Breaking down the tape on Ron Jaworski
Of course, when your analyst has absolutely no sense of humor and no grasp of sarcasm, then it makes your color guys job that much harder. The blame here doesnt rest with Kornheiser. After all, hes great on Pardon the Interruption and he hosts one of the best radio shows on the planet, so obviously he has it in him to be entertaining and informative at the same time. After all, as hed be the first to admit, hes not on TV for his gorgeous face and not on the radio for his incredible singing voice.
So that means the problem is Theismann (or Tirico, but since Tirico doesnt suck and Theismann kind of does, well ). Despite having been on ESPN since 1988, Ive never once found him to be particularly insightful or amusing. Hell, hes not even really annoying! Theismann is unflavored Quaker oatmeal: bland and pasty, but with a known name.
Jaws is a tremendous upgrade in the announcing booth. Hes more informative, has an actual sense of comic timing, and has chemistry with Tirico and Kornheiser. Theismann is the anti-Ron Jaworski (who Id like even if he didnt have a great first name). Jaws is great on PTI and on NFL Countdown, and he was good when pressed into service earlier in the year on Monday Night Footballs B-team. Id imagine hell continue to be good on the A-team, too.
As for Theismann, I imagine hell be stuck in Jaworskis old spot on the kick-off show. Not that hed be great at it, but at least wed see him a lot less. Of course, the ideal replacement for Ron Jaworski would be Michael Smith doing the Jaws impersonation hes known for on Around the Horn. If you cant keep real Jaws, at least you could get fake Jaws.
Come to think of it, Richard Kiel is not doing anything these days neither is Frank Welker.