The 49ers sent out their weekly game release and the Fox crew for this Sunday's 49ers-Texans matchup will be the #4 crew of Chris Myers and Brian Billick.
While I'm not a big fan of Chris Myers, I do enjoy the musings of Brian Billick. This crew covered the 49ers-Seahawks battle in week 2 and heading into the game some folks were not all that excited about having Billick providing color commentary. However, I've always found Billick to be pretty solid. He might be a bit arrogant, but he knows his stuff and he seems to provide especially useful insight.
I'm curious about announcers that are looking to eventually get back into coaching (or get into it for the first time). Brian Billick and Jon Gruden are two perfect examples (Gruden probably more so). On the one hand, you probably don't want to be ruffling too many feathers. Additionally, they know/expect/think announcing isn't a long term gig so it would seem to be easy to be looking ahead to that second job. On the other hand, you've got these competitive individuals who one would imagine don't want to come off as second-rate so they prepare to be the best they can be. Additionally, they haven't been tainted by the network like many long time announcers tend to be.
So I guess I'm curious whether being fired as a coach (or even some recently retired players) make for better announcers? Or is it like anything else where if you have enough of them, some will be good and some will be bad?