Phil Simms: I Would Not Have Thrown The Flag, Period
Phil Simms, former New York Giants quarterback and current analyst for CBS as well as Showtime’s Inside the NFL, joins Mac and Jim to discuss the Panthers recent success and the controversial end of the Patriots game.
On the no call at the end of the Patriots-Panthers game: I would argue it was a good no call. I would not have thrown the flag, period. Late in games it’s harder to throw the flags. In bigger games, the less they throw the flags. On all the networks, people are talking about Gronkowski couldn’t come back to get the ball. When he starts looking for the ball, if he could’ve stopped and come back to get the football before it was intercepted, he makes Jim Thorpe look like a couch potato. It is evident that when Gronkowski starts to look for the ball, it’s just about ready to be intercepted. Judgment calls, that’s what they are.
On second-guessing officials: I get so sick, I get sick of myself second-guessing officials during the game. I’m not wearing a striped shirt, lets just live with the judgment they have and most of the time these officials are right.
On the Panthers: There’s so many things I see that I like from the Panthers. Size and power and out hitting the other team is still a big thing in the NFL and they can do that.
On Cam Newton: He’s calmer on the field. I like what Coach Shula has done calming down all the read-options and all that. It’s nice to have it, but in my opion it puts way too much stress on the quarterback. We want you to be a great option quarterback, but we also want you to be a dropback quarterback like Peyton Manning. Good luck with that. In his third year, his demeanor, his calmness on the field, and even his press conference after the game was awesome.
On Robert Griffin III: I watch RG3 and it reminds me of everything people were saying about Cam Newton last year. I think there’s a good parallel there. It’s amazing how fast we expect these quarterbacks to grow up, to do it all right and to be the guy. It’s too much to ask and they can’t do it by themselves.
Simms also discusses his decision to never be “mic’d up” during his career, the changing culture of communication in the NFL, and quarterback safety in today’s game.