ESPN wanted Rams’ Sean McVay for Monday Night Football analyst role
ESPN explored all avenues when it came to assembling their new “Monday Night Football” crew before deciding on the trio of Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick. It appears they had even done their due diligence on Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay.
According to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, ESPN inquired about McVay’s potential interest in joining the broadcast booth:
ESPN talked to Rams coach Sean McVay about being a “Monday Night Football” analyst, sources told The Post.
ESPN executives think McVay could be a standout in the booth, somewhat like Jon Gruden. McVay is just 34, has already been to a Super Bowl and is under contract, but a conversation was had.
It didn’t happen, but it was left at that if McVay wants to leave coaching ESPN would be interested in having him in the booth.
McVay has shown off his broadcasting chops and managed to turn heads with his colorful commentary. It seems his experience as both an analyst and NFL coach made him more than qualified in ESPN’s eyes.
The network has made serious efforts to bring a high-profile name into the booth. Aside from making their annual run at Peyton Manning, they also struck out on bringing in Tony Romo after he re-signed with CBS. Meanwhile, NBC was able to lock down New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees once his playing career comes to an end.
McVay would have certainly made for an ideal solution to ESPN’s ongoing MNF, however, it appears he is still focused on sparking a potential resurgence as the Rams’ head coach.