Phil Simms, Rich Gannon and Steve Beuerlein Discuss
Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick and Josh McCown
Tonight’s episode of NFL MONDAY QB on CBS Sports Network (6:30 PM, ET) features a recap of Week 11 of the NFL season, including discussion of Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick, as well as Josh McCown and the Chicago Bears. Host Adam Schein is joined on the show by NFL ON CBS quarterbacks Phil Simms, Rich Gannon and Steve Beuerlein. NFL MONDAY QB re-airs on CBS Sports Network tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, ET.
Throughout the season, fans can log onto Facebook.com/NFLONCBS to vote for the best last-minute quarterback in NFL history. This week pits Johnny Unitas against Dan Marino and Troy Aikman vs. Andrew Luck in the bracket-style competition. The winner will be announced on Monday, Dec. 30.
Following are excerpts from the show.
(ON ROBERT GRIFFIN III):
Rich Gannon: I blame RGIII. I was offended by what he said after the game. When you’re a quarterback in this League, you have to stand up there with a tough jaw and accept responsibility when things go wrong. You also have to deflect attention away from yourself when things are going well. That’s the thing that bothered me yesterday. When you say that the defense knew what was coming. When you say that the defense knew what was coming. When you say as players we have to make the plays work. That’s code for blame the coaches and not me. These are the same coaches, Mike Shanahan and Kyle Shanahan, that called plays for RGIII last year when he was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. You can’t be the guy that loves the microphone and the camera when things are going well and doesn’t want any part of it when things aren’t going well. That was bad form yesterday from RGIII.
Steve Beuerlein: Last year when (RGIII) struggled in games, he was a stand-up guy. He didn’t put the blame on other people. I think this yesterday was really a learning experience for him. I’m not giving him a hall pass on this one. But I’m saying it was immaturity. I don’t think that he realized that what he was saying was going to be interpreted or taken the way that it was. So I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one. I do think it was totally on him. Something he should not say. He will not get away with it in the future. But I don’t think he intended to throw the Shanahans under the bus.
Phil Simms: I think he did intend it. And it’s strictly RGIII’s fault… With the national media, he’s the only quarterback that I know, that when he’s talked about, they always bring the coach into it. Last year, all that success, the Shanahans had nothing to do with that? (The Eagles) knew what was coming? Are you crazy? Look what (the Redskins) do on offense. They have every formation and play and concept that you could ever have in the offense… The one thing you can’t say about them is that they’re not creative and they don’t give their quarterback a chance to make plays down the field.
(ON JOSH MCCOWN AND THE CHICAGO BEARS):
Simms: If I could be a quarterback for any coach in professional football, with no hesitation, I would take (Marc Trestman) as a coach, along with Matt Cavanaugh, the quarterbacks coach. And I want to run their offense. It’s so clear, so precise. Jay Cutler was playing exceptionally well. And now we see Josh McCown – he knows what he’s doing every play. You can tell there’s acalmness about him. Why are they so calm? Because they are prepared and they feel good about what they’re doing going into the game. (The Bears) protect the quarterback. They have the players. It’s all in place for this Chicago Bears team on the offensive side.
Gannon: I think he’s a terrific football coach. I had the opportunity to go there and spend a day with the Bears and the quarterbacks. I was very impressed with not just Marc, but that whole quarterback room… (Josh McCown) said that the thing that has impressed him the most is Marc’s poise. What Marc talks about on Wednesday and Thursday usually happens on Sunday. And when it doesn’t, he doesn’t panic. He doesn’t scrap the game plan. He stays the course. And the Bears quarterbacks appreciate that.
(ON COLIN KAEPERNICK):
Beuerlein: I’m concerned by what I see. Last year, in his stretch run, in the 11 games he played down the stretch, including the playoffs, nine times he threw for over 200 yards in ball games. This year, out of his 10 starts, he’s only gone over 200 yards twice… I just don’t think he’s playing with that same swagger, that same confidence.
Gannon: I don’t think he’s real comfortable with what’s outside on the perimeter. All they really have is Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis. Those are the only two receivers that he has thrown a touchdown to. They need some production from somewhere else and they’re not getting it.
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