Philip Rivers: Could ESPN Get the Retired QB in the MNF Booth?
After a 17 year career, number 17 is finally hanging them up. Philip Rivers said goodbye to the NFL this past season and hello to a high school football coaching job in Alabama. Rivers mentioned that coaching high school football has always been on his heart and he is excited at the chance to do it, dadgummit. However, the folks at ESPN may have another idea that could get Rivers back in the NFL again, but not on the field.
According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, executives at ESPN have their eye on Rivers to come on the broadcast and possibly be an analyst. He writes in his piece that “ESPN will talk with recently retired quarterback Philip Rivers about joining the network as an NFL analyst, according to sources, and if Peyton Manning suddenly decided he wanted to be in the broadcast booth, the network would keep the door open. But the plan at ESPN is for Steve Levy, Louis Riddick, and Brian Griese to return as the “Monday Night Football” crew for the 2021 season, according to sources.” Though the plan is to keep on the trio of Levy, Riddick, and Griese. Philip Rivers would add a series level of flair to the broadcast. After getting clobbered in the reviews by Tony Romo, ESPN seriously would have to look at this as an option.
Although Philip Rivers was hired as the head football coach at St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, Alabama he could have Mondays open to doing a broadcast if need be. Though there are a lot of family questions with this is well. It is important to note that ESPN would look to Rivers originally to start with some smaller games on the network. Things like when they start the season with a doubleheader, Rivers would probably get the game they assume fewer people would want to see. The reason for this is so ESPN could hedge their bet a bit. If Rivers were to do at minimum their three or four smaller games this upcoming season he could try it out and see if he liked it or not.
Rivers would be an absolute natural on the broadcast especially due to his knowledge of the game. One example is this knowledge was shared recently by Houston Texans star J.J. Watt. In a tweet on his personal account, Watt said, “I’ll never forget lining up for a play and Phil pointing to one of our linebackers and telling him he was lined up wrong based off the blitz we were about to run and being 100% correct about it haha. One of the smartest I’ve ever played against and a hell of a competitor.” There are countless other stories that back up how respected Rivers was in the league and how much he will be missed on the field.
In addition to his knowledge of the game, Philip Rivers would be sure to bring a level of flair to the broadcast that people will find refreshing. Time and time again opponents will comment on Rivers’ PG-rated trash-talking skills. Just in case you do not believe me, watch the video below.
I for one hope he does end up in a booth next year should he choose to do so. However, only time will tell what this sure fire hall of famer will do next.
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