I'm not sure if Dan is ready for that move yet. His strength is breaking down film and explaining complicated football concepts to regular people. Can he do that live on the fly while the play is happening or immediately after? Not sure.
I'm still flummoxed by Witten getting that job in the first place. I honestly think it was a big enough disaster that coming out of retirement was the best way to save face. He was never comfortable in that setting, and who could blame him? MNF is not the best platform to start out on training wheels.
Booger was forgettable, though occasionally entertaining. Tessitore might have annoyed me more than the other two combined. Such a drop-off going from Tirico and McDonough to him.
ESPN should consider using Witten's departure as an excuse to scrap the whole menu. As far as Orlovsky goes, unless you're a big name like Manning, you really need to kill the audition. I don't think Dan's at that point.
As much as I'd like to see them go totally radical and hire a defensive player, they have too much incentive to play it as safe as possible. Neither the NFL nor ESPN needs Ed Reed telling America what he really feels about the current product. This won't be Bill Walton calling PAC-12 games - anyone who attempts to inject even the slightest bit of originality into the broadcast will be shown the door.