Jon Gruden has officially moved on to coaching the Oakland Raiders.
Which means Monday Night Football needs a replacement—and a major one at that.
And this conservative just might be the answer.
Everyone knows the NFL is in big trouble with its declining ratings.
Conservatives everywhere have had enough of liberal politics and opinions seeping its way into the sports world.
ESPN’s subscriptions are down because of this very reason.
But one man could save the day for them all.
Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
The two-time Super Bowl winner has donated thousands to GOP politicians including Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, and George W. Bush.
He’s also heavily involved with Papa John’s, whose former owner John Schnatter publically rebuked the NFL for displaying a lack of leadership in response to the anthem protesters.
But Manning is ultimately just a funny and truly pleasant guy—an attribute largely uncommon in the NFL, especially these days.
Manning has hosted Saturday Night Live and is well loved for his catchy Nationwide commercials. The guy’s charisma practically oozes off the screen.
And that’s why Manning should be, and is, ESPN’s first choice in replacing Gruden for Monday Night Football next season.
The Daily Caller reports:
“With Jon Gruden hired to coach the Oakland Raiders, ESPN has a major hole to fill in the “Monday Night Football” booth. And there’s a chance the void could be filled by legendary quarterback Peyton Manning.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, ESPN executive Stephanie Druley said, “We like Peyton Manning, and we would be foolish not to talk him.”
She added, “We want someone who loves the game, who is a student of the game, but who has a personality as well.”
Manning surely checks off all of those boxes, but has yet to show any reciprocal interest in the job.
ESPN has confirmed that play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough will return for his third season in the “MNF” booth.
If Manning turns the offer down, who else is in the running to join McDonough?
As of today, the only other name being thrown around by ESPN as another possible Gruden replacement is current “MNF” analyst Matt Hasselbeck. I believe Hasselbeck would do a fine job. He’s smart and funny — but, he’s no Peyton Manning.
With NFL TV ratings continuing its downward spiral, ESPN is desperate to hire Manning.
Due to the NFL becoming overtly political, it’s unclear if disenfranchised fans will ever fully embrace the sport again.
But, if anyone can bring back fans and revive the sport, it’s Peyton Manning.”
Nobody could come close to how great Manning would be at that job.
Consider Tony Romo. Now here’s a guy who was never considered to be very charismatic. But as analyst, he’s doing a fantastic job.
So one can only imagine just how successful Manning, who already exudes charm and personality, would be.
It’s not hard to see how Manning could save the entire NFL.