Environmentally friendly BAY — Joe Thomas could be the next John Madden someday, but he will not be the next coloration analyst for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” suitable now.
Even with drawing positive opinions previous calendar year when he auditioned for the career, the former College of Wisconsin star and 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle stated during his regular visual appeal on ESPN Wisconsin Tuesday early morning that he will not be pursuing the career now that Jason Witten has left the broadcast booth to go back to his former gig — taking part in tight conclude for the Dallas Cowboys.
Oh, and the seven-time very first-crew All-Pro will not be going back to the Cleveland Browns and resuming his taking part in career like Witten, either — not soon after dropping extra than 50 lbs . from his 315-pound taking part in fat.
“I can guarantee you I do not have any gas left in my NFL player tank. And I’m not certain I’m intrigued in the coloration analyst side of items but,” Thomas stated. “I’m basically truly taking pleasure in the radio gig, and some of the pregame and studio-style analyst things that I’m accomplishing (on television). So, I will not be going back to football — I can guarantee you that — and I’m rather satisfied with the (media) items I’m accomplishing suitable now.
“I’m not certain I truly want to action into the booth — primarily soon after seeing what Jason Witten experienced to endure this year.”
It is been virtually a calendar year given that Thomas, 34, retired soon after 11 NFL seasons, acquiring suffered a torn left triceps soon after taking part in 10,363 consecutive snaps to start out his career, which started as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft.
Since then, Thomas has carried out studio function for the NFL Community, commenced a well-known podcast with former Browns teammate Andrew Hawkins identified as “The ThomaHawk Demonstrate,” and appears often on the radio on ESPN Madison, ESPN Milwaukee and ESPN Cleveland.
He auditioned to phone the “Monday Night Football” and “Thursday Night Football” online games previous offseason but didn’t get either career. Soon after his ESPN audition, participate in-by-participate in announcer Joe Tessitore raved about Thomas’ opportunity, telling The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch that Thomas experienced a Madden-esque high-quality to him. Madden, who coached the Oakland Raiders to a Tremendous Bowl title, continues to be arguably the most well-known NFL analyst in background, acquiring identified as online games for CBS, FOX, ABC and NBC before retiring from broadcasting in 2009.
“He was incredibly funny and genuine,” Tessitore told Deitsch previous calendar year. “There were being a couple of situations I told (ESPN vice president and guide MNF producer) Jay Rothman that there is a bit of Madden there. You can unearth this, and anyone will.”
Even with that substantial praise, Thomas stated he is not intrigued in the career, even while it unexpectedly came open up previous 7 days soon after Witten announced his choice to return to taking part in. ESPN has but to say what its options are for changing Witten, an 11-time Pro Bowl pick at tight conclude with the Cowboys.
“I signify, people are clearly some truly flattering terms, due to the fact I grew up with Madden and (Pat) Summerall, and I beloved seeing them,” stated Thomas, who grew up in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield. “It didn’t issue what match they were being accomplishing — you tuned in. due to the fact Madden experienced that everyman persona about him, the place he was truly equipped to get his position across, make it pleasurable, make it feel like you are sitting at the bar with anyone, and I think that is what they’re type of looking for.
“Maybe down the line I think I would like to phone a match, but suitable now, I understand the place my skills are and how a lot function and advancement I would have to have in buy to be equipped to action into that booth.”
Thomas, who with wife Annie has 4 young children, stated the time commitment necessary by “Monday Night Football” also doesn’t suit him. Witten endured harsh criticism in the course of the 2018 year for his on-air functionality, and Thomas acknowledged he’d probable draw some destructive opinions as nicely.
“I was chatting to some people today at ESPN that know Jason rather nicely, and I think he was all set for the time commitment, but I really don’t think you are truly all set until you action into that mode and you are long gone 20 straight weeks absent from your family members, when you are quote-unquote ‘retired’ for your very first calendar year out of NFL football,” Thomas stated. “When you do that Monday Night gig, you get into city on Friday, you are there until Tuesday, you are property for in essence Wednesday and Thursday, but people days you are commencing to prep and you are seeing movie for the next 7 days, so truly, I can consider he acquired burned out truly rapidly — primarily when you are so extensively panned and criticized the way he was.
“I think it would have been diverse for him with that time commitment experienced he stepped into that booth and been acquired the way (ex-Cowboys quarterback) Tony Romo has, the place anyone loves him (on CBS). He could conveniently have felt and justified that the function was really worth it. But in his case, obtaining that criticism each individual one 7 days, I’m certain he was considering, ‘Man, it was a lot simpler taking part in football for the Dallas Cowboys. I can go out and be the hero each individual Sunday, and it was a lot simpler.’”
Last 7 days, Thomas appeared on the NFL Community during the annual NFL scouting incorporate in Indianapolis and did on-area investigation of the offensive line drills. His will take drew positive opinions, which includes from Environmentally friendly Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari.
Thomas will be back on NFL Community next 7 days, doing work in studio in the Los Angeles region as free company opens.
“I’ve experienced a ton of truly fantastic coaches who’ve assisted me together the way, which I think benefited me due to the fact they stated the very same point in a lot of diverse approaches, and I was equipped to just take absent from that the very best way to reveal it to the individual who’s probably not an offensive lineman, to assistance them have an understanding of the details of the situation,” Thomas stated.
“So (the incorporate) was pleasurable for me. It was like becoming a trainer in a classroom and suitable now, that is the style of things that I really like. It is truly purely natural for me. It is in essence what I was accomplishing the previous fifty percent of my NFL career, type of taking on a mentor/coaching role with all the young players on the crew, and it was a lot of pleasurable. There was rarely any prep concerned — I just acquired to look at linemen, and I just acquired to really like it.”