A number of former coaches and players have recently left the booth to take hands-on jobs with teams in the NFL. Mike Mayock left the NFL Network to become the general manager of the Oakland Raiders, following former Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden, who became the team’s head coach the season before. John Lynch left his role as a game analyst for Fox to become the GM of the 49ers. Earlier this year it was CBS’s Bruce Arians leaving a broadcasting job to take over as coach of the Buccaneers.
Now ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that another one of his colleagues may be in-line to return to an NFL sideline.
Rex Ryan joined ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown in 2017, after being fired by the Buffalo Bills. He also provided analysis for part of ESPN’s week 1 Monday Night Football double-header.
Two things are worth noting about this report from Schefter. First, he doesn’t specifically mention that either side is focused on making this happen, only that Ryan is “a name to watch.” Also, this isn’t a head coaching job we’re talking about, but a coordinator role.
Ryan had previously told The New York Post that he doesn’t see himself leaving a TV gig to return to coaching. It would be hard to say if not having the responsibilities of a head coach makes it more or less likely that Ryan would listen to Kansas City. As Schefter points out, Ryan has been approached about DC openings before and clearly has turned those opportunities down.
SEC on CBS Draws College Football’s Most-Watched Game for Third Straight Week
Alabama-Arkansas drew an average of 5.828 million viewers, making it the most-watched Alabama-Arkansas game in 12 years.
Alabama-Arkansas drew an average of 5.828 million viewers, making it the most-watched Alabama-Arkansas game in 12 years. That game also peaked at nearly 7 million viewers at one point.
FOX Scores Another Big College Football Weekend
Saturday’s broadcast of Michigan-Iowa drew 4,198,000 viewers on FOX.
FOX continues to grabs heaps of viewers for its prime viewing window of college football coverage.
Saturday’s broadcast of Michigan-Iowa drew 4,198,000 viewers on FOX. To date, thru five weeks of the college football season, Big Noon Saturday is averaging 5,767,000 viewers, the most-watched window in college football.
NFL Ratings on CBS Off to Best Start Since 2010
That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season.
The NFL of CBS is behemoth to start the 2022 season. This past weekend saw the more massive ratings for the network.
Sunday’s national game window, which was led the Patriots-Packers overtime game, averaged 24.647 million viewers which was the most-watched Week 4 window on CBS since 1998, when the NFL returned to CBS. It’s also a ratings increase of 8% from last season.
That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season, CBS‘ best start to a season since 2010.