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Phil Simms quickly becomes a CBS afterthought

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Notwithstanding the fact that “multiple years” remain on the contract between Phil Simms and CBS, the manner in which the arrival of Tony Romo has been handled suggests that Phil Simms has now become an afterthought.

If, after all, CBS had a clear plan for Simms, the network wouldn’t have pulled the plug on his current assignment with no plan whatsoever for his next one. Which suggests that his next one won’t simply consist of falling back one spot on the depth chart (bumping Dan Fouts out of the No. 2 position, who may then fall to No.3, and so on) but out of the network altogether.

Indeed, with a clear spot open at the pregame desk given the recent departure of Tony Gonzalez, the easiest move for CBS would have been to put Simms in that spot as part of the Romo hire, with Simms given a chance to fashion a quote that makes it all look like something everyone wanted. If Simms were getting that gig, that’s likely what would have happened today. The fact that it didn’t occur already suggests it likely won’t.

By doing it later, CBS will create the impression that: (1) the network didn’t want Simms in his former role; (2) they didn’t care enough about him to craft a new role upon leaving his former one; and (3) they finally found a spot in which to jam him so that they don’t pay him to not work.

The blunt reality is that, if CBS felt strongly about Simms, Simms would still be the No. 1 analyst. At worst, CBS would have landed the plane in a way that resulted in Simms not being thrown under the bus.

The good news for Simms is that during his “multiple years” (i.e., as few as two) under contract with CBS, he will be getting paid. Whether he will be getting on the air, and in what capacity, is a different issue entirely.

Then there’s the possibility that Simms, a type-A former quarterback who surely doesn’t appreciate the public castration he’s currently enduring, will decide to walk away from CBS entirely — or to negotiate a package that pays him less than what he’s still owed while giving him a way to muster some semblance of an upper hand.

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54 Responses to “Phil Simms quickly becomes a CBS afterthought”
  1. magnumpimustache says: Apr 4, 2017 5:17 PM


  2. dcowboy77 says: Apr 4, 2017 5:20 PM

    Now he doesnt have to worry about saying REDSKINS.
    Couldnt of happened to a nicer guy haha.

  3. 12444uggg says: Apr 4, 2017 5:23 PM

    The landing a plane and tossing under the bus cliche’s in the same sentence was a bit much..

  4. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 4, 2017 5:25 PM

    Chris Berman and Phil Simms should be the A Team on any of the network broadcasts.

  5. steelpenguin6687 says: Apr 4, 2017 5:30 PM

    Good…I quit watching the major network pregame shows ages ago. Other than late breaking injury news, what do they tell you that you haven’t already heard about earlier in the week? Most of the player interviews/stories are noninsightful fluff pieces.

  6. skinsprinting says: Apr 4, 2017 5:30 PM

    Christmas has come early !!

  7. ketch20too says: Apr 4, 2017 5:31 PM

    Simms is terrible, not sure how he lasted this long.

  8. theright0pinion says: Apr 4, 2017 5:42 PM

    Phil Simms is so annoying it even made playing EA Sports Madden painful.

    Glad Simms got booted from both CBS and Madden.

  9. vanschmak says: Apr 4, 2017 5:48 PM

    But surely they should keep a backup for Romo.

  10. fwippel says: Apr 4, 2017 5:50 PM

    Maybe he could get a job on the Redskins radio network. Of course, he’d have to get used to saying the “Washington team” before talking about any Redskins player.

  11. gschatman says: Apr 4, 2017 5:50 PM

    Pregame by any of those broadcasts is like watching bobblehead dolls. They just talk and bounce their heads up and down. Phill you’re cool. get the money and run. Take the next thing smoking. And please dear God…donot let Troy Ache in my butt call another Dallas game. He sounds like he wish he was still their QB. Bro you’re supposed to be objective.

  12. jeremycrowhurst says: Apr 4, 2017 5:58 PM

    Simms was the first significant casualty of the salary cap back in 1994. Now history seems to be repeating itself.

  13. cobrala2 says: Apr 4, 2017 6:01 PM

    Say whatever you want about Phil… just watch your GD mouth when talking about his son!!!

  14. terripet says: Apr 4, 2017 6:02 PM

    Phil go to New England and replace Zolak he is worse than you

  15. haluvagi says: Apr 4, 2017 6:07 PM

    At least now I don’t have to listen to Simms say “eem” instead of “him”. That one word made so many broadcasts unbearable. Now if only a certain other network could deal with a certain other broadcaster and his “pash-rush”.

  16. answersright says: Apr 4, 2017 6:11 PM

    Simms was a terrible broadcaster, he couldn’t get thru a paragraph without referencing himself. Glad he is off the air.

  17. therealtrenches says: Apr 4, 2017 6:14 PM

    I’m not a fan, but Simms’ll find work. His tone may be grating, but he’s *way* more knowledgeable and competent than many of the hacks that take up the mic every sunday for the major networks. The idea that Romo could just come in with no experience whatsoever and do better than Simms is kinda ludicrous.

  18. tigersfandan says: Apr 4, 2017 6:19 PM

    It’s hard to believe they kept him as their #1 for nearly two decades and then ditched him for a guy with no broadcasting experience. Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad he’s gone. It just seems odd that they didn’t replace Simms sooner with somebody more experienced than Romo if this is how little they valued him.

  19. Duckhomie says: Apr 4, 2017 6:19 PM

    I suppose he can sit at home and not say Redskins now. How did that work out for you Phillip? Maybe he belongs with all the PC leftists at ESPN.

  20. nje22 says: Apr 4, 2017 6:20 PM

    Simms is arogant cardboard if that’s possible

  21. jag1959 says: Apr 4, 2017 6:23 PM

    Gotta wonder whose corn flakes Simms urinated on

  22. dabears62 says: Apr 4, 2017 6:26 PM

    Who says Romo is going to be any good? CBS should wait and see if he can put more than one sentence together before he says ah!

  23. it's not's yellow says: Apr 4, 2017 6:46 PM

    Assign him to all jags games….maybe he’ll quit.

  24. Ferdinand says: Apr 4, 2017 6:47 PM

    The real question “How can Romo go from zero in booth experience to first chair?” That makes no sense.

    Maybe he nailed the audition but there is a lot more to the job than watching a game and talking about routes.

  25. trun0rth says: Apr 4, 2017 6:58 PM

    If you don’t love Simms (and I don’t), watch Inside the NFL. Boomer roasts him all the time.

  26. ecarlso8 says: Apr 4, 2017 7:00 PM

    Well phil simms was terrible anyway, he got a job just because of his name just like his kid at Texas.

  27. abninf says: Apr 4, 2017 7:02 PM

    If you refuse to say the names of all the teams you should not be a broadcaster. Or sports writer. Go join ACORN.

  28. cavemaneh says: Apr 4, 2017 7:05 PM

    Thank You Phil Simms for all of your excellent analysis over the years.

  29. mikeytoth says: Apr 4, 2017 7:06 PM

    A hack like his kid.

  30. skleech22 says: Apr 4, 2017 7:07 PM

    Simms and Nantz were ultimate Patriot HOMERS!!! When they called a Patriot game it was nauseating! Pats this and Pats that!! We get enough Patriot fluffing from all the networks!!

  31. ajames35 says: Apr 4, 2017 7:08 PM

    Just like a replay review, Simms was shocked and expected the opposite outcome.

  32. trubroncfan07 says: Apr 4, 2017 7:25 PM

    Sims is way better than any of these guys, just because Phil Sims does not pat your team on the back every minute everyone hates on him. CBS making a big mistake. Fouts sucks!

  33. MichaelEdits says: Apr 4, 2017 7:54 PM

    Put him behind the desk and watch the average IQ plummet.

  34. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 4, 2017 8:06 PM

    No one is named Phil anymore. They became extinct years ago.

  35. vjllsduckfan65 says: Apr 4, 2017 8:10 PM

    Now if they would get rid of Steve Buerlein…maybe I could enjoy a Titans game!

  36. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 4, 2017 8:10 PM

    Everyone named Phil is outbound on the downsize train whatever their field of employment.

    “We’ve decided to restructure, Phil, gonna miss you around here, old timer…”.

  37. A happy green parrot says: Apr 4, 2017 8:15 PM

    He said he wanted to go work for the Washington team.

  38. therealtrenches says: Apr 4, 2017 8:16 PM

    haluvagi says:
    Apr 4, 2017 6:07 PM
    At least now I don’t have to listen to Simms say “eem” instead of “him”. That one word made so many broadcasts unbearable.


    Yeah. And the way you talk is the “right” way to talk. It also gets on *nobody’s* nerves.

    People have accents, ways of pronouncing specific words, and patterns of speech that are different from yours. Get over it (and get over yourself).

    So thin-skinned.

  39. MichaelEdits says: Apr 4, 2017 8:19 PM

    I sure do miss Joe Theismann. “Norman Einstein” made my students in China laugh.

  40. afactoryofsadnessnorth says: Apr 4, 2017 8:41 PM

    vjllsduckfan65 says:
    Apr 4, 2017 8:10 PM
    Now if they would get rid of Steve Buerlein…maybe I could enjoy a Titans game!


    Please…no one enjoys a titans game.

  41. silentbenstrikesback says: Apr 4, 2017 9:04 PM

    CBS hire Jamaal Charles. Simms would be the second coming of Howard Cosell compared to wht Jamaal Charles could offer.

    Jamaal is one consonant from being illiterate.

  42. sphincterorleaveher says: Apr 4, 2017 9:13 PM

    Phil’s complete lack of eyebrows is unsettling.

    Shallow? Yes. Don’t care. It needed to be said.

  43. jayhawk4ever says: Apr 4, 2017 9:51 PM

    It’s all about ratings. CBS couldn’t let Fox take Romo. Even if he stinks, he’ll bring viewers to CBS for at least one season. Simms is a professional who did his homework. Let’s see if Tony has the chops. I wish he had gone to Fox… anyone to take the place of Troy… another Dallas refugee.

  44. TD Hawk says: Apr 4, 2017 10:01 PM

    Madden had a schtick that worked because of novelty. But most former players cannot articulate thoughts clearly and add very little insight despite their indisputable knowledge of the game. I’d prefer my only audio being crowd noise with some graphics for down/distance, etc. I don’t need any master of the obvious yapping for +3 hours. Don’t require anyone TELLING me, “Loose ball! Who has it!?!” Dogs farting is more informative.

  45. whatjusthapped says: Apr 4, 2017 10:02 PM

    He was painful to listen to. I’ve never seen an ex jock refer to himself more than Sims did so now I’m glad it’s over.

    How does CBS listen to his dribble for years now and pay him the big bucks, aren’t there any standards?

  46. meximyke says: Apr 4, 2017 10:03 PM

    Phil should be happy he doesn’t have to work for that propaganda company!

  47. charger383 says: Apr 4, 2017 11:00 PM

    after many years CBS found out fans hate Simms

  48. mi6agent says: Apr 4, 2017 11:04 PM

    Phil Simms let personal feelings get in the way of broadcasting. For example, he hates the 49ers since the rivalry days with NYG. You can see it and hear it on game days of what teams he really dislikes.

  49. vanschmak says: Apr 5, 2017 1:04 AM

    Can’t say I’m surprised that Tony Romo joined CBS…his role on the Cowboys last season was watching 60 Minutes.

  50. jimnh1 says: Apr 5, 2017 7:43 AM

    I liked Phil Simms. I don’t know why people are bashing him at all. If anyone should be replaced it’s Joe Buck. He puts no enthusiasm into a gam at all he’s a very boring man. Too bad he’s not replacing him instead. But that’s just my opinion.

  51. machdraught says: Apr 5, 2017 9:33 AM

    While they’re at it, couldn’t they find a non-speaking role for Jim Nantz, who has spent his entire career trying to convince us (himself) he’s the second coming of Pat Summerall? He failed as host at the NFL Today because he is, in a word, boring. In another word: self-absorbed. (guess that’s two words, sorry)

  52. yizudien says: Apr 5, 2017 10:25 AM

    What makes everyone so sure that Romo will be good at being an analyst?

    There is a big difference between being a good player and being able to provide insight into what is happening on the field.

    It will take him at least a year to get used to the format and to learn how to insert a comment with out taking away from the game. How to conduct an interview, letting the person talk.

    At least we can now say Tony is going to the superbowl, how bad of a sting would it be if the first one he covers is one the cowboys win?

  53. Angry Orange Man says: Apr 6, 2017 1:28 AM

    When you’re a former Giant and the majority of Giants fans hate you in your role as a broadcaster, you really suck. It’s not a Tiki situation where he quit either. He just suuuuuucked.

  54. craigbhill says: Apr 6, 2017 11:59 AM

    Phil is not good enough to be too proud. He should accept his new assignment, doing garbage games as part of the #5 CBS team (Jax v Cle e.g.), collect his pay and like it. The idea he’d quit and lose a cent of his current fat contract, his last big one ever, is far-fetched. We are about to almost never hear from him again, glorioski.

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