According to The Big Lead,
“ESPN’s NFL coverage will look dramatically different next year. Our site already reported that Mike Ditka is out from his Countdown gig (though will remain with the network in an emeritus role), and that Matt Hasselbeck and Charles Woodson are on their way in.
Trent Dilfer has also been widely reported to be leaving Bristol. In addition to this, The Big Lead has learned that Cris Carter and Ray Lewis are also expected to be on their way out, and that Randy Moss is expected to be on his way in.”
If I’m giving my honest opinion of these two guys at ESPN, I don’t know how I feel about this move. I thought Trent Dilfer did a pretty good job for the most part. But honestly I thought Ray Lewis could have been a little better. Not that he was terrible or anything, but he was sometimes hard to follow. Not because he doesn’t know the game obviously, but it seemed like he’d just ramble and go off on tangents that didn’t really relate to the topic. People around the internet liked to take a dump on Ray whenever they could. It was nice to still see Ray Ray every Sunday though.
The reports haven’t said who’s decision these changes are, but with so many old faces leaving and so many new faces coming in, I’d guess it was ESPN who wanted the change. But who knows. I’m sure these guys can find work in the analyst field at another network if they’re still interested though.