That was the comment from ESPN’s Jason Witten, in his first season in ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” booth. He may not have replaced a broadcasting legend in Jon Gruden, but he’s had something of a rocky start.
Not everyone can segue from the playing field into the broadcast booth as seamlessly as Witten’s former teammate, Tony Romo, and there have been a couple of slip-ups over Witten’s first games as an announcer. He has incorrectly identified plays and drew fire for saying of the NFL’s roughing the passer rule: “It seems like we went a little bit to the left wing.”
He explained his “left wing” remark with words that could apply to what he said Monday night in the Packers-49ers game. “I fumbled my words, lesson learned. I hope you were trying to understand what I was trying to say. The league just got a little out of whack when they were making the [roughing] rule. They’re going to tighten it back up and be able to adjust it. It wasn’t left wing, obviously. It was an honest mistake. Most people realized that, I think.”
Same with Rodgers pulling a rabbit out of his head. Late Monday night, Witten was able to laugh that one off with a self-deprecating tweet laced with emoji for a head smack, a shrug and, of course, a cute bunny.