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Gibbs, Theismann to call playoff game

Former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs and quarterback Joe Theismann will serve as analysts for NBC on the network's telecast of a first-round NFC playoff game on Jan. 9, according to NBC.

The network is carrying a doubleheader of wild card playoff games that day. NBC's regular Sunday night broadcasting team of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth is to call the other game.

Gibbs and Theismann are to join play-by-play man Tom Hammond. It is believed to be the first broadcast-booth pairing of a coach and quarterback from the same team.

"Joe Gibbs is one of the most beloved people to have ever worked at NBC Sports and we're so happy that he's made a pit stop to work for us again," Dick Ebersol, the chairman of NBC Universal Sports and Olympics, said in a written statement. "Joe Theismann has always provided insightful analysis and we all can't wait to see him join his former coach."

Gibbs previously worked for NBC between 1994 and '97 on the network's NFL studio show.

It will be Theismann's first work for NBC during a long broadcasting career, most recently with the league-owned NFL Network.

"I'm really excited about coming back to NBC Sports," Gibbs said in a written statement. "I'm also excited about working with Joe again but he'll probably argue with me the whole night. I'm going to make him promise to let me get in a word edge-wise."

Said Theismann: "I really appreciate the opportunity to broadcast the wild card game. There's always a chance that Cinderella will find the slipper. I'm ecstatic to be working with my old coach. I owe so much to him. But I don't know if he's going to be able to handle three straight hours with me. I drove him crazy for six years."

By Mark Maske  |  December 6, 2009; 10:00 PM ET  | Category:  Redskins , Television Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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While I wouldn't call Kornheiser a "no-nothing", he only shared the booth with Theismann for one year. Joe's other "third man" was Paul Maguire, also not exactly a "no-nothing".

Posted by: km352 | December 7, 2009 4:19 PM

What's the over-under on hearing Theismann say "Back when I played..." and hearing Gibbs say "That was (or he is) super-smart?

Posted by: c_e_daniel | December 7, 2009 2:30 PM

Looking forward to the Joe and Joe show.

Oh, and I am sure Tony Kornheiser loves hearing someone call him a "no-nothing."

Posted by: jaypem | December 7, 2009 11:16 AM

The Joey T. Haters never got over him not getting over himself. But for me it was easy to blow that off as entertainment, and then just listen to his analysis which was spot on. Also not afraid to call a player out ... very rare nowadays (Phil Simms)!!

Posted by: Timo17 | December 7, 2009 10:59 AM

Break a leg, Theisman.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | December 7, 2009 10:49 AM

I agree, Theismann a much better color guy than he is given credit for. Though he needs to be in a two-man booth to really shine. He was horrible is last few years on ESPN when he was stuck in a three-man booth with a third guy being a no-nothing whose only contribution to the telecast was comic relief that often wasn't very funny.

It should be entertaining to say the least to have Gibbs and Theismann in the booth together. But I would suggest that Tom Hammond refrain from just throwing it to "Joe" because that could get confusing for everybody

Posted by: CapsNut | December 7, 2009 8:57 AM

As time went by, I think Joe Theisman became better at being a game commentator. In fact, I think he became one of the better ones.

Posted by: hansonharley1 | December 7, 2009 7:41 AM

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