By RanterX on December 22, 2012
Without question the NFL is our 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.
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?
There's nothing worse than a former player who compares every play to one that involved him from 15 years ago.
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.
A truckload of cliches every single Sunday equals bad announcing.
This dude is always way more worried about how he looks than what's coming out of his mouth.
We like Solomon Wilcots, but just he talks too much. Sometimes the best thing said during a key moment in a game is nothing.
We thought we were safe after ESPN took Joe Theismann off their coverage, but 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.
Sure, Bryant Gumble has broadcasted literally everything and he's good at some stuff, but football isn't one of them. The dude sounds like a robot as a play-by-play guy and never says anything intelligent when he tries to collaborate with his color commentator.
Everyone loved Warren Sapp as a player, but he's one of the all-time worst commentators out there. It seems like if it doesn't involve a defensive lineman he doesn't care. Also similar to Michael Irvin, he's had numerous controversial moments tied to him, so it's surprising networks keep giving him chances.
Matt Millen was a semi decent pro football player for three different teams. Then he became a commentator for FOX Sports and was pretty dreadful at that. So much so that the Detroit Lions made him general manager for some unknown reason other than he applied to the job. I don't see what anyone likes about this guy.
We really do love Mike Mayock's NFL Draft analysis, but his booth work needs some serious work. The guy can't seem to differentiate between the two and so you end up getting draft-style analysis during games, which simply doesn't work.
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.
Jon Gruden talks so far above the average listener with various football lingo that people are often left scratching their heads. Everyone just hopes that he comes back to coaching sooner rather than later.
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.
Dan Fouts is very similar to Cris Collinsworth; he just blurts out non-sense a lot of the time and it just kills the whole broadcast.
Randy Cross is notorious for bias toward one team, especially whenever the Buffalo Bills play the New England Patriots -- it's just brutal. At least Don Criqui provides a balance to him in line.
Cris Collinsworth is often voted the worst commentator in the NFL even by players. That's not a good sign if the players don't even like him. Maybe he should try to cut back on the completely irrelevant comments during the middle of games.
Joe Buck has no personality at all, even during monumental plays. For example in Super Bowl XLVII, when David Tyree caught the ball with the aid of his helmet (a play that is considered one of the greatest catches in history), Buck treated it like it was a routine catch.
Troy Aikman was an excellent quarterback when he was playing, but that hasn't translated into being a good commentator; he's monotonous. He also stumbles over his words a lot and just stops in the middle of sentences when he can't think of a good way to end them.
Marv Albert has such an emotionless commentary about him during live games, which is odd since he's actually enjoyable to listen to during NBA games. Dude must really not like football, or at least not nearly as much as basketball. He is far from "iconic" as James Brown calls him.
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