The Washington Post reported that Packer knew during the 2007-08 season that it would be his last year working with Jim Nantz, who also was aware his long-time partner would not be returning. But Nantz apparently was sworn to secrecy by Packer, who wanted nothing to do with a farewell tour.
Although Kellogg is a solid choice, my preference would have been Jay Bilas or Bill Raftery, who is known for his colorful description.
As for the NFL Network change, Gumbel arguably was the worst network play-by-play announcer. His conversational voice failed to bring the proper emotion to the telecasts and he didn't stay on top of day-to-day NFL news. Both areas should show a big improvement with Papa, the New York Giants' radio voice since 1995. He will continue his Giants' duties.
"We think Bob's profile in New York was always a successful one,” NFL Network president Steve Bornstein said. "And the fact that the Giants did have that incredible postseason run, were in the Super Bowl, certainly contributed to broader exposure for him.”