Report: ESPN Adds Moss, Woodson, Hasselbeck, McDonough To NFL Analyst Lineup While Axing Carter, Lewis, Dilfer

Ray Lewis

After it was reported that Mike Tirico is leaving ESPN for NBC last week, it was only a matter of time until the Worldwide Leader found a new full-time broadcaster for Monday Night Football. On Monday, a long list of analyst changes to ESPN’s NFL broadcast crew was reported by The Big Lead, headlined by longtime ESPN college football broadcaster, Sean McDonough, becoming the new voice of Monday Night Football. 

Along with McDonough landing the MNF gig, ESPN has also reportedly elected to part ways with former Baltimore Ravens linebacker and quarterback, Ray Lewis and Trent Dilfer from their Monday Night Football broadcast crew, while also reportedly axing former Minnesota Vikings wideout and NFL Hall of Famer, Cris Carter, from their Monday Night and Sunday NFL Countdown shows. For the last two seasons, both Dilfer and Lewis were part of MNF’s postgame field team that also featured Steve Levy and Steve Young. With Dilfer and Lewis now on their way out of Bristol, The Big Lead is reporting that ESPN has reportedly elected to add former NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, Tennesee Titans), Matt Hasselbeck, and Oakland Raiders/Green Bay Packers safety, Charles Woodson, to their MNF field team. 

The latest hirings/firings of these NFL analysts at ESPN comes in the wake of two-time World Series champion and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst, Curt Schilling, being fired from the network last week for “unacceptable conduct” (shared insensitive meme on social media about transgendered people). Along with Schilling, ESPN also reportedly lost Skip Bayless, who will be moving on to FOX Sports.

Couple things to take away from these hirings/firings/departures:


Seriously, listening to that guy ramble on about absolute nonsense before/after/during every MNF telecast and looking at his ridiculous wardrobe over the last two seasons was absolutely unbearable. It’s a miracle that Lewis lasted this long.

2.) “First Take” Will Never Be The Same

First Take

Hate him or love him, Skip Bayless made First Take extremely interesting. Whether Bayless was arguing with Screaming A. Smith about Tom Brady/Tim Tebow or was getting harshly chirped by Richard Sherman, Skip always made First Take interesting and gave the average cube monkey a reason to turn on the TV at 10 am on a weekday rather than get work done. Yeah, Skip Bayless leaving ESPN has nothing to do with MNF or the recent hirings/firings at the network, but it’s worth addressing. Best of luck to you, Skip.

3.) Charles Woodson/Randy Moss Should Be Entertaining

Arguably two of the two best players of the last 10-15 years at their specific positions will be either in-studio, on the field, or in the booth together every Monday/Sunday night for ESPN with Charles Woodson and Randy Moss. It will be cool to watch two of the game’s greatest talk and argue about the matchups between one team’s best wideout and the other team’s best defensive back. Both Moss and Woodson have plenty of knowledge and expertise on this specific aspect of the game, and with OBJ and Josh Norman set to square off twice this season, Woodson and Moss are going to have plenty to talk about.

4.) Is Anybody Going To Miss Cris Carter?

Cris Carter

After Cris Carter’s whole “fall guy” speech to NFL rookies was posted on last summer, it was only a matter of time until ESPN took initiative and kicked him off their NFL Countdown set. Carter’s insight was never anything that was considered must-watch television, and not too many people are going to miss his dull input and frivolous arguments with Keyshawn Johnson during every broadcast. It’s also hilarious that ESPN decided to replace Carter with another former troubled Vikings wideout in Randy Moss. 

5.) McDonough Should Be An Awesome Addition to Monday Night Football

Sean McDonough

For those who are not too familiar with the college football world, few broadcasters are more passionate than Sean McDonough. College football has its share of premier announcers in Vern Lundquist (CBS), Brent Musburger (SEC-Network), Chris Fowler (ESPN/ABC), and Gus Johnson (FOX), and while Johnson might be the loudest and most into it, McDonough brings just as much fire to his work as well, especially on game-winning plays. Here’s are two of Sean’s best calls from last season:

* ESPN also sneakily added former United States women’s soccer captain, Abby Wambach, to their broadcasting crew last week. Not sure how this snuck under the radar for so long, especially after Wambach was arrested for a DUI just a month prior to her hiring at the Worldwide Leader. It’s good that ESPN is getting Wambach back into the sports world after her recent retirement from soccer, but an interesting time to hire her, to say the least. 

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