Eleven-time Pro Bowler Jason Witten hung up the cleats this offseason and accepted a lead analyst role on Monday Night Football with ESPN. Being thrust into high-pressure, high-exposure gig like MNF has proved to be a mighty challenge for the Cowboys great, which is somewhat understandable considering Witten has exactly zero experience calling a game. In hindsight, they should have started him out calling Conference USA games so he could sharpen the knife a bit.
Instead, the 36-year-old is being dragged all over the internet for his incompetence in the booth two broadcasts into his career. During last night’s MNF game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Witten was blasted for his overall performance, but one comment in particular sparked some outrage on the interwebs.
As the MNF crew were discussing the controversial roughing the passer penalty that basically states a defender cannot use his weight to tackle a quarterback, Witten says the NFL has gone too “left wing” with roughing the passer penalties.
Hundreds of people took to Twitter to bash Witten’s correlation with an NFL rule to one’s political affiliation.
Others just went on Twitter to voice their general displeasure with Witten’s commentating.
Hey, he’s only two games in. Lets give the guy at least four before we replace him with Joe Thomas.