Former Giants quarterback Phil Simms might be out of action this week as CBS' lead NFL analyst after undergoing back surgery, but that hasn't stopped him from weighing in on various topics around the NFL.
Among the issues Simms is most passionate about is the suggestion that Cowboys interim head coach Jason Garrett was somehow sabotaging Wade Phillips by calling plays to make the Dallas offense look good so he'd have a better shot at being named coach.
"A little rumor out there that I have a problem with is that Jason Garrett was probably not calling the right plays when Wade Phillips was the coach because he was trying to undermine him," said Simms, per a CBS Sports release. "Anyone who agrees with that premise should get out of the business. I don’t think you can ever say anything worse about a coach. To say it, to even imply it about Jason Garrett, with his family and the way he grew up in the sport of football, it’s beyond ridiculous. It’s an absurd topic to bring up. It just goes to show how anybody can say anything and it gets legs now in this industry."
Some more topics Simms touched on:
The Chargers' turnaround to win four straight: "They are 6-5 and they are in the middle of it. It can go from making the playoffs or not. It’s an extremely fine line. It’s almost sudden death for them. Those are the facts. I love how everybody chalks up victories in the NFL like it’s no big deal. If it wasn’t such a big deal, how did they lose to some of the worst teams on their schedule this year? The fact that it’s almost do-or-die makes you take care of all the little things and concentration never lapses. It’s commendable what they have done, but it is truly just a start."
On Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson being being criticized for what appeared to be smiling on sideline late in blowout loss to 49ers: "Wow, what an injustice to Derek Anderson. He should be upset about it. Players make a lot of faces when they’re in games. Now we have to go by the manual how you’re supposed to have a face during the game? Open it up and it says when you lose be sure you do nothing but have a sad face. To stand on the sidelines and be questioned because maybe there was a hint of a smile on your face when you were losing? It can happen for a lot of reasons. Did I ever smile on the sidelines when we were losing? I’m sure I did. I probably looked at one of my teammates and went, ‘Wow, I can’t believe after all the work we’ve done we’ve got ourselves in this situation.’ It can be a smirk or a smile. There could be a thousand reasons for it. It’s amazing. Fans get upset if a player acts normal after a loss. How could you be acting that way after you just lost? Hey, you work hard, you do your job, you except it, and you go back to work and hope you can do something about it and change it."
On Rams rookie QB Sam Bradford: "There’s nothing left to say about Sam Bradford. He has said it all year long. Of course to do it so seamlessly as the first pick in the draft and somebody as talented as he is, it’s even higher than the expectations I had for him. Did I think it would be a good year statistically for him? No. Did I think they would have a chance to win five games? Probably not, but I sure wasn’t going to judge him on that. The Rams organization and what they’ve done as a team, and how they let him play without getting him beat up, is a model for the next team who drafts a quarterback high. The Rams have followed the model of the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets and Detroit Lions. The Lions did it right too. Their guy just happened to get hurt. These teams are making good decisions, picking the right guys and more importantly, giving them great support, which is helping them succeed. First and foremost, for it to work, the one thing all these team’s quarterbacks have in common is talent."
On Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan fines questioned as too little for repeat offenders: "It’s like everything in the NFL now. Am I okay with it? It’s all about the rules that have been set so they opened up the book and it says, second offense, $25,000 fine. There’s no emotion in the decisions. It’s got to be almost by the letter of the law and that’s what the NFL did. I don’t know how you can complain one way or the other."