Monday Night Football has been a staple in many homes for over 30 years.
However, it was on this day April 18th, 2005 that things changed for its viewers.
On this date six years ago it was announced that in 2006 the show would be moving to ESPN. That certainly devastated a lot of viewers who for the previous 25 years watched it on ABC.
The move has been nothing short of a disaster as the move cost them legendary play by play man Al Michaels who left for NBC’s Sunday Night Football in America. Also, Sunday Night Football in America has surpassed them in the ratings.
It wasn’t always this way as ESPN was the play to go on Sunday night, especially for game highlights after the 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. games concluded. Unfortunately, some bad personnel decisions has hurt the network.
In the end, if ESPN wants to get back on top they are going to have to be innovative in its presentations of the NFL as right now a lot of it is just plain old boring.
Many of the reports that are flying around the National Football League are mostly untrue as teams will send out misinformation to get the guy that they want.
However, what is coming out of Washington D.C. may be one of the few true reports out there.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi, via Pro Football Talk, the Washington Redskins are very much considering quarterback Ryan Mallet at 10th overall. Considering his track record with quarterbacks there is no doubt that this report is true.
What has held back Mallet from being the top overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft is his reported drug use. Of all the quarterbacks Mallet is the physically gifted quarterback.
Mallet is not that very mobile, but we are talking about Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan who is one of the best at developing young quarterbacks. Also, for what Shanahan likes to do you don’t really need a really athletic quarterback.
Shanahan is known for his running game as it allows pretty much any running back to be a star in it. With the running game established Shanahan then runs his passing game off of it by running a lot of bootleg and play action passes.
In the end, it is not about what a quarterback can and cannot do, but about what he can do.