We know where to find the Cradle of Coaches. That would be at the University of Miami in Ohio. You churn out the likes of Earl “Red” Blaik, Weeb Ewbank, Paul Brown and Ara Parseghian and you can brag.
How about the Cradle of Commentators?
That just might be Tampa Bay.
Jon Gruden recently joined the Monday Night Football booth.
Now Tony Dungy is headed to NBC’s Sunday Night Football studio show, and John Lynch will work for FOX while also serving as the analyst for Tampa Bay Buccaneers preseason games.
Warren Sapp is on the NFL Network.
Keyshawn Johnson, Shaun King and Trent Dilfer work for ESPN. Can we include ESPN’s Steve Young? Why not?
Does it surprise anyone these guys will all voice their opinions this season?
They are smart. All have engaging personalities.
Sapp and Johnson were not afraid to speak their minds during opening locker room sessions at the old One Buc Place, making for some of the most entertaining 45 minutes of a reporter’s week.
Not much has changed since they now are paid to talk.
Dilfer struggled as a quarterback during his days in Tampa but was solid in the interview room. He’s not bad on TV, either, though you wonder what someone like, say, Philip Rivers must think when Dilfer discovers a flaw in his game.
Lynch was one of the best interviews this area has ever seen in any sport. He should be a star on FOX.
Given his career, it was a surprise when King popped up on ESPN2. It’s not a surprise now.
Dungy is one of the more honest-speaking NFL coaches you will ever meet.
He has the refreshing ability to translate football speak into every day English. Probably because he is not trying to impress anyone with how much he knows about football.
There is more to Gruden than the Chucky stare, something that might surprise more than a few MNF viewers. He is actually a pretty funny man when in a good mood, and since the outcome of the game will not be a reflection of his game plan, Gruden should be in a good mood every week.
Just don’t get used to Gruden. He’ll probably land a coaching job before the Super Bowl kicks off.
You wonder how this all happened. Well, didn’t they all have radio shows? Who knew then that in addition to preparing for that week’s game, they were also preparing for their post-career career.
So, who’s next? Kevin Carter? Ike Hilliard?
How about Ronde Barber? How about Ronde and Tiki in the same booth?
Now that could be must-see TV.