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Phil Simms will move to The NFL Today

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Phil Simms won’t be working with Jim Nantz anymore, but he will be on CBS every Sunday during the football season.

Simms will be seen as part of the crew on the network’s The NFL Today studio show that airs before the first round of games kicks off each week. Simms will be taking over the seat once occupied by former Chiefs and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez alongside James Brown, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason, and Bart Scott.

Simms spoke to Richard Deitsch of SI.com about the move and said he is excited about the chance to weigh in on topics that he may also address as he continues to be part of Showtime’s Inside the NFL.

“Listen, I didn’t make any comments for a lot of reasons and you want to sit there and think about it,” Simms said. “Initially was my pride hurt? Absolutely. Of course it was. . . . So it took a little bit. Not long. I started thinking about it in a positive way and then I became excited about it. [CBS Sports Chairman] Sean [McManus] had talked to me over the years about maybe going into the studio. I now get to follow the league like I want to. That was probably the most frustrating thing about my job. You do one or two games a week, you can’t really pay attention to the other teams like I wanted to do. When you do games, you are all-in on those games. On Inside The NFL, I get to say things about stuff that I never get to say in a broadcast.”

McManus said that he thinks Simms will “elevate” the network’s studio show and that it’s a move he and Simms have discussed at other points in recent years. Simms is reportedly under contract with CBS for two more years and told Deitsch that he plans to be doing studio work “for a long time.”

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46 Responses to “Phil Simms will move to The NFL Today”
  1. daysend564 says: Apr 19, 2017 3:15 PM

    Keeping him on the network when Romo returns to action mid-season.

  2. lonespeed says: Apr 19, 2017 3:15 PM

    Well James…..that’s right James…Let me say your name again James.

  3. phinatic29 says: Apr 19, 2017 3:15 PM

    I am good with that …. as long as he’s not ruining anymore games.

    Phil like the rest of the media that covers the NFL loves to continually stroke Brady….. it’s embarrassing as an American to see that type of behavior.

    #6thRDTalent

  4. trabbit55 says: Apr 19, 2017 3:16 PM

    Oh great. What an addition he’ll make.
    Referee makes a controversial call:
    Phil Simms: You know Jim, that’s the right call. I agree with it 100 percent and here’s why.
    Call goes the other way:
    Phill Simms: Oh, you know, what a good decision, I’m glad they made this, great job by the referees to reverse it. Anyone who says otherwise doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

  5. finnymcphin says: Apr 19, 2017 3:18 PM

    Simms is really quite good on Inside the NFL.
    I sill think they are not doing Romo any favors throwing him into the big chair right away

  6. proudchowdahead13 says: Apr 19, 2017 3:21 PM

    Fos Football pregame is much more fun than CBS’s

  7. redsea1111 says: Apr 19, 2017 3:22 PM

    I’ve been avoiding clicking on Giants articles or any other article with the word “Simms” in it.

    For some reason, in the “You may like” recommendations under said articles, I kept getting a suggestion with the words “broken wind” in it.

    I have never liked, do not like, and will never like the thought of reading about Phil Simms breaking wind.

  8. riflemanlax says: Apr 19, 2017 3:25 PM

    Would have rather seen him move to the unemployment line.

  9. niners816 says: Apr 19, 2017 3:30 PM

    CBS has had and will continue to have the worst pregame show. Solid move. Remain consistent.

  10. jgo304 says: Apr 19, 2017 3:30 PM

    Christ now I’m really gonna be confused about which one played for the Giants & which one played for the Bungles?!?!?

    Simms
    Esiason

    Idk who’s who

  11. bigbluedeadhead says: Apr 19, 2017 3:32 PM

    What a class act

  12. steelnucs says: Apr 19, 2017 3:33 PM

    Should go smoothly until Simms farts and James Brown walks off the set, followed by Bart Scott and Cowher laughing and taking turns punching Simms in the face while Esiason proclaims his undying love for the Bengals.

  13. jjackwagon says: Apr 19, 2017 3:37 PM

    Phil: Damn it Sean!! I am so mad I could quit!!

    Sean: Well, you could quit BUT if you change your attitude a little bit I won’t fire you. AND I still have a job for you.

    Phil: You do? What is it?…Okay that sounds great! I will be a good boy.

  14. mysportsrumors says: Apr 19, 2017 3:40 PM

    Now he joins one of the many over staffed pregame crews

  15. ChampKind813 says: Apr 19, 2017 3:44 PM

    Great…. now he can point and shoot who he wants to crop dust. Dusting multiple people at once instead of just Jim in the booth.Watch for the sour faces on the set this yr. Stay tuned

  16. 12coltsfan12 says: Apr 19, 2017 3:54 PM

    damn I thought we were done with this fool

  17. stipez says: Apr 19, 2017 3:55 PM

    I read, “Simms will move to the NFL, today”

    Thought the Browns has surprised everyone.

  18. billsfan says: Apr 19, 2017 3:56 PM

    As long as they put him in the end seat on the panel, downwind from the others.
    Otherwise, his colleagues will be gagging on air, and saying his performance “stinks”.

  19. orangeraider says: Apr 19, 2017 3:57 PM

    Bart Scott is useless, Get rid if him and do not replace.
    These pre and post game shows stink.
    Red Zone is the only way to watch the NFL

  20. vicnocal says: Apr 19, 2017 3:58 PM

    I just hate how he pronounces “him” as “heeem”

    “When Von Miller comes off the edge like that it’s impossible to block heeem”

  21. thrifty says: Apr 19, 2017 4:05 PM

    The NFL NEVER network would be better.

  22. 6250claimer says: Apr 19, 2017 4:08 PM

    One more “pull my finger” moment on set and he’s gonzo.

  23. decapitateme says: Apr 19, 2017 4:09 PM

    Gonzales was horrible.

  24. ecarlso8 says: Apr 19, 2017 4:35 PM

    phil simms is terrible.

  25. nhpats says: Apr 19, 2017 4:40 PM

    phinatic29 says:
    Apr 19, 2017 3:15 PM
    I am good with that …. as long as he’s not ruining anymore games.

    Phil like the rest of the media that covers the NFL loves to continually stroke Brady….. it’s embarrassing as an American to see that type of behavior.

    ——————-

    Maybe if your team or QB could manage to win something of relevance Simms would “stroke” them once in a while…..

  26. ksiner says: Apr 19, 2017 4:47 PM

    Way to kill a show

  27. finzfan49 says: Apr 19, 2017 4:48 PM

    Thank god i never watch that show, Simms was the WORST to have to listen through each week. He cant stand to not hear himself talk. Thank you for making this move !!!

  28. richardparker123 says: Apr 19, 2017 4:51 PM

    “The NFL (numerous farts laid) Today” (with Phil “Pull-My-Finger” Simms).

    As if this show couldn’t stink more…here we go.

  29. kane337 says: Apr 19, 2017 4:51 PM

    I liked Phil and Boomer on the Showtime set. I think this will be a nice fit too.

  30. Dug says: Apr 19, 2017 4:52 PM

    Phil took the high road. Spin it any way you wish. But it comes down to being calm, thoughtful. The high road.

    Nice to see.

  31. waynefontesismyfather says: Apr 19, 2017 5:01 PM

    Fan-freaking-tastic! I never watch the CBS pregame show and certainly won’t start now that he is on the show.

    A great weight has been lifted from my football viewing pleasure not having to hear him babble anymore.

  32. Conrad says: Apr 19, 2017 5:11 PM

    I think the reason Simms is a bad announcer is that he’s bad at processing information quickly. When you’re calling play-by-play, you’ve got to be on top of the play within 1-2 seconds and add insight to what just happened.

    Simms isn’t good at that.

    During his sit-down segments I think he’s much better because he can form an opinion and think about what he’s going to say before he says it.

  33. diehardfootballfan says: Apr 19, 2017 5:12 PM

    BIG MISTAKE. I guess I won’t be watching any pregame shows this coming season.

  34. charger383 says: Apr 19, 2017 5:19 PM

    RATS! he is still going to be on TV?

  35. ruffbufffire says: Apr 19, 2017 5:35 PM

    Noooo!

  36. clayjtitan66 says: Apr 19, 2017 5:55 PM

    Cool, I don’t watch that.

  37. r502 says: Apr 19, 2017 6:26 PM

    All this makes me miss guys like Irv Cross and Jimmy the Greek….

  38. ajpineda86 says: Apr 19, 2017 6:45 PM

    Is it racist if I can’t tell the difference between Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms?

  39. 30male says: Apr 19, 2017 7:51 PM

    Wait. CBS has a studio big enough for the egos of Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason? And that fact wasn’t the headline?!?

  40. tommytd says: Apr 19, 2017 8:40 PM

    “On Inside The NFL, I get to say things about stuff that I never get to say in a broadcast.”
    *************************************************
    Really…the guy never shut up! I hope he’s on the way out…tired of listening to him.

  41. footballradioshow says: Apr 19, 2017 9:19 PM

    Good. This means I never have to hear him speak again.

  42. skennedy1966 says: Apr 19, 2017 9:21 PM

    Phil is happy – everyone saves face and now Phil can stay close to his Bergen County home……all good in the hood.

  43. rondayne says: Apr 19, 2017 9:43 PM

    Phil Simms AND Rex Ryan joining studio shows? Not sure I’ll survive 2017

  44. darcrequiem says: Apr 19, 2017 10:23 PM

    vicnocal says:
    Apr 19, 2017 3:58 PM
    I just hate how he pronounces “him” as “heeem”

    “When Von Miller comes off the edge like that it’s impossible to block heeem”
    _____________________________________

    You and me both man. That’s what made him being in the both with Jim Nantz even more annoying. I got so tired of hearing him say “Well Jeeeem…”

  45. worldizending says: Apr 20, 2017 7:16 AM

    Too funny! I checked the net to find a video of Simms farting. Then again…it is one of the most insightful comments he has ever…uttered.

  46. QB Film Room says: Apr 20, 2017 7:34 AM

    Oh Good for You!

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