Joe Theismann On Chucky

May 20th, 2009

Joe’s good friend Jason McIntyre, better known as Mr., sent him a transcript of an interview former BSPN NFL analyst and NFL quarterback Joe Theisman had recently on “The Blitz” with Adam Schein and Jim Miller, heard exclusively on Sirius NFL Radio.

Theisman seems to think Chucky will shine. So long as Chucky is man enough to be critical of teams he might someday coach for, Joe believes Theisman is correct.

Joe Theismann: I think it’s a great opportunity for Jon [Gruden] and a great opportunity for Monday Night Football. He’s a great personality, just a great guy. I’ve known Jon. I consider him one of my good friends and respect him tremendously. The man knows a ton about football. He understands the game. He’ll bring a perspective and I think he’ll play off of Jaws [Ron Jaworski] very, very well. I think it’s a very good move by them.

I don’t think he’ll have a hard time being objective. Your choice of words, to me, is very important. You can be critical and be objective. You just don’t need to be to be nasty being objective. My mom always told me this: It’s never what you say, it’s how you say it. Guys are going to make mistakes. That’s the nature of our game. And Jon, I believe will be candid and honest. I hope he is, anyway, and I think he will be. But he’ll want to get back into coaching, I think. It’s in his blood. I can’t see him turning the career off completely and you understand the profession a little bit but I really feel like he’s going to bring a perspective from a coach. He’s going to talk to you about what might happen in a specific situation, why someone would do something. It’s an element to the game that you’ve heard from different perspectives and Jon gets to bring his in.

Adam Schein: In your opinion, how many years do you think Gruden is going to stay with ESPN and Monday Night Football and broadcasting before he goes back to coaching?

Theismann: I’d go an over-under on two. I was thinking about it today. This is something really interesting. Jon Gruden won a world championship [and he’s] not coaching. Brian Billick won a world championship, not coaching. Mike Holmgren won a world championship, not coaching. Mike Shanahan won a world championship, not coaching. Bill Cowher won a world championship, not coaching. How about that for an alumni of Super Bowl Champion coaches that are not actively coaching in the game? I think that will change. I feel confident Mike Holmgren will be back in the game next year, Mike Shanahan will be back in the game next year [and] I know if the right situation came up for Brian Billick he would want to be back in the game. I’m not convinced that Coach Cowher will ever get back into football. Actually, I played golf with him this past weekend in a tournament and I looked at his face and I said, ‘It’s really something to see you without all those stress lines all over your face. You look like a 21 year old kid again.’ And he started laughing. And it’s just the nature of the business that wears you out. I think Jon’s going to have the itch to get back. Could be at the college level, could be at the professional level. I think either place he goes it would be very interesting for him.

Jim Miller: From your perspective, how important is it to get just two football guys in the booth?

Theismann: Well, you know, interesting. I got fired three years ago because I talked about football. That was the explanation I got. And ESPN has moved on from that. They tried a different scenario to get away from the game and I think the football fans really want to hear about the game and they can bring a different perspective. It isn’t the knowledge of the individuals. It’s the chemistry that is created between the individuals that makes, I think, for a great telecast.

Unrelated, if one does a good enough job with a sports blog, one becomes a sought-after expert.

 Soon, Joe expects to see Jenna Lee on the arm of McIntyre in a glossy celebrity magazine expose, though Jason’s wife may protest.

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