ESPN's Sean McDonough Shares How Awkward It Was Like Working With Jon Gruden On MNF
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While talking to Jimmy Traina on the SI Media Podcast this week, former Monday Night Football play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough shared what it was like working with Jon Gruden for years in the booth. Spoiler alert: it was awkward...
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“I think, to be totally candid, Jon Gruden enjoyed the X-and-O part of it,” McDonough told Traina, as transcribed by Pro Football Talk. “He loved the telestrator. He told me when I first got the job, ‘I don’t like stories.’ So he didn’t want the stories and he didn’t want to engage in conversation. There were times when I would ask him a question or make a point and he didn’t respond, and I think it was just because he was so focused on, ‘I’m gonna dive into this play,’ and he just didn’t want to do it.”

“There were times it came across as being awkward, and it was awkward,” McDonough continued. “It was awkward for me. You’re standing there next to somebody wondering, ‘If I ask him a question about this, is he gonna answer it or is he gonna be annoyed that I asked him?’ So it was uncomfortable. . . .

“The part of it that bothered me was the narrative of some people in your line of work, ‘Oh, well that was a little too big for McDonough.’ I did the World Series when I was 30. I don’t think anybody thought I was nervous or out of place.”
(The Spun)
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Sean is the worst play by play guy ever. He’s so dull, no energy.
Reply3 months
Really? I like him a lot. Not to mention, I thought he nailed the Warren Morris call.
3 months
Sean I have the perfect broadcast partner for you and he is available. His name rhymes with Dern Sunkist.
Reply3 months
Is it sad that I don't even remember this guy or know who he is?
Reply3 months
Yeah you do, you just do not see his picture. He calls CFB with Todd Blackledge. They did the LSU-Florida shoe game last season.
3 months
“Now Warren Morris...” you know him.
3 months
McDonough is a great play by play guy. Go rewatch the LSU-Oklahoma slaughtered from 2019. McDonough was having a blast the entire first half.
3 months
You like football, man. You like watching football, dissecting plays, man. Al Davis told me go deep every play, man.
Reply3 months
Did Gruden adopt the Al Davis hairstyle? No bueno Jon.
Reply3 months
Gruden preoccupied with his new head coaching gig at The University of Tennessee
Reply3 months
People watching games don’t wanna hear about commentaries stories. They just want play by play and insight to what’s going on. Why I liked Gruden calling games.
Reply3 months
Commentators*
3 months
Speak for yourself. Have you ever listened to Vin Scully?
3 months
Vin Sully called baseball game. Very different from calling football. No need for all the dumb stories in football.
3 months
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