Tonight’s episode of NFL MONDAY QB on CBS Sports Network (5:00 PM, ET) featured a recap of Week 1 of the NFL season, including discussion of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Host Adam Schein was 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, Sept. 10 at 4:00 PM, ET.
Gareth Hughes is producer and Linda Malino is director of NFL MONDAY QB
Following are excerpts from the show.
(ON DENVER BRONCOS QUARTERBACK PEYTON MANNING):
Phil Simms: Colin Kaepernick can beat you with his legs. Cam Newton can do this or that. Peyton Manning beats you with his mind… He’s maybe the best wide receiver coach in the NFL. You’ve heard that statement. It’s not a stretch. If you watch him in practice, he walks through the steps with the receivers. He’s such a Type-A… He runs the team. But it’s all good. He holds everybody to an unbelievable standard.
(ON PATRIOTS QUARTERBACK TOM BRADY):
Steve Beuerlein: I think what Tom Brady and the Patriots are going through right now, it shows truly what a great quarterback he is and what he is capable of doing. Because no matter who the pieces are, no matter who is out there… he is shorthanded. Every quarterback has to deal with that at some point. But the great ones can still find a way to win at the end of the ball game… Buffalo was in control of that game but Tom Brady said, ‘You know what Buffalo, it’s still my time. I’m going to find a way to win this game and beat you guys.’
Phil Simms: You have to work with what you’ve got. It can’t always be pretty. He’s been driving a Cadillac for years. It’s not a Cadillac anymore. He did a great job out there.
(ON THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS):
Gannon: It’s tough to fly without your wingman. (Drew Brees) didn’t have his wingman last year in Sean Payton, who really is a calming influence on him on the sidelines. He threw 19 interceptions last year. It got away from him at times. They didn’t run the football. They didn’t stay after it. I think that relationship between play caller and quarterback is absolutely vital. They’ve had a lot of success together. Sean Payton trusts Drew Brees. Drew Brees knows Sean Payton is going to put him in a situation each week to have a chance to be successful.
Simms: Drew Brees, who was he going to answer to last year? Nobody. Now Sean Payton… he’ll hold your feet in the fire. So now Drew Brees has to tighten that ship up. We saw it yesterday. Heck, I saw it in the preseason. Much sharper.
(ON DALLAS COWBOYS QUARTERBACK TONY ROMO):
Simms: Everybody loves to hate on Tony Romo… How about his toughness? I thought there was no way he was coming back for the second half. I thought broken ribs. He’s going to be out six weeks. And somehow he got back out there. That’s a man that’s in charge of the football team. That’s a true leader. He really showed a lot last night.
(ON OAKLAND RAIDERS QUARTERBACK TERELLE PRYOR):
Gannon: Unfortunately, inexperience got him down the stretch. But I was really impressed by what I saw with Terelle Pryor. He has a lot of upside. They’re excited about him in Oakland. He gives them a better chance right now than does Matt Flynn.
(ON THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS):
Simms: That might be the most unsettled game I’ve seen (Ben Roethlisberger) play in a long time. When they finally did protect him, he was inaccurate with the football, not crisp, not sharp. Because I think he was expecting trouble.
Beuerlein: They’re just not a very good football team right now. I think the more this goes along, the more frustrated Ben is going to get. There could be some tension internally as well.
(ON CLEVELAND BROWNS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR NORV TURNER):
Gannon: When push comes to shove, he has a tendency to abandon the running game a little bit. I think we saw that yesterday. (Brandon) Weeden can not throw the ball 50-or-more times in a game with the talent that they have right now and expect to win. I thought it was some bad coaching and bad quarterback play that we saw yesterday in Cleveland.
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