Phil Simms, Rich Gannon and Steve Beuerlein Discuss Miami Dolphins Controversy
Tonight’s episode of NFL MONDAY QB on CBS Sports Network (6:30 PM, ET) features a recap of Week 9 of the NFL season, including discussion of the controversy surrounding the Miami Dolphins. Host Adam Schein is joined on the show by NFL ON CBS quarterbacks Phil Simms, Rich Gannon and Steve Beuerlein, as well as SEC ON CBS lead analyst Gary Danielson. NFL MONDAY QB re-airs on CBS Sports Network tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, ET.
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Following are excerpts from the show.
(ON MIAMI DOLPHINS):
Rich Gannon: I have absolutely no tolerance for this type of behavior. I’ve seen firsthand how this can divide and really destroy a locker room, a team and quite frankly, an entire organization… Early in my career at Minnesota, I remember the older players, there was a culture that existed where they were worried about their jobs. They didn’t reach out and help younger players. I also went to places like Kansas City where Marty Schottenheimer created a culture and environment where none of this existed. Older players reached out to younger players and welcomed them to the organization and were very supportive. Then I went to an organization in Oakland, which quite frankly made me sick. This culture and environment existed out there with older players bullying younger players. At one point, I remember coming into the locker room my very first year there, and I saw a group of defensive lineman had our young tight end tied up with tape. They were punching him. They were putting icy-hot and baby powder with water on this guy. They were trying to demoralize the player. I freaked out. I said, ‘I need this guy on Sunday.’ I really thought that I helped to change the culture and the environment in that building... If this exists in your locker room, you have no chance of being successful. Unfortunately, it still exists in certain locker rooms.
Phil Simms: You have to have a pulse on your football team. (When I played for the Giants), I’m not going to say our atmosphere was the best in the NFL. But our head coach Bill Parcells, he had guys in the locker room – that was kind of their job. To watch and see what was going on and if there was a problem, to let him know. They weren’t snitches. We know who those guys were on the football team. In fact, we looked up to them because we knew their job was really important for the whole culture of the team. So when you hear what went on with the Dolphins, I just can’t believe other players and coaches and people didn’t do something about it. You have to put the blame, no matter what comes out of this, on everybody. It’s a rough situation.
Steve Beuerlein: I was drafted by the Raiders back in 1987 before free agency when the veterans ran the show. But I can honestly say during those days, there was some semi-hazing going on. There was some initiation stuff going on. But it was all in fun. There was nothing that ever got out of control. I went to other places where it did cross the line a little bit, where it was a little bit out of control. But never something to the extent of this where it significantly impacted someone in such a negative and ugly way. There’s no excuse for it and I have a very hard time believing that no one in the organization of the Miami Dolphins (knew about this), whether it be a trainer, whether it is one of the assistant coaches.
Gannon: It’s going to take people with great strength, great morals, fortitude and great leadership to go in there and clean up a locker room that is in disarray. I don’t know that (the Dolphins) have enough of those players right now in that building.
Simms: There are no secrets in the locker room. Do you want to know what’s going on with the football team? Ask the equipment manager. Go ask the trainers. Go ask the video guys. Everybody knows everything that is going on. So those players most likely knew what was going on, and they kept quiet about it. That’s concerning.
(ON NEW YORK JETS QUARTERBACK GENO SMITH):
Gannon: I don’t know which Geno Smith I am getting: the good Geno Smith or the bad Geno Smith. Eight touchdowns, 13 interceptions. He’s on one week and he’s off the next week. When he doesn’t turn the football over, with that defense and that running game, the Jets are going to be hard to beat.
Beuerlein: Geno Smith is playing like I think most people would have expected Geno Smith to play. Showing a lot of flashes of good things and showing a lot of moments when he looks like he doesn’t know what the heck is going on. What you want to see and what you want to try to build on are the good things, the big plays, and the smart plays. Not necessarily the plays that he goes for the big 50-yard touchdowns. But the plays where if he doesn’t see something, he moves out of the pocket and makes a play with his feet instead of trying to throw a ball when he is not sure what’s out there.
Simms: The Jets in the power rankings before the season started, some of the experts, people like us, had them ranked as the worst team in the NFL. So no matter what, they are exceeding those expectations. They are not a great football team. They have some components that are very good. Where would you rank their skill position players in the NFL? It wouldn’t be high. So when you put all of that together, you’re going to get up and down play from the quarterback position. I don’t care who you put back there… I think you are getting what you can expect from an up-and-down team with a young quarterback. You can’t expect him to play well every week.
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