Chris Carter is good. Really good. I will confess that I was never a big fan of him as a player. I don't care for the Big Ten, particularly Ohio St and Michigan (going back to the big 2, little 8 days). So I wasn't a fan from his Oh St days. And as a NY Giant fan, I never cared for him as an Eagle.
By the end of his career, no one could deny that he had been an outstanding player with a penchant for making the tough catch especially in the red zone. The guy was clutch. But I don't remember thinking he was a particularly bright or articulate interview.
He just finished up his weekly gig with Mike and Mike on ESPN2 and he's just so damn solid. And I realize that I've been thinking that for a while. He's insightful. You don't get standard jock cliches from him. He's so much better than Tom Jackson that it's scary. I like Tom Jackson as a person, but he just doesn't bring the same A+ game as an analyst that Chris Carter is bringing. He's better than Keyshawn Johnson, too.
I can't remember hearing Carter do a game, but I think he'd be good doing color commentary. He's certainly better than most of the ex-jocks doing pre-game and post-game analysis.