Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

01 Oct 2005

Brent Jones Leaves CBS

Just days after e-mailing our own Russell Levine, Brent Jones decided he no longer wants to be a TV broadcaster. I hope Russell's criticism had nothing to do with the decision, as we like Jones around here for his interest in unconventional stats. According to Jones, the decision is about wanting to spend more time with his family. Steve Tasker will now take Jones's place in the booth alongside Gus Johnson.

Posted by: Michael David Smith on 01 Oct 2005

19 comments, Last at 07 Oct 2005, 5:36pm by Russ


by Nathan (not verified) :: Sat, 10/01/2005 - 11:51am

Good luck to him. I just hope he's happy wiht what he does, we was an excellent player to watch.

by Trogdor (not verified) :: Sat, 10/01/2005 - 11:57am

Dangit, of all the announcers to leave after being criticized here... Why couldn't Theismann et al read this site more?

I liked Jones, and I'll be sad to see him go. I wish him the best of luck, and hope to see him back someday if he thinks it's the right move for him.

by Russell (not verified) :: Sat, 10/01/2005 - 12:23pm

No, I didn't have anything to do with his decision (I hope).

I actually heard from Brent -- who's just an incredibly nice guy -- on Friday that he was retiring, and he told me the same thing -- he's tired of the travel and wants to spend time with the family. He also said one of his top priorities was to spend a Sunday at home watching NFL Sunday Ticket, something he's never had the opportunity to do.

I'm still hoping to talk to him for a "behind the scenes" piece about NFL broadcasting, and I hope to bring that to you soon.

Good luck Brent, and enjoy spending a few couch potato Sundays like the rest of us.

by Björn (not verified) :: Sat, 10/01/2005 - 12:25pm

"[He] no longer wanted to deal with the travel that prevented him from spending time with his family and business ventures in the Bay Area."

Seems like good reasons to me. Just think of all the travelling he has done in his life, first as a player, then as a broadcaster. That certainly isn't my ideal life choice either.

by Josh (not verified) :: Sat, 10/01/2005 - 9:45pm

I think maybe there were complaints about him comparing a strip by David Barret last week to "ripping the head off a doll" (or dog, there's some debate over what he said). :)

by VarlosZ (not verified) :: Sun, 10/02/2005 - 1:03am

I heard "doll." That was one of the wierdest on-air comments I've ever heard during a game. I think Jones knew it, too, since he immediately followed it with, "I don't know why I just thought of that."

by J-Diddy (not verified) :: Sun, 10/02/2005 - 2:58am

I was watching the Jets game at work last weekand the bartender and I both heard "dog". I remember because she wasn't paying attention till she heard that... then just got a puzzled look on her face.

I would like to know whick he really said and where you heard there were complaints about it. (PETA maybe? lol)

by KL (not verified) :: Sun, 10/02/2005 - 12:56pm

It sounded like doll to me. And that makes a lot more sense than a dog (not that ripping a doll's head off is a great analogy to compare stripping a football).

It strikes me as odd that he'd be leaving because of travel. It's not like he suddenly about travel after week three when he had been announcing games for at a few years.

by B Jones (not verified) :: Sun, 10/02/2005 - 2:07pm


Thanks for the nice words!

With regard to my comments during the Jets game, I said "just like ripping the head off a doll" Not the best analogy, but had just watched an episode of curb your enthusiasm the night before, and Larry and his agent did just that (ripped the head off a doll)
That's the beauty of live analysis....you never know what you're gonna get!

There were no complaints from CBS .

By the way, I was on the sidelines in Arizona yesterday to watch the USC/A State game . I haven't been to a college game in 20 years, and it was the best.

And in case anyone is wondering, I am sitting at home, catching up on all my favorite Football Outsiders columns, buying and selling players on ProTrade, and watching the CBS pre-game show, and I am having a blast.

by Nathan (not verified) :: Sun, 10/02/2005 - 3:00pm

That's awesome. Just awesome. :)

by Josh (not verified) :: Sun, 10/02/2005 - 4:08pm

For the record, I was joking when I suggested Brent Jones left because of complaints about the "ripping the head off a doll" comment.
And I think it's very cool that Brent Jones just commented here - assuming this isn't someone pretending to be him.

by Richie (not verified) :: Sun, 10/02/2005 - 9:31pm

Maybe Brent was getting too close to the truth by reading Football Outsiders, and the "vast conventional wisdom conspiracy" forced him off the airwaves.

by Joey (not verified) :: Sun, 10/02/2005 - 11:53pm

All the best to, Brent! Seems like an incredibly down-to-earth, nice guy. Can't we clone his personality and do a transplant on TO, Moss and some of these other guys?

I've only heard Steve Tasker a few times but look forward to him, as well. (He's from a little town in Kansas not far from where I grew up.)

by Dave Keller (not verified) :: Mon, 10/03/2005 - 2:58am

Maybe, just this one time, someone will allow Brent Jones to sit back with a bucket of chicken, a can of soda and two pieces of cake and just relax.

by J-Diddy (not verified) :: Mon, 10/03/2005 - 4:29am

That's kinda ironic... Here I am every Sunday on my couch watching football, eating chips, and sitting on my recliner, and that's Brent Jones dream.

And Brent Jones is in a different NFL city every week, announcing the games, basically getting paid to watch and talk about football, and that's my dream.

Life is so unfair. *sigh*

by MadPenguin (not verified) :: Mon, 10/03/2005 - 11:52am

Please beg ESPN's sunday night crew to retire. Or to go announce soccer games..

by David Keller (not verified) :: Mon, 10/03/2005 - 4:47pm

Soccer is a sport in which a ball is used as the mechanism to score points.

by David Keller (not verified) :: Mon, 10/03/2005 - 4:48pm

Soccer is a sport in which a ball is used as the mechanism to score points.

by Russ (not verified) :: Fri, 10/07/2005 - 5:36pm

We miss Brent on the crew. Not the same without him. There is no better guy that has ever traded in the pads for a microphone than Brent Jones. His career speaks for itself. I've been working as a TV Stats guy for 11 seasons. It's good to have a friend like Brent. He'll give you the shirt off of his back......

Russ (his stats guy on the CBS Crew)