[QUOTE][B]NFL Network adds Mike Mayock to game coverage; Gus Johnson next?[/B]
The NFL Network's game coverage is getting a serious makeover.
SI.com has learned that Mike Mayock will join the NFL Network's broadcast team for its eight-game Thursday Night Football package. He will replace Matt Millen and Joe Theismann on the broadcast.
When contacted Thursday afternoon by SI.com, an NFL Network spokesperson declined to comment.
The network's next move for those games revolves around the play-by-play position. Bob Papa is a respected game-caller and has had held the job for the past two seasons, but sources tell SI.com that NFL Network is considering other broadcasters, including CBS and Big Ten announcer Gus Johnson, who currently calls NFL games for CBS (with analyst Steve Tasker) and served as the Lions play-by-play voice during the 2008 preseason. Johnson has become a favorite among the under-35 crowd for his hyper-intensity during the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
No formal announcement on Mayock or any other possible changes is expected for a number of weeks.
Mayock is one of the rising stars in sports broadcasting. He is considered by most fans as television's leading NFL draft analyst and last year replaced Pat Haden as the analyst on NBC's Notre Dame football coverage. He also served as the analyst, alongside Tom Hammond, on NBC's coverage of the wild-card playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks last season.
Millen was named an NFL Network game analyst in 2009, joining Papa in the booth. Theismann was added last season. Both Millen and Theismann were polarizing figures, often drawing the ire of fans on Twitter and other social media outlets. The addition of Mayock will be greeted positively in many corners.
Since grabbing a share of the NFL's game package, NFL Network has gone through a number of announcing teams for its Thursday Night Football program. HBO's Bryant Gumbel was the network's first play-by-play announcer and lasted two seasons before leaving in 2008. He was replaced by Papa, the voice of the New York Giants.[/QUOTE]
Some people say Matt Millen had no credibility as an announcer because he was the worst GM in the history of pro football. I say phuck that. Hearing someone with a double digit IQ talk about something they don't understand is entertaining as hell. That's why Glenn Beck's ratings were so good.
[QUOTE=Dimitri_0515;4002135]Joe Theisman was the WORST. THE WORST. THE ABSOLUTE WORST. Thank the good lord that he's going bye bye.[/QUOTE]
I agree. He was always a horrible announcer but he spoke pure hatred about the Jets the entire Thanksgiving day game... I seriously wanted to put my TV on mute and never listen to that guy again. It was a great game but he found a way to ruin some of that fun from the game. Maybe it's just because I was a little too drunk from being around all the family and having fun that night, but I remember Joe being a real prick. Maybe I'm going over board but I'm just glad to see this guy gone.