Tag:Phil Simms
Posted on: November 3, 2011 2:37 pm

Manning's progress slow, manages to zing Simms

ManningPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Peyton Manning gave a surprise interview to the local press Thursday, and the conclusion to draw from the briefing is that the progress with his neck seems a little stagnated. Which obviously isn’t highly positive. And considering his neck still hasn’t fused, progress is going slowly for the Colts MVP (this year and every year, apparently).

"Not a whole lot to report,” he told reporters, including the Indianapolis Star. “Still waiting for the fusion to take place. That takes place, they thought, between two and three months. Still going slow with that.

“I still have some of the same issues I had before the fusion as far as the nerves and the regeneration. Still dealing with that, the idea being that this surgery gave me the most stability for the nerves to regenerate. That’s still a process there.”

Manning said there really isn’t a timeline to his recovery. Instead, it’s more like a series of checkpoints, the next of which occurs Dec. 1. That’s when he’ll be three months out of surgery, and doctors can determine his strength and conditioning. But for now, he can’t predict where he’ll be and when he’ll be there.

He does know this: he’d like to practice sometime this season.

“Well, the thing about it is the fact that I am on the active roster, if I were in a position, if I were cleared to practice and if I were at a strength level, conditioning level checkpoint that I were cleared, it’s the greatest venue to go out and see where you are on the practice field as opposed to having to grab a receiver off to the side and go out before walk-through or before practice,” he said. “If I was cleared and able to do that, it would be nice to be able to do that, to go out and participate in a team practice where everything is right there with you, even though you probably couldn’t do everything. So, that’s a hope and a wish.”

But as far as playing this year? You’ve got to think there’s absolutely no chance of it happening.

Manning’s sense of humor, though, is still there. You might recall that CBS/Showtime analyst Phil Simms said recently that Andrew Luck didn’t have an NFL arm. Naturally, reporters asked Manning about that, since the Colts, assuming they have the No. 1 draft pick next year, could take him as Manning’s eventual replacement.

“Yeah, I don’t talk to Phil. Phil doesn’t talk to me,” Manning said. “He did text me after that, saying ‘Hey, sorry to drag your name into this.’ I wrote back, ‘Phil I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ He said, ‘Well on my show, Inside the NFL, I made this statement.’ I said, ‘Phil, I hate to break it to you, but I don’t watch your show, along with a lot of other people that I don’t think watch that show.’ Giving himself a little more credit than probably was merited.”


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Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:44 pm

Simms thinks Luck doesn't have an NFL arm

LuckPosted by Josh Katzowitz

People just can’t stop praising Andrew Luck.

Even if he throws a pick-6, people come back and say, “Just look at the way he responded after that interception. What a champion.” Hell, we talked plenty about Luck -- and if we’d rather have him or Cam Newton if we were starting a new franchise -- on today's CBSSports.com experts chat.

You have to look high and low to find anybody that has anything negative to say about Luck and his NFL prospects.

Luckily, former Giants star quarterback and current CBS/Showtime analyst Phil Simms has come to our rescue. He told SiriusXM radio that he has detected a flaw in Luck’s body of work.

“I,” he said, “just don’t see big time NFL throws.”

More transcription from PFT: “I’ve watched a lot of him. He never takes it and rips it in there. And you can say what you want but, man, you’ve got to be able to crease that ball every once in a while. …  There’s not a lot of rotation on the ball and there’s not a tremendous amount of power.  Not that you need to have that power arm. I’m not saying you’ve got to have that exclusively but, man, it sure helps when you can do that because there’s four or five plays a game it is about arm strength. And sometimes quarterbacks who don’t have it, they pass those plays up. Why? Well, they go, ‘I don’t know if I can make that throw,’ so they throw it short.”

One NFL scout, talking to CBSSports.com's Rob Rang agrees. Said that scout: "The reality is, Luck is a pretty special talent, but he's not Superman. I don't know that anyone could be as good as the hype he's getting right now."

You have to wonder how long the light emanating off Luck’s crown will continue to shine. Hardly anybody has a bad thing to say about him, and people are wondering how many draft picks he could command if the team that’s selecting with the No. 1 pick in 2012 decides to trade his rights – four first-rounders was the craziest hypothesis I saw.

But positive or negative, the Luck storyline will last for a very long time, through the Heisman presentation to the draft and all the way through training camp and into the 2012 season. That’s a long time for speculation about whether a quarterback can be a franchise savior. That’s also a long time for other people to pick at Luck and find his flaws. Whether they’re imagined or not.

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Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:55 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 11:01 pm

Phil Simms says Al Davis offered him coaching job

Millen, Simms and Mayock all reportedly had job offers from Al Davis. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Phil Simms' NFL career spanned 14 seasons, all with the New York Giants, and it included two Super Bowl wins. After he retired in 1994, Simms transitioned from the playing field to the broadcast booth, where he's been ever since. Turns out, Simms had other post-NFL opportunities, too. During Wednesday's Inside the NFL, Simms admitted that Al Davis once offered him a coaching gig.

"He did offer me to become a Raiders coach, and to be their head coach," Simms said, according to USA Today.

"And I got interviewed over the phone for many, many hours. I don't know if it's a compliment, maybe it says something about him that's not good," he added kiddingly, though he didn't specify the time frame of the discussions.

"Of course I turned it down -- I'm glad I did -- because I would truly ... how bitter would I be if I'd been hired and got fired a few times?" Simms laughed.

Al Davis, the longtime Raiders owner who died Saturday, had a history of making unconventional job offers. In 2007, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock was rumored to be in the running for Raiders personnel director.

"Al Davis had expressed an interest in me a year ago," Mayock told the Philadelphia Daily News at the time… "At that point, I told him the timing was not good for me and kind of backed out of it early. So I don't know what [the job] could have been or couldn't have been."

And last Sunday, Sports Illustrated's Peter King reported that Matt Millen, the man whose stint as the Lions' general manager can kindly be described as a "reign of terror" (and recently spawned this), turned down an offer from Davis to work for the Raiders after Detroit pink-slipped him.

Of the three, Millen would've easily been the worse hire. And in general, you make that statement about Millen and any two other people you can think of.

This week, Colt McCoy and the Cleveland Browns will take on Jason Campbell and the Oakland Raiders on Sunday afternoon. Jason Horowitz welcomes NFL.com's Pat Kirwan to preview this matchup. Watch the game on CBS at 1 PM ET.

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Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:47 pm

Simms doesn't know if Rex can alleviate pressure

M. Sanchez got crushed during the Baltimore game (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Jets have the most important game of their young season this Sunday when they travel to New England to face the Patriots. Lose, and they’re 2-3, stuck behind the Patriots and the Bills (and maybe in not that exact order!) in the AFC East with about 1/3 of the season gone. Win, and they give New England their second loss and, if the Bills lose, New York would join a three-way tie for first place.

But with the way the Jets were embarrassed last Sunday vs. the Ravens, is there really a reason to believe they can recover to beat New England? Can Rex Ryan save the day?

“I don’t know if he can take the pressure off his team this week,” said “NFL on CBS” lead analyst Phil Simms, who will be covering the New England-New York game. “Everything has changed.  He’s in a scenario now that he has never been in since he’s been a head coach.  It will be interesting to see how they approach the game and what their overall philosophy will be for this game.  How is Rex going to manage it?  Do they still think they’re going to open up the offense and be a throwing team?  Or are they going to go back -- it’s hard to switch in mid-season?  It can’t be cured in one week.  They just have to get the ship going in the right direction this week.”

One problem with the Jets opening up the offense with the pass is that quarterback Mark Sanchez was dominated by Baltimore last week.

In the Jets 34-17 loss, Sanchez was 11 of 35 for 119 yards and an interception and seemingly was put on the ground after every play. But this week Ryan promised a return to the ground-and-pound game, which will take pressure off Sanchez and make New York much less one-dimensional.

“When your offensive line is in trouble, your quarterback is going to be directly affected by how many times he gets hit, and that shows in his performance,” Simms said. “ Look at what he did against the Baltimore Ravens.  If you go back and dissect that game, there were probably nine throwaways, minimum, and at least six throws he had no idea where he was throwing because he was getting hit upside the head at the same time.  I’m not exonerating him from everything, but you surely can’t judge what he’s doing based on what he was presented against the Baltimore Ravens.”

Simms makes a good point about New York’s offensive line. With Colin Baxter struggling at center to replace Nick Mangold – who is slated to return this week – and with Vladimir Ducasse in the game, New York couldn’t stop Baltimore’s front seven from doing whatever it wanted, whenever it wanted vs. the Jets.

“In the NFL, when there is a weakness in your offensive line, it doesn’t hurt your offense, it hurts your whole football team,” Simms said. “It hurts your quarterback, the receivers, the running backs, the situations your defense plays in.  Right now, the Jets have a few obstacles to overcome. “

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 4:34 pm

CBS Sports announces 2011 NFL announcer pairings

Posted by Will Brinson

It's almost NFL time, kids. Which means it's also time for the 52nd season of the NFL being broadcast on the CBS Television Network.

And that also means another wonderful season of The NFL Today (the best pregame show on Sundays, and, yes, I'd tell you that even if I didn't work here), anchored as always by the excellent James Brown and featuring Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher and Shannon Sharpe.

We'll have more from the announcement/media thing in New York City later, but for now, the important stuff: the mothership's announced the 2011 announcer pairings.

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms take the spot as The NFL on CBS lead announcing team, as usual, followed immediately by Greg Gumbel, who teams again with Dan Dierdorf.

Ian Eagle will be paired with Chargers great Dan Fouts in 2011, and new legend on the block Marv Albert will team up with Rich Gannon to call games.

Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots are paired again this season, while Bill Macatee will team up with Steve Tasker.

Spero Dedes, in his second year, will call games with Steve Beuerlein, while Don Criqui and Randy Cross will pair up as well.

In bonus news, The NFL on CBS will kick off this Friday, August 26 by broadcasting the Colts-Packers preseason game and then air the Patriots-Lions game on Saturday, August 27.

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Posted on: February 9, 2011 11:24 am
Edited on: February 9, 2011 11:34 am

Simms closes the book on drama with Howard

Posted by Andy Benoit

In a recent interview with Sirius XM (via FOX Sports), former Giants quarterback Phil Simms apologized for his run-in with ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard.

"It's over," Simms said. "And, you know, and I'm sorry. I really, I mean this, I'm sorry it happened. I really am because even if it remained private, there's still nothing gained. So I've learned another lesson."

Simms was asked if he is upset that Howard publicly disclosed their incident.

"Well, of course I am," Simms said. "But it is what it is. It's a great lesson learned, and of course I'm not excusing myself. You know, I've got to know better. It's a new day and age . . . And, you know, you've got to know that I think about those things all the time. It's just not good on my part, either. I understand that."

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Posted on: February 6, 2011 10:19 am

Simms and Desmond Howard have to be separated

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Apparently the NFL Experience at the Dallas Convention Center wasn’t such a fun time for everybody who attended Saturday.

According to the New York Post, former Giants star QB Phil Simms threatened to hit former Packers WR Desmond Howard. Simms – whose son, Matt Simms, is a quarterback at the University of Tennessee – said there was no chance the confrontation would turn physical.

Here’s what Howard wrote on his Twitter account Saturday:

-At NFL-Xperience and Phil Simms just threatened 2 hit me b/c I said his son was 1 of the worse QBs in the SEC. I told him "LET'S GO!"

-I am DEAD serious about the Phil Simms thing. We all thought he was joking, but he kept going and said he wanted 2 take a swing at me!!

-During the season we talked about the Tenn v LSU game and I said "u will see 3 of the worse QBs in the SEC" That's what Phil did not like.

-It ended w/police stepping in between so I could continue my appearance w/fans.

And here are the statements. Simms through CBS:

 “Desmond and I were having a private conversation that became heated. But at no time was there ever a chance of any physical confrontation or that I felt the police officer assigned to me by the event planners for my appearance needed to separate the two of us.”

Howard through ESPN:

“I was at a public signing for a sponsor when Phil approached me to express anger over on-air analysis I made months ago about his son, Tennessee quarterback Matt Simms. During the conversation, Phil made a reference to hitting me and security and sponsor representatives soon stepped in. It was an unfortunate incident and I’m moving on.”

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Posted on: January 11, 2011 10:36 pm

CBS analysts weigh in on Rex Ryan

B. Belichick and R. Ryan (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Whenever the Jets are getting set to face the Patriots, Rex Ryan always seems to make a spectacle of himself. Whether it’s him declaring he’s not going to kiss Bill Belichick’s rings or him declaring he’s going to kick Belichick’s ass or him declaring it’s him vs. Belichick, he’s always that little-brother type who’s trying to upset the calmer, older, more-renowned boy.

It hasn’t worked thus far.

And while engaged in a national teleconference today, CBS analysts Phil Simms, Dan Dierdorf and Bill Cowher described one reason why. Ryan tries to make himself bigger than the game, and when the previews have been written and the pregame reports have been filed, none of that bluster matters.

“Coaches need to figure out that coaches don’t block, tackle or catch,” Dierdorf said. “I like Rex a lot, but it really just bothered me (last week) when he said, ‘I finally beat Peyton Manning.’ First of all, the Jets beat the Colts. And now he says, ‘It’s just myself against Bill Belichick.’ No, it’s about the players and it’s always going to be about the players. Rex needs a reality check in my estimation.”

Or he needs to not get outcoached again, like he did when the Patriots dominated New York 45-3 earlier this year.

“He did get outcoached in New England,” Simms said. “Some of the things he was trying to do, he deserved to lose. He’ll change a lot of things (this weekend). That 45-3 is there looking at you all the time. I thought he put the players in some situations where he had no chance for success.”

And as Cowher says, you never know what’s going to happen in New England’s locker room.

“They’ll say the right things, but I can tell you in that locker room and on Saturday night when Bill Belichick is talking to them, some of those quotes will come back," Cowher said. "Everybody loves to make it personal. Bill Belichick will take this personal, and he’ll make his players take this personal. I wouldn’t wake a sleeping giant, and I think (Ryan) has done it.

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