Well, now. CBS is shaking things up dramatically for its pregame show.
Recently retired (and future Hall of Fame) tight end Tony Gonzalez will be joining the CBS NFL pregame "The NFL Today" show, and longtime fixtures Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe are out, according to the Sports Business Journal.
Gonzalez recently speculated in an ESPN interview whether he might leave the door ever so slightly open for a comeback late next season, one that the Atlanta Falcons didn't seem to reciprocate. They said they were moving on with the assumption that Gonzalez's playing days were over, and this new broadcasting deal would appear to confirm that.
Sharpe, who had been with the network since 2004, had been known as an outspoken talking head on the show, and he added an edge to the discussion, even if his style wasn't universally loved. He likely will be picked up by another network because of his visibility.
One of the all-time great quarterbacks, Marino had been with CBS since 2002. Cue the talk of him returning to the Miami Dolphins in some form? Marino was named the team's senior vice president 10 years ago but resigned quickly thereafter, citing that the role was not best for him. Still, a return to the only pro team he has known has been speculated for years.
The well-spoken Gonzalez has appeared to be a natural for such a job, but there will be pressure to be camera-ready very quickly because of this major shakeup on the set.
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