TONIGHT ON INSIDE THE NFL ON SHOWTIME®
New Episode Airs Tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT
NEW YORK (November 14, 2012) – On tonight’s episode of INSIDE THE NFL, Phil Simms stands by the comments he made this past Monday on NFL MONDAY QB on CBS Sports Network where he stated New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was not an “elite quarterback.” When asked how he would rate him as a Top 10 quarterback, Simms responded, “Just off-hand anywhere from six-to-eight.”
Former New York Giants linebacker and NFL radio analyst Carl Banks joins James Brown, Simms and Cris Collinsworth on tonight’s episode which premieres at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
INSIDE THE NFL, now in its 34th season, airs every Wednesday night through the NFL season on SHOWTIME, with multiple replays each week on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME EXTREME® and availability on SHOWTIME On Demand.
INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, and NFL Films. Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.
Following are excerpts from this week’s episode:
On Simms’ comments on Eli Manning not being an “elite” level quarterback…
SIMMS: The way I said it, and of course everybody paraphrases everything, but I will say this, I did it on the Monday (on NFL MONDAY QB on CBS Sports Network) show, as it was coming out of my mouth, and I knew I was believing what I was saying, I said, ‘Oh, this is going to make big headlines.’ But I stayed with it. You know I didn’t get done and say, ‘Oh, let’s take that out of the show.’ … So when I think of it, now I’ve called Eli Manning in the past an elite quarterback. And look, he’s going to the Hall of Fame. I said that this summer too, but that didn’t bring any headlines. But, when I think of elite I think of really special players that have accomplished and have special skills… Well, when I think (elite), Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and I did include Aaron Rodgers because I think those people have physical capabilities that are special in the game of football.
SIMMS: I give him all the props in the world and I’m not back-tracking at all. The way I’m saying it, I look at that special group of the special people. I’m trying to capsulize more than just, “Oh it’s about you won the Super Bowl.” I think that’s my whole premise.
When asked how he would rate Manning in the Top Ten quarterback list…
SIMMS: I don’t know. Just off hand anywhere from six-to-eight, maybe…It depends on how you judge all of it. That’s how I look at it. When we say it, we say it too quick.
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