Phil Simms breaks silence: “I am not done”

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Phil Simms is done as the No. 1 NFL game analyst at CBS. Beyond that, he still plans to continue with his talking-about-football career.

I am not done,” Simms told Gary Myers of the New York Daily News.

It’s the first quote from Simms since CBS unceremoniously removed him from one of the best seats in broadcasting with no apparent plan for him moving forward. If, in our view, CBS viewed Simms as a key member of the ongoing NFL coverage, the plan for his future would have been announced at the same time Romo’s arrival was unveiled.

Reportedly under contract for two more years with CBS, the two sides could end up wrestling over what the network will pay him to go away. Barring specific contractual language that limits his assignment to the top broadcasting team, CBS could appoint him to any of the other rungs on the ladder, possibly relegating him to the lowest-level game every week. He’d still be paid the same amount, but the blow to the ego could be more than Simms is willing to endure, which could cause him to accept a settlement of, say, 60 cents on the dollar in order to go away.

As Myers notes, the No. 2 spot at FOX with Kevin Burkhardt is still open; Simms could land there, if FOX wants him — and if Burkhardt has little or no sense of smell.

As PFT previously pointed out, it makes sense to put Simms in the seat Tony Gonzalez recently vacated on the pregame show. But if CBS and Simms wanted that, it presumably would have already happened.

Wherever Simms goes from here, it clearly will be a step down. The way CBS has handled the situation strongly suggests that they hope he eventually steps out of that specific network entirely, with a severance package barely large enough to afford Joe Namath’s coat.

And, yes, I fully intended to keep typing until I figured out how to work Namath and his coat into this one, in order to justify the photo selection.

80 responses to “Phil Simms breaks silence: “I am not done”

  1. Phil Simms is a great commentator, all you haters are morons. This is the worst move by CBS since they put that idiot Corden in to replace Craig Ferguson.

  2. Simms has had to cover the AFC.

    For 17 years he has had to tell football fans in 31 cities that the Patriots are a better team.

    That has made him very unpopular.

    Simms would be more popular if the Patriots had been to fewer Super Bowls

  3. With a coat as crazy wild as the one Namath was wearing there’s never any justification needed to post an image of it.

    Heck, I never get tired of seeing that coat, and I’d get one for myself if I didn’t already know the old lady would throw a fit if I came home in it.

  4. I dont understand why people would assume Simms would go from being their tops color guy to unemployed. Just drop him down a notch. I think he does a solid job.

  5. While Simms isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, I can appreciate his honesty over fraudulent, overhyped, Jimmy Fallon level fake excitement that you get from a John Gruden or John Lynch when he was with FOX.

    I won’t miss Phil, but boy was he worlds better than Chris Berman or Dan Fouts…

  6. Simms did a good job, everyone hating is just pissed because he did not pat their team on the back enough. No way Romo fills those shoes. CBS did both a disfavor. NBC Sports is sure enjoying this story.

  7. Simms seldom tells me something I don’t already know, and very often makes comments that are so obviously incorrect that I wonder if he’s watching the same game as me. Good riddance!

  8. Simms must have ticked off someone at CBS besides Nantz not to land in the open studio spot. Unlike his color work he is very good in studio on Inside the NFL.

  9. Simms and Namath both look like dried apple-head dolls in that photo. It’s damn creepy.

  10. The fork in your back, Philly, says that you are done and you should move on to a job that doesn’t require your level of self-love.

  11. Simms wouldn’t say the word Redskins! That made him unprofessional!! In Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio says the “n” word…not because he’s racist, but because it was his job according to the script. If you’re going to cover professional Football, you call them the Redskins!!! Otherwise find another job…

  12. I like Phil. He’s smart and is a good analyst. Some of the hubris about his comes from his admiration of Bill Belichick and the Patriots and his relationship with Bill Parcells. I don’t get it. I hope he gets a job and gets to cover Patriots games.

  13. If someone paid me lots of money to watch NFL games and give my opinion for 10 years, I’d just say thank you when it was over. I think I could find a way to spend my money and enjoy life.

  14. I’ve never watched a game, or not watched a game because of who the announcers were. Most of the time I don’t even know who’s announcing the game because I’m rewinding plays and fast forwarding between plays. But how do we even know Tony Romo is going to make it. He’s unproven at this point.

  15. I’ll take Simms over Irving, Sanders, Lewis, Cowher, Faulk, Gruden and an unnamed talking head who seems to inject his political views into my entertainment.

  16. I would bet dollars to donuts that Simms was considered too frank for some owners. His high praise of the Patriots, combined with their constant winning, must have had the panties of more than one powerful owner (and Goodell) in a bunch.

  17. I liked Simms ok as an announcer, but I’ll shed no tears for him either. Nobody gets to be on the network’s #1 lineup forever. His next contract, with whomever, will almost certainly be for less $$$, but Phil should be doing fine financially regardless. Again, no tears.

  18. Inside the NFL keeps trying to promote guys like Marshall who always force it. Simms is a natural.

  19. CBS needs to clean house. Their pregame show has always been painful to watch. Bill Cowher is the worst, Boomer Esiason always sounds like he’s got laryngitis, and I can’t even figure out how Bart Scott got the job to begin with. And worst of all, none of them can ever complete a sentence before another one interrupts them.

  20. Simms might have been liked by those with a mediocre knowledge of football. He did not enhance the game to those who are enthusiasts. He was Captain Obvious by stating such things at halftime that the losing team just needed to get more positive plays than the other team and they’ll be right back into the game. That is one of many examples that he said that irked me.

    Yes, I agree with the above that Joe Buck needs to go. And yes, there are others at the same level as Simms. We need a Madden-type of announcer with a football personality and legacy.

  21. The guy was stuck in the 80’s. Always calling plays that are absolutely wrong, the right thing to do. Over the hill as an commentator. Glad he’s gone…

  22. So people don’t like him because he’s nice to the Patriots? We don’t like him either

  23. Phil Simms was a blowhard of the first magnitude whose “insight” into the games consisted of blather, idiocy and the incredibly obvious. I routinely turned the sound off of any game he was calling – just awful.

  24. I would rather eat my own vomit and perform self castration than to listen to the blowhard Simms. I always mute the games he’s calling and have done so for years. Worst. Announcer. Ever!

    Someone stated correctly, that if you’re a casual observer of the game and not a true fan, I guess he’s fine. But if you ever played beyond Pop Warner level, then you’re way beyond anything Simms could ever convey to you.

  25. I’ve never watched a game, or not watched a game because of who the announcers were

    John Madden chased me from some games. What everybody thought was so brilliant, I’ll never know. Greg Gumbel a close second.

  26. I like Simms.

    I have no idea what the network is expecting from Romo, but I think there is a decent chance that he will suck at a job he’s never, ever tried before.

  27. If, in our view, CBS viewed Simms as a key member of the ongoing NFL coverage, the plan for his future would have been announced at the same time Romo’s arrival was unveiled.

    TAAAA-DAAAAAA.

  28. And, yes, I fully intended to keep typing until I figured out how to work Namath and his coat into this one, in order to justify the photo selection.

    ——————–

    Maybe the best and most honest writing yet Mr. Florio

  29. Phil Sims had no business working next to Jim Nance. So glad CBS came to there senses. I also agree CBS needs to replace every single person in the studio, especially Cower and Bart Scott. If they do that I might start watching their Sunday pregame instead of Fox. Lets see what CBS’s next move is. Sims might fit it on Good Morning Football on the NFL Network but I doubt it.

  30. Still cant believe Phil Sims won a Superbowl, but then again so did Jeff Hostetler so that’s not saying much except Bill Parcells is one of the greatest coaches ever.

  31. CBS is only about a decade late booting the dope. But then again, maybe former football players are all just dumb. I find that almost all of the color analysts (Simms, Fouts, Gruden, Aikmen, etc…) add very little to the broadcast. I usually find myself correcting them while I am watching the game. Probably the best idea would be to get all of the jocks out of the booth. Sean McDonough gives more insight in one broadcast than Simms has in his entire career.

  32. Simms is a fraud, can’t believe after all these years he’s now calling the Redskins, Washington. What happened during the 80’s when he played them and he never refused to call them the Redskins.

  33. I always remembered that they tried an experiment where they the NFL in a couple of games just televised the game with no announcers and in the CFL there were several weeks without announcers because of a television union workers strike. In both cases the rating went up for unannounced games compared to the weeks with announcers. I wonder if there is a lesson in that networks could save a whole lot of money just by not having people telling the viewers what they just saw for themselves and not having to invent dramatic storylines to make games seem more exciting.

  34. Everyone is “expendable” and sooner or later they will be replaced; Phil Simms saying “I am not done” can be put alongside of those spoken by the Captain of the Titanic…….

  35. pthepro49 says:
    Apr 8, 2017 9:55 PM
    Still cant believe Phil Sims won a Superbowl, but then again so did Jeff Hostetler so that’s not saying much except Bill Parcells is one of the greatest coaches ever.

    ——

    Simms had the highest completion % ever in a SB

  36. These networks do that to everybody every time a player retires that they think was decent somebody’s going to lose their job at the network they did the same thing when Tony Gonzalez retire they bumped the next guy for the new guy

  37. pthepro49 says:
    Apr 8, 2017 9:55 PM
    Still cant believe Phil Sims won a Superbowl, but then again so did Jeff Hostetler so that’s not saying much except Bill Parcells is one of the greatest coaches ever.

    ——————————————————

    You didn’t watch the Giants back then…Say what you want about him in the broadcast booth, but Simms was a great QB.

    Better than quite a few in the HOF in fact…

  38. I think NBc goes after him. They can use the new blood as a part of their game color commentary. And they can also add him to their football blog to write along side of their other hotshot who refuses to say Redskins.

  39. Phil Simms was sure the whipping boy of many viewers and I believe just fans who never liked or embraced Phil Simms the player.
    Yes he made gasps and some simple observations under a microscope, but cause Tony Romo had the face, to replace the #1 CBS team is a bold move. Not even sure Romo will nail this gig, thinking CBS wanted to grab the pretty face before another network asked him out per see.

  40. i for one will still listen to my tapes of old phill sims calls during live action next season. will make the game a little harder to follow but will help me get over this crushing loss.

  41. Simms wouldn’t say REDSKINS; a stupid move that appeases the less than 8% of faux-offended Native Americans and white guilt-ridden liberals.

    Nice move Simms; enjoy unemployment. You sucked anyhow.

    Signed,

    Native American

  42. mrwalterisgod says:
    Apr 8, 2017 2:23 PM
    While Simms isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, I can appreciate his honesty over fraudulent, overhyped, Jimmy Fallon level fake excitement that you get from a John Gruden or John Lynch when he was with FOX.

    I won’t miss Phil, but boy was he worlds better than Chris Berman or Dan Fouts…———————————————————————————————————————————————-Better than Chris Berman!!! Chris Berman is a LEGEND in NFL broadcasting. No one, in my opinion, was better or more entertaining at calling a game or in general talking about the NFL. He’s the Marv Albert of football.

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