ESPN has found a replacement for Jon Gruden, at least temporarily.
Jon Gruden is the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders. That move left a void alongside Sean McDonough on the Monday Night Football broadcasts.
Several names have been tossed around as potential replacements for Gruden, including Peyton Manning, Steve Young, and Louis Riddick.
Another popular name is Matt Hasselbeck. Well, Hasselback will get his shot at an “audition” with McDonough when the two pair up for the Pro Bowl.
ESPN Senior VP, Events & Studio Production Stephanie Druley announced the move on Friday morning:
“Matt has experience calling games and will be a great fit alongside Sean McDonough for this Pro Bowl assignment. He is a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback with connections to many players and coaches throughout the league, and he was already scheduled to cover the game as part of our ESPN studio team.
The process for determining our new Monday Night Football booth is already underway. We are looking at both internal and external candidates and expect to have a decision made this spring. This is one of the most high-profile and attractive positions in all of sports broadcasting so we want to take our time to ensure we make the best decision.”
Hasselbeck is one of the favorites to replace Gruden, and with a solid showing at the Pro Bowl, is likely to land the job.