story notes.