Tonight’s episode of NFL MONDAY QB on CBS Sports Network (6:30 PM, ET) featured a recap of Week 10 of the NFL season, including discussion of the New York Giants’ second straight loss, the Dallas Cowboys’ playoff chances and the New York Jets’ offensive woes. Dan Fouts joined host Adam Schein on the show, along with fellow NFL ON CBS quarterbacks Phil Simms, Rich Gannon and Steve Beurlein. NFL MONDAY QB re-airs on CBS Sports Network tonight at 1:00 AM, ET and tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 9:00 AM, ET.
Led by Simms, THE NFL ON CBS lead analyst and Super Bowl XXI MVP; Super Bowl XXXVII quarterback and 2002 NFL MVP, Rich Gannon; and 17-year veteran and 1999 NFL All Pro quarterback, Steve Beuerlein, NFL MONDAY QB brings together an elite roster of quarterbacks providing their unique and compelling opinions, and break-down of the week’s games focusing on how quarterback play impacted the games, key plays, clutch drives, crucial decisions, star performances, winning and losing efforts and much more.
Beginning tonight, fans can log onto CBSSports.com/NFLonCBS to vote for what quarterback they believe had the best all-time Super Bowl performance. The winner will be announced during the season’s final episode of NFL MONDAY QB, airing on Monday, Jan. 28 (6:30 PM, ET).
CBS Sports Network Coordinating Producer Drew Kaliski produces. Steve Karasik and Tyler Hale serve as Executive Producers of NFL MONDAY QB.
Following are excerpts from the show:
(ON COWBOYS PLAYOFF CHANCES):
Phil Simms: When they win a game, it’s ‘Oh my gosh, here they come. They can win the Super Bowl.’ Well, the reality is, you’re 4-5 for a reason. Because you’re not a consistent football team. So if you ask me, ‘Are they going to go to the playoffs?’ I say no. The reality is, they are not going to make it.
Dan Fouts: There are eight teams right now in the NFC that have a better record and have shown more consistent play out of their football team. I absolutely agree that the reality is, although the Cowboys did snap their two game losing streak with a big win against the Eagles, it is going to be tough for them to make the playoffs in the NFC.
(ON ELI MANNING AND NEW YORK GIANTS):
Simms: No, he is not one of the elites. Because when I hear the word elite, I’m thinking about guys that can make unbelievable plays on the field by themselves. There are very few quarterbacks in that category. I always bring up Aaron Rodgers. He is one of them. So yes, Eli has been a tremendous team player. He has been MVP of the Super Bowl twice. I know that. But the way I look at it, the answer is no.
Fouts: You can’t spell elite without Eli… The pressure situations that Eli has thrived in over his short career, in my mind, make him an elite quarterback. Because that is when you’re judged. How well do you do when the pressure is on, when you’ve got to win the game? And all you have to do is look back at his two Super Bowl wins and the way he beat the Patriots. I have to give him a nod and say Eli is elite.
Steve Beuerlein: This is a team that really excels defensively. This team is built to play with the lead and to really come and put pressure on the quarterback. If they’re not scoring points offensively, it puts a lot of pressure on that defense. I do think the defense has stepped up and not been the big problem. The problem has been productivity offensively and specifically, Eli is in a slump right now. He is not playing his best football.
(ON THE NEW YORK JETS):
Rich Gannon: They’re struggling on defense and then you look at the offensive side of the ball. What a mess that is. I can’t say I’m really surprised when you go back and look at their struggles in the preseason. This is an offense that failed to score a touchdown in the preseason. You look at the other issue, and I’ve been saying this all season long, they don’t have enough talent on offense. There’s not a single player in the Top-10 (at their position). Not the quarterback, the running back, the tight end, the wide receivers. They’re one of just three teams in the National Football League that don’t have a Pro-Bowler at the skilled positions.
Simms: What really jumps out to me, before the season started I thought they were going to be one of the Top-Five NFL defenses. They have not been that. That has put a lot more pressure on that offense. The talent is not there for the offense to carry the team or to make up for what the defense is not doing.