15 Worst NFL Commentators
15 Worst NFL Commentators
Without question the NFL is my favorite professional sport to watch, however there are some commentators that make it unwatchable for a whole litany of reasons. It’s almost not a coincidence that most of them are former players that are on my list of least favorite NFL commentators for one reason or another.
They are so bad in my eyes (and ears) that I either change the channel or if I have no choice, I’ll often mute the game and do my own play by play. If it’s a prime time game and I have little to no vested interest personal or professional, I simply will do a sacrilege thing and not watch it either by turning something else on or just turning the TV off and walking away. I also didn't play favorites, I simply went in alphabetical order as I don't like these guys equally.
These commentators talk either way above your head and only a football expert would get what the heck they are saying. Yet in a sharp contrast, some dumb down the product so much that I feel dumber actually listening to what they have to say.
Every network has at least one commentator that is guilty of this either the person is in the booth calling the game or in the network studio as part of the roundtable of talking heads before, during, and after the Sunday afternoon network of games. If I left someone out, get a hold of me and we can discuss it.
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#20 Dan Dierdorf
Dierdorf has made a career out of creating new words, saying really obvious things that everyone already knows and acting like a total dork on camera. "Dan Dierdork," anyone?
#19 John Lynch
There's nothing worse than a former player who compares every play to one that involved him from 15 years ago.
#18 Phil Simms
Simms is a decent football mind when it comes to broadcasting, but he contradicts himself so often that it's hard to comprehend what he's saying most of the time.
#17 Rich Gannon
A truckload of cliches every single Sunday equals bad announcing.
#16 Tim Ryan
This dude is always way more worried about how he looks than what's coming out of his mouth.
#14 Joe Theismann
I thought I was safe after ESPN took Joe Theismann off of their coverage, that was just wishful thinking as the NFL Network hired him and he's as bad in the studio as he was in the booth.
#13 Phil Simms
Phil Simms just comes off Elitist, like he's better than everyone. Yes I know you won two Super Bowls, however the second one versus the Buffalo Bills, you didn't even play in and I don't think you could have beat them in 1990. I think if he came off his horse once and a while he'd be liked more by fans and players alike and that's why he's held in the same regard as Cris Collinsworth.
#12 Warren Sapp
I loved Warren Sapp as a player, however as a commentator he was one of the worst of the worst of all-time. It seems like if it doesn't involve a defensive lineman he doesn't seem to care. Also similar to Michael Irvin, he's had numerous controversial moments tied to him, so I'm shocked networks give him a chance.
#11 Matt Millen
Matt Millen was a semi decent pro football player for three different teams, won four Super Bowl rings became a commentator for FOX Sports was pretty dreadful at that. So much so that the Detroit Lions made him General Manager for some unknown reason other then he applied to the job. I don't see what anyone likes about this guy.
#10 Mike Mayock
I really do love Mike Mayock's NFL Draft analysis, however his booth work is much to be desired. I honestly don't know if it's how he talks or what but it just isn't good.
#9 Michael Irvin
Michael Irvin just comes across as not smart on TV and also it seems like he can't separate having a one on one conversation in person and when he's a commentator. Additionally, he is no stranger to controversies as he's been let go from ESPN twice.
#8 Jon Gruden
I personally like Jon Gruden as a commentator and as a coach, however to the average listener he talks so far above them with various football lingo that people are often left with their heads scratched. I can only hope that he comes back to coaching sooner than later.
#7 Marshall Faulk
Marshall Faulk keeps poor eye contact when interviewing players. Also when he's in NFL Network studios, he looks like he's staring right at the teleprompter, it just comes off as bad television.
#6 Dan Fouts
Dan Fouts is very similar to Cris Collinsworth, just blurts out non-sense a lot of the time and it just kills the whole broadcast.
#5 Randy Cross
Randy Cross is notorious for burying team over another especially whenever the Buffalo Bills play the New England Patriots, it's just plain brutal. At least Don Criqui provides a balance to him and keeps him inline.
#4 Cris Collinsworth
Cris Collinsworth is often voted the worst commentator in the NFL even by players, that's never a good sign if the players don't even like him. I think it's because he interjects many comments that seem not relevant or just plain dumb.
#3 Joe Buck
Joe Buck has no personality at all, even when it's a monumental play, for example in Super Bowl 42, when David Tyree caught the ball with the aid of his helmet and is considered one of the greatest catches in history, Buck treated it like it was a routine catch.
#2 Troy Aikman
Troy Aikman was an excellent quarterback when he was playing, however that hasn't translated into being a good commentator, he seems monotonous. He also seems a little punchy, Steve Young has had the same concussion history as Troy and yet he is a very good commentator.
#1 Marv Albert
Marv Albert has such an emotionless commentary about him during live games, which is odd since I actually like him covering the NBA, go figure. He is far from "Iconic" as James Brown calls him.