We already told you yesterday that Jerry Rice is joining ESPN as an analyst, but today ESPN sent out the official press release, adding that two-time Super Bowl winning ex-coach Bill Parcells will join the Hall of Fame wide receiver. If you recall, Parcells has already been a slow-talking head on ESPN, previously working as a studio analyst on both Monday Night Countdown and Sunday NFL Countdown after spending part of the 2001 season as a guest analyst.
Parcells will make his debut return this upcoming Monday, August 15 on Monday Night Countdown (7 p.m. ET), before the New York Jets-Houston Texans preseason game. His duties during the regular season will not be unlike what he previously did with the Leader, including SportsCenter Special shows Super Bowl Confidential and Draft Confidential, similar to the 90-minute Bill Parcells Draft Confidential from earlier this year.
Parcells' co-workers are ecstatic to reunite with their third ex-Jets coach:
Adam Schefter could only bother mustering up a RT.
Anyway, taking into account Michael McCarthy of USA Today's report that Warrick Dunn and Derrick Brooks will no longer be analysts at ESPN, that leaves ESPN's laundry list of talking heads as follows:
Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Matt Millen, Steve Young, Eric Allen, Tedy Bruschi, Trent Dilfer, Mike Golic, Herm Edwards, Tim Hasselbeck, Merril Hoge, Antonio Pierce, Mark Schlereth, Marcellus WIly, Darren Woodson, Andrew Brandt, Lomas Brown, Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn, Jon Ritchie, Kordell Stewart, Ross Tucker, Damien Woody, Hugh Douglas, Eric Mangini, Bill Parcells, Jerry Rice, The San Diego Chicken, Red Grange, Rich Kotite, This Guy, He Hate Me, Leon Taylor, Rex Ryan, Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder and Terry Tate, Office Linebacker.
Why not make it a series or anthology. 4-5 different portions of the book. 4-5 different directions or point of views. Take some liberties (ala Moneyball). Don't let Disney get their hands on it. This would be so much fun to cast.