Telecast of Ravens opener shows deeper bench at CBS Sports – Baltimore Sun (blog)

While much of the attention Sunday was on the season-opening debut of former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo as analyst on the top NFL broadcast team at CBS, a smaller story about the network’s football coverage has gone less noticed.

CBS Sports has done a good job of deepening its bench and bringing younger and more enthusiastic play-by-play announcers and analysts to weekly lineups of five and six games — especially in smaller markets. Case in point: the call of Spero Dedes and Adam Archuleta in the Ravens’ 20-0 win over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.

There was nothing terrific about either of them. But they were informed, largely held their focus and did not run their mouths about their careers or personal feelings. That’s what some of the over-the-broadcast-hill former players and their play-by-play partners did in the bad old days when too many folks in the CBS booths acted like they were at a sports banquet celebrating their careers instead of working to make the game more accessible and enjoyable to fans.

(Readers of this column over the years will know who I am talking about. No need to beat up on folks who are no longer employed at CBS. OK, Dan Dierdorf?)

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