Not a lot of changes to FOX’s NFL announcing pairs for the season. Most of the pairings have stayed the same with the exception of Trent Green being replaced by Kurt Warner (isn’t that ironic?). Oh, and it looks like they haven’t fired Charles Davis at all and we’ve got the abominable trio of Dick Stockton, Charles Davis, and Jim L. Mora to look forward to!
In an unusually quiet NFL TV offseason with few changes in network on-air lineups, Fox will formally announce two new game analysts Monday: Jim Mora and Kurt Warner.
Mora, fired by the Seattle Seahawks after going 5-11 last season, will call games in a three-man booth with Dick Stockton and Charles Davis. (Like father, like son: Mora’s father, Jim E. Mora, was an NBC NFL analyst in 1997 after resigning from coaching the New Orleans Saints.) Fox Sports vice chairman Ed Goren Sunday suggested Mora’s on-air potential is a wild card: “With Mora, who knows? He’s done a lot on the NFL Network. … Jim wasn’t ready to get back into coaching. The unknown is whether he gets tempted down the road.”
Goren likened Mora’s situation with ex-Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick joining Fox in 2008. Billick, said Goren, has embraced broadcasting. “But would he go back to coaching? I don’t think even he knows.”
Warner, who retired from the Arizona Cardinals after throwing for 32,344 yards over 12 NFL seasons, will call at least three games working with either Chris Myers or Chris Rose and, logically, start with the New Orleans Saints at Arizona on Oct. 10. (He’ll be replacing Trent Green.)
In case you’re wondering, Stockton/Davis/Mora will travel to Pittsburgh for the Falcons/Steelers game so the Seahawks avoid that terrible threesome for at least one week. The pairings in full are:
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Pam Oliver
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Dick Stockton, Charles Davis, Jim Mora Jr. & Laura Okmin
Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick & Charissa Thompson
Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan & Chris Myers
Ron Pitts, John Lynch & Nischelle Turner
Chris Myers/Chris Rose, Kurt Warner
This is why CBS is vastly superior to FOX.