Top 10 Analysts In Football
They shape opinions and educate the masses that are quick to turn-around and quote what they say as truth.
Some are very good and some are very bad. The best speak to the viewer and not the camera.
You might have a name or two that you would swap out for the names on this list. While none will ever be John Madden status, it can’t be denied that these are amongst the best in the football business.
#10 Tony Dungy
Dungy has probably forgotten more about football than most people will ever know. His choice to work the late game for NBC Sunday Night Football was superb.
By the third game of the day, Dungy’s mellow yet informative approach suits that time slot perfectly for those that have spent the day screaming in their living room.
He’s not as biased as some experts are that have coached and/or played in the NFL.
Sure, he wants the Colts to do well but he’s had no problem telling it like it is either.
His subliminal digs go unnoticed by some and that matched with his wisdom make cool Tony D a preferred choice over quite a few in the field.
#9 Jimmy Johnson
The former Cowboys coach is Dungy’s polar opposite. Every mannerism that he and his hair put forth is an exercise in the theater of the absurd.
As one of the panel on Fox’s pregame show, Fox NFL Sunday, he doesn’t drop as many jewels as you would like during most segments and he will never be called into to do a hard-hitting piece on a serious issue that clouds the league.
But he relishes his role as the class clown and he’s not afraid to make plenty of off-the-wall picks.
On occasion, he’ll look in the camera and get serious especially when it comes to discussing a player that needs to have a big game, but for the most part Jimmy Johnson understands that he’s there to entertain and he has no problem doing so.
#8 Mike Ditka
Ditka serves up his piss with his vinegar and is one of the resident ‘back-in-my-day’ vets on ESPN’s pre-game showcases.
Ditka at times looks and probably feels a bit out-of-place when he’s trying to make a point during Chris Carter and Keyshawn Johnson’s antics.
More than a couple of times he’s stared them both down as if to say ‘I wish you would interrupt me one more time on live TV.’
Out of all of the coach’s that do this thing, Ditka does the best job of breaking down the coach’s perspective of each game.
He may not be the guy on the sideline but he paints crystal clear pictures of how that guy is thinking based on the situation that he and his team are in.
Ditka gets talked into doing a lot of hokey skits but in this business, who doesn’t?