Seattle Seahawks fans listened to (or muted) Ronde Barber a lot last season, but he won’t be on the NFL on FOX anymore.
In another offseason broadcast shakeup, FOX opted not to renew Barber’s contract and he’s expected to be replaced by former New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who’s moving over from ESPN. Vilma previously worked on ESPN’s college football broadcasts as a studio analyst, and he was part of the New Orleans local preseason coverage last season.
Barber had been with FOX since the 2013 season and an in-game analyst since 2014. He called a whopping five Seahawks games in 2019, which is a lot considering the team only had ten regular season outings on the network. Listening to him analyze the action has not been a pleasant experience.
Ronde Barber calls games like he is transcribing morse code— Alistair Corp (@byAlistairCorp) October 27, 2019
Ronde Barber told me that's Akeem King. https://t.co/dr0WMDrVvk— Mookie Alexander (@mookiealexander) October 27, 2019
So what’s changed from a TV standpoint thus far?
Well ESPN’s Monday Night Football duo of Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland is out, and they’re still looking for a replacement. CBS hired Charles Davis, did not retain Dan Fouts, and Davis gets the #2 broadcast spot with Ian Eagle.
FOX has yet to find a replacement for Davis, who had worked with Kevin Burkhardt as their #2 broadcast team. New York Post says Daryl Johnston or Mark Schlereth could fill that spot temporarily, as they wait for current Seahawks TE Greg Olsen to wrap up his career and then head for the booth. Adam Amin also jumped ship from ESPN to FOX to do some play-by-play.
Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are here to stay, though.