CBS announced on Tuesday, April 4 that former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will become the network’s lead NFL game analyst beginning with the 2017-2018 NFL season. Romo, who played for 14 years with the Dallas Cowboys, will join Jim Nantz and Tracy Wolfson on the lead announcing team for CBS’s coverage of THE NFL ON CBS on Sunday afternoons and Thursday Night Football.
CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus stated, “[Tony Romo] brings a fresh and insightful perspective to our viewers having just stepped off the field. We know Tony will quickly develop into a terrific analyst, and alongside Jim Nantz, will become a must-listen for fans each week.”
Romo replaces Phil Simms, who had been CBS’s lead analyst since 1998. While Simms has had a lengthy career in broadcasting, he had also been at the center of much public criticism from fans and casual observers in recent years, especially among those on social media. Here are two game examples from the most recent NFL playoffs that drew puzzlement from football viewers:
No word, as of yet, what Simms’ broadcasting future will be moving forward.