Dan Marino Joins Phil Simms, Rich Gannon and Steve Beuerlein to Discuss
Eli Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees
NFL ON CBS analyst Dan Marino joined the regular roster of quarterbacks on tonight’s episode of NFL MONDAY QB (6:30 PM, ET) on CBS Sports Network to recap Week 6 of the NFL season. Marino, host Adam Schein, and analysts Phil Simms, Rich Gannon and Steve Beuerlein discussed Eli Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees. NFL MONDAY QB re-airs on CBS Sports Network tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, ET.
Following are excerpts from the show.
(ON WHETHER THE GIANTS SHOULD DRAFT A QUARTERBACK):
Phil Simms: It has been a rough year. But there is no doubt in my mind that I would stay with Eli Manning. And so will the Giants, because you know what you have. And, if you bring someone in you have to groom him to be what Eli is. And let me just throw this out there right now, this unbelievable quarterback class that is coming out, it is not going to be unbelievable. We’ll find out when the time comes, but I don’t see any knock down, absolutely sure, big-time NFL quarterbacks so far from this upcoming draft.
Dan Marino: Last time I checked, Teddy Bridgewater did not win two Super Bowls. The level of play that Eli Manning has displayed throughout his career is there. He’s proven. It’s just an off year for them. The New York Giants are not very good, obviously at 0-6, but there is no way I’m taking a young quarterback when I’ve got a guy like Eli Manning. He’ll get over this year. And he’s going to be a much better player as time goes on.
Rich Gannon: You have a Super Bowl-winning quarterback in Eli Manning. Does he have to play better? Absolutely. But I think it’s insane to even consider that the Giants would make a change.
Steve Beuerlein: I am a huge Eli fan. I’m honest when I say he’s not playing well. This year has been pathetic. But there is no way you can discount what he has done to this point… He’ll forget about this year. He’ll forget about this year before this year even ends. He’ll start playing better and Eli will prove he’s the guy there for the next many years.
(ON NEW ORLEANS SAINTS VS. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS):
Marino: (Tom Brady) has that killer instinct. And to be honest with you, at the end of the game, (Brady and Drew Brees) both didn’t play well. They made some mistakes. Drew Brees had to make a play so they could run the clock out…I thought the call was pretty conservative. But Tom Brady – killer instinct. You give him opportunities to make a throw for a touchdown. One thing that I always say, ‘You can’t beat perfect throws.’ And that was a perfect throw at the end of the game.
Gannon: You could take all of the quarterbacks on the set and we could take three or four shots at (Brady’s game-winning pass) and we still may not hit it… In that situation, there is really not a spot where you could have put it other than where he did. (Saints cornerback) Jabari Greer is in great coverage. They know they have to be able to defend the back of the end zone. It was just perfect touch, perfect timing… That was a perfect throw and a perfect catch in the back of the end zone in front of a veteran corner, who has won a Super Bowl. That to me is special.
Simms: There was a lot of really suspect coaching decisions and play calling in this game. And that last play of the game… If you went out there, and you’re the New Orleans Saints and (were told), ‘Here’s the play they’re going to run.’ What is the perfect coverage to go along with that play? They had that defense up there. If (the Patriots) ran it 1,000 times, it should be knocked down or intercepted 1,000 times.
Beuerlein: (The Saints’ play calling at the end of the game) was not Sean Payton-esque. Drew Brees, I’m sure wanted a chance to make a play at that point in the ballgame to ice it. I’m sure he wasn’t comfortable with the play call but he trusted his coach. I feel terrible for Rob Ryan as much as anybody. This is a guy that shut down Tom Brady. I think twice Rob Ryan thought that they had won that ball game. His defense had shut down Tom Brady. But to give (Brady) a third chance and have it turn out the way it did, he has to be lacking a lot of sleep right now… Drew Brees is a guy that has proven himself over time to make plays in those situations. To not give him that opportunity – I think Sean Payton has got to be kicking himself today. He knows that if he got one more first down, that ballgame would have been over.
(ON GENO SMITH AND THE NEW YORK JETS):
Simms: They played a perfect game down in Atlanta. They tried to play the perfect game again yesterday. That doesn’t work in the NFL. You have to dictate what is going to go on. I look for the Jets to be much more aggressive in the future with Geno Smith.
Marino: At times he’s played really well and other times, like yesterday… For a quarterback, it is all about continuing drives on third down – at least being 50 percent. They weren’t very good on third down… He’s going to develop as time goes on. They have a good offensive line and a good defense. So they have to play to their strengths and let him grow gradually.
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