Phil Simms, Rich Gannon and Steve Beuerlein Discuss Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck and Geno Smith
Tonight’s episode of NFL MONDAY QB on CBS Sports Network (6:30 PM, ET) features a recap of Week 7 of the NFL season, including discussion of Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck and Geno Smith, as well as the Kansas City Chiefs. 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, Oct. 8 at 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, ET.
Following are excerpts from the show.
(ON NEW YORK JETS’ WIN OVER NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS):
Phil Simms: Rex Ryan, without question, is one of the best, if not the best, defensive coordinators in football. Geno Smith was accurate. He threw with power down the field. That’s what Marty Mornhinweg wants. And they ran the football with power. That was the (Jets’) best game if you want to look into their future and see what they could become.
Steve Beuerlein: I saw the highlight of the pick-6 Geno threw early in the game. And I thought, ‘That’s it. Bill Belichick is going to mess with another rookie quarterback. (Geno) is going to fold.’ But this kid stepped up. I think the best example is, did you see what he did on third down yesterday? Absolutely spectacular for a rookie quarterback. We all know how difficult it is to convert third down… It’s not easy to convert third downs, but it is one of, if not the most important stat in football. That is spectacular.
(ON WHETHER ANDREW LUCK OR PEYTON MANNING WILL WIN MORE SUPER BOWLS):
Rich Gannon: Andrew Luck because he is so young. He has shown us that he’s going to be a special player. Think about what they’ve already accomplished this season. They beat San Francisco. They beat Seattle. And now, last night, they beat Denver. The Colts are for real, and so is their quarterback, Andrew Luck.
Simms: Peyton Manning. I think we all know that you have to have a really good team. You have to play really well. And it has to fall for you too. You need a little bit of luck nowadays to win the Super Bowl. Andrew Luck can be on a good team for the next 15 years and if you ask, ‘Will he win a Super Bowl?’ I would bet against him because I know how hard it is.
(ON ROBERT GRIFFIN III):
Beuerlein: Kyle Shanahan and Mike Shanahan made a point this week to come out and say, ‘We’re going to cut him loose a little bit.’ His knee is stronger. He’s almost halfway through the season. And as we’ve said all along, he’s going to get stronger as the season goes, barring a setback. He’s still rehabbing that knee. But boy, when he got out on the edge yesterday both throwing the ball and running the ball – and he ran the ball very well yesterday – he looked like RGIII of last year many times yesterday. I was impressed with the game plan. I was impressed with his confidence. He actually came out and said for the first time he went in there actually believing that he could do the things he did last year. So very good to see. Very encouraging for RGIII.
Gannon: He has to play that style of football – carefree, reckless and aggressive. We didn’t see that from him during the first couple of weeks. It’s good to see that. It’s also good to see them get their running game going a little bit yesterday with Roy Helu and Alfred Morris. When they’re doing that, the big plays seem to come off of it. The play-action game can be very effective for them, but they have to be able to run it well. But it’s good to see RGIII playing like we saw him late last year when he was healthy and really rolling.
(ON KANSAS CITY CHIEFS):
Simms: I was out in Kansas City. I have to admit that my estimation on what I think of the Kansas City Chiefs has gone up when I saw them in person. And first I will start with the defense. The defense – they have pass rushers. They have Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Dontari Poe in the middle, and they have a very good blitzing middle linebacker in Derrick Johnson. So you take that talent, and you give them a unique scheme, which I think they have in the offensive and defensive coordinators, and you get greatness. That’s what you have right now when you talk about Kansas City’s defense. You’ve got greatness. And they have backups who are making plays… With Alex Smith, the offense is much more diverse than what I thought it was. They’re giving him opportunities to make plays. I think this team will get better on the offensive side. They have a young offensive line that’s going to grow and keep getting better every single week. Andy Reid absolutely is the coach of the offense. He is designing, putting in the plays… I am a little more impressed than I thought.
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