Jim Williams: 'Jaws' dropped from 'MNF'

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ESPN announced Wednesday that Ron Jaworski signed a new five-year extension with the network. However, he won't be part of the "Monday Night Football" broadcast team any longer. The network has decided to go with a two-man booth, opting to keep the duo of Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden.

There is no NFL broadcaster that puts in more time breaking down film each week than Jaworski. He even has an office at the NFL Films complex in Mount Laurel, N.J., not far from his home.

So why was he removed from the "Monday Night Football" team?

When Gruden was added in 2009, there was some repetition in the booth. He and Jaworski have nearly the same style and at times sound like the same voice. Gruden was an instant success, and it became clear last season that he was the star of "Monday Night Football." So after five years as part of a three-man booth -- two with Tony Kornheiser and the past three with Gruden -- it was time for Jaworski to move on.

Three-man broadcast booths in football are difficult to make work under the best of circumstances, so ESPN management made the change. The two-man booth is the way to go, and Tirico and Gruden will continue to flourish handling the "Monday Night Football" franchise.

As for Jaworski, he will continue to be one of the best analysts in the game and make regular appearances all over the ESPN family of networks. He will be involved in "Sunday NFL Countdown," "Monday Night Countdown," "NFL Matchup," NFL-branded specials, "Mike & Mike in the Morning," "Pardon the Interruption" and other platforms and shows throughout the year.

Examiner columnist Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. Check out his blog, Watch this!, on washingtonexaminer.com.

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