Oh no, things are not going well for Jason Witten early on in his second career.
After a tremendous career in the NFL, where he reached 11 Pro Bowls and won exactly zero rings as a tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, Witten hung up his cleats and accepted a lead analyst role on Monday Night Football with ESPN.
Two broadcasts into his career, things are not going well.
He joins fellow ex-Cowboys Troy Aikman and Tony Romo, who have both received positive reviews, even from Eagles fans, in the broadcast world. However, if these social media posts are any indication, he’s got a long way to go to reach their level.
Here’s what they’re saying.
From last week:
Is Jason Witten ok?— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) September 11, 2018
Why is Jason Witten even in the booth? This is terrible— Frank Garcia (@frankgarcia65) September 11, 2018
Jason Witten's explanation for why Jon Gruden traded Khalil Mack just made absolutely no sense.— Jared Stillman (@JaredStillman) September 11, 2018
Joe Tessitore - Jason Witten shaping up to be worst play by play - color man combo since Vince McMahon - Randy Savage.— Matt Burke (@Burke_Metro) September 11, 2018
Is Jason Witten a robot?— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) September 11, 2018
Now, from this week. It’s clear that ESPN talked to Witten to improve his work, but it doesn’t seem to be working.
ESPN is paying Jason Witten 250k per game. Or 50k per word.— The Chip Reiderson (@ChipReiderson) September 18, 2018
Will Jason Witten surpass 100 words tonight? I’m not convinced— Judson Richards (@Judson1360) September 17, 2018
Jason Witten in the booth pic.twitter.com/dxyt9i8ef5— Bryan Holmes (@UncleBoss81) September 18, 2018
Jason Witten stinks on commentary. He literally brings nothing to the broadcast.— LaDarian Blake (@snapgoesmyhat) September 18, 2018
We literally searched Witten's name on Twitter and did not see a single positive comment.
Broadcasting is not easy for anyone, let alone someone who lands their first gig in the national spotlight. But, needless to say, things are not off to a good start for the future Hall of Famer.